LaunchCMU-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


With all of the choices in today's energy market, a new Carnegie Mellon University startup is helping residential consumers understand their choices.

Lumator's mission is to help consumers reap the benefits of deregulated markets. The team of computer scientists and MBA graduates is using technology developed in the Machine Learning department.

The university is celebrating this kind of entrepreneurial spirit today with LaunchCMU, an event on the Pittsburgh campus created by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that showcases technology, cutting-edge research and startup companies.

The first LaunchCMU event took place in Silicon Valley in May. Lumator was among the companies who were introduced then.

"We were very fortunate to have shared the stage at the inaugural Launch CMU event," said Lumator CEO Prashant Reddy (CS'13). "It was fantastic to see heads nodding during my pitch and to find out afterwards that they belonged to some very prominent investors."

The day includes tours of the Field Robotics Center, CREATE Lab or NavLab. Each group has worked to push the limits of what is possible in their perspective fields.

Emerging technologies, products and services are on display at the Entrepreneurship Demo and Poster session, and faculty members will showcase some of their transformative research.

"Combining faculty research talks with startup pitches attracted an audience that was able to engage deeply in Q&A on the technical aspects of Lumator during the breakout sessions," Reddy said. "The insight I gained there has helped us refine Lumator's business model and get product to market quicker than we had planned."

CMU ranks first among the Association of American Universities schools in the number of start-ups per research dollar, based on an analysis of the five-year Association of University Technology Managers data (FY08-12). More than 130 companies spun out of CMU during that time, representing one third of university-based startups in Pennsylvania.

More than 1,000 companies across industries such as robotics, software applications, energy, health care and finance have had roots at CMU. These companies create jobs across the United States and internationally, with the highest concentrations in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and India...Read more»

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