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Friday, September 20, 2013

Swartz Finds a Welcome Reception

On September 8, current MBA students at the Tepper School of Business came together with alumni, faculty and staff with for the school’s annual Welcome and Awards Reception and the inaugural presentation of the Tepper School Alumni Awards. The evening’s keynote speaker and Tepper Alumni Achievement Award honoree – James Swartz, (MSIA’66) – shared with the audience both his appreciation and his invaluable advice.

Swartz, a trailblazer in the venture capital industry, founded Accel Partners, one of the world’s leading venture firms. He has served as director of more than 50 successful companies and as lead investor, has been closely involved with the emergence of numerous industry-disruptive firms. Among other honors, he received the National Venture Capital Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Along with his exceptional professional career, Swartz has been dedicated to giving back to both his community and alma mater. He has played a major role in supporting more than half a dozen non-profit and charitable organizations, including the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation and the Sundance Institute. Jim and his wife Susan founded Impact Partners, furthering independent cinema that addresses pressing social needs, and established the Swartz Foundation Trust, supporting non-profits across the country.

Swartz has been equally invaluable to the Tepper School. He currently serves on both its Business Board of Advisors and the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and actively mentors students. His continuous support has included the establishment of the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program, designed to fast-track the careers of promising entrepreneurs through exclusive programming and mentored internships with venture-backed startups. He also made possible the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, bringing entrepreneurial thought leaders to campus for discussions on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Jim Swartz has supported the Swartz Entrepreneurship Fellows program since 2005, putting his stamp on the spirit of entrepreneurship at CMU,” said Dave Mawhinney, co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “He meets annually with each new class of Swartz Fellows, and frequently lends his name and that of his firm, Accel Partners, to the Fellows' internship and job searches.”

“The Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, also underwritten by Jim Swartz, continues to bring luminaries and thought leaders from the innovation ecosystem to CMU,” Mawhinney continued. “Through the support of these programs as well as his generous time and wisdom, Jim's contributions have helped to make CMU the destination of choice for entrepreneurial students and faculty...Read more»

By: Mark Burd