Friday, March 1, 2013
Center for Innovation and EntrepreneurshipWe are very pleased and excited to give you a sneak peek at the soon-to-be established Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which merges the strengths of Project Olympus and the Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship to advance university research and ideas. Both Project Olympus and the Don Jones Center make meaningful and lasting contributions to Carnegie Mellon’s entrepreneurial mission, contributions that also enhance the innovation ecosystem throughout the campuses, within western Pennsylvania, and beyond.
Recognizing the potential synergy of Project Olympus and the Don Jones Center, in November 2012 the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees enthusiastically approved the inception of the CIE, whose mission it is to assist faculty, students, and staff across the entire Carnegie Mellon community in exploring the commercial potential of their innovations. The three goals of the new CIE include: 1) defining CMU as the “destination of choice” for individuals interested in entrepreneurship; 2) fostering an “inside-out” approach of creating winning commercial ventures from cutting-edge research; and 3) developing an extensive, vibrant network of alumni entrepreneurs.
We will be continuing the activities of both Project Olympus and the Don Jones Center, as well as taking on additional projects. For example, in May, we will be traveling from Pittsburgh to Silicon Valley for the first Launch|CMU, a signature event to showcase promising research to top-tier investors. Stay tuned for more information!
- Lenore Blum and Dave Mawhinney