Dave Mawhinney-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Dave Mawhinney

Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

Director, i6 Agile Innovation System

Associate Teaching Professor, Tepper School of Business


Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, which was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site. In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine.

Before mSpoke, Dave was General Partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.).

Dave is an active Board Member at MedSage Technologies (now NewCare Solutions LLC), EZ-FLO Injection Systems, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association (ex-officio, Past President). He is an Advisory Board Member to InnovationWork’s AlphaLab, Pittsburgh Equity Partners, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Project Olympus.  Dave also served as Executive-in-Residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, working with healthcare information technology start-ups.

Dave lives with his wife Kristan and three sons in Fox Chapel, PA.

Mr. Mawhinney holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.