The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

This initiative fast-tracks the careers of Carnegie Mellon University's graduate students who are passionate about entrepreneurship in the technology arena.

This highly selective program develops each Fellow’s entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experiences, networking, mentoring and courses in entrepreneurship. The core of the program is a mentored summer internship with a top tier VC-backed startup within the high-tech, high-growth environment of California’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

This program is made possible by James R. Swartz (Tepper ’66), founder and managing partner of Accel Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm with more than $8.8B under management.

BENEFITS OF BEING A SWARTZ FELLOW

  • Summer internship at a top tier VC-backed startup in California's Bay Area
  • Networking opportunities that include unique access to investors and business leaders
  • Speaker Series Roundtables that bring together Swartz Fellows with prominent entrepreneurial leaders such as Matt Rogers (Nest Labs), Lila Ibrahim (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Andrew Mason (Groupon), Scott Griffith (ZipCar), and Jonathan Kaplan (Pure Digital/TheFlip).
  • Mentoring and guidance from CIE faculty and staff, investors, C-level executives
  • Cohort and community building with current and alumni Swartz Fellows
  • Entrepreneurship coursework
  • Travel stipend for two 3-day trips in October & January to the California Bay Area

REQUIREMENTS

An applicant must be a full-time CMU graduate student (master’s or doctoral program) who is committed to completing a summer internship in California’s Bay Area and able to meet weekly with the Swartz Fellows cohort.

APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM

Application deadline: Monday, September 8, 2014

Application:

Submit application as one PDF to Dr. Emily Stark, vestark@andrew.cmu.edu.
    A. Resume
    B. Personal Statement (2 pg max)
        a. Entrepreneurial and technology interests
        b. Goals (internship, immediate post-graduation, long-term)
        c. Entrepreneurial successes and failures
        d. Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU's entrepreneurial ecosystem
        e. Role of the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program in achieving your goals

Part 3. Two Letters of Recommendation sent directly to Dr. Emily Stark, vestark@andrew.cmu.edu.

Questions? Contact Dr. Emily Stark, vestark@andrew.cmu.edu.

Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, September 12, 2014.


Swartz Fellows Kick-Off

The Swartz Fellows Kick-Off will be held on September 10 at 5:00 pm at the Project Olympus Incubator.

what they say

"It created a tectonic shift in my life. I'm excited about where I'm going and Swartz helped me get there."

-Anthony Prats, Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services Program, CIT, CFA, Tepper


Swartz Fellows at Accel Partners

Swartz Fellows gather at Accel Partners in Palo Alto

Matt Rogers & the Swartz Fellows
Matt Rogers of Nest Labs speaks with the 2013 Swartz Fellows

Satish Ramakrishnan

Satish Ramakrishnan, 2013 Swartz Fellow, pitches his startup, SemanticMD

Lila Ibrahim & the Swartz Fellows

Lila Ibrahim of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers lunches with the 2012 Swartz Fellows