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Swartz Fellows in Action

CMU Students Visit Top-Tier Companies and Make Connections During Silicon Valley Trek

Swartz Fellows at AnkiStudents from across CMU's campus visited top-tier companies, networked and attended alumni events during the Silicon Valley trek, which took place the first week of January. Included among the students were the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows, Undergraduate Innovation Scholars and the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club. A few of the companies visited were Y Combinator, Motiv, Prenav, Platfora,Thumbtack, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Accel Partners, co-founded by CMU alumnus and venture capatalist, Jim Swartz. Read more.

Swartz Fellow Placed Second in Keith Block Entrepreneurial Contest

Keith Block, President and Vice-Chairman of Salesforce.com and proud alum of the Heinz College, has generously donated funds to promote entrepreneurial activity among Heinz College students. Second place winners were Andrius Didziulis (Swartz Fellow) and Thomas Shelley for Bobbin Boys. The Bobbin Boys created micetro.co. Micetro is a place for gamers to exchange digital items from their favorite video games for physical products like headsets and keyboards. Micetro hopes to change the digital goods landscape by helping both players and developers realize the value of virtual items in third party markets.

Vandalia Research Acquired by Applied DNA Sciences for $1.5 Million

Vandalia Research, a biotechnology company whose core technology and intellectual property portfolio allow for the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences, was recently acquired for $1.5 million by Applied DNA Sciences. Former Vandalia CEO Derek Gregg, also a CMU student and James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow, will join APDN as a consultant. Read more.

Swartz Fellows Trek to Silicon Valley in Early 2015

Swartz Fellows at Google VenturesA few CMU student groups used the winter break to expand upon their education by visiting prominent companies, networking with alumni and seeking out summer internships during a trip to Silicon Valley in January. Among them were the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows and the Undergraduate Innovation Scholars who took part in the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC) trek, which included visits to CMU alumni startups such as Anki, Emerald Therapeutics and TerrAvion and VC firms like Accel Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures...Read more»

2014 Fellows Meet James R. Swartz

2014 Swartz Fellows








The 2014 James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows had a rare opportunity to meet with James R. Swartz (Tepper ’66), founder and managing partner of Accel Partners on October 20 in Redwood City, CA.

LaunchCMU: Roboburgh, the Sequel on October 3, 2014:

Swartz Fellows at LaunchCMUSwartz Fellows attend LaunchCMU: A Technology Startup and Research Showcase, Roboburgh, the Sequel where they were able to mingle with the investment community, regional business leaders and CMU alumni.


Palo Alto on July 15, 2014:

Swartz Fellows and other CMU alumni attend Accel Partners' reception with portfolio companies (photo above)

Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA on June 5, 2014:

Swartz Fellows Robert Morris, Harper LaFave, Marwa Muhammad, Matt Capizzi, Mauricio Contreras, Satish Ramakrishnan and Noah Tovares present at LaunchCMU Startup Showcase

Swartz Fellows: Up Close and Personal with Matt Rogers of Nest Labs

Matt Rogers & the Swartz FellowsOver 400 students, faculty, staff and guests packed CMU’s Rangos Auditorium on January 23rd, for the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series featuring CMU alumnus and Nest Labs Founder, Matt Rogers (CIT '04, '05). Later, the Swartz Fellows had lunch with Rogers and commented on the visit:

"Matt Rogers gave us an inside look at the unbelievable diligence, resilience, and luck that are necessary to achieve his level of success. It was especially meaningful to hear that story from an alumnus who was in our shoes just a few years ago." Arjun Gopalratnam, (TPR' 15)
"Matt gave a candid talk about how his time at Carnegie Mellon was valuable during his career at Apple and while starting Nest. He provided great advice concerning leadership, product development and entrepreneurship. It was exciting to see a Carnegie Mellon alum still devoted to the community." Noah Tavares, (CIT '13: CIT '16)
"I was inspired by Matt Rogers' willingness to dive into a space like the thermostat, in which he had no previous experience, and completely disrupt it. He and his team are making a positive impact on the world." Trisha Black (SCS '15)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016In the News

Thursday, June 23, 2016

TerrAvion connects farmers, pilots for agricultural aerial imagery (Robert Morris, '11)

Friday, June 17, 2016
ClassPass Missteps Open Door for Startup in Work Out Wars (Matthew Capizzi, '12 and Noah Tovares, '13)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Two CMU teams among finalists in Rice business competition (Matthew Cantele, '14)

Monday, March 14, 2016
Stylebook: ModCloth pop-up shop coming to Pittsburgh (Susan Koger, '05 and Eric Koger, '05)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Future Of Big Data: MBAs’ Cloud Computing Start-Ups Are Taking On Salesforce, Amazon S3 (Jonathon Feit, '08 and Christian Witt, '08)

Thursday, March 3, 2016
ModCloth Ramping Up to Add Stores (Susan Koger, '05)

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Wigle Whiskey Ripe for Expansion with Threadbare (Meredith Grelli, '10)

Monday, August 31, 2015
ModCloth Plans Huge Expansion Under New CEO (Eric Koger, '05)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
ModCloth Goes From Clicks to Bricks with S.F. Pop-Up
(Eric Koger, '05)

Monday, July 27, 2015
Completely and Utterly Embrace Failure
(Matt Humphrey, '06)

Monday, March 2, 2015
CMU's BlackLocus Listed among Top 100 MBA Startups of 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Swartz Fellows and Innovation Scholars Travel to Silicon Valley to Network with Alumni and Visit Top-Tier Companies

Monday, December 8, 2014
Dynamics Inc. Raises $70 Million in Series C Funding

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Job With a Twist

Arjun GopalratnamWednesday, August 27, 2014
Swartz Fellow Accepted into the Foundation Capital Young Entrepreneur Program



Tuesday, July 15, 2014
16 Alumni Startups Receive Investment from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

Thursday, April 10, 2014
‘Trance’ Mobile App, a Social Network for Dance, Launches on iOS

Monday, February 17, 2014
FOUNDER.org Visits CMU

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Swartz Fellows and Tepper EVC Club visit startups and VCs in Silicon Valley

Monday, November 4, 2013
11 Students Chosen as 2013 James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Chilean Students Win Intel Award in Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Experience


CIE Calendar

Crystal Lin

Crystal Lin, 2015 Swartz Fellow

Robert Morris, 2011 Swartz Fellow, TerrAvion

Noah Tovares, 2013 Swartz Fellow, BandPass

Satish Ramakrishnan, 2013 Swartz Fellow, SemanticMD

Mauricio Contreras, 2013 Swartz Fellow, SoluNova

Harper LaFave and Marwa Muhammad, 2011 Swartz Fellows, Trance