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CONNECTS: Making Things Here

Friday, January 30, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall, 3305

For the last decade, investors, media and those who follow technology have focused almost entirely on software. More recently the buzz has shifted to hardware and manufactured products. Ilana Diamond of AlphaLab Gear will discuss why CMU entrepreneurs are positioned to take advantage of the renewed interest in physical products and the resources available to help get their products from idea to market.

START SMART: Business Formation Seminar and Workshop

Thursday, February 5, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111

This seminar will cover the basic legal issues that can occur with entity formation, including founder arrangements, founder employment arrangements, splitting the founder's equity pie, founder agreements and employee equity. The seminar will be followed by a workshop that will assist startups in the pre-company formation stage with developing a roadmap that covers recommended structure, operating agreements and other formation issues.

If you have a startup and would like to participate in the workshop, contact If you are a law student interested in participating, contact

START SMARTS are sponsored by K&L Gates

CONNECTS: The Lean Startup

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall, 3305

Learn how to make your startup lean and efficient by using entrepreneurial best practices. This workshop will be led by Dave Mawhinney, co-director of the CIE and managing director of the CMU OFEF. Having more than 20 years of experience starting companies, Dave also co-founded and was the CEO of mSpoke.

*NSF I-Corps Site Teams required to attend

CONNECTS: Insurance for Startups: What Do I Need and When?

Friday, February 13, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305

For startups running on a lean budget, obtaining the right insurance is essential. Join us to learn about the unique risks that can arise when running your business, when you should address those risks and how they can be addressed with insurance. This workshop is led by Sean Ruppert, a commercial insurance producer and practicing business attorney.

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The Public Service Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association is pleased to announce
a new program that provides free (pro bono) legal assistance to small businesses that cannot afford legal representation. The new Small Business Legal Assistance Program essentially works as a matching service between eligible small businesses and volunteer attorneys. Find out more (pdf) about the program.


The Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) will announce the 2015 Request for Proposals on February 16th, kicking off its second round of funding opportunities. DHTI is seeking proposals from CMU faculty directed at addressing pressing issues in health care and improving community health and wellness. Awards are intended to support research that identifies disruptive health care innovations which can be clinically tested and rapidly delivered to a clinical setting or practice in the field. Please visit for information and submission instructions. For questions contact Charlotte Emig at