Events -Project Olympus - Carnegie Mellon University

SPECIAL EVENT: Lemnos Labs Founder Jeremy Conrad Scheduled to Visit CMU

Nest, Smarthings, Oculus….Do you have an idea for the next great hardware startup? Are you currently working on a hardware project? Or are you just interested in hearing about the current hardware renaissance? Jeremy Conrad, founding partner at Lemnos Labs, one of the country's premier hardware accelerators, will visit CMU on Wednesday, April 1, for an information session. The presentation is open to all CMU students. Food will be provided. Jeremy will also hold office hours on April 1 and 2 for persons or teams interested in applying to the Lemnos accelerator program.

RSVP for information session by March 30 at 11:59 pm
Contact Matt Cantele to sign up for office hours by March 30 at 12:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Tepper Graduate Entrepreneurship Club and the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Upcoming Events

INNOVATES TODAY: Starting Your Startup Workshop (for CMU Undergraduates)

Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, 2015
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Newell Simon Hall, 3305
Sign up now, limited space available!

Learn how to evaluate a business Idea. For first and second year undergraduates from all CMU colleges. Participants will work in teams. No experience is necessary. Find out more.

SPECIAL SEMINAR: Convertible Promissory Note:  Understanding the Key Terms

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall, 3305

Learn the basic legal issues and pitfalls of issuing convertible promissory notes for your startup. Peter Papagianakis, CMU alumnus and Managing Member of a New York-based law firm, will discuss the following:

• The pros and cons of issuing promissory notes versus shares of preferred stock to angel investors
• The discount and caps on valuation and their effects
• Mandatory conversion vs. optional conversion; reasonable interest rates
• Legal documents accompanying the promissory note

START SMART: Startup Personnel: Employees, Interns, Volunteers and Contractor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111

Learn about the different types of startup personnel, including students working on projects, unpaid internships, independent contractors and employees. David Lehman and Mike Pavlick of K&L Gates will cover important information about contracts with employees and independent contractors, as well as employee equity issues.


Olympus Show & Tell 19

Printable Program (8.5x11)

Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Jared Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium/Connan

Project Olympus Show & Tells are hugely popular venues for providing a window into the many exciting developments on campus and for connecting students and faculty with the wider business and entrepreneurial community. The event, which takes place during CMU's Spring Carnival, is chock full of the exciting talent and ideas that showcase the university's research and innovations. 

We are pleased to acknowledge and gratefully thank K&L Gates for its generous support of this and other Olympus Show & Tells.


Insurance for Startups

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Project Olympus, 4620 Henry Street, Pittsburgh 15213

Having the right insurance at the right time for a startup is smart business. Find out what you need and when from Sean Ruppert, a commercial insurance agent and practicing business attorney. No appointment is needed. Contact Sean at with questions.

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CMU startup Rorus, developer of water purifiers that use silver nanoparticle technology and a finalist in this year's McGinnis Venture Competition, is offering equity and living expenses for a detail-oriented, experienced entrepreneur to move an inexpensive water filter to market. Email for details.


GreenPal Lawncare invites applications for the GreenPal Business Scholarship Program to help undergraduate students operate their own small businesses. Multiple awards of $2,000 may be granted. Eligibility is restricted to currently enrolled undergraduate students in a business school with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applications are due by May 30, 2015.