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CMU's CTTEC Wins Deshpande Symposium Award
In June, the Deshpande Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Lowell presented the third Annual Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. This inspired gathering of higher education practitioners, academics and faculty focuses on engaging participants in an examination and discussion of emerging strategies and practices that encourage innovative and entrepreneurial education, campus culture and community/business engagement. CMU's CTTEC won the Deshpande Award for Exemplary Practice in Technology/Commercialization category.
Emerald Therapeutics: Biotech Lab for Hire
D.J. Kleinbaum and Brian Frezza, both CMU alumni and founders of Emerald Therapeutics, a company that builds technology platforms to drive the future of biotechnology innovation, dreamed of starting a biotech business together. The 17-person startup located in Silicon Valley recently unveiled a service that lets other labs send it instructions for their experiments via the Web. Robots then complete the work. Read the full story in Businessweek.
Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf Visits Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs
As reported in a recent Pittsburgh Post Gazette article, Tom Wolf visited some of Pittsburgh’s cutting edge startup companies as part of his “Fresh Start” tour focusing on Pennsylvania manufacturing. Mr. Wolf spent about an hour chatting with young entrepreneurs like CMU alumni Alejandro Skylar, co-founder of PieceMaker Technologies and Jayon Wang, co-founder and CEO of LifeShel. He also toured AlphaLab Gear’s East Liberty space, an incubator for local start-ups.
Pittsburgh City Council Proclaims July 8 "LifeShel Day"!
Pittsburgh City Council recognized the efforts of LifeShel and its three founders Alan Fu, Siri Ramos, and Jayon Wang, all recent CMU graduates for their efforts to prevent sexual violence. LifeShel is a technology startup developing smartphone cases that integrate deterrent technology with crowd-sourced community support to prevent incidences of sexual assault. Read the full story.
Detroit Gets All the Press, but Pittsburgh is the Rust Belt's Unsung Startup Hub
Pittsburgh, by investment capita is actually doing better than Detroit, according to a recent article in Pandodaily. According to a report from Ernst & Young LLP and Innovation Works, Pittsburgh had 52.5 venture rounds per million residents, compared to Detroit’s 11.9 venture rounds per million residents.
Pittsburgh Startup Walking Thumbs Launches Squareland on iTunes
Squareland is a unique physics-derived puzzle game from Pittsburgh's Walking Thumbs, created by CMU alum and CEO John Feghali. The game, which was recently launched on iTunes, provides accessible gameplay for users of all age groups through an easy and intuitive control scheme that utilizes attractive characters and environments to keep users interested.
Apply for the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program
The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program is taking applications for this year's cohort. Open to all incoming and current graduate students at the Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses.