A Cross-Campus Venture Competition
The McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s student entrepreneurs is underway. The application deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2015.
For CMU Faculty, Postdocs and Senior Graduate Students
INSIDE-OUT COMMERCIALIZATION WORKSHOP: The Art of Pitching Your Invention or New Business Venture
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall, Room 3305
The objective of an elevator pitch is enticing your audience to learn more about your venture. The objective of a Pitch Deck is to move your audience to action. This workshop will be presented by Andy Hannah, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Analytics and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh Business School. By attending this workshop you will learn the elements needed to create a successfull pitch and why each is important.
CONNECTS: The Benefits and Perils of Using Open Source Code for your Startup
Friday, January 23, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305
A number of recent CMU startups have figured out ways to
commercialize their research using an open-source model, despite
misconceptions that it is hard to make money using the software. Because
it is free, there are no restrictions to use the software for
Elijah Mayfield, a former Ph.D. student from the Language Technologies Institute at CMU, and CEO of LightSide Labs, led his company to acquisition by Turnitin this year. The LightSide Labs venture was also a former Project Olympus PROBE. Elijah will share his experience with commercializing research software in educational technology, discuss LightSide's founding, growth, scale, and the role that open source software and intellectual property played in the startup's success. He will also talk about best practices for building software that interoperates between open-source and proprietary code, focusing on viral open source licenses like the GPL. CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) will also be available to answer any questions.