Guided by Carnegie Mellon University's 'Five Percent, Go in Peace' — a first-of-its-kind spin-off model for academia — Greenlighting Startups gives entrepreneurs keys to success. Recent news »
- Lighting the way: CMU ranks first among all U.S. universities without a medical school in the number of startup companies created per research dollar spent since 2007 … more »
- Lighting the way: Home to 118 research institutes and centers, CMU's award-winning professors and students produce an average of 15-20 new companies each year.
- Lighting the way: CMU's on-campus resources drive innovation that spurs economic growth, helping to greenlight more than 300 companies and 9,000 jobs in the past 15 years.
- Lighting the way: CMU spin-offs represent 34 percent of the total companies created in Pennsylvania based on university technologies in the past five years.
- Lighting the way: Cutting-edge companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, Intel and Lockheed Martin have taken notice of CMU's history of success in research, innovation and entrepreneurship … more »
PayTango: Putting Payments at Your Fingertips — Literally
Four Carnegie Mellon students solved the problem of the lost debit card and forgotten keys by replacing them with something you never leave behind: fingerprints. Together, these four students created the payment system they called PayTango.
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CMU Students Win Business Bout Competition
Startup company Aura, which was founded by two CMU industrial design students, won $25,000 as part of the Business Bout competition. The company places LEDs on bikes, helping to make communities safer and more beautiful.
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RedZone: Co-founded by CMU's William "Red" Whittaker, a university professor and pioneer in robotics, RedZone Robotics simplifies wastewater management by providing world-class robotic inspection technologies and sophisticated data-analysis.
Astrobotic Technology: Astrobotic Technology is pioneering the lunar frontier by providing commercial robotic services through missions of increasing scope and capability. The team is currently at work on the Google Lunar X Mission.
ModCloth: Born in the dorm room of a CMU student, ModCloth.com is an online clothing, accessories, and decor retailer that uses social media to allow customers to provide feedback and even vote on potential inventory.
Lean&Zoom: CMU's Chris Harrison developed the prototype for Lean&Zoom, a software download that uses the cameras in laptops to automatically magnify the screen when the user leans in for a closer look, reducing eye, neck and back strain.
Plextronics: Built by CMU's VP of Research Rick McCullough, Plextronics is the world leader in developing active layer technology for printed electronic devices.
BeatBots LLC: CMU alumnus Marek Michalowski and his research partner created a Project Olympus project to investigate the use of a tiny yellow robot as a tool for therapeutic intervention for children with autism.
Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC)
The movement of intellectual assets to the commercial marketplace through licensing and new company formation …
Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
Through cutting-edge entrepreneurial research, preparing students to lead innovation, change and growth in start-ups, emerging companies and mature organizations …
Institute for Social Innovation (ISI)
Through education, research and partnerships, ISI fosters social entrepreneurship to address many challenging issues facing society. The ISI sponsors a variety of initiatives around social innovation …
Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund
The newly created Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF) at Carnegie Mellon University provides early-stage business financing to alumni who have graduated from CMU within the past five years …
Exploring the commercial potential of research and innovation by providing mentoring, micro grants, startup advice, incubator space and connections with investors …
Quality of Life Technology Foundry
Commercializing quality of life technologies and building collaborations among industry, academic and clinical constituents under the guidance of entrepreneurs-in-residence …