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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, a fall semester, one-day glimpse into entrepreneurship at CMU and Pittsburgh, is the kickoff to our CONNECTS series.

Sponsored by: Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and Graduate Entrepreneurship Club

Bootcamp 2016

Fall 2016 Program:

Over 300 attendees packed CMU's Rashid auditorium on Saturday, September 10, 2016 for the Swartz Center's annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Executive Director, Dave Mawhinney, moderated panel discussions featuring student participants from CMU's Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC), Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association (UEA), Undergraduate Innovation Scholars, Swartz Fellows, Innovation Fellows, PROBEs, NSF I-Corps Site Teams, OFEF and others. A second panel included the Center's partners, CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC), Robotics HUB and AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear. Austin Webb presented Entrepreneurship 101 covering such topics as the Business Model Canvas and How to Pitch to Investors. Chetali Gupta and Matthew Tesch spoke about Research to Commercialization, moderated by Swartz Fellow Matharishwan Naganbabu (Mellon College of Science).

A networking event at Project Olympus rounded out the day where participants were able to tour the space and practice pitching startup ideas.  

Our 2016 Panel of Experts:

Michael Mawhinney, Innovation Scholar
JiaJia Zhang, Swartz Fellow
David Skoog, Innovation Fellow & I-Corps
Albert Topdjian, PROBE
Derek Gregg, McGinnis Venture Competition
Apurva Raghupathi, UEA
Austin Webb, GEC
Jim Jen, AlphaLab & Innovation Works
Chris Millard, AlphaLab Gear
Reed McManigle, CTTEC
Chris Moehle, Robotics HUB
Chetali Gupta, Salix Lignopolymers
Matthew Tesch, HEBI Robotics

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will return in Fall 2017!