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November 13-17, 2017

Celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative culture at Carnegie Mellon University during Global Entrepreneurship Week powered by the Kauffman Foundation! Be a part of the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. This year's celebration will be a collaboration with Pitt's Innovation Week, hosted by the Innovation InstituteFor questions, please contact Sonya Ford.

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2016 Events

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The Money Table

Applications for this event are now closed.

Saturday, November 12
8:30am - 1:30pm
University of Pittsburgh, 5th Floor,
Alumni Hall
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Startup companies are a dime a dozen. Think you’ve got what it takes to pick a winner? Introducing The Money Table, the competition where you are the angel investor. Put real Pittsburgh startup companies in your hot seat.
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Sunday, November 13
6:00 - 8:00pm
The Yard
736 Bellefonte Street
Shadyside, Pittsburgh 15232
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CMU startup founders! Get an early start celebrating GEW at a special networking mixer hosted by the team from Dorm Room Fund, the student-led venture fund backed by First Round. Enjoy light bites at a local spot in Pittsburgh. 

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Monday, November 14 
12:30 - 1:30pm
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School 152
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Kickoff Global Entrepreneurship Week at CMU by meeting the Dorm Room Fund team.  Dorm Room Fund is a student-run venture fund backed by First Round. It invests in the strongest community of entrepreneurial students across the nation. Learn about Dorm Room Fund's 125+ investments, how to join the Dorm Room Fund student investment team, and meet investment partner, Nigel Coelho and managing partner, Jeff Ellington.

After the Kickoff, Nigel and Jeff will hold office hours from 2-4 pm in Tepper, 228. Sign up to learn more about possible investment opportunities!

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Student Pitch Competition

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Monday, November 14
5:30-8:00pm
Carnegie Mellon University
Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Audience: Open to the CMU and Pitt community

Come watch as CMU and Pitt grad and undergrad students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas in 90 seconds to a panel of judges for the chance to win cash prizes. Members of the audience will also vote for their favorite pitch. The competition is open to CMU and Pitt undergraduate and graduate students.

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GEW: CONNECTS: How to Find Office Space for Your Startup

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Tuesday, November 15

12:30pm - 1:20pm
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper, 146 

Presenter: Michael Stuart, Senior Associate, CBRE

Learn the "do's and dont's' of looking for the right office space for your startup with presenter Michael Stuart, commercial real estate broker with CBRE in Pittsburgh. Mike is also a member of the Occupier Services Group at CBRE. The primary focus of practice at CBRE is on transaction advisory services for commercial tenants and property owners.

Lunch sponsored by:
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GEW: START SMART: Structuring 3rd Party Relationships

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Tuesday, November 15

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Carnegie Mellon University
Newell Simon Hall, 3305 

Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates Law Firm

Third party relationships can come in a variety of forms, e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and licensing. Creating strategic partnerships can add tremendous value, if the partnership is structured properly. Since every partnership is different, startups must understand the differences between the forms and how to negotiate the best terms to ensure the partnership success.

Co-sponsored by Project Olympus and The Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.

Social Entrepreneur Lunch and Talk

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Wednesday, November 16
Noon - 1:00pm 
Carnegie Mellon University
Hamburg Hall, 1002
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Audience: Open to the CMU community

Join CMU’s Institute for Social Innovation for a special talk featuring Corinne Clinch, founder of Rorus, Inc., developer of a point-of-use filtration system for water, and Cara Jones, founder of Marinus Analytics, provider of research aimed to help law enforcement stop sex trafficking. During the talk, moderated by Kate Dewey of The Forbes Funds, both will discuss their entrepreneurial journeys to founding their successful startups. Lunch will be provided.

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Student Startup Panel

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Wednesday, November 16
5:30 - 7:00pm
Carnegie Mellon University
Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Andy Chan, CEO VIT
Matt Katase, Founder/Partner  The Brew Gentlemen
Kelly Collier, Founder/CEO ActivAided (now elizur Corporation)
Elijah Mayfield, Founder/CEO Lightside Lab (now TurnItIn)

Startup success stories are inspiring – but over time, many tend to gloss over the tough patches, focusing only on what went right. This student startup panel will talk about the earliest days and the assumptions or expectations that didn’t hold up, market realities, and unexpected developments that caused each to rethink their product, market, business model, etc.  All have demonstrated resilience and persistence, the key characteristics that distinguish the winners from the ‘also ran.’ Our panelists represent a startup on a winning trajectory, a thriving business ready for the next growth stage and two exits.

Refreshments will be served.

Startup Job Fair

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Thursday, November 17
4:00 - 7:00pm 
Carnegie Mellon University
Newell Simon Hall, Perlis Atrium
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Audience: Open to the CMU community. This annual event, presented by Project Olympus and the Pittsburgh Tech Meetup, brings together over 40 local startups and more than 300 applicants who are interested in working for a startup. The positions available include full time, part time, paid and unpaid internships.

Co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Technology Meetup and Project Olympus.

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Special Talk: Courtney Gras, Design Flux Technologies

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Friday, November 18
2:30 - 3:30pm 
Carnegie Mellon University
Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Join us for an exciting talk with Courtney Gras, Forbes 30 Under 30, 2016 and co-founder & COO of Design Flux Technologies, LLC.

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