Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CMU's BlastPoint and NoRILLA Present at AlphaLab's Demo Day

AlphaLab held its spring Demo Day on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead. Of the twelve startups that presented were two from CMU: big data provider BlastPoint (CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team) founded by Alison Alvarez, Derek Gregg (Swartz Fellows) and Tomer Bornstein; and children's learning platform NoRILLA (Project Olympus PROBE, CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team) founded by Nesra Yannier.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CMU's American Robotics Raises $1.1M in Seed Funding

Reese Mozer, CMU alumnus, founder and CEO of American Robotics, Inc., is developing drone technology whose automated capabilities could take the piloting controls out of the farmer’s hands. The Boston-based company, a participant in this week's LaunchCMU event in Silicon Valley, announced that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding to further develop its drone technology.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

NetBeez Among 2017 Best of Interop ITX Awards

CMU startup NetBeez, founded by alumni Stefano Gridelli, Panos Vouzis and Panickos Neophytou, was recently named among four other winners of Interop ITX (2017 Best of Interop ITX Awards), the independent conference for tech leaders. The award recognizes event exhibitors that have made significant technological advancements in core areas of IT.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ModCloth Introduces #StyleforAll Campaign

ModCloth may have become part of the Walmart family—to the displeasure of many in Pittsburgh—but the local online clothier founded by CMU alumni and husband and wife team Eric and Susan Gregg Koger still wants to honor its roots. Now women of the city’s art scene are being given the spotlight as part of company’s latest fashion campaign. ModCloth recently launched #StyleforAll Work of Art, a curated collection of chic workwear modeled by several influential female arts professionals in Pittsburgh.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Tops Inc.'s List of Best Cities to Start a Business 

Having graced numerous rankings touting its love of beer, coffee and food, and as a great place to live on a budget, Pittsburgh has now been recognized by Inc. magazine as a hub for entrepreneurs. The city topped Inc.’s list of six Best Cities to Start a Business Right Now, beating out four domestic cities and one international location. The rating was based on a number of factors, including the ability to attract young professionals and access to investors and large companies.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

RoBotany's Austin Webb Named 2017 Best and Brightest by Poets & Quants

CMU Tepper School of Business MBA, Austin Webb, was recently named among this year's Best and Brightest MBAs by Poets & Quants. Webb is the CEO and a co-founder of RoBotany, the indoor vertical farming operation, along with co-founders Danny Seim, CMU Tepper MBA, Austin Lawrence and Brac Webb. The company has raised over $600K, is opening a climate-controlled farm inside of a Pittsburgh steel mill and has partnered with Whole Foods to sell its produce, brand named Pure Sky Farms.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

CMU Spinout Wins Medical Capital Innovation Competition

MedRespond, LLC, founded by CEO and CMU alumna Ginny Pribanic, won first place in the Open Division at the inaugural Medical Capital Innovation Competition recently. A Pittsburgh‐based patient engagement technology (PET) company, MedRespond, LLC uses proprietary natural language processing technology to simulate one‐on‐one conversations with providers, patients and their families.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tech Startup Aims to Help Recovering Addicts with New Wearable Device

CMU startup and Spring 2017 NSF I-Corps Site Team Behaivior, was recently featured in a video aired on KDKA-TV News for its new wearable device aimed to help recovering addicts. The local tech startup is co-founded by Ryan O’Shea, PR/media and business, University of Pittsburgh, Ellie Gordon, UI/UX developer, Duquesne University and Lisa Rubin,  programmer and database manager, University of Pittsburgh.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Modcloth's Expansion Opportunities

Modcloth, founded by CMU alumni and husband and wife team Susan Gregg and Eric Koger, was recently acquired by Wal-Mart’s Jet.com. This partnership gives Modcloth the opportunity to expand by adding a private label and may mean opening more physical stores in select cities.

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