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Thursday, February 16, 2017

UpPrize Finalists Selected

Three CMU startups were announced as finalists in this year's UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge including: 

BlastPoint (2016 McGinnis Venture Competition winner), co-founded by alumnus Alison Alvarez, CMU student Derek Gregg (Swartz Fellows) and alumnus Tomer Borenstein.
Rubitection, founded by alumnus Sanna Gaspard.
Expii, founded by CMU associate professor of mathematics Po-Shen Loh.

In addition, these teams are Project Olympus PROBES and have taken  advantage of other CMU Swartz Center programs.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Simcoach Games Re-Releases Its JobPro App

With help from Partner4Work, Simcoach Games, founded by CMU professor of practice Jessica Trybus, has re-released JobPro: Get Hired! to the Android and iOS app stores. With new questions and responses, badges and Skill Arcade integration, Get Hired! is equipped to help job seekers practice key interviewing skills.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Entrepreneurs Crack Open Doors for High Schoolers

Two experts gave 42 high school students a glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship at a recent outreach workshop offered by Carnegie Mellon University Qatar (CMU-Q). Professors George White and Tom Emerson led the workshop and shared their stories of turning their ideas into business successes.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Billion Dollar Idea: CMU Alumni Head Automotive
AI Startup

CMU alumni and former staff members at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) founded Argo AI, an artificial intelligence startup in which Ford Motor Company will invest $1 billion over the next five years. Based in Pittsburgh with sites in Michigan and the San Francisco Bay Area, Argo will develop a self-driving system for an autonomous vehicle that Ford plans to produce in 2021.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

CMU Students Launch Mobile App to Order Drinks

Dealing with long lines at crowded bars can be frustrating. To combat this problem, a group of CMU students, led by CMU and Tepper School of Business alumnus Ian Glasner, have launched a mobile app called Refill, which allows users to order and pay for drinks on their phones.

Another CMU startup aimed at solving this issue is Srvd, founded by CMU Tepper alumnus Sachal Lakhavani.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

CMU Startup 101 Changing the STEM Lecture Forever

Chemical engineering Ph.D. student Justin Weinberg and Igor Belyayev are hoping to change the university lecture with their startup, 101 (Project Olympus PROBE). The developer of classroom engagement tools, 101 aims to take college STEM out of the dark ages of passive learning and usher in the new age of active learning.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TerrAvion Raises $10M Series A

TerrAvion, provider of aerial imagery from manned aircraft to farmers, has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Merus Ventures. TerrAvion is founded by Tepper School of Business alumnus Robert Morris (Swartz Fellow), who also employs CMU alumnus Stephen Smith, Flight Division Manager (Swartz Fellow). The company takes low-altitude flights to capture bird’s-eye views of farms used to help growers identify plant health and irrigation problems.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CMU's RoBotany in the News

CMU startup, RoBotany, founded by Tepper School of Business student Austin Webb, was recently featured on Pittsburgh's NPR station. The vertical indoor farming company recently launched its brand, Pure Sky Farms, at the opening of Whole Foods' new location in the South Hills.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rough Draft Ventures to Back CMU Student Startups

Rough Draft Ventures, General Catalyst’s student-led program that backs founders at the university level, has taken notice of Pittsburgh's tech scene, turning its attention to CMU startups. Founded by Peter Boyce II, Rough Draft is currently supporting CMU startup, 101.

Leading the program’s move to Pittsburgh is CMU junior and Innovation Scholar Akshay Goradia, an information systems and human-computer interaction major who joined Rough Draft in 2016.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

3-D Designer Puts You in the Interior Designer's Seat

CMU alumna and Modsy founder Shanna Tellerman believes that marrying form with function can lead to serenity and innovation. That conviction has helped her to raise $11 million for Modsy's home design application that helps users create 3-D models of their rooms and furnish and decorate them with home goods from online retailers.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Three CMU Startups Win TiE Pittsburgh's Startup Award/BMR Showcase

Three CMU startups, out of fifteen, pitched to investors and were the top winners at TiE Pittsburgh's Startup Award/BMR showcase held on February 2, 2017. The winners included: BreathWise, LLC (Project Olympus PROBE) and Folia Waterwho tied for first place winning $3,750 eachand Leaf Shave, winning $1K for third place.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

101 Among Student Startup Madness Finalists

Co-founded by CMU Ph.D. candidate Justin Weinberg and Igor Belyayev, 101 is among eight finalists in the Student Startup Madness (SSM) tournament, an official session at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. The Project Olympus PROBE and 2017 McGinnis Venture Competition is a developer of classroom engagement tools specifically for STEM.

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