Carnegie Mellon University

Company Creation

Carnegie Mellon University fosters innovation and encourages novel technologies to enter the marketplace through enterprise creation. Since its inception, CTTEC has been instrumental in the formation of new companies and commercializing Carnegie Mellon Technologies.

Since 2008, 137 are direct startups that licensed CMU-owned Intellectual Property through CTTEC. These companies have ranged from next generation mobile robotics to advanced materials to medical devices. We keep close ties with our companies and continue to add value through placement of individuals, licensing of key technologies and connections into industry, venture capital and economic development. Since 2011, more than $1 Billion was raised in Venture Capital funds by CMU startup companies.

Using a standard (or "express") deal approach to spin-off licensing, CTTEC offers a fair deal, a transparent process, and years of data and experience through multiple rounds of follow-on funding and company acquisitions.

Our newest initiative focuses on the building and deployment of expert communities designed to accelerate the evaluation and commercialization process.  Through an intimate understanding of the the variety of research and technologies at Carnegie Mellon coupled with the diversity of needs emerging technology based companies require, we feel that a collaborative approach to enterprise creation will provide tremendous benefit to us and our community.  We are looking for individuals with deep industry and technical knowledge in our target markets.  We are also looking for individuals with general management expertise in helping emerging technologies grow.  In return, we will provide personalized information regarding developing technologies at Carnegie Mellon and opportunities for you to connect with researchers and companies that match your interests.

Enterprise Creation Services

CTTEC has a long history of providing critical services to the Carnegie Mellon research community for building and spinning out new ventures. Some of the services CTTEC provides include:

  • Assessing a company's potential
  • Advising on the business plan
  • Identifying potential candidates for company management
  • Making connections to service providers (economic development organizations, lawyers, accountants, etc.)
  • Providing connections to potential sources of funding
  • Helping secure physical space for incubation when available


In addition, CTTEC can provide Gap Funding assistance for qualified projects. The purpose of the Gap Fund Program is to facilitate the literal transfer of new technologies to start-up companies. Some examples of funded activities include:

  • Business Plan development
  • Prototype development/testing
  • Market analysis/testing
  • Short-term support for consultants/first technical or business hire
  • Business development/partnering activities

Gap Funds are available exclusively for CMU related start-up companies. For additional information and guidelines on the Gap Fund Program, contact Reed McManigle,
Mentor in Residence & Senior Manager.


Our model also extends to the entrepreneurial community outside Carnegie Mellon. By facilitating connections between seasoned entrepreneurs and technologists, we add the right level of management expertise and industry understanding to compliment an emerging start-up. Our approach is open and collaborative and our experience and processes help to build valuable connections between the entrepreneurial community and faculty researchers.  We are always looking to connect well qualified entrepreneurs with our start-ups. Get involved and keep in touch with CTTEC.



U.S. Small Business Administration - The U.S. Small Business Administration: plan / Launch / Manage / Grow your business

Kauffman Entrepreneurs - An excellent resource on entrepreneurship from the Kauffman Foundation

Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur Magazine - The online journal for entrepreneurs

Wall Street Journal - Small Business

Wall Street Journal - Small Business - The small business resource center of the WSJ


Vistage - An executive leadership organization

New Enterprise Forum

New Enterprise Forum - Non-profit organization to link entrepreneurs with critical resources

American Invents Act

American Invents Act - Seminar by Mark Knedeisen from K&L Gates

Entrepreneurs meet-ups in Pittsburgh

Entrepreneurship Meetups in Pittsburgh - Attend or lead Meetup groups

Early Stage Financing

National Association for Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC)

SBICs are privately organized and managed venture capital firms licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make equity capital or long-term loans available to small companies.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2billion to small high-tech businesses. The U.S National Science Foundation administers the SBIR.GOV site on behalf of the federal government.