Carnegie Mellon University

Dave MawhinneyDave Mawhinney

Founding Executive Director, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship; Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship; Full Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship


Dave Mawhinney is the founding executive director, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, and executive director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.  Dave is also full teaching professor at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, that was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site. In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine.

Before mSpoke, Dave was general partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.). 

Dave is an active board member at 4Moms, Inc., sovaSage, Inc., Shift Robotics, Inc., The Foundation for IUP, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association (ex-officio, past president). He is an Advisory board member to FifthSeason, #1Cochran,, Mach9 Robotics, CoPilot, Digital Dream Labs, InnovationWork’s AlphaLab, Pittsburgh Equity Partners, and 3 Points Rising VC. Dave also served as Executive-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, working with healthcare information technology startups.

Dave holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dave was a 2017 recipient of the Tepper School Alumni Award. He lives with his wife Kristan and three sons in Fox Chapel, Pa.