What is Project Olympus?
Project Olympus offers support and resources for CMU faculty, students, recent alumni, and staff who want to turn their cutting-edge research and great ideas into startups. Project Olympus is open to CMU entrepreneurs at any stage, from concept to business creation. At Project Olympus you will learn how to find product/market fit and develop a feasible business model to attract funding that will take your venture to the next level.
What Project Olympus has to offer:
- Assigned Business Coach who works with you to develop a personalized “roadmap”
- Expert Industry Advice
- Free Startup Space and expanded Maker workshop
- Funding Opportunities, Connections, AWS Credits
Who is eligible?
Project Olympus is open to teams with at least one CMU affiliate founder (faculty, staff, undergrad, grad, postdoc, recent alum).
Ready to apply?
Applications are on a rolling basis, click here to get the support to help your startup be a success!
Program Coordinator, Project Olympus
The startup projects are the centerpiece of the enterprise. Here teams of faculty, students, or staff from across the campus explore the commercial potential of their research and ideas. Guidance is provided at every stage by the Project Olympus in-house entrepreneurs-in-residence and a network of economic development partners.
Project Olympus Show & Tell
Project Olympus Show & Tells provide a window into the many exciting startup and entrepreneurial endeavors on campus. It's also an excellent place for students and faculty to connect with the larger local entrepreneurial community.
April 7, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Presentations (In-person & Remote) 4:00-5:15PM
Networking Session (In-person) 5:15-6:00PM
The Olympus Spark Grant Fund helps Olympus student startup projects kick-start their business ideas. Every semester, students submit proposals and pitch their ideas to investors, with winning projects going on to receive funds. The funds are provided by charitable gifts from alumni and other community donors.
Customer Discovery Kickstart Program
In this new program, early-stage startups will explore the feasibility of their business ideas. This program is designed to help early-stage startups determine product – market fit by connecting with potential customers and industry stakeholders. Through the process, teams will quickly gain insights into their intended market and use customer research techniques to inform the next steps in their entrepreneurial journeys.
The next cohort will run between Sept. 21 - Oct. 26, 2022.
What Are People Saying?
- Kelly Collier, CEO, ActivAided Orthotics *Acquired*
- Davin Lafon, Founder, Aletheia Innovations
We invite you to join the supporters of Project Olympus. Your contributions will help us support commercialization by our best and brightest as vital to the growth and success of the university, the region, and the nation. Please choose which option works best for you:
Project Olympus - Project Olympus provides startup advice, micro-grants, incubator space, and connections for faculty and students across campus and with the wider regional, national, and global business communities. We help students, faculty, alumni, and staff turn their cutting-edge research and great ideas into startups.
Project Olympus Spark Grant Fund -The Olympus Spark Grant Fund helps Olympus student startup projects kick-start their business ideas. Every semester, students submit proposals and pitch their ideas to investors, with winning projects going on to receive funds. The funds are provided by charitable gifts from alumni and other community donors.
Lenore Blum Innovation Fund - The Lenore Blum Innovation Fund, named in honor of the founder of the Project Olympus Incubator Program, provides support for initiatives promoting diversity within the program. Project Olympus bridges the gap between cutting-edge university research and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities.
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