Carnegie Mellon University

Getting Started - Faculty

Project Olympus encourages and supports entrepreneurship across Carnegie Mellon University's campus. For those startups where faculty or staff are licensing IP from CMU, we partner with CTTEC to supplement the range of services and support they offer.

Faculty members who are interested in working with Project Olympus have a variety of options for learning more about our offerings and getting into our program. These can be used individually or in combination:

1. If your startup is licensing IP from CMU, often initial assistance is provided by staff at CTTEC. Project Olympus partners closely with CTTEC and can provide additional support upon request.

2. Project Olympus and CTTEC hold regular “Office Hours’ in Gates 6217 every Wednesday morning from 10-12. Kit Needham, Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Project Olympus, and Cindy Chepanoske and Fadwa Brady from Tech Transfer are there for preliminary discussions on your business idea and if necessary, filing and licensing IP from CMU. While not necessary, reviewing or completing the Business Concept Template beforehand is recommended.

4. For those that are ready to work with Project Olympus directly, complete the Business Concept Template and send it to A meeting will be arranged with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to discuss your startup. Note that Project Olympus does not have any fees or require any equity for our services.