Startups at Project Olympus
Project Olympus and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship welcome all Carnegie Mellon University current and alumni entrepreneurs and startups.
The Project Olympus space is two side-by-side buildings on Henry Street, contains 3 floors on each side with just over 8,000 square feet in total, 6 dedicated offices, 6 open office spaces, 4 conference rooms, an event space for up to 50 people, and a small maker-space. Additionally, there are 2 common areas that contain first-come-first-serve tables and are available for any approved Carnegie Mellon University related startup to use. The space is completely configurable of tables and furniture for whatever the needs of the startups may be along with 24/7 access for all team members.
Each startup in Project Olympus was founded by Carnegie Mellon University alumni, undergraduates, graduates, post-docs and faculty.
Interested in working with Project Olympus?
Project Olympus works at the earliest stage with students at all levels, faculty, and staff to accelerate the commercialization of cutting-edge university research and innovative ideas. Olympus serves as an incubator and accelerator for advanced technologies in the fields of AI, machine learning, robotics, chemistry/advanced materials, cybersecurity, clean technology/energy, and medical devices/biotech.
The application process requires the following:
- Must have one CMU affiliated founder (Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumni)
- Completion of the application for entrepreneurship space
- A meeting with an Olympus Entrepreneur-in-Residence
- If you are accepted you must execute the Right of Entry Agreement
First-Come First-Served Tables
Approved entrepreneurs who are still working on exploring their entrepreneurship idea or are in the early stages of their startup are welcome to use any of the available first-come first-served tables.
They also have 24-hour access to the space and are able to request reservations for the Project Olympus conference rooms.
Entrepreneurs who have demonstrated significant progress and commitment to their startup through their work at Project Olympus are assigned a dedicated space.
Dedicated spaces are clearly marked with the startups logo and/or name and are reserved for use only by that startup.
Use of one of the six Project Olympus offices is reserved for the entrepreneurs who have shown the most progress, commitment, and dedication to their startup.
Offices are assigned by the Project Olympus Access Committee and are reviewed on a semester basis.
Startups Currently in Project Olympus and Featured Startups
Audition Technology was founded in 2018 to develop hearing products for lifestyle, occupation and medical needs. We are developing affordable, accessible, user-centered, and quality hearing products - to serve 466 million mild/moderate hearing impaired individuals and 1.1 billion young adults worldwide at risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
BioHybrid Solutions (BHS) develops next-generation biopolymer hybrids, tailoring the activity and stability of proteins and enzymes for a wide range of applications including therapeutics, bioenergy, industrial catalysis, biosensors, and medical devices.
A.I. powered software giving businesses the power to find, reach & satisfy people at every touchpoint on the customer journey. Find the humans in your data.
ConvMind is an AI company specialized in conversational technologies. Founded by top researchers at Language Technologies Institutes, Carnegie Mellon University, we have over 30 years of experience and hold proprietary technologies in dialog systems, deep learning, and natural language processing. We currently focus on enabling scalable 1:1 consultative sale in the digital world via conversational AI.
Food is so central to our culture, health, and education, yet we see our current food system producing excessive waste and imposing dangers on the environment. This is why we are dedicated to building the tools and curriculum necessary to empower communities to redevelop and grow through sustainable food practices.
GT Entrepreneurs (GTE) is a private investment firm that works with a group of entrepreneurial Operators-in-Residence (OIR) looking to individually acquire, operate, and grow privately held businesses. GTE offers business owners a unique transition opportunity. Our entrepreneurs are ready to step into the ownership role and create long-term value for the company, while preserving the legacy that has been built.
Heart I/O is a digital diagnostic startup using artificial intelligence to help healthcare providers identify heart abnormalities more quickly, more accurately, and for orders of magnitude less. At Heart I/O, we’re committed to saving lives, improving outcomes, and decreasing costs.
KeelBoat Capital was founded by Andrew Ellerhorst to passionately pursue his dream of being the owner/operator of an American small business. Andrew is backed by 14 experienced business operators and owners who serve not only as investors but also as advisors and mentors through the acquisition and operating process.
We believe that walking should be an efficient alternative to owning a car, biking, or taking public transport, everywhere for everyone. Nimbus Robotics are building robotic shoes to enable commuters walking faster without extra efforts. By strapping our bionic shoes over your everyday shoes, you can make walking a mile take half of the time.
NoRILLA (Novel Research-based Intelligent Lifelong Learning Apparatus) is a new award-winning mixed-reality system that bridges the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children's STEM learning, fostering scientific curiosity and 21st century critical thinking skills. Research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University with over 200 children has shown that NoRILLA's patented AI technology improves children's learning by 5 times compared to equivalent screen-based technologies while also increasing their enjoyment. We have been working with hundreds of children at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, multiple school districts as well as informal learning spaces like IKEA and Bright Horizons.
Pairi is a two-sided marketplace that pairs beauty service providers with clients through a system similar to AirBnb. These services are often expensive, and most of the money from each transaction does not go to the service provider. We want to help entrepreneurial beauticians start their own businesses from anywhere, on their own time, while reducing the cost of beauty services in the process.
Shine Registry is a platform for female founders to ask for startup needs in the style of a wedding registry. You can ask for a gravy boat when you’re getting married and you can ask for Yelp reviews or office space when you’re starting a business.
With the Wise Telemetry gas sensor system, gas distributors can monitor real-time supply and usage data at each of their customer’s sites. Wise Telemetry optimizes deliveries to save you money.
We at ZODAJ aim to improve standards of living in Africa by using technological innovation. ZODAJ’s focus is to develop technology designed to solve Africa’s most pressing developmental problems. We hope to help all 54 countries seize the demographic window of opportunity presented by the projected population growth (A 170 million increase in the under 18 population. ZODAJ’s core purpose is to provide the technological resources necessary for economic development.