Startups at the Swartz Center Space
The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes all Carnegie Mellon University current and alumni entrepreneurs and startups. Our brand new space in the Tepper Quad was made possible thanks to a generous gift by alumnus and entrepreneur James R. Swartz.
The Swartz Center space covers over 8,000 square feet with 10 built in "garage" office spaces. Each garage is home to a startup founded by Carnegie Mellon University alumni, undergraduates, graduates, post-docs and faculty. Additionally, multiple dedicated and first-come-first-serve tables are available throughout the open space for any approved Carnegie Mellon University related startups to use.
Interested in working out of the Swartz Center?
The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship is a curated entrepreneurship space for affiliated Carnegie Mellon University entrepreneurs and startups. 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 a member of the Swartz Center Access Committee
- 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 Swartz Center conference rooms.
Entrepreneurs who have demonstrated significant progress and commitment to their startup through their work at the Swartz Center are assigned a dedicated table.
Dedicated tables are clearly marked with the startups logo and/or name and are reserved for use only by that startup. Lockers are assigned to each dedicated table for storage of items overnight.
Use of one of the ten Swartz Center garages is reserved for the entrepreneurs who have shown the most progress, committment, and dedication to their startup.
Garages are assigned by the Swartz Center Access Committee and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The target duration for a startup in a garage is a year.
Startups in the Space
Acta Ventures is regional small business growth equity firm looking to actively partner with great small businesses in the Appalachian region. Our unique investment model incorporates both capital and sweat equity, providing owners leadership and resources to execute on key growth initiatives.
BizCatcher International, Inc is an AI-based M&A platform that matches small business buyers with suitable small business sellers
Blacktail Capital is a search fund founded by Jake Cervilla with the sole goal of finding, buying and running a single small business in the Seattle area.
Tool that helps development companies more accurately and quickly estimate the cost of future real estate projects by pairing Building Information Model, historical cost and other metadata with predictive analytics
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.
We are a Pittsburgh-based biotechnology company. Our mission is to offer patients with end-stage organ disease an alternative to transplantation and a life time of pharmacological therapy through the development of artificial organs and tissue regeneration therapies. We are currently developing an artificial pancreas through a DARPA-funded project. Earlier this year, we received the 2019 Tech Connect Innovation Award, placing us in the top 15% technologies from global academic technology transfer offices, early-stage companies, small business innovative research (SBIR) awardees, and government and corporate research laboratories.
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.
FarmEZ empowers the farmer by sharing live and future price information, giving farmers the ability to make decisions about when, what & where to sell, and plan harvests accordingly. Our platform connects key stakeholders in the food value chain, so that we are able to not only increase farmer profitability, but also produce quality through communication.
Fastplate is a campus food ordering and delivery platform. We are building the fastest, most accessible network for busy students to grab a bite. Whether you need to grab a quick bite or earn some extra cash, we build opportunities to make student lives more productive, more convenient, and more delicious.
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.
For a long time, individuals with coily/curly hair textures have compromised, managed, and conformed in an industry that has ignored their needs. We are a multi-sided platform (app) that empowers clients by providing a starting place for products, stylists, and content and empowers entrepreneurial stylists with low-maintenance business tools to improve their margins.
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.
Komodo leverages AI to aggregate municipal financial information in order to streamline the workflow of municipal analysts.
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.
TradeScope is an online tool which maps anecdotal investment ideas to tradable financial products. Most people have opinions concerning the direction of the economy, but few have the know-how to act on these ideas. TradeScope bridges this gap by translating simple, real world observations into complex, tradable strategies
Troutwood is a fintech start-up founded in 2019. The company seeks to build a best in class investor interface, and proprietary education portal. The education portal is being designed for classroom, at home and professional use. The team is operating out of the CMU Swartz Center.
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.