Startups at the Swartz Center
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
We are building the future of digital advertising. Digital advertising is a $400 billion dollar space, facing increasing privacy regulations because of which the traditional methods of ad targeting don't work well. We use advanced AI and analytics to eliminate irrelevant ads and help brands get better ROI on ad spend, without violating privacy regulations. Our tech is superior compared to our competitors who use traditional keyword targeting on text.
Culturora is a Future of Work, SaaS solution that helps companies create a thriving company culture, improve employee experience, and reduce turnover. Unlike traditional HR and engagement solutions, Culturely leverages Machine Learning and Organizational Behavior research to optimize employee connections that build trust and a sense of community and belonging.
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.
We developed a "Github for Life", a version control system for living biospecimens. Life science faces difficulties in version control because the subject matters of "LIFE" cannot be “SAVED” easily. We are going to solve this problem by providing technologies in cryopreservation, imaging and version control.
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.
Mach9 Robotics is a remote sensing startup creating Google Maps for subsurface utilities. We are building mobile mapping platforms, based primarily on ground penetrating radar, to acquire very rich information about infrastructure health. Our new machine learning approach analyzes large-scale, subsurface datasets 100X faster than the existing state-of-the-art geotechnical data analysis tools with greater accuracy.
Moonpy is a Python distribution that allows for rapid code development without sacrificing performance. By dramatically increasing the performance of Python, Moonpy enables companies to reduce time-to-market, save on developer expenses, and reduce compute resources while opening up new opportunities in AI, web development, and edge computing.
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.
Organoid Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel cell replacement therapies to treat glandular diseases such as diabetes and hypothyrodism. Our technology spans multidisciplinary fields including immunology, regenerative medicine, genetic engineering, and advanced robotics for large scale manufacturing.
Procrastination at the workplace negatively impacts Productivity and Job Performance leading to an increased cost of human talent. Addressing it opens up a chest worth billions of dollars to organizations worldwide Self.best is a customized, minimally intrusive, secure and gamified solution that combines the knowledge of human psychology with power of AI/ML based data modelling to achieve significant productivity, cost and quality gains.
We believe that walking should be an efficient alternative to owning a car, biking, or taking public transport, everywhere for everyone. Shift 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.
Skeema transforms the browser into a workspace that helps people collect and organize information for all their online tasks, decluttering their minds and browser tabs. It addresses the high costs of switching between tabs and tasks, collecting all kinds of web content, and organizing that raw information so people can accomplish their goals in 10x less time than they can today. Once users have accomplished their tasks, their work is saved and aggregated so that others don’t have to start from scratch, leading to a virtuous cycle of knowledge acceleration.
Uncle Harvey was launched in 2020 as a collaborative effort between students, residents, and attendings to provide services and resources to all those involved in the field of Neurosurgery across America. We offer programs dedicated to furthering one’s goals in medical school, residency, research, and more.
We also aim to serve as an information hub – a one-stop-shop where you can find all of the latest information on neurosurgical current events and announcements, cutting-edge research, and even opportunities to get involved. Stay updated, further your education, and connect with some of the greatest minds in the field through our platform.
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.