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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, a fall semester, one-day glimpse into entrepreneurship at CMU and Pittsburgh, is the kickoff to our CONNECTS series.

Sponsored by: Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and Graduate Entrepreneurship Club


Check back for 2020 Bootcamp Information.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

1:30-5:00 p.m.

Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Tepper School of Business, 3rd Floor
4765 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

1:30 pm

Entrepreneurship at CMU & Panel Discussions
Learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship at CMU and in Pittsburgh from the perspective of startups and students. Meet members from Innovation Works, AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, CTTEC, Tech Spark and many more.

Panel 1: Swartz Center Programs & Entrepreneurship Clubs

Panel 2: Swartz Center Partners

3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship 101
Interested in entrepreneurship but have little to no experience? Learn the vocabulary and how startups differ from small businesses.

4:00 pm

Networking at the Swartz Center
Experience CONNECTS, which formally connects you with the entrepreneurial community around you.

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Bootcamp Resources

Competition [pdf]
Entrepreneurship 101 [pdf]

Saturday, September 7, 2019
1:30-5:00 p.m.
Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper Quad

1:30 pm

Entrepreneurship at CMU & Panel Discussions
Learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship at CMU and in Pittsburgh from the perspective of startups and students. Meet members from Innovation Works, AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, CTTEC, Tech Spark and many more.

Panel 1: Swartz Center Programs & Entrepreneurship Clubs

Panel 2: Swartz Center Partners

3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship 101
Interested in entrepreneurship but have little to no experience? Learn the vocabulary and how startups differ from small businesses.

4:00 pm

Networking at the Swartz Center
Experience CONNECTS, which formally connects you with the entrepreneurial community around you.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
1:30-5:00 pm
Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper Quad

1:30 pm

Entrepreneurship at CMU & Panel Discussions
Learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship at CMU and in Pittsburgh from the perspective of startups and students. Meet members from Innovation Works, AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, CTTEC and many more.

3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship 101
Interested in entrepreneurship but have little to no experience? Learn the vocabulary and how startups differ from small businesses.

Research to Commercialization
Through this panel discussion learn the building blocks from research to commercialization.

4:00 pm

Networking at the Swartz Center
Experience CONNECTS, which formally connects you with the entrepreneurial community around you.


Our 2018 Panel of Experts:

  • Jim Jen, AlphaLab & Innovation Works
  • Ilana Diamond, AlphaLab Gear
  • Susan Wu, Contrary Capital
  • Rishav Khemka, Corporate Startup Lab
  • Zach Pan, CMU Summit
  • Reed McManigle, CTTEC
  • Andrew Ellerhorst, Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition
  • Grant Vanderbussche, GEC
  • Amber Lucas, Innovation Fellows Program
  • Max Mirho, Innovation Scholars Program
  • Dietrich Stephan, LifeX
  • Dave Passavant, numo
  • Esme Rhine, Swartz Fellows Program
  • JJ Xu, McGinnis Venture Competition
  • Sankalp Arora, NSF I-Corps Program
  • Hunter Hartshorne, PROBE Program
  • Melanie Simko, Project Olympus
  • Stella Han, UEA
  • Anuraag Jain, VentureBridge Program

Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:30-5:30 pm
Mellon Auditorium, Tepper School of Business/Project Olympus

1:30 pm

Entrepreneurship at CMU & Panel Discussions
Learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship at CMU and in Pittsburgh from the perspective of startups and students. Meet members from Innovation Works, AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, CTTEC and the Robotics HUB.

2:30 pm

Entrepreneurship 101
Interested in entrepreneurship but have little to no experience? Learn the vocabulary and how startups differ from small businesses.

Research to Commercialization
Through this panel discussion learn the building blocks from research to commercialization.

Entrepreneurial Internships & Careers
Experience entrepreneurship as a career and internship.

3:30 pm

Travel to Project Olympus
4620 Henry St., Pittsburgh PA 15238
Walk to Project Olympus for the remainder of Bootcamp for an informal networking event.

4:00 pm

Networking at Project Olympus
4620 Henry St., Pittsburgh PA 15238
Experience CONNECTS, which formally connects you with the entrepreneurial community around you.


Our 2017 Panel of Experts:

Saturday, Septmeber 10, 2016
1:30-5:30 pm
Rashid Auditorium, School of Computer Science/Project Olympus

1:30 pm

Entrepreneurship at CMU & Panel Discussions
Learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship at CMU and in Pittsburgh from the perspective of startups and students. Meet members from Innovation Works, AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, CTTEC and the Robotics HUB.

2:30 pm

Entrepreneurship 101
Interested in entrepreneurship but have little to no experience? Learn the vocabulary and how startups differ from small businesses.

Entrepreneurial Internships & Careers
Experience entrepreneurship as a career and internship.

3:30 pm

Travel to Project Olympus
4620 Henry St., Pittsburgh PA 15238
Walk to Project Olympus for the remainder of Bootcamp for an informal networking event.

4:00 pm

Networking at Project Olympus
4620 Henry St., Pittsburgh PA 15238
Experience CONNECTS, which formally connects you with the entrepreneurial community around you.



Our 2016 Panel of Experts:

  • Michael Mawhinney, Innovation Scholar
  • JiaJia Zhang, Swartz Fellow
  • David Skoog, Innovation Fellow & I-Corps
  • Albert Topdjian, PROBE
  • Derek Gregg, McGinnis Venture Competition
  • Apurva Raghupathi, UEA
  • Austin Webb, GEC
  • Jim Jen, AlphaLab & Innovation Works
  • Chris Millard, AlphaLab Gear
  • Reed McManigle, CTTEC
  • Chris Moehle, Robotics HUB
  • Chetali Gupta, Salix Lignopolymers
  • Matthew Tesch, HEBI Robotics