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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

Bootcamp 2016

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.

TBD Welcome Back to School Social

Our 2017 Panel of Experts:

Over 300 attendees packed CMU's Rashid auditorium on Saturday, September 10, 2016 for the Swartz Center's annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Executive Director, Dave Mawhinney, moderated panel discussions featuring student participants from CMU's Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC), Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association (UEA), Undergraduate Innovation Scholars, Swartz Fellows, Innovation Fellows, PROBEs, NSF I-Corps Site Teams, OFEF and others. A second panel included the Center's partners, CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC), Robotics HUB and AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear. Austin Webb presented Entrepreneurship 101 covering such topics as the Business Model Canvas and How to Pitch to Investors. Chetali Gupta and Matthew Tesch spoke about Research to Commercialization, moderated by Swartz Fellow Matharishwan Naganbabu (Mellon College of Science).

A networking event at Project Olympus rounded out the day where participants were able to tour the space and practice pitching startup ideas.  

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