Carnegie Mellon University
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November 12-18, 2018

Celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative culture at Carnegie Mellon University during Global Entrepreneurship Week powered by the Kauffman Foundation! Be a part of the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. This year's celebration will be a collaboration with Pitt's Innovation Week, hosted by the Innovation InstituteFor questions, please contact Sonya Ford.

Check back for the list of 2018 events and sponsors.

2017 Events

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The Money Table

Application Deadline: November 3, 11:59pm

Bootcamp (Required to participate in the Money Table Competition)
Friday, November 10

6:30 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall 532

Money Table Competition
Saturday, November 11
CMU Campus, Gates Hillman Center 6115


Startup companies are a dime a dozen. Think you’ve got what it takes to pick a winner? The Money Table is the competition where you are the angel investor. Put real Pittsburgh startup companies in your hot seat.

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Kickoff Event

Rob Cochran

James R. Swartz Leadership Series: Rob Cochran

President and CEO
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Stray the Course: Driving Change in Traditional Industry

Monday, November 13, 2017
CMU Campus, Tepper School of Business, Cooper Auditorium


Rob Cochran sits atop Western Pennsylvania’s most successful automotive dealer group. But when it comes to running the enterprise that bears his name, there is little sitting involved. President and chief executive officer since 1992, Rob directs all facets of the organization’s operations. His presence is ubiquitous. From boardroom to showrooms, in communities and on TV, Rob drives the company with vigorous leadership, spirit and vision.

Rob joined the family business as executive vice president in 1987 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Management.

Rob Lee

Special Talk: Rob Lee

CEO, Pittsburgh Knights LLC

The Future of E-Sports

Monday, November 13, 2017
CMU Campus, Newell Simon Hall 3305


In 2017, the Esports Economy generated $696 million of revenue, a year-on-year growth of 41.3%. Brands will contribute up to $517 million in 2017 and brand investment will double by 2020. The global esports audience will reach 385 million by the end of this year, with 191 million Enthusiasts. This session will talk about the future of Esports, the trends and finances of the industry, and why entrepreneurs should seek to be involved with respect to their interests and skillsets. 
This talk features Rob Lee, former top Pro Gaming Manager in the U.S. & Europe, Creative Director and a current organization owner (think Steelers but for esports). Rob is currently building Pittsburgh’s esports infrastructure in the city and the region by connecting high schools and colleges and strengthening the local community of gamers casual and/or competitive.

START SMART: Structuring 3rd Party Relationships

Tuesday, November 14

CMU Campus, Newell Simon Hall, 3305
Presenter: David Lehman, K&L Gates Law Firm



Third party relationships can come in a variety of forms, e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and licensing. Creating strategic partnerships can add tremendous value, if the partnership is structured properly. Since every partnership is different, startups must understand the differences between the forms and how to negotiate the best terms to ensure the partnership success.

Co-sponsored by Project Olympus and The Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s Good Neighbors: Entrepreneurs Who are Changing Our Region and the World!

A fireside chat with Thread International, Rorus, 412 Food Rescue and Eco-Soap Bank

Dessert and Networking reception to follow

Wednesday, November 15
University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union

5:45pm  Doors open

6pm Fireside Chat

7-9pm Dessert and Networking

Audience: Open to all


Join us for a conversation with four Pittsburgh mission-driven enterprises as they talk with us about their journey from inspiration to impact, the lessons they’ve learned along the way and what’s next on their horizon.  


This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about taking entrepreneurial action to help solve local, regional, national or global challenges.  Following the conversation, stick around for dessert and mingling with others in our region’s social innovation and impact ecosystem.

Startup Job Fair

Thursday, November 16
CMU Campus, Newell Simon Hall, Perlis Atrium



Audience: Open to all

View the partcipating companies

This annual event brings together over 45 local startups and more than 350 applicants who are interested in working for a startup. 

Startups: Need to be less than five years old (company formation is not required) and should register in advance. A fee of $25 will be charged after the startup is approved.

Attendees: Positions available include full-time, part time, paid and unpaid internships in a variety of fields. Registration in advance is not required, but is encouraged. 

Both startups and attendees can sign up here.

Co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Technology Meetup and Project Olympus.

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Student Pitch Competition

Friday, November 17
5-7 pm
University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union


Audience: Open to the CMU and Pitt community

Come watch as CMU and Pitt grad and undergrad students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas in 90 seconds to a panel of judges for the chance to win cash prizes. Members of the audience will also vote for their favorite pitch. The competition is open to CMU and Pitt undergraduate and graduate students.

Interested in pitching? Contact Craig Markovitz

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The Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Pittsburgh

Friday, November 17
10:45 am-3:30 pm
CMU, Jared L. Cohon University Center, Rangos Auditorium

RSVP to by Wednesday, November 15, 2017, with your name and affiliation. A confirmation email will be forthcoming to include full details.

This event is an inspiring opportunity to collaborate with government officials, entrepreneurs and investors about Innovations & Technologies for the Smart City.  As the U.S. & India prepare to host the flagship Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30, this “Road to GES: Pittsburgh” engagement will highlight the best of Pittsburgh as a model Smart City.


•10:45 a.m.: Registration (All guests are asked to be registered and seated by 11:20 a.m.)
•11:20 a.m.: Welcome
•11:30 a.m.: U.S. Government VIP Keynote Address
•12:00 p.m.: Panel #1 “Technologies & The Smart City”
•1:00 p.m.: Luncheon & Student/Faculty Presentations
•1:45 p.m.: Panel #2 “Sustainable Development & Entrepreneurship”
•2:45 p.m.: Entrepreneur TED-style Talks
•3:30 p.m.: Network Reception

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