Carnegie Mellon University
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November 9-16, 2018

Celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative culture at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh 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. We continue to collaborate with Pitt's Innovation Week, hosted by the Innovation InstituteFor questions, please contact Sonya Ford.

2018 Events

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The Money Table Graduate Investor Competition

Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10, 2018
Where: Pitt, Alumni Hall and CMU, Tepper Quad 3rd Fl., Swartz Center


Startup companies are a dime a dozen. Think you've got what it takes to pick a winner? Introducing The Money Table, the competition where you are the angel investor. Put real Pittsburgh startup companies in your hot seat. As you grill local entrepreneurs, real angel investors assess your investment team in a single elimination tournament. No experience required; we'll give you a crash course in investing prior to the competition. All backgrounds welcome, but you must be a graduate student. 

Who Should Attend: Graduate Students from Pitt and CMU Only

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Global Entrepreneurship Reception

Monday, November 12, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Pitt Campus, William Pitt Union, Ballroom


Join us for this reception to kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week at the University of Pittsburgh. This event will start with a networking reception for alumni, faculty, students and friends from Pitt and CMU followed by 4 TedX style presentations from Pitt  and CMU innovators. Hear how these faculty innovators were motivated to pursue commercialization, what path they are taking and the challenges they’ve faced. There are sure to be some great takeaways for anyone considering commercializing an innovation or starting a company.

PDMA Pitch Competition

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: CMU, Tepper Quad - Simmons Auditorium


PDMA Pittsburgh will help celebrate Pitt and CMU’s Global Entrepreneurship Week by sponsoring an exciting student pitch competition.  Eight teams – four graduate and four undergraduate teams from Pitt and CMU – will have 90 seconds to pitch their innovative ideas to an expert panel of judges to compete for great prizes. The winning teams will receive cash prizes as well as access to a variety of resources which are generously donated from local sponsoring companies. From mentoring on Intellectual Property (IP) to providing product development and manufacturing advice, the sponsors will be focused on helping these young entrepreneurs develop their products and services.Join us to experience the energy and creativity of Pittsburgh’s future innovators and entrepreneurs.


*Sponsored by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) 

Social Impact Panel & Reception

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Pitt Campus, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge
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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.

Start-Up Job Fair For Students & Alumni 

Thursday, November 15
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Newell Simon Hall


Do you want to be a part of something from the ground up? Interested in working for a start-up? Attend the Start-Up Job Fair to network with almost 50 Pittsburgh startups looking to hire full-time, part-time, interns, and paid/unpaid positions in sales, marketing, operations, IT, engineering, and more. This annual event is presented by Project Olympus and the Pittsburgh Tech Meetup and co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Tech Meetup and the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute. 

Who Should Attend:  CMU & Pitt Students & Recent Alumni
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Student Shadows with Pittsburgh Start-ups

Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Lunch will be provided) 

Registration coming soon.      

Registration is required to attend this event. Transportation will be provided. 

Student Meeting Time: TBA

Attire: Business Casual

Transportation: Transportation will be provided to and from the visit.

Who Should Attend: All students 



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