Carnegie Mellon University

Major Upcoming Events


Y Combinator at CMU

Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00-6:30 pm
Gates Hillman Center, Rashid Auditorium (4401)

Join Y Combinator partners for a talk that will address how to structure a great pitch, what they look for in companies and what it's like to go through the program. Y Combinator will also host office hours during the day starting at 1:00 pm.

Y Combinator is a startup seed fund based in Mountain View, CA.  Find out more.

James R. Swartz Leadership Series and the Dietrich Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Founder and CEO

Everything I Learned in the 17 Years
Since I Graduated

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
CMU, Baker Hall, 125 C

Sanjay Patel (DC’00) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of GuestBook, a hospitality enablement software platform. 

Since receiving his degree in information systems, Patel has proven to be able to foresee opportunities new technologies have in business. He previously founded Perpetuating, a services company focused on the leading edge of technology, successfully taking the company from eCommerce, to business IT, to becoming one of the premiere companies in the mobility industry. Patel's career has covered the intersection of technology, business and the arts.

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Choolaah Grand Challenge

Applications open - Monday, February 12, 2018
Deadline to apply is Thursday, March 15, 2018

To learn more and sign up for the challenge, please visit

Innovation Scholars Group

Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program

Applications are now open for the CMU Swartz Center's 2018-2019 Undergraduate Innovation Scholars program. The goal of the program is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship while aiming to increase the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving CMU's undergraduate students. Innovation Scholars complete a two-year program integrating:

• academic coursework
• work experience in a startup company
• networking
• mentorship—given as well as received

The deadline to apply to this selective program is Friday, April 6, 2018.

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