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Major Upcoming Events for the Swartz Center & CMU T&E

McGinnis Venture Competition 2024

Calling All Current CMU Student Entrepreneurs!
2024 McGinnis Venture Competition Registration Open

Compete for a chance to:

>Win $60K in investments
>Gain exposure
>Interact with investors and alumni entrepreneurs

The McGinnis Venture Competition is a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s global community of student entrepreneurs, bringing together the best and brightest to compete for $60K in investments. All participants receive coaching, valuable feedback and an opportunity to raise capital.

The 2024 McGinnis Venture Competition registration opened on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The Round 1 submission deadline is on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 via our online platform, Pralent. Teams who create a profile, register for the competition and start their submission by Friday, December 1, 2023 are guaranteed to be assigned a coach for the competition; for those who register after December 1, 2023, are not guaranteed a coach assignment.

The final round pitches will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. 

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CMU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club Startup Career Fair

CMU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club Startup Career Fair

Thursday, December 7, 2023
6:00 - 7:00 PM | ET
Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper Quad, 3rd Floor

*Open to ALL. Registration NOT required!

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Attend an Info Session

Come learn about the 2024 McGinnis Venture Competition. Find out important deadlines and details, and also hear from past McGinnis Venture Competition winners regarding their experiences.

This event will be hosted virtually, and advanced registration is required. Zoom information to all registered attendees will be sent the day before the event.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Swartz Center Patron Office Hours


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Legal Services Weekly Office Hours with Matt Kirmayer

Mondays 1:00-3:00 PM ET (10-12 PT)

To sign up for a 30 minute session with Matt, please contact Sean Mawhinney by the Thursday prior to your desired appointment. If you need to schedule an office hour outside of these regular hours, please contact Daria Stokes.

Swartz Center Patron Office Hours

Steptoe & Johnson

Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC - Legal Services Office Hours

Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC are holding office hours by appointment for any interested CMU graduate, undergraduate or alumni interested in entrepreneurship or connecting with members of the Swartz Center network.

Appointment only.  Contact Michael Mawhinney at

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Spring 2024 CONNECTS Announced

Our CONNECTS seminar series enhances the experiential education of any individual interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tailored mainly for students to help take their ideas from conception to commercialization, the seminars run throughout the academic year. Teams looking for talent and talent looking for teams can CONNECT at these events.

Check out the full schedule>