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Friday, January 21, 2022

Fifth Season

SABRA® Announces Fresh Collaboration With Fifth Season

Sabra, maker of America's favorite hummus, and Fifth Season, a food system pioneer and robotic farming leader, are on a mission to rescue salad lovers from limp lettuce and sad salads with a more deliciously sustainable solution. The mission-aligned brands are introducing a fresh idea for the produce aisle: salad kits featuring sustainably farmed greens paired with creamy, plant-based hummus, guacamole and whole grains.


Friday, January 21, 2022

fifth season

Vertical Farming Leader Fifth Season Expands To Build Second Farm

Fifth Season is expanding to build its second robotic vertical farm in Columbus, Ohio, to fulfill the demand for fresher greens and Fifth Season ready-to-eat salads at major retailers like Giant Eagle and Kroger.


Thursday, January 20, 2022


NoRILLA Chosen Among The Best VR/AR Startups in PA

Founded by CMU's Nesra Yannier, NoRILLA was recently chosen among the best virtual reality startups in PA. The mixed-reality startup bridges physical and virtual worlds to improve learning five times. The startups featured in the article are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Virtual Reality industry.


Thursday, January 13, 2022


One-On-One Coaching Platform CoPilot Closes on $5.8M Series A

CoPilot Systems Inc., which previously went by the name of Delta Band Inc. as the makers of its DeltaTrainer platform, announced a close on its $5.86 million Series A round, bringing its total capital raised since its founding to over $10M.

Read more at PittsburghInno.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022


Serial Entrepreneur Disrupts the Speech Training Market With AI-Powered Speech Coach

In the fierce competition of a total USD $350B market cap education business, Pittsburgh-based startup TalkMeUp, founded by Tepper School of Business alumna and Swartz Fellow JJ Xu, uses AI technology to get a piece of the pie. Already raising USD $1M in the pre-seed round, they are now aiming for the seed round.

Read more at Meet Global.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Nimble Robotics

Nimble Robotics Featured in Wall Street Journal - Robotic Arms Using Machine Learning to Reach Deeper Into Distribution

Nimble Robotics, founded by CMU alumnus Simon Kalouche, is leading the charge on automating warehouse fulfillment operations with the largest deployed fleet of AI-enabled ASRS picking robots.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Gecko Robotics

CMU Companies Among Ten Pittsburgh Tech Companies to Watch in 2022

It’s not easy to predict what will happen with Pittsburgh tech—and, really, it’s not easy to predict anything right now. But one thing is certain. The city is finally firmly on the map as a technology center. Companies such as Astrobotic, Locomation, Gecko Robotics, Cognistx and MeterFeeder made the NextPittsburgh list of 'Ten Pittsburgh Tech Companies To Watch in 2022'. . 

Read more at NextPittsburgh.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022


Space Robotics Enterprise, Astrobotic, Is Making Its Moonshot

For the first time in nearly 50 years, humanity is headed back to the surface of the Moon. Astrobotic, Pittsburgh’s space robotics company is leading the way. It all started with a dream and a few brilliant minds above a bagel shop near Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) campus. 


Friday, December 17, 2021


Bloomfield Robotics, Inc. Raises $1.8M in Its First Funding Round with a Japanese Manufacturer

Bloomfield Robotics Inc. has raised $1.8 million in its first funding round with Japanese manufacturer, Kubota Corp., based in Osaka, Japan, one of the world’s largest tractor producers among the investors.
Other investors include high-net-worth individuals and two accelerators—Pax Momentum of Washington, D.C., and Thrive SBG in Los Angeles. 

 Read more at PittsburghInno.

Friday, December 10, 2021


Mambu Valued at $5.3B in Investment Led by Private Equity Firm EQT

A group led by private-equity company EQT AB is acquiring a minority stake in banking-software firm Mambu, a Dutch provider of embedded financial services and banking APIs. The deal values the financial-technology company at more than $5.3B, the companies said. Mambu is co-founded by CMU HCI alumni and CEO Eugene Danilkis. 

 Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Pair Team

Pair Team Secures $7.3M to Build Primary Care Infrastructure for Medicaid and Underserved Populations

Pair Team, the first operational platform and tech-enabled care teams for community health centers, announced it has closed a $7.3M round of funding backed by NTTVC, Newark Venture Partners and 8VC. This new financing enables Pair Team to accelerate the company’s mission to build the digital infrastructure for the nation’s most underserved communities.

Pair Team was founded in 2019 by CMU alumnus Neil Batlivala, a healthcare technologist, and Cassie Choi, a registered nurse (RN).

 Read more at Businesswire.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Jody Madala and Matthew Polowitz

Two VentureBridge Founders Selected to Poets&Quants 2021 Most Disruptive MBA Startups List

Poets&Quants has just released its '2021 Most Disruptive MBA Startups' and two MBA founders, Jody Madala, co-founder of Culturora and Matthew Polowitz, co-founder at Equa Health, were named to the list. Find out more about each of the companies.

 Read more at Poets&Quants.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Strength in Numbers

The CMU Swartz Center Holds Its Fourth WMBE Outreach Program Event, Strength In Numbers

The CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship held its fourth WMBE Outreach Program event, Strength In Numbers, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. The evening began at the Sleeping Octopus, a renovated venue in Wilkinsburg, PA, with a networking dinner for the cohort participants and their mentors, followed by presentations at the Swartz Center. Presentations were given by Kiya Tomlin, owner of Kiya Tomlin Fashion in Etna, PA, who shared her inspiring journey to entrepreneurship, Aaron Aldrich of Bridgeway Capital and CMU student and Innovation Scholar Anjali Akula, director of community outreach at re:Bloom, a company that builds simple and easy to maintain websites.

Each of the cohort members will continue building relationships with their mentors into the new year.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Stella Han

Fractional Lands $5.5M to Make Real Estate Ownership More Accessible

Founded by CMU alumna Stella Han and Carlos Treviño, Fractional, a San Francisco-based startup, aims to make real estate ownership more accessible. The platform, which participated in Y Combinator’s Winter 2021 batch, helps people co-own investment properties with friends and strangers.

Stella also participated in the Swartz Center's Innovation Scholars program in the 2019 cohort.

 Read more at TechCrunch.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Nimble Robotics

Nimble Robotics Transforms eCommerce Fulfillment, Deploying Fleets of Intelligent Picking Robots

Nimble Robotics, Inc., a robotics and e-commerce fulfillment technology company founded by CMU alumnus Simon Kalouche, shared for the first time a view of its robots picking and packing hundreds of thousands of customer orders in production. Nimble is working with many of the world's largest and most well-known brands including Best Buy, Victoria’s Secret, Puma, NFI/CalCartage, iHerb, Adore Me, Weee! and others.

 Read more at BusinessWire.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Startups to Watch

CMU Startups Among Pittsburgh's Startups to Watch in 2022

Pittsburgh's youngest companies aren't just raising money and hiring workers. They're changing the very way the world works, developing technologies capable of improving human health and even business itself. Pittsburgh Inno has launched its inaugural list of Startups to Watch—an annual list that profiles startup companies poised for significant developments over the course of the next year. Most of the startups listed are CMU companies and many are participants in the Swartz Center's VentureBridge program:

  • Argot.AI - Alex Litzenberger and Evan DiSantola (co-founders)
  • Mach9 Robotics - Alex Baikovitz and Haowen Shi (co-founders)
  • ViralMoment - Chelsie Hall, CEO and Sheyda Demooei, CTO
  • Refiberd - Mingyue (Ida) Wang, Sarika Bajaj and Tushita Gupta (founders)
  • Shift Robotics - Xunjie Zhang (founder)