Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, November 17, 2017

Robb Myer

Swartz Center EIR Robb Myer Featured in Tepper Magazine

After obtaining his MBA at CMU's Tepper School of Business, Robb Myer dipped his toe into entrepreneurial waters, joining an upstart social network called Clique as its director of marketing. In 2010, he dove into his own venture with Nowait, which was purchased by Yelp for $40M in February 2017.

Myer now serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence for the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at CMU.

Read the Tepper Magazine

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bossa Nova

CMU Robotics Institute's Bossa Nova Robotics Raises $17.5M

Bossa Nova Roboticsa company that builds robots to track inventory on store shelves founded by Robotics Institute Ph.D. alumnus Sarjoun Skaffrecently announced that it has raised a $17.5M round of series B funding. Paxion Capital Partners led the round, which included participation from Intel Capital, WRV Capital, Lucas Venture Group and Cota Capital.

This new funding builds on a $14M round that Bossa Nova announced last year and brings the company’s total amount raised to $41.7M. The company is currently operating within 50 Walmart stores.

Read VentureBeat

Friday, November 3, 2017


Choitek Founder Creates 3D Printed, Full Size Robot 

Building robots can be difficult, and if you want to construct something humanoid, designing the mechanics alone can be a significant task. ASPIR, which stands just over four feet tall, looks like a great
place to start.

CMU's John ChoiInnovation Scholar, Project Olympus PROBE and  founder of Choitekcreated a 3D-printed robot that can move its arms, legs and head via 33 servo motors, all controlled by an Arduino Mega.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

LaunchCMU October 10, 2017

LaunchCMU 'Robotics in Manufacturing' Featured The Best of CMU Robotics Startups

The CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its fifth LaunchCMU event, “Robotics in Manufacturing,” in Pittsburgh this past October. Sponsored by Latham & Watkins, LaunchCMU serves as an opportunity for the Swartz Center to highlight the many entrepreneurial activities at CMU.

Serving as a sequel to the event held in Silicon Valley this past spring, LaunchCMU featured several entrepreneurs—many with ties to CMU's Robotics Institute or the university’s Portugal program—who are using AI and robotics to demonstrate their companies while providing opportunities to network with investors.

Read the Tepper School of Business

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Create Connections

CFA Alumni Create Connections Between Creation and Design

Lexi Chung (A 2010) and Filip Agren (A 2011), founders of Standard & Custom (S&C), a Pittsburgh-based custom design-fabrication firm, developed their artistic vision and passion while at CMU.

The two were among the first to use the CMU School of Architecture’s Digital Fabrication Lab, which inspired their love of “making” and a passion for design.

S&C debuted its line of architectural products and furniture at North America’s premier contemporary design showcase, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this past May.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017


CMU Students, Post-Doctoral Candidates and Alumni!

Apply for the Spring 2018 VentureBridge Program

Applications are open for the Spring, 2018 VentureBridge cohort. The VentureBridge program provides mentorship to students seeking to transform their high-tech concept into a startup. Bridging the gap between educational and startup environments, the program welcomes aspiring entrepreneurs to CMU’s Silicon Valley campus, providing unique access to the region’s venture capital ecosystem.

VentureBridge teams are supported throughout the process of building their startup into a reality, graduating from the program with a validated proof of concept and strategy for acquiring customers.

VentureBridge is hosted by the Integrated Innovation Institute, in conjunction with the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.

Apply by December 15, 2017.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2018 McGinnis Venture Competition

Register to Compete!

2018 McGinnis Venture Competition

The McGinnis Venture Competition brings together CMU's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60K in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback for their ventures.

This multi-round competition kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds which culminates in a final, live round celebration to be held at CMU, Tepper School of Business on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Important dates:

December 5, 2017 - Register deadline to be guaranteed a coach.
 January 24, 2018 - Round 1 submissions due via Startup Compete

Find out more and register.