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Friday, September 13, 2019

Innovation Scholars

The Swartz Center Announces 2021 Cohort of Undergraduate Innovation Scholars

The CMU Swartz Center has announced the next cohort of Undergraduate Innovation Scholars, which consists of eight undergraduate students from various CMU schools. This program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and seeks to increase the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving CMU's undergraduate students.

The new Innovation Scholars are:
• Connor Colombo, CIT
• Shayan Gupta, CIT
• Ishaan Jaffer, CIT
• Paris Mielke, Heinz College (co-founder of Pairi)
• Sachi Shah, CFA
• Alessandra Tully, Tepper
• Gregory Volymsky, Heinz
• Siwei Xie, Tepper

Find out more about the new Innovation Scholars.

Monday, September 9, 2019


The CMU Swartz Center Held Its Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Event This Past Saturday

Over two hundred CMU students packed the CMU Swartz Center on Saturday, September 7, 2019 for its annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, which kicks off the fall CONNECTS seminar series.

The event began with a panel discussion featuring fifteen CMU students and alumni who spoke about entrepreneurship at CMU. The students represented various Swartz Center programs and clubs including the Swartz Fellows, Undergraduate Innovation Scholars, Innovation Fellows, NSF I-Corps, Project Olympus PROBEs, Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC) and many more.

The second panel consisted of Swartz Center partners including Innovation Works' AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear, CMU CTTEC, UpPrize, IDEATE, Project Olympus, LifeX Ventures, TechSpark and Phillips.

A highlight of the event was the new "May the Swartz Be With You" t-shirts that were given to each of the panelists and participants. A networking reception followed.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


BlastPoint Inc. Selected by Plug & Play For Its Energy and Sustainability Group

Co-founded by Tepper School of Business alumna and Swartz Fellow Alison Alvarez,  and CMU alumnus Tomer Borenstein, BlastPoint, Inc. has been selected to participate in Plug & Play's Energy and Sustainability Group. BlastPoint is a winner of the Swartz Center's McGinnis Venture Competition and is also a Project Olympus PROBE and a participant in the NSF I-Corps Site Team program.

Read Pittsburgh Business Times. (This article requires a subscription.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


The Swartz Center's Fall CONNECTS/START SMART Seminar Series Starts on Tuesday, September 10

The CMU Swartz Center is excited to announce its Fall CONNECTS/START SMART seminar series, which officially starts on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. All events will take place at the CMU Swartz Center, located in the Tepper School of Business, Tepper Quad, 3rd Floor, suite 3700.

Read the Tepper School of Business.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Project Olympus' Peer, Pitch, Pizza

Project Olympus' Peer Pitch and Pizza Events Have Concluded for the Summer

Over the summer, Project Olympus hosted its Peer, Pitch and Pizza events. Eleven Pittsburgh startup teams pitched at the events including: Andy Chan and Tyler Besselman of VIT Initiative, Daniel Seim of, Jeremy Guttman of Biomotivate, Javad Mohammadi of Gridfruit, Shayan Gupta (Innovation Scholar) of Audition Technologies, Stuart Diller of ESTAT Actuation, and Nick Marco of Wise Telemetry.

The following teams that pitched have startup garages at the CMU Swartz Center: Paris Meilke (Innovation Scholar), co-founder of Pairi, Tony Zhao of ConvMind, Chip Homer of Zensors and Tim Mueller-Sim of Bloomfield Robotics.