Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dilligence Vault

CMU Alumna and DiligenceVault Founder Featured in Tepper School Magazine: Enterprising Leaders

Tepper School of Business alumna and DiligenceVault founder Monel Amin (MBA 2005) is featured in the latest issue of Tepper Magazine in its Enterprising Leaders section.

DiligenceVault is a due-diligence platform for asset allocators and investment managers.

Read the Tepper Magazine.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


CMU's Precision Neuroscopics Team Receives $19M from DARPA to Create Noninvasive Brain Interface

A team of researchers from CMU has received a $19.48M grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a noninvasive neural interface that can be used as a wearable device. Called Precision Neuroscopics, the team has participated in a number of CMU Swartz Center programs including the Innovation Fellows, NSF I-Corps and is a Project Olympus PROBE. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Edge Case

CMU's Edge Case Research Secures $7M to Make Autonomy Safer

Edge Case Research (Edge Case), co-founded by CMU associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Phil Koopman, announced it has secured $7M in investment funding. The investment will expand the development of Hologram, an intelligent safety assessment platform for autonomous vehicle software that operates at the speed of modern machine learning development.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019


CMU Alumnus Glen de Vries Sells Medidata for $5.8B to Dassaulte Systems

With the acquisition of U.S.-based Medidata Solutions and its clinical and commercial solutions, Dassault Systèmes will reinforce its position as a science-based company.

Co-founded by CMU alumnus and CEO Glen de Vries, Medidata provides clinical expertise and cloud-based solutions that power the development and commercialization of smarter therapies. Glen has been active as a Swartz Leadership Series speaker and as a mentor with the CMU Swartz Center.


Monday, June 10, 2019


CMU Alumnus Will Lutz Featured in New Jersey Business Publication

In an article published by New Jersey Business, Tepper School of Business alumnus Will Lutz shares his views about incubators and accelerators. Will is the director of commercialization at VentureLink, the rebranded Enterprise Develoment Center (EDC) incubator at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

While studying at Tepper, Will participated in several CMU Swartz Center programs including the NSF I-Corps, OFEF and as a Project Olympus PROBE. He was also president of the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC) and is a mentor for the Swartz Center.

Read New Jersey Business.

Friday, June 7, 2019

VentureBridge Summer 2019 Cohort

Announcing the VentureBridge SV 2019 Cohort

We are excited to announce the seven CMU current and alumni startup teams that will be participating in the 2019 VentureBridge Summer Accelerator.
  • Delta Band
  • Nimbus Robotics
  • Onyx Labs
  • T4 Labs
  • TalentIPO
  • ViceVersa
  • Wisy
You can learn more about the 2019 cohort on the VentureBridge webpage.

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Self-driving Car Startup Gatik Emerges from Stealth with $4.5M in Seed Funding and Walmart Partnership

Gatik, developer of an autonomous vehicle stack for business-to-business short-haul logistics has received $4.5M in seed funding led by Innovation Endeavors, with participation from Trucks Venture Capital, Dynamo Venture Capital, Fontinalis Partners and AngelPad.

Founded by CMU alumni and co-founders Gautam Narang (CEO) and Arjun Narang (CTO), the company also announced a deal with Walmart and additional commercial partners that’ll be revealed later in the year.

Read VentureBeat.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Dobkin Gift

The Robert and Kathleen Dobkin Intuitive Foundation Supports Startups with $1.5 million Gift to Carnegie Mellon University and Swartz Center

Thanks to this strategic gift at least 30 VentureBridge companies will be funded over the next five years, with a minimum investment of $25,000 in each startup. These funds will be used by the companies to raise more capital, network with potential investors and partners, get initial talent on board and move their ideas into the marketplace.

Read the Carnegie Mellon University News.

Friday, May 31, 2019


Carnegie Mellon Robot, Art Project To Land on the Moon in 2021

CMU becomes space-faring university with payloads aboard Astrobotic lander

CMU is going to the moon, sending a robotic rover and an intricately designed arts package that will land in July, 2021. The four-wheeled robot is being developed by a CMU team led by William "Red" Whittaker, professor in the Robotics Institute.

Both payloads will be delivered to the moon by a Peregrine lander, built and operated by Astrobotic Inc., a CMU spinoff that was just awarded a $79.5M contract from NASA.

Read CNN Business.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Rob Southern 

Enterprising Leaders: Rob Southern, CEO of Ascend Software

CMU alumnus, Swartz Fellow and Ascend Software CEO Rob Southern, is featured in the latest edition of  the Tepper School Magazine's Enterprising Leaders. 

While Rob (MBA 2017) was growing up, he heard a lot about his father’s career running a series of businesses via one of the first search funds ever created. As a Tepper MBA student, Southern raised his own search fund via a strong network of investors he connected with through the Swartz Fellowship. Southern’s acquisition, Ascend Software, helps businesses automate invoice processing and reduce their administrative costs.

Read the Tepper Magazine.

Thursday, May 30, 2019


CMU’s Corporate Startup Lab Partners with Companies to Infuse Their Corporate Structure with the Agility and Ingenuity of a Startup

Co-founded and run by Sean Ammirati, Tepper School of Business adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and partner at Birchmere Ventures, the Corporate Startup Lab at CMU’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship teaches graduate students and partner companies how to enliven established companies with a startup and spinoff mentality.

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