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Friday, September 22, 2017

The CMU Swartz Center Announces Pre-Launch of CONNECTS Online

The CMU Swartz Center has recently partnered with Ideator to help  drive innovation at CMU with CONNECTS Onine. This new platform gives CMU's innovators the power to share and validate ideas, form meaningful connections, find team members and gain access to  resources and mentors across the CMU network. 

Have an idea? Once you create an idea, invite others to collaborate, help refine the concept and understand the roadmap to execute it. Already formed a company? Find mentors who can help you overcome obstacles as you look to grow and scale your business. Just curious to learn about entrepreneurship? Join the community to participate in discussion and get access to entrepreneurial events or to access free mentorship. Want to become a mentor? Let us know what your areas of expertise are and we’ll connect you with student entrepreneurs.

Sign up to receive first access to the CONNECTS Online community.

Contact Erin O’Toole, Program Manager at Project Olympus, with questions.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


CMU Startups, Project Olympus PROBES to Exhibit at Thrival Festival

This year's Thrival Innovation + Music festival will include an Innovation Marquee on Thursday, September 28, 2017, which will feature CMU startups that are also Project Olympus PROBEs. The startups to be exhibited are: 

Quick Connections, Gus Jenkins (Swartz Fellow)
Ristcall, Srinath Vaddepally (NSF I-Corps Site Team)
Rubitection, Dr. Sanna Gaspard
WiseTelemetry, Eric Wise (NSF I-Corps Site Team)

Find out more

Monday, September 18, 2017

Connect Robotics

CMU InRes Team Helping to Transport Goods to the Elderly 

Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from European Space Agency's (ESA) investment in young companies through its business incubators. One of those startups is Connect Robotics, a 2017 CMU inRes Acceleration team founded by Eduardo Mendes and Raphael Stanzani.

The drone delivery company based out of Portugal transports life-saving goods to the elderly in isolated locations.

Read esa

Friday, September 15, 2017

Innovation Scholars

New Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Announced

The CMU Swartz Center formally announced the 2018-19 cohort of Undergraduate Innovation Scholars at a reception held at the Tepper School of Business on Wednesday. In attendance were current and past Innovation Scholars, CMU Vice Provost Amy Burkert, CMU Swartz Center executive director Dave Mawhinney and CMU Swartz Center staff.     

The Innovation Scholars program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, increasing the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving CMU's undergraduate students from all discipines across campus. Scholars complete a two-year program integrating:

academic coursework
work experience in a startup company
mentorship—given as well as received

This year's cohort includes:

John Curcio - Dietrich College
Stella Han - School of Computer Science
Shuli Jiang - Carnegie Institute of Technology and SCS
Jiaxuan Li - Carnegie Institute of Technology
Yuqing Ma - Carnegie Institute of Technology
William Meng  School of Computer Science
Max Mirho - Tepper School of Business
Zach Pan - Carnegie Institute of Technology
Sean Tao - School of Computer Science

Find out more about the new cohort of Innovation Scholars.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

IAM Robotics

CMU's IAM Robotics Uses Mobile, Picking Robots in Its Warehouse

A revolution in robotic automation for the piece picking warehouse is emerging. The combination of mobile robots and picking arms is potentially revolutionary. These solutions are just beginning to emerge. Rochester Drug Coop (RDC) has implemented a solution from IAM Robotics with future phases already planned.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Project Olympus Summer

Summer Update for Project Olympus

This summer was an exciting one for Project Olympus. The incubator housed sixteen startups which included sixty students and interns who worked with themas well as hosted its weekly Peer, Pitch and Pizza. This event allows startup teams to pitch their ideas, receive valuable feedback and to network.

Additionally, Olympus has doubled its space from 4,000 square feet to just over 8,000 with the addition of three private offices, two conference rooms and a dedicated event space.

Find out more about Project Olympus and learn how to join the program.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Peduto Says The Steel City Will Bid To Bring Amazon HQ2 To Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh plans to compete for the new site of AmazonHQ2, a second headquarters location announced by the Seattle-based company. Amazon plans to invest $5 billion in the headquarters and hire some 50K workers in the winning city.

According to David Mawhinney, executive director of the CMU Swartz Center, "Pittsburgh is the perfect fit for Amazon. It's already heavily invested in automation, robotics and human capital."

Read Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CMU Library

New Entrepreneurship Database at CMU Libraries

CMU Libraries has access to a new business and entrepreneurship database called CB Insights. The database provides information on the following:

Private company
Private equity deals
Venture capital deals
Emerging market news 
CB Insights is a comprehensive global database of private companies and investor activities. It contains advanced searches for private companies, investors and deals informationespecially private equity and venture capital. The database is an excellent resource for CMU students who have a startup or need to conduct entrepreneurship research, as well as for finding news related to emerging markets.
Users must create an account using their CMU email address and are allotted 4K downloads per year.
Contact Ryan Splenda for more information.

Friday, September 1, 2017

numo Fintech Challenge Banner

Win Up to $15K at numo Fintech Challenge: Open to all CMU Students!

The CMU Swartz Center is excited to announce the inaugural numo Fintech Challenge (pdf), which will take place on October 7, 2017. Led by David Passavant, CMU Tepper alumnus, CEO and Head of Innovation at PNC Bank, numo is a technology incubator in Pittsburgh focused on the financial services industry.

The numo Fintech Challenge is a university competition aimed at generating innovative ideas in the financial services industry. CMU students will have the opportunity to create and pitch ideas for the chance to win cash prizes from a $15K prize pool. The Challenge will culminate in a live pitch to be held on October 7.  

Registration opens on Monday, September 11, 2017 and closes on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Participants retain the IP rights to ideas submitted. Winners may have the opportunity to join numo as an intern or full-time employee to build their idea or work on an existing idea in numo's portfolio.  

An information session will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Tepper School of Business, Posner Hall, in room 146.

Additionally, office hours will be available to all students on the following dates. Registration NOT required:

•    September 12, 11am – 2 pm, Tepper Room 324
•    September 13, 11am – 2 pm, Tepper Room 324
•    September 14, 11am – 2 pm, Tepper Room 324

Register for the Challenge!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Innovation Fellows

Carnegie Mellon University’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship Announces 2017 Innovation Fellows

The Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship recently awarded five Innovation Fellowships for 2017. This year’s recipients are:

  • Sankalp Arora, Ph.D. Candidate, Robotics Institute. Sankalp is working towards developing artificial intelligence for flying vehicles for high value commercial applications such as inventory, inspection and logistics.
  • Erin Dauson, Civil and Environmental Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Engineering. Erin’s research focuses on the development of microfluidic devices that use an acoustic field to focus or separate particles by their physical properties and could have commercial applications in droplet-based, point-of-care medical diagnostics.
  • T.J. Hinton, Biomedical Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Engineering. T.J. seeks to commercialize aspects of the FRESH 3D printing ecosystem he has developed and to supply additive manufacturing research with a reliable means of 3D printing fluids.
  • Navid Kazem, Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, College of Engineering. Navid is working on a flexible and stretchable rubber that has thermal conductivity approaching that of metals, which can have applications in wearable computing, stretchable electronics, biomedical devices and athletic garments.
  • Amber Lucas, Biological Sciences Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences. Amber's research involves developing tools for researchers to better study the proteins of the cell.  These tools are designed to make pharmaceutical and biotech experiments involving proteins faster, more reliable, and more sensitive. 

The Innovation Fellows Program has the goal of accelerating the process of commercializing university research. It aims to foster entrepreneurship among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research personnel who work directly with faculty investigators to conduct scientific experiments, solve problems and innovate. The program was created in 2014 and has to date awarded 17 fellowships.

For additional information about the Innovation Fellows program, contact program manager, Melanie Simko: