Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, June 15, 2018

Stella Han

CMU's Stella Han Selected as First Floodgate Insiders Intern for Its Summer Program

CMU student Stella Han is not only an exceptional student, but has excelled as an Innovation Scholar with the CMU Swartz Center, as the current president of CMU's Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association and co-founder of Lavendro (formerly Juvi), a service that provides customized retirement living options for seniors.

To add to her accomplishments, Stella has been selected as the first Floodgate Insiders Intern for its Summer 2018 program. The program  is for current or future startup founders who want to observe how VC's evaluate startup opportunities, in an all access setting. Insiders are recent grads, rising seniors or rising juniors at select US universities, who are already committed to other work opportunities in the Bay Area for this summer.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Alison Alvarez

Tepper MBA Alumna Alison Alvarez Featured in Tepper Magazine Summer 2018

When CMU alumna Alison Alvarez experienced a taste of entrepreneurship in some case competitions and classes at CMU, she realized that she might be destined to follow her father’s dream of becoming an entrepreneur.A Swartz Fellow, Project Olympus PROBE and past participant in the NSF I-Corps Site program, Alison co-founded BlastPoint in 2016 to make big data accessible to everyone. The company is the grand prize winner of the 2017 UpPrize competition and also won first place in the 2016 McGinnis Venture Competition.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Nesra Yannier's NoRILLA Wins First Place at NSF Conference

CMU PhD alumna and NoRILLA founder Nesra Yannier took first place at a pitch competition held during the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase II Grantee Conference last week in Atlanta, GA.

The creator of a mixed-reality educational system that improves stem learning for children, Nesra is a past Project Olympus PROBE and participant in the CMU NSF I-Corps Site team and Innovation Fellow programs at the CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CMU's Tom Galluzzo Addresses the Manual Labor Shortage at MIT Tech Conference

Tom Galluzzo, founder and CEO of IAM Robotics, discussed how to solve the manual labor shortage at the recent MIT Tech Review #EmTechNEXT conference, answering why robots are needed and how they work.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Namek Zu'bi

What U.S. Investors Can Learn From an Immigrant Venture Capitalist

CMU alumnus Namek Zu’bi is the co-founder and managing partner of Silicon Badia, a venture capital fund that makes early investments in startups, namely “the unsexy ones,” as Zu’bi puts it.

Based in New York City, Zu’bi has invested in more than 40 U.S. startupsprimarily B2Boperating in sectors like agriculture, construction, waste management and even hair weaves.