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Friday, June 26, 2020

Honeycomb Credit

Honeycomb Credit Offers Small Business Relaunch Loans

To assist small businesses that are reopening in the 'new normal', Pittsburgh based Honeycomb Credit is offering Relaunch Loans with 3-month interest-only periods and the ability to pause payments during an economic shutdown. The company, whose COO is CMU Tepper School of Business alumnus Christian Bilger, suggests that its customers complement the PPP and EIDL with community funds, to set themselves up for sustained community support for years to come.


Monday, June 22, 2020


CMU's Hyliion Inc. and Tortoise Acquisition Corp. Announce Merger

Hyliion Inc., a leader in electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles founded by CMU alumnus Thomas Healy, announced that it will merge with Tortoise Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company with a strategic focus on the energy sector and decarbonizing commercial transportation in North America. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined entity will be named Hyliion Holdings Corp. and remain on the NYSE under the new ticker symbol “HYLN.” 



Thursday, June 18, 2020

Rogerio Bonatti

Swartz Fellow and PhD Student Rogerio Bonatti Receives Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

The CMU Swartz Center congratulates CMU Robotics Institute PhD student and Swartz Fellow Rogerio Bonatti for receiving the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant. The grant will help support Rogerio's thesis in AI. He will meet (virtually) the other PhD students and Microsoft researchers at the career summit later this year.

The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant offers grants of up to $25K to support the research of students nearing the completion of doctoral degrees at North American universities who are underrepresented in the field of computing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Young Entrepreneur: Arman Hezarkhani is Taking A New Approach To Online Learning

When CMU Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Arman Hezarkhani founded Parthean in 2017, he wanted to create a better model for online education. He had no idea that the global pandemic would make his vision so much more important for students and educators. Working out of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Arman's Parthean is now an online education platform, which he calls “a marketplace for online learning communities.

Read more at Pittsburgh Business Times.

Thursday, June 11, 2020


CMU's Astrobotic Awarded $199.5M Contract to Deliver NASA Moon Rover

Astrobotic, the world’s leading lunar logistics service provider, has been selected by NASA to deliver the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, to the south pole of the Moon in 2023. Astrobotic will provide an end-to-end delivery for VIPER on board the company’s Griffin lunar lander through a $199.5 million contract awarded under the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, or CLPS.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Fifth Season

Fifth Season Launches New Website and Offers Free Shipping of Its Products for Limited Time

CMU startup Fifth Season has announced the launch of its new website and for a limited time, the vertical farming company is launching free home delivery of its hyperlocal, better than organic salad kits in Pittsburgh. Visit the company's product page and see why they say: "Abandon slimy spinach and choose Fifth Season, who's pesticide-free greens last weeks, not days!"


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Joseph Pugar


CMU Entrepreneurs Place First and Second for TiE Global's TiE University Program

TiE Pittsburgh, a non-profit, global community that welcomes entrepreneurs from all over the world, is participating in this year's TiE Global-TiE University program. Many TIE chapters, including TiE Pittsburgh, have selected a single college startup team from their region to participate in TIECON at Silicon Valley the first week of September. CMU alumnus and 2020 McGinnis Competition winner Joe Pugar, founder of Aruga Technologies, won first place. In addition to attending TIECON, Pugar will meet investors, participate in a Bootcamp and compete in a pitch fest with a potential $10K prize. Aruga Technologies, LLC, develops next generation vascular implants engineered to naturally inhibit thrombosis.

CMU's JJ Xu, founder of TalkMeUp, won second place and a complimentary one year membership with TiE Pittsburgh, and is also eligible to participate in its mentoring program and annual startup showcase for a chance to win up to $10K in prizes. TalkMeUp is an AI-based communication coach.

Monday, June 1, 2020


Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Prepare To Forge New Paths

During past Orientation weeks at Carnegie Mellon University, incoming students have the chance to meet and connect through activities like Playfair, House Wars and the Craig Street Crawl. As Awa Ndiaye got to know her new classmates during her first week at CMU, she recruited seven that were African or African-American and created Zodaj, a startup geared toward improving standards of living in Africa.

Two years later, three of the founding members of Zodaj—Ndiaye, Dominique Aruede, and Akwellé (Q) Quaye—are among the newly named Swartz Center 2022 Undergraduate Innovation Scholars.

Read more at Carnegie Mellon University News.

Monday, June 1, 2020


Choolaah Indian BBQ Opening A Second Pittsburgh Location on June 9

Pittsburgh-based Choolaah Indian BBQ is opening a second hometown eatery in Robinson Township on June 9. The new 3,000-square-foot restaurant, which includes limited outdoor seating, arrives two years after the first Pittsburgh location opened in East Liberty. Other locations include Beachwood, Ohio, Sterling, Va., Fairfax, Va., and King of Prussia, Pa.

Choolaah is co-founded by CMU alumna and Tepper School of Business adjunct professor of entrepreneurship Raji Sankar, Co-CEO of Wholesome International.

Read more at Next Pittsburgh.

Monday, June 1, 2020


LittleMoochi Offers Free Virtual Game For Kids

Summer is right around the corner and CMU Swartz Center startup LittleMoochi has great news for parents and children. The team has developed a free, virtual escape room called 'Rescue Moochi' for children to have fun while learning about math and nutrition. The game will be released in the next two weeks. Sign up to receive updates and to receive early bird sign up rewards.