Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, October 19, 2018

Benjamin Beltzer

CMU Startup Helps Dog Owners Save Money on Pet Care Items

Among his many interests, including boosting the CMU Venture Challenge to the next level, CMU alumnus and former CMU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association president Benjamin Beltzer has created a new app called Paw. The app allows dog owners to save money on dog care items while creating opportunities for people without dogs to spend time with one.  

Paw introduces dog owners to neighbors who genuinely want to take care of their dog out of kindness and creates a safe and trustworthy environment by verifying user profiles and providing 24/7 customer support. Launched in San Francisco this summer, Paw is actively creating friendships that are saving people hundreds of dollars.

Learn more at ilovepaw

Friday, October 19, 2018

Wick Editor Mozilla

Student-Created Online Tool Wins $79K Grant from Mozilla

Wick Editor, a free and open-source tool for creating games, animation and interactive media founded by recent School of Art alumni Luca Damasco and Zachary Rispoli, is the winner of a $79K grant from the Mozilla Open Source Support Program.

A CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team, Wick Editor has grown from a class project to an online tool used by aspiring artists and creatives across the U.S.

Read more at School of Art, CMU

Wednesday, October 16, 2018

Launch John Choi

LaunchCMU Honors Startups Rooted in Scientific Research

Carnegie Mellon University celebrated new space for the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and groundbreaking scientific startups at LaunchCMU, an entrepreneurial showcase featuring technology and research.

Titled "Science@CMU," this year's event featured companies such as LumiShield Technologies, a Carnegie Mellon spinoff developing sustainable aluminum electroplating to be used as an alternative to heavy metal-based anti-corrosion coatings.

"The Swartz Center recognizes and celebrates the changing role of universities, not only as originators and keepers of knowledge, but also as engines for discovery and innovation," said Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian during the event. "In the last five years alone, CMU has generated 1,900 invention disclosures; more than 1,500 patents; and more than 1,300 licenses, options and other agreements executes for more than 2,300 inventors. And since 2008, more than 280 companies have been started."

Read more at CMU

Friday, October 12, 2018

UpPrize News

CMU Alumna and Swartz Fellow JJ Xu Wins Top UpPrize

Talk Me Up, an artificial intelligence-based software company focused on providing communication training to marginazlied populations, founded by CMU alumna, Swartz Fellow and NSF I-Corps program participant JJ (Jiaojiao) Xu, took home the first prize of a $150,000 grant from BNY Mellon’s Social Innovation Challenge, UpPrize, Thursday evening.

Sign Track, an automatic sign language recognition system founded by alumnus and Innovation Fellow Brandon Taylor, won third place and earned a $50,000 grant. 

Read more at Bizjournal

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bossa Nova Photo

CMU Spinout Bossa Nova Opens Office in the U.K.

Bossa Nova, a CMU robotics spinout whose largest office is in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, has opened its first international office.
Its new site in Sheffield, United Kingdom, will enable it to meet demand for its autonomous robot and data services and builds on the success of its U.S. deployment in Wal-Mart stores.

Read more at Bizjournals

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Showcase Talks Group Photo

The Swartz Center Grand Opening at the Tepper Quad and LaunchCMU 

The CMU Swartz Center celebrated its grand opening at the Tepper Quad space, in conjunction with its annual LaunchCMU event, The Science @ CMU, on October 2, 2018. The event marked a significant milestone for the Center, showcasing four deep science speakers, 30 startups who exhibited and great remarks from Jim Swartz himself.    

From its new location within the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, the Swartz Center serves the entire CMU community, providing intellectual, technical and financial support for students, faculty and alumni. 

The Swartz Center's new space is highly visible, spanning 8,000 square feet, and is designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, attracting innovators from all other disciplines into the Tepper Quad.