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Friday, August 5, 2022

Chris Gassman

Chris Gassman Among Recipients of the 2022 Tepper School Alumni Awards

Tepper School of Business alumnus Chris Gassman is among the recipients of the 2022 Alumni Awards. Chris, an outstanding alumni connector and experienced entrepreneur, is co-founder and Chief Commercialization Officer of MAAL Associates, LLC and is also a mentor for the CMU Swartz Center. He was recently named Associate Director at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Sustainable Business.

Read more at Tepper School of Business.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Chris Gassman

Chris Gassman Among Recipients of the 2022 Tepper School Alumni Awards

Tepper School of Business alumnus Chris Gassman is among the recipients of the 2022 Alumni Awards. Chris, an outstanding alumni connector and experienced entrepreneur, is co-founder and Chief Commercialization Officer of MAAL Associates, LLC and is also a mentor for the CMU Swartz Center. He was recently named Associate Director at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Sustainable Business.

Read more at Tepper School of Business.


Friday, July 29, 2022

Alanna Fusaro

The Inuitive Foundation Spotlights Its Partnership with the Swartz Center's VentureBridge Program

In a recent LinkedIn post, the Robert & Kathleen Dobkin Intuitive Foundation spotlights its partnership with the CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to create the accelertor program, VentureBridge and highlights one of the program participants, Alanna Fusaro, founder of VICE VERSA. Alanna's company blends fashion and engineering to create magical shoes that fold into flats.


Friday, July 22, 2022

Wisy

Wisy Named Startup of the Year at Cloud Ward Expo Days

Wisy, a 2019 VentureBridge company founded by CEO Min Chen, recently won the Startup of the Year designation at the Cloud Ward Expo Days. Chen impressed attendees at the Expo with Wisy’s retail intelligence platform, an intuitive app that dramatically increases the accuracy of a company’s real-time shelf data, reducing the potential revenue lost to out-of-stock products, solving a $1T annual problem.

Wisy is considered one of the most successful startups born in Latin America with operations in Silicon Valley. The company was just featured in Forbes Central America.



Friday, July 15, 2022

Brandbass

VentureBridge 2022 Summer Cohort Spotlight - Brandbass

Brandbass, one of the new VentureBridge 2022 Summer cohort companies, is a B2B social commerce platform that matches brands with everyday creators to get social content on-demand. Co-founded by Mya Papolu, Tepper School of Business/CIT and Vamsi Nagavarapu, University of Missouri-St Louis, Brandbass enables businesses to connect with the right "brand ambassadors" to create high-quality, shoppable content such as social video in just days or hours. The company's mission is highlighted in a recent article which was originally published on AdWeek.

The company is excited to partner with and work with startups and customers who are interested in learning more about their product.


Friday, July 1, 2022

Swartz Center Space

A Second Look at the Swartz Center's VentureBridge Summer Cohort

The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship announced its latest round of startups participating in its prestigious VentureBridge program.

This year's summer 2022 cohort includes twelve startups, many of which are working to address and solve challenges across industries including climate change-related solutions, legal matters, new forms of finance and digital ownership, among others. Several are based in Pittsburgh, and others are based in San Francisco or New York.

 Read more on Pittsburgh Inno.


Friday, June 3, 2022

Vice Versa

Design Alumna Launches VICE VERSA

As featured in an earlier edition of the Weekly Bulletin and recently in this week's CMU Piper Weekly, Alanna Fusaro, CMU School of Design alumna (BFA ’14) and 2019 VentureBridge participant, recently founded and launched VICE VERSA, a shoe brand specializing in heels that fold into flats. The shoes, which “walk the fine line between engineering and fashion,” were the result of a design process that included trips to factories around the world, CAD modeling, 3D prints and mechanical quality testing with Boeing engineers.

 Read more on Design.cmu.edu.


Friday, May 6, 2022

Copilot

The CMU Graduate Entrepreneur Club Hosts Swartz Shorts Podcast Featuring Matt Spettel, CoPilot

Personalizing Fitness For Long Term Lifestyle Change On this weeks Swartz Shorts, organized by the Carnegie Mellon Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC), Matt Spettel CEO and Co-Founder of CoPilot, shares how his company, CoPilot, helps its users to redefine their fitness journey and connect them with human coaches to build simple, habit forming strategies. As their team likes to say "The greatest things in life are achieved together"!

Watch the episode, and subscribe to Swartz Shorts on YouTube or your favorite podcast platform.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Ishgun Singh Arora

Innovation Scholar Ishgun Singh Arora Launches The FashionVerse, Inc.

Co-founded by current Innovation Scholar Ishgun Singh Arora (Statistics and Machine Learning, SCS/Dietrich) and Isabella Boleng, (Science in Statistics, Dietrich),The FashionVerse, Inc. is an NFT marketplace for 3D digital clothing. All fashion NFTs are wearable in virtual worlds like Decentraland, and they are often interlinked with physical pieces. The company, which has raised capital at a 10+ million dollar valuation, functions as a web3 fashion retailer enabling self-expression in the metaverse with utility-driven NFTs.

The co-founders are releasing the genesis collection with six drops: streetwear, evening wear, party wear, vintage, ethnic and limitless pieces of fashion beginning in April. Join the company's discord server to get involved with the community and follow on Twitter.


Friday, March 18, 2022

Tartans on the Rise

Meet the 2022 Tartans On The Rise

Tartans on the Rise celebrates recent alumni who are making an impact in their organizations and in their communities, across the nation and around the world through leadership, innovation and career achievements. Several CMU alumni startup founders made the 2022 list:

  • Doug Bernstein, CoFounder and CEO, PECA Labs
  • Arush Kalra, CoFounder and CSO, PECA Labs
  • Jamie Quinterno, CoFounder and COO, PECA Labs
  • Kwaku Jyamfi, CEO, Farm to Flame Energy

Read more at cmu.edu.


Friday, March 11, 2022

Tepper Podcast

Tepper Voices From The Intelligent Future Podcast Features Meredith Meyer Grelli

The Tepper School of Business podcast, VOICES, transports listeners to The Intelligent Future. Here, alumni share their experiences from their time at the Tepper School and beyond—discussing how the school’s data-informed, emotionally intelligent approach to business has helped them to co-create the future of the landscape with their successful business ventures. The first episode, "A Woman In Whiskey", features Wigle Whiskey co-founder Meredith Meyer Grelli.

Listen to the podcast.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Pralent

Pralent Opens Up Beta for Communities

Pralent, co-founded by CMU alumnus Samarth Gowda, is building the future of online communities. The company's goal is to put a users entire community in one place—events, jobs, projects, networking, programs and more. Samarth, the former president of CMU"s Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association (UEA), has participated in several Swartz Center programs, competed in the 2021 McGinnis Venture Competition, and is currently working on Pralent out of the Swartz Center. Visit the Pralent website to learn more and sign up for the beta.


Friday, February 4, 2022

TOMO

TOMO Design Studio Lives Up to the Promise of 3D Printing

TOMO, founded by CMU alumnus Reggie Raye, is a design studio focused on living up to the promise of 3D printing—museum-quality products at the push of a button. Unlike most startups, TOMO's R&D efforts don’t go straight into the dust bin—they end up in home goods that its supporters can buy, download or 3D print themselves. Since joining the CMU Swartz Center, TOMO’s output has advanced from products for home and garden to analogue computers.


Friday, January 28, 2022

Gus Jenkins

CMU Alumnus Gus Jenkins Creates Scholarship to Fund African American Men Pursuing STEM Degrees

To accelerate his passion to give back to his community, CMU alumnus and 2016 Swartz Fellow Gus Jenkins started a scholarship fund last year called Moonshot Dreamers, aimed at creating self-sustaining assets to fund African-American men pursuing STEM degrees. The fund supports high school seniors or current, first generation undergraduate and graduate students from low-income households.

Gus, a software engineer at ShipBob, Inc., has raised over $8K for the scholarship so far and is currently looking for the Moonshot Dreamers 2022 scholarship recipient.

Visit the Moonshot Dreamers website here to learn more, or if interested in making a donation.