Carnegie Mellon University

Helping create companies that improve lives

The Swartz Center has provided growth and financial resources for hundreds of students, faculty and alumni who have created great companies that positively affect the way people live.

Courtney Williamson and abiliLife logo

Courtney Williamson


Biomechanical devices to improve the quality of life for the elderly and those with movement disorders.

Swartz Center Programs & Activities

  • 2013 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Course
  • 2013 Project Olympus PROBE
  • 2014 LaunchCMU participant
  • 2014 NSF I-Corps Team
  • 2015 OFEF Recipient
Jeff Rzeszotarski and DataSquid logo

Jeff Rzeszotarski


Data visualization technology that helps people and businesses make better decisions.

Swartz Center Programs & Activities

  • 2013 Project Olympus PROBE
  • 2015 McGinnis Venture Competition - 2nd Place Winner
  • 2015 Innovation Fellow
Luis von Ahn and the duolingo logo

Luis von Ahn


Online social platform that teaches users languages for free while they simultaneously translate content across the web.

Swartz Center Programs & Activities

  • 2010 Project Olympus PROBE
Hunaid Nulwala and LumiShield logo

Hunaid Nulwala


Anti-corrosion metal coatings that are made less expensively and without harmful environmental impacts.

Swartz Center Programs & Activities

  • 2014 NSF I-Corps Team
  • 2014 Recipient of CTTEC Gap Funds
  • 2014 Pitt-First Gear Gap Funds - CTTEC
  • 2014 LaunchCMU
  • 2015 Innovation Fellow
Molly Blank and PalpAid logo

Molly Blank


Technology to empower primary care clinicians and women to achieve better breast health.

Swartz Center Programs & Activities

  • 2014 McGinnis Venture Competition Finalist
  • 2014 Recipient of CTTEC Gap Funds
  • 2015 NSF I-Corps Team
  • 2015 Innovation Fellow
Hahna Alexander and SolePower logo

Hahna Alexander


Product that generates on-the-go, renewable power for mobile energy needs.

Swartz Center Programs & Activities

  • 2012 Project Olympus Startup
  • 2012 Mechanical Engineer Capstone Project Spin-off
  • 2013 McGinnis Venture Competition Winner
  • 2014 Recipient of OFEF award

Program Testimonials

"LaunchCMU gave us the right platform to find investors. By branding the event as Roboburgh, it attracted people that understand how much robotics companies can be profitable. That allowed us to find truly motivated investors."

-Tom Galluzzo, CEO, IAM Robotics

"We applied for a Spark Grant to help get our company off the ground. It gave us the resources we needed to go to a composites conference and build the infrastructure we needed to validate our business idea."

-Glenn Philen, Co-Founder, Carbon Freight