The Tepper Quad will promote high levels of interconnectedness, collaboration and innovation by providing a campus-wide hub for the university’s entrepreneurial activities and a central location for technology-enhanced learning initiatives.
An estimated 1,200 students participate in entrepreneurial coursework annually. More than 1,000 companies across industries such as robotics, software applications, energy, health care and finance have ties to Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, at least $1 billion in sponsored research revenue over the past four years resulted in 2,500+ patent filings, invention disclosures, licenses, options and other agreements through Carnegie Mellon entrepreneurship.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Tepper Quad will bring together entrepreneurial resources from across campus to produce technology-driven startups that will deliver new ideas, products and services. Made possible by a generous gift from alumnus James Swartz, MSIA ’66, the new Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship will serve as a hub for all entrepreneurial activities across campus. The Swartz Center connects and incorporates a number of ongoing efforts through:
- The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
- The James R. Swartz Fellows Program
- The Innovation Fellows Program
- Project Olympus
- The Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund
- Related workshops, competitions and training programs
The university’s technology-enhanced learning initiatives focus on innovative teaching and learning formats that provide a wide variety of opportunities for students, faculty, researchers and corporations.
The building will serve as a new hub for technology-enhanced learning initiatives, including Carnegie Mellon's Simon Initiative, leadership in the Global Learning Council and expansion of successful online degree programs offered by the Carnegie Mellon schools and colleges.