Carnegie Mellon University



While emerging technologies and the ubiquity of data offer potential for greater productivity and better business outcomes, many industries and established companies are slow to change and adapt. Unconstrained by historical practices and fueled by rapid iteration, start-up companies act as change agents, disrupting industries with stale business models that no longer create value for customers. Fortune favors bold entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo and create novel solutions that positively impact the way people live.


Carnegie Mellon University and the Tepper School have a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship dating back to the early 1970s. A half a century later, we continue to attract experienced and successful entrepreneurs to teach and work in the Tepper Quad, a cross-campus innovation hub buzzing with entrepreneurial energy. Through the Corporate Startup Lab within Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, our undergraduate and graduate students work collaboratively with faculty to explore all facets of the innovation ecosystem from building and funding an early-stage venture to establishing product-market fit and operating at scale. This entrepreneurial mindset and mastery of innovation expands beyond our entrepreneurship programs and faculty; our staff and leadership in the Tepper School are continually finding new and creative ways to meet evolving market and student demands through accelerated degree programs, co-curricular experiences, and other avenues.


  • Strengthen the Tepper School’s impact and visibility by fostering strong partnerships within the existing Carnegie Mellon University entrepreneurship ecosystem and promoting research and thought leadership.
  • Create a flexible portfolio of programs to allow the Tepper School to quickly respond to the evolution of business education.
  • Expand opportunities for entrepreneurship among new and existing ventures through curricular innovation and the Corporate Startup Lab.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation among the Tepper School’s diverse faculty, staff, and students.
David Tepper sitting in a chair
"At the Tepper School, we don’t just follow business school trends; we set them. Our graduates emerge not only job-ready but also equipped to redefine success. Because in business, the best outcomes come from those who dare to reimagine the rules."
- David Tepper (MSIA 1982)
President and Founder, Appaloosa Management, L.P.
Tepper Business Board of Advisors
Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees