Carnegie Mellon University

Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School & the Swartz Center

Education, engagement, collaboration and funding opportunities deliver an exciting experience for startup success alongside entrepreneurial learning and practice.


Our innovation ecosystem contributes to an environment in which top student and professional talent generates and pursues groundbreaking ideas, and then transforms those innovations into viable commercial businesses. The work that originates here — from software engineering and robotics to advanced materials, design and everything in between — is driven by people whose thinking knows no boundaries.

The hub of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon is the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship — located within the Tepper Quad — a campus-wide center for innovation that brings together business, technology and design.

#6

Entrepreneurship

Bloomberg Businessweek

260+

Startups formed by faculty, staff, or students

Since 2008

Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School

Education

Entrepreneurial education is more than learning how to start a business. The academic programming of the Swartz Center is led by the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, a center-within-a-center that ensures graduates have the necessary skills, training and career options so they can apply their academic experience within any entrepreneurial environment.

Entrepreneurship MBA Track

The Entrepreneurship MBA track provides students with the learning, experiences and support necessary for leadership and innovation. Students collaborate closely with faculty, researchers and other students at top-ranked Carnegie Mellon programs, including engineering, product development, computer science, robotics and design.

Startup Culture

Start a venture. Join an emerging company. Lend entrepreneurial depth to organizations. Our students do all of the above after graduation. Carnegie Mellon has launched more than 200 startups in the last decade. Among the hundreds of companies launched are ModCloth (acquired by Walmart in 2017); Simple (acquired by BBVA in 2014); Flip Video Camera (acquired by Cisco in 2009); RoBotany and Wigle Whiskey.

Cross-Campus Collaboration & the Tepper Quad

A campus-wide interdisciplinary center, the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship will accelerate its activities with the opening of the Tepper Quad, the physical campus hub for the university’s entrepreneurial activities, including networking and mentoring opportunities, alumni panels and investor showcases.