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January 15, 2021

Apply by Wednesday, January 20, 2021!

The McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University's community of student entrepreneurs, brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60K in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback about ventures.

This multi-round competition begins with two virtual rounds and will culminate in a virtual, final live round at Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

The deadline to apply for Round 1 is Wednesday, January 20, 2021!
Fifth Season to Serve As Penguins' Official Greens Partner

The Pittsburgh Penguins are partnering with Fifth Season, a 'vertical farm' located in Braddock that will provide greens for the team during the upcoming season. Fifth Season will serve as the official greens provider for the Penguins during the 2020-21 season. Read more.
BlastPoint co-founders Tomer Borenstein and Alison Alvarez
BlastPoint Works With Duquesne Light to Address Unpaid
Bills During Pandemic

Pittsburgh-based tech startup BlastPoint has partnered with Duquesne Light Co. in an effort to strategically address unpaid bills due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

The CSL Project Course
Apply by Friday, January 15

The CSL Project Course is a 12-unit semester-long course that pairs student teams with corporate partners. It meets virtually on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 - 9:30pm EST. This year's sponsors are Bosch, Giant Eagle, Optum (part of UnitedHealthCare), Microsoft, MSA Safety and numo (PNC's fintech accelerator). Each sponsor has a new product or service they are looking to explore with a student team.

CSL Fellows
Apply by Wednesday, January 20

The CSL Fellows is a program within the Corporate Startup Lab that allows CMU graduate students the opportunity to spend ten hours per week working with corporate partners as almost "corporate venture associates".  This year, students will work with numo (part of PNC) and Optum. Each student will be given a $4K stipend for their work over the semester. 
The Graduate Entrepreneurship Club Winter Speaker Series!

Looking for entrepreneurship inspiration before Mini 3 begins? The CMU GEC is hosting a virtual Winter Trek Speaker Series on January 19, 20 and 21, 2021 with three amazing guests on the leading edge of entrepreneurship and innovation. Join Bonnie Rosen (Techstars Space Accelerator), Carmelo Montalvo (COO, Forest Devices and CMU grad), and Mitchell London (Serial Robotics Entrepreneur and CMU grad) to discuss their journeys in entrepreneurship, innovation and high tech.
Sign up on the Bridge and Campus Groups.
Techstars Space Accelerator Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, January 26
12:30 - 1:30 PM

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Arrow Electronics, SAIC, and Israel Aerospace Industries-North America (IAI) have united to bring you The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator (pdf). The accelerator, which will run virtually, is focused on the next generation of space tech companies, businesses from adjacent industries, i.e. automotive, agriculture, energy, mining, finance and manufacturing. Apply to the accelerator by February 28, 2021.

Find out more and register for the Techstars Space Accelerator virtual information session.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

Office Hours

Sign up for an office hour session with the Techstars team.
Apply to the NSF I-Corps Site Program by February 8

The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship is currently recruiting teams for its Spring 2021 NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) customer discovery training program. CMU faculty, staff, students and recent alumni are eligible to apply. Teams can be reimbursed up to $2,500 for eligible customer discovery expenses to assess the commercialization potential for their STEM technology. 
Pear Pitch! for CMU - February 12th @ 6pm ET

VC's from a16z, Gradient Ventures and Pear VC are holding a 'Pitch Night' event for CMU students and alumni. This is an opportunity to practice your pitch and receive live feedback from top VCs, or just register to watch the event. Pitches will be three minutes, without slides. Register here to pitch or watch.

Note: Students can either watch or pitch. All students are routed to the web page.


See the full Spring 2021 schedule here.
Can't make a CONNECTS seminar? Watch on our YouTube channel. 

The mission of 99 Tartans is to partner with the highest potential, early-stage CMU alumni companies and accelerate their success through access to capital and networks. Please visit and find out more.
CMU GEC CMU UEA Scottie Ventures CMU Summit

CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship focuses on connecting the community, building an entrepreneurial culture and providing resources for our community to succeed. There are multiple region-based chapters within the group. Find out more and see
upcoming events.
A Message From the CMU Swartz Center

The CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship acknowledges the horrific and tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many other Black and African-American men and women who have lost their lives due to systemic racism that unfortunately exists in our society.

We are in support and reaffirm Carnegie Mellon University’s commitment to working to dismantle systemic racism and continue to welcome and treat equally all students, alumni, staff, faculty and visitors who either work out of our space, visit or partner with us. We will do our part to ensure a better tomorrow for all.

Swartz Center Education and Resources

No matter what phase of the entrepreneurship cycle you're in, there are programs and resources at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship that will take your idea to the next level. Find out more.

Project Olympus Incubator Program

The Swartz Center's Project Olympus incubator program welcomes all students, faculty, staff and alumni from all schools at any stage, including social enterprise and life-style business ideas. Find out more. Sign up for Expert Office Hours.



Innovation Fellows Program

The Innovation Fellows Program helps accelerate the process of commercializing university research. It aims to foster entrepreneurship among graduate students, post doctoral fellows and research assistants. Read more.
Visit the CMU Swartz Center website. Make a donation.
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