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January 8, 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!
McGinnis Venture Competition Info Session

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Virtual Zoom, Registration Required!

Register

Come learn about the 2021 McGinnis Venture Competition. Find out important deadlines and details, and hear from past McGinnis Venture Competition winners regarding their experiences. 
IN THE NEWS
Vector the Robot, courtesy of Digital Dream Labs
RE2 Robotics
Astrobotic's Cube Rover
IAM Robotics
CMU Startups Among NEXT Pittsburgh's Fifteen Tech Companies to Watch in 2021
Even in a difficult year like 2020, Pittsburgh tech companies continued to make moves, make deals and make new products—and the world is buying. NEXT Pittsburgh has selected its picks for the top tech companies to watch in 2021. On the list are several CMU startups such as Digital Dream Labs, a maker of educational video games (teaching coding, math, art, and chemistry). Others include: RE2 Robotics, Astrobotic, IAM Robotics, Aurora, Duolingo, Near Earth Autonomy, CleanRobotics, Argo AI, Idelic, Maven Machines and LegalSifter. Read more.

More news for Digital Dream Labs: Meet the Pittsburgh robot starring in the new animated series 'Cozmo & Friends'
ANNOUNCEMENTS

DEI Entrepreneurship Panel Webinar

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm; EST

Register 


CMU's Alumni & Constituent Engagement office presents a panel discussion with alumni and industry experts focused on the centralization of diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks as a foundational ingredient to building inclusive companies. This panel is intended to engage current and future entrepreneurs. Registration required in advance. A brief Q&A will follow.

Apply to the NSF I-Corps Site Program 

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.
Further details on the I-Corps program and eligibility can be found on our website. There have been 180 teams in the program since fall 2014 and they have received more than $65 million in additional funding for their ideas.

Apply by Monday, February 8, 2021.
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. 

CONNECTS/START SMART LAW Seminars

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 ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUBS
CMU GEC CMU UEA Scottie Ventures CMU Summit
CMU TECH & ENTREPRENEURSHIP


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.
SWARTZ CENTER SPOTLIGHT

DEI Entrepreneurship Panel Webinar


Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 12-1pm, EST

CMU's Alumni & Constituent Engagement office presents a panel discussion with alumni and industry experts focused on the centralization of diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks as a foundational ingredient to building inclusive companies. This panel is intended to engage current and future entrepreneurs.

Registration required in advance. A brief Q&A will follow.

HOW TO WORK OUT OF THE SWARTZ CENTER


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.
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

Jobs/Resources

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT


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.
SWARTZ CENTER PROGRAMS
FIND OUT WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE DOING
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