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January 22, 2021

American Robotics First Company Approved For Automated Drone Flights

U.S. aviation regulators have approved the first fully automated commercial drone flights, granting a small Massachusetts-based company permission to operate drones without hands-on piloting or direct observation by human controllers or observers. Read more.
The CMU Swartz Center's Namrata Banerjee Moderates DEI Entrepreneurship Panel 
CMU's Alumni & Constituent Engagement office held a DEI Entrepreneurship panel event last week, which was moderated by Namrata Banerjee, Director of the CMU Swartz Center's VentureBridge program and EIR. The discussion focused on the centralization of diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks as a foundation to building inclusive companies. The alumni panelists included: Jim Gibbs, co-founder and CEO at Meter Feeder; Lara McLeod, Equity and Belonging Manager at Zillow; Andres Velez, CAO at Citigroup Latin America; Lindsay Liu, Head of Marketing at LTSE and JoAnna Hartzmark, founder and CEO at Revelle. 
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. 

Special Event!

99 Tartans Annual Networking & Happy Hour Kick Off

January 28 - 6-8pm EST

Already a member of 99 Tartans or interested in joining to learn more about Angel Investing?
Join us on Thursday, January 28 for networking and a happy hour. Hear updates from some 99 Tartans portfolio companies, learn the basics of angel investing and understand what it takes to be a lead investor. Register here.
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.



The VentureBridge Program

VentureBridge is an initiative of the Swartz Center to help early stage Carnegie Mellon alumni founders develop their startups into fundable seed stage ventures. This effort is outside of the traditional education model and serves as a bridge between the many different ecosystems that Carnegie Mellon University alumni live and work. Find out more.

Visit the CMU Swartz Center website. Make a donation.
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