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December 4, 2020

Apply to the 2021 McGinnis Venture Competition! 

*Apply by Friday, December 4 to be guaranteed a coach!

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 kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds and culminating in a final live round celebration in March, 2021. Find out more and apply by December 4 to be guaranteed a coach, or by January 20, 2021.
Nimble Robotics Founder Simon Kalouche Selected
to 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 

CMU alumnus and 2015-16 Swartz Fellow, Simon Kalouche has been selected among top entrepreneurs for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Manufacturing and Industry category. Kalouche is the CEO and founder of Nimble Robotics, a company using technology to make e-commerce fulfillment better. Nimble's robots are picking thousands of customer orders for some of the world's largest retailers. Its early employees come from AI labs at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon and its backers include famed roboticists Sebastian Thrun and Fei-Fei Li. Read more.
Updated News! CMU Teams Win Big at Hack-A-Startup

Carnegie Mellon University held its annual Hack-A-Startup event, sponsored by the GEC, UEA and IEA clubs, on November 13-14, 2020. Twenty CMU students pitched their ideas and out of those, seven teams were formed to compete for final round presentations. The organizers wish to thank keynote speaker, Tepper School of Business alumnus and Idelic co-CEO and co-founder Nick Bartel, for supporting the event, as well as Grant Vandenbussche, James Wrubel, Janine Jelks-Seale, Jay Srini, Josh Lederer, Patti Rote, Raelin Musuraca and Reed McManigle (CMU CTTEC) for mentoring the teams.

Congratulations to all of the CMU winners:

1st Place: AccountMED - Fully Integrated Medical Accounting Software
Team: Andy Gollach, Halanna Yuh, Julia Fairweather

2nd Place: IRL streaming optimized for viewer/creator
Team: Robert Miller, Anik Shah, Ishaan Jaffer, Harshal Vakhariya, Nagesh Javali

3rd Place: Food exploration App
Team: Shwetha Shinju, Sohan Kalva, Sanjana Jobalia, Preethi Surapaneni

People's Choice: Music Sharing Platform for Long Distance Relationship
Team: Jubbies Steinweh-Adler, Grace Li, Proud Taranat, Iris Yip, Tate Johnson
Corporate Startup Lab Spring 2021 Project Course

Are you a current CMU graduate student interested in joining an interdisciplinary team to explore a corporate startup idea for credit? The Corporate Startup Lab project course will help you do exactly that while you learn best practices and tools to help you lead innovation after graduation. The companies participating in the course this year include Bosch, Optum (part of UnitedHealthcare), Microsoft and numo (PNC’s fintech accelerator). Each of these companies has a new product or service they are looking to explore with a student team this Spring (there are no “classroom projects”).

This full-semester (12 units) course meets Tuesday nights (6:30pm-9:30pm).
Find out more and apply


The CONNECTS/START SMART Law Seminars have ended for the Fall semester. The seminars will resume at the start of the Spring semester.

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.



The Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program develops the entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills of CMU first year graduate students through hands-on experiences, networking, mentoring and courses in entrepreneurship. The program's core is a mentored summer internship with a top-tier, VC-backed startup in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Read more.
Visit the CMU Swartz Center website. Make a donation.
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