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March 5, 2021

Virtual Final Round Celebration

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
10:30 am - 5:30 pm EST
Join the CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, March 23 for its virtual McGinnis Venture Competition final round celebration. Come watch and cheer on the graduate and undergraduate final round teams as they make their final pitches for the chance to win $60K in investments. 
Advanced registration is required. Zoom information will be sent to all registered attendees the day before the event.

Event schedule:

10:30 am - 4:00 pm EST - Final Round team pitches
5:00 - 5:30 pm EST - Awards announced
See the full schedule and find out about the final teams here.

The McGinnis Venture Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from Gerald E. McGinnis, founder of Respironics.

101edu Closes $4.6M Series A Round

Co-founded by CEO Justin Weinberg, Ph.D., 101edu has announced it has completed an oversubscribed $4.6M Series A financing round led by Recurring Capital Partners with participation from new and existing investors Birchmere Ventures, University Ventures, Zanichelli Venture, Matzliach Capital, Board member Dr. James Caras, Mark Miller, Torsten Geers and Vineet Madan. The latest investment brings 101edu's funding to $7.8M. Read more
Will McKnight, co-founder (left) and Kwaku Jyamfi, president and CEO (right)
Farm to Flame Energy Wins $100K EPA Small Business Innovation Reserach (SBIR) Grant
Farm to Flame Energy, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I EPA Grant for $100K to help commercialize its fuel processor, which provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems for underserved communities. The members of the Farm to Flame team are:  President and CEO Kwaku Jyamfi ’18 (Computer Science and Engineering), co-founder and advisor Will McKnight ’19 (Maxwell) and CFO Stefano Alva. Read more.
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science Names First Assistant Dean for Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Katharine "Kit" Needham has been named the School of Computer Science's inaugural assistant dean for entrepreneurship initiatives. Needham, who also serves as the director of Project Olympus, joined Carnegie Mellon in 2008 to work on the then newly formed startup incubator with its founding director Lenore Blum. Read more.
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh
Virtual Startup Job Fair

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00-3:00 PM; EST
In partnership with Handshake, CMU and Pitt are hosting a virtual 2021 Startup Job Fair on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Past years have proven the Startup Job Fair to be a success, and this new format will provide even more reach for startups to attract top talent. Startups will have the opportunity to build their team and university students will have a chance to work in an exciting startup environment. If you have not participated in a virtual job fair, you will be given instructions and personal assistance if needed. 

Find out how to participate here.
Fireside Chat with Allegheny Health Network (AHN)

Tuesday, March 16
, 2021
5:00 PM EST

The CMU Swartz Center is honored to host Jeffrey K. Cohen, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Community Health and Innovation at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), for an intimate fireside chat. Dr. Cohen is helping to lead a number of accelerator initiatives in Pittsburgh, including AHN's recent partnership with Innovation Works to form AlphaLab Health. In addition to this exciting new cohort, Dr. Cohen and AHN are repurposing the old Suburban General Hospital (SGH) and will have 180,000 square feet of available space, providing substantial benefits to the startup community.

Joining Dr. Cohen will be Will Kaigler, Swartz Center EIR, assistant teaching professor and CEO and co-founder of sovaSage, Inc., and the discussion will be moderated by Craig Markovitz, assistant teaching professor and Swartz Center EIR. 
VentureBridge Mentor Matching Event

Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (PST) | 7:00 – 8:30 PM (EST)
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
The CMU Swartz Center's VentureBridge program is hosting its Spring Startup Pitch and Mentor Matching Mixer on Thursday, March 18, 2021.
Finding the right mentors and advisors can make a significant difference to an entrepreneur. The VentureBridge program helps to facilitate these connections through organized matching events. Entrepreneurs are given two minutes to pitch and present their startup to a group of alumni mentors. After the presentations, mentors and entrepreneurs have time to interact and participate in a mutual, matching process.

Interested CMU entrepreneurs and startups can apply to present here.  Email questions to apetkov@andrew.cmu.edu

Open to all CMU students, faculty, staff and alumni startups. 
The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series presents: Virtual Fireside Chat with Co-founders of Mambu
Co-sponsored by: CMU Tech and Entrepreneurship

Monday, March 29, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM EST


*Registration required. A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent the day before the event
Join the CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and the CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship community for an in depth, virtual fireside chat with CMU HCI alumni and Mambu co-founders Eugene Danilkis (CEO), Frederik Pfisterer and Sofia Nunes.

, the Berlin based SaaS cloud banking platform, serves fintech start-ups, telcos and top tier banks including ABN AMRO, N26 and OakNorth, Globe Telecom and Orange. The company, which just raised $135M, operates on six continents and is changing the way financial institutions operate and innovate. As the industry leader in cloud banking, Mambu is taking on the $250B market of banking technology worldwide, and services more than 180 customers with over 33M end users.

Find out more about the founders. 
Applications Open!
2021-2023 Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program

The CMU Swartz Center has opened applications for its 2021-2023 cohort of Undergraduate Innovation Scholars. Undergraduate students from across CMU may apply beginning March 5, 2021 through April 2, 2021. This two-year program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, provides mentoring opportunities and seeks to increase the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving CMU's undergraduate students. The two-year program includes academic coursework, work experience at a startup, networking and mentorship--given and received. 

Find out more, view the flyer (pdf) and apply by April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.


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

The focus of the CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship is to connect the CMU             community, alumni and students, building an entrepreneurial culture and providing resources for the community to succeed. There are multiple region-based chapters within the group. Find out more
Upcoming Events for YCombinator Aspirants!

CMU Virtual Shark Tank
March 15, 2021|5-7PM, PST

Join the CMU T&E for a virtual Shark Tank is a platform where budding CMU entrepreneurs will get an opportunity to pitch their startup in a live, virtual event to experienced investor and CMU graduate,
Ivan Kirigin. Participants will receive real-time feedback and advice from Ivan, who has a long career that spans several industries. Apply to attend the event.

Apply to pitch by March 8, 2021

Y-Combinator 1:1 Mentorship

This initiative is aimed at helping current YC applicants to connect with former YC alumni who will provide feedback and advice on their application. Applicants will be paired with a YC mentor who will provide personalized insight on their application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Sign up here.
Tepper MBA and Swartz Fellow Rob Miller Elected President of CMU's Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC)
Tepper MBA and 2020-2021 Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow Rob Miller has been elected President of CMU's Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC). The recipient of the T. Jerome Holleran scholarship is also a professional actor, co-owner at Miller Hop Farm and marketing experience manager at vertical farming company, Fifth Season.

Rob's natural entrepreneurial drive and passion came through when he moderated the CMU Swartz Center's virtual fireside chat with Shark Tank's Mark Cuban last Fall. 

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.



Undergraduate Innovation Scholars
The Undergraduate Innovation Scholars program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and seeks to increase the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving CMU's undergraduate students. This two-year program integrates academic coursework, work experience in a startup company, networking and mentorship. Find out more.
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