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March 19, 2021

Virtual Final Round Celebration!
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
10:30 am - 5:30 pm EST
Congrats to the final round teams!

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.
George Cook, CEO (second from left), Christian Bilger, COO (center), Ken Martin,
co-founder (right)
Honeycomb Credit Closes $1.75M Seed Funding Round

Honeycomb Credit, the crowdfunding platform that allows small businesses to borrow money directly from their own customers, has just closed a $1.75M seed round. Honeycomb is co-founded by CEO George Cook and Ken Martin. Also on the team is CMU Tepper School of Business alumnus and COO Christian Bilger, and several others. Read more.   
Aspire360 Provides Crisis Coaching for Entrepreneurs
Aspire360, co-founded by CMU alumna and Innovation Scholar Eleanor Haglund and ten-time founder and lead coach Ed Engler, is a network for entrepreneurs that provides facilitator-led, peer-to-peer community groups (Axioms) mentorship, community and other resources to accelerate their professional development. Aspire360 members are CEOs of pre-seed to Series A companies who need to build ongoing and lasting relationships with other like-minded leaders to solve tough problems, tackle their fundraising rounds and accelerate revenue growth.

Aspire360 is offering initial coaching sessions and a 1-month free trial of its community to CMU students and alumni. Email eleanor@aspire360.io and mention "CMU" to activate.

Read more about Aspire in an article published in Forbes: How Crisis Coaching Can Keep
A Startup on Course
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 to all registrants prior to 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. 
Apply by April 2!
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. 

Info Session

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
7:00-8:00 pm; EST


99 Tartans is embarking on a road show to increase awareness among CMU alumni into what 99 Tartans is and how alumni can help to promote and enhance the reputation of CMU entrepreneurship. Learn how to begin investing in CMU startups with 99 Tartans by attending this information session and Q&A.

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
Announcing the CMU T&E Alumni Job Board!

Explore exciting opportunities from fellow CMU alumni and founders.
View and post jobs here.

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

Design Talent Needed for sovaSage, Inc.

sovaSage Inc., an AI-based patient management telemedicine platform founded by CMU professor Will Kaigler, is looking for help with designing branded literature suitable for its customers to market the sovaSage service to customers. Excellent design talent and an innovative approach to problem solving are all that are required! Send inquiries to wkaigler@sovasage.com
Affordable Engineering and Technical Talent for CMU Startups

Are you a CMU startup looking for great engineering and/or technical talent at low cost?

Slingshot is a global startup incubator that offers mentored internships to CMU startups by extremely gifted high school students across the globe. Over the past year, the founders at Slingshot have identified and validated that there is huge, untapped industry-grade engineering talent in the form of high-school students across the world; students who lack access to quality, real-world CS opportunities.

With Slingshot, interns receive solid, real-world software engineering experience that lets them take their skills to the next level, while founders like you get a team of highly talented engineers to help you prototype and perfect your technologies at low cost. It’s a win-win match.

Learn more at info@slingshotmentoring.com to begin hiring amazing talent at low cost. 

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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