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April 2, 2021

Idelic team: Nick Bartel (left), Hayden Cardiff (center) and Andrew Russell (right)
Idelic Raises $20M Almost All From Out of Town Investors 

Idelic Inc., developer of commercial trucking analytics and driver management solutions, recently raised $20M. The Series B round was led by Highland Capital Partners, with participation from AXA Venture Partners and previous investors Birchmere Ventures, Origin Ventures, TDF Ventures and SaaS Venture Capital. Idelic is co-founded by CMU Tepper School of Business alumni Nick Bartel and Hayden Cardiff, and MS Music and Technology technical co-founder, Andrew Russell. Read more.
Finding Silence in the Brain: CMU Ph.D. Creates Program That Analyzes Patterns
in Data

Alireza Chamanzar, an electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student and CMU Swartz Center Innovation Fellow, has recently published a paper about an algorithm he created to noninvasively locate silent regions of the brain. The algorithm, called SilenceMap, uses data from an EEG, a device that collects brain activity from electrodes placed on the patient’s head. Read more.
Virtual Talk with Xfund: Starting a Startup - Pandemic Edition

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 PM EST


Come meet Patrick Chung and Brandon Farwell of Xfund, the Harvard-affiliated early-stage venture fund that identifies and supports founders just like you. Xfund just announced its $120M third fund. Xfund and its partners were the first investors in companies like 23andMe, Kensho, Plaid, Segment, Guideline, Robinhood, Gusto, Patreon, Andela and others. Come with questions about starting a company and raising money during a pandemic!
Click Here to Register
Olympus Show & Tell

Thursday, April 15, 2021
4:00-4:45 PM (Presentations)
4:45-5:30 PM (Virtual networking)


Project Olympus Show & Tell events are hugely popular venues that provide a window into the many exciting developments at Carnegie Mellon University and connect students and faculty with the wider business and entrepreneurial community. See the event flyer.
Apply by Friday, April 2!
2021-2023 Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program

Undergraduate students from across CMU may apply to the Innovation Scholars program through Friday, April 2 at 11:59Pm; EST. This two-year program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and provides mentoring opportunities for CMU's undergraduate, entrepreneurially-minded students. 

Find out more, view the flyer (pdf) and apply
Apply to the 2021 VentureBridge Summer Accelerator
Program by April 13!
The CMU Swartz Center's VentureBridge Summer Accelerator is a 12-week program that will be hosted virtually this summer. The program is designed to connect startups with a network of mentors, customers and early-stage investors. Weekly summer sessions include: mentor matching with 2-3 mentors, investor and expert office hours, pitch practice sessions, founder dinners, weekly round-tables and Demo Day at the end of the summer. A cohort of 5-8 companies is selected and each will receive an investment of $25K from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as many other in-kind services.

CMU alumni startups and soon-to-be graduates are invited to apply. See the event flyer (pdf).
Send questions to Aleksandar Petkov


See the full Spring 2021 schedule here.
Can't make a CONNECTS seminar? Watch on our YouTube channel. 

Don't miss the last CONNECTS/START SMART LAW Seminars
of the semester!

Upcoming Events:

Alumni Info Session

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

Learn how to begin investing in CMU startups with 99 Tartans by attending this information session.

99 Tartans and Grip Venture Studio: Mock Pitch Night!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
6:30-8:30 PM; EST

Opportunity for first time founders to meet with investors and receive feedback while practicing their pitches. Leave with a more effective pitch!

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 opportunities from fellow CMU alumni and founders 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

Affordable Engineering and Technical Talent for CMU Startups

Slingshot is a global startup incubator that offers mentored internships to CMU startups by 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.

Slingshot provides interns with solid, real-world software engineering experience that allows them to take their skills to the next level, while founders get a team of highly talented engineers to help prototype and perfect technologies at low cost.  Learn more

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.
Find out more.
Visit the CMU Swartz Center website. Make a donation.
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