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February 12, 2021

The Swartz Center Celebrates Black Entrepreneurs

During Black History Month

The CMU Swartz Center joins Carnegie Mellon University in celebrating Black History Month by acknowledging black student and alumni entrepreneurs who are blazing the trail. These entrepreneurs will be featured for the remainder of February.
Gus Jenkins is a CMU Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Technology Innovation Management graduate, a James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow and has a strong passion for creating and commercializing new technologies and products. Gus is the founder of Mental.ly and is currently a software engineer at ShipBob, Inc., a tech-enabled 3PL that fulfills ecommerce orders for direct-to-consumer brands. ShipBob is a Y Combinator company that recently raised $68M. Gus is also a member of the Future Technical Founders program with CMU's Tech and Entrepreneurship. 

Find out more about Gus and see more great entrepreneurs below.
In Other News
Ben Towne, Ph.D., Covaxx (left); Cara Giannandrea, co-founder, Buddy System (right)

Covaxx wins first place and Buddy System wins third place at the Pittsburgh Civic Hackathon 
Friday, February 12 - 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.

Applications are also open for Pear Competition and Pear Accelerator--the exclusive program for 15 startups to receive focused attention from six Pear partners and on average raise $2.5M at demo day.

Note: Students can either watch or pitch. All students are routed to the web page.
Swartz Center Fireside Chat: YC President Geoff Ralston, and Founder and CEO of Boom, Blake Scholl

February 16, 2021 | 6-7 pm; EST


Join the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at an exciting webinar/fireside chat with Y Combinator partner and President Geoff Ralston and Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom on February 16; 6-7 pm; EST. Geoff will share some of the myths that exist around starting startups, what you should do while you’re still in school if you want to start a company and how YC can help you get started!  
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh

Virtual Startup Job Fair

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.
Eligibility and how to apply

This NO-FEE Job Fair is for startup companies up to five years old that are looking for paid positions: interns, part-time, or full-time employees. Space for virtual ‘booths’ is limited. Startups interested in participating should send the following to Erin O’Toole (erino@cmu.edu) by Friday, February 12.  

Please include in your response:
- Company name
- Key contact person and contact info
- Year company was founded
For each position you are seeking:
•    Type (FT, PT, intern)
•    Position description: ( e.g. full-stack developer, marketing, business, etc.)


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
Apply to the CMU T&E Board by February 21!

CMU's Tech and Entrepreneurship is expanding its board and looking for strong leaders to help drive its ambitious goals for 2021 and beyond. If interested in joining the board, apply by
Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Check out the presentation slides from the info session here.

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.

 CMU Startup Tabs.do! Seeks Beta Users

If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the number of tabs you have open on your computer, you're not alone. Whether it’s the thought of which tabs to close, finding the exact tab in the sea of open tabs or keeping a tab open in hopes of finally having time to get back to it, tab management is stressful. To help solve this problem, a research team from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science has just finished a year-long study to determine why tab managers fail. The team is looking for beta users for their proposed solution called Tabs.do!. Based on early results, this tool has helped users reduce their open tabs without losing any of the benefits of their work.

Sign up here if interested in becoming a beta user and gaining special access to the Tabs.do! system. 
CMU's Glimmer 411 Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for
Curl Cupid

In honor of Black History Month, Glimmer 411, founded by CMU alumna Mayowa Hannah Osinowo, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its first product, Curl Cupid™. Glimmer 411 is a black, female, CMU alumni-led hair-tech startup that curates holistic, personalized hair care experiences that empowers its clients to reach their hair goals affordably. Support the crowdfunding campaign here.

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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