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May 7, 2021

The CMU Swartz Center Announces VentureBridge
Summer 2021 Cohort
The CMU Swartz Center has announced its VentureBridge Summer 2021 cohort. The VentureBridge Accelerator is a summer-long program hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York. This summer, the program will be held virtually and will include opportunities for the company founders to create networks with mentors, customers and early-stage investors through mentor-matching, office hours, fireside chats and workshops. Carnegie Mellon University will invest $25K into each company. Companies also receive many other in-kind services.

The 16 companies selected include: AdSkate, Clean Sea Robotics, Culturely, EnerYields, Equa, ESTAT Actuation, Finish Robotics, Mach9 Robotics, MayaEats, Parthean, Propheto, Self.Best, Skeema, Slingshot, TalkTwo and ViralMoment. Shreya Agarwal (Self.Best), Alex Baikovitz (Mach9 Robotics) and Daniel McDade (Propheto) are also Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows.

Find out more about the new cohort. 
Astrobotic Announces Launch of Moonshot Space Museum
Astrobotic, a space robotics company located in Pittsburgh’s Northside, announced its plans to launch the Moonshot Museum, Pennsylvania’s first museum dedicated exclusively to space. The new museum, currently under construction and set to open in the summer of 2022, will be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization co-located in a gifted facility inside Astrobotic's headquarters. Read more.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM; EST

Are you a startup looking to grow into the MENA market? Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, provides the support you need to access funding, customers and incentives.

Hub71 has launched an annual Corporate Challenge program “The Outliers”, bringing together six of the most prominent multinational corporates wanting to partner with you to solve their challenges.

Learn how to test your proof of concepts with globally enduring corporations by joining Hub71’s ecosystem to scale your startup from Abu Dhabi. Get first hand insight into setting up your business in Abu Dhabi and how Hub71’s enabling tech ecosystem can help you access capital, market and talent alongside government subsidies alleviating your overheads. 


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

have ended for the Spring semester and will resume in the Fall.

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.
AI/ML & Fintech Microcommunities
The CMU T&E Microcommunities bring together subgroups of members interested in specific industry topics and disciplines such as AI/ML, Edutech, Blockchain, etc. The microcommunities are managed by the T&E's Community Experience department, whose goal is to build a strong sense of community and culture centered on service and entrepreneurship. As the CMU T&E community grows in membership, the goal is to grow the number of microcommunities, their individual memberships, connections and activity.

Over the next few months, the CMU T&E group aims to kick-off its top two microcommunities of interest: AI/ML and Fintech. Leads and advisors are needed to help create opportunities for members to connect and share knowledge, plan happy hours, industry chats, AMAs and more. Find out how to get involved 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


CMU Robotics Ph.D. Rogerio Bonatti Completes Thesis Defense

Rogerio Bonatti, Robotics Ph.D. student and 2019-20 Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow, completed his thesis defense on Active Vision: Autonomous Aerial Cinamatography With Learned Artistic Decision-Making on May 5, 2021.

Rogerio's research focuses on the combination of motion planning techniques together with learning methods for robust robot intelligence in real-life settings. He is passionate about developing intelligent and useful behaviors in the fields of robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and
computer vision.
Choolaah Fundraiser with CMU Philly Alumni Network
Friday, May 14, 2021: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join the Carnegie Mellon University Philly alumni network for the Choolaah fundraiser on Friday, May 14, 2021. Come into Choolaah, located at 155 Main St. Suite 120 Kinf of Prussia, PA 19406 and mention that you are there to support the CMU alumni Philly chapter, or order online from choolaah.com using the code "CMU" at checkout. Thirty percent of the proceeds will go to the CMU alumni Philly chapter.
Find out more and how to participate here (pdf). See the flyer (jpeg). 

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.



Innovation Fellows Program
The Innovation Fellows Program has the goal of accelerating the process of commercializing university research. It aims to foster entrepreneurship among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants—the research personnel who work directly with faculty investigators to conduct scientific experiments, solve problems and innovate. Find out more.
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