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Outside the Classroom

While the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship's undergraduate and graduate courses provide a strong foundation for students who study entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, serious students must supplement their academic work with the plentiful experiential learning opportunities available within Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh region. Our programs give participants valuable, practical and unique perspectives on careers in entrepreneurship and venture capital.  


James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program fast-tracks the careers of graduate student leaders who have a passion for entrepreneurship and technology. This competitive program is an experiential complement to students’ formal education, providing leadership development, mentorship, cross-campus networking and advisory services, and culminating in a summer internship with a top tier, venture-backed startup in the Bay Area, New York or Pittsburgh.  

Made possible by a generous gift from James R. Swartz, Founder and Managing Partner of Accel Partners, the Swartz Fellows program is now in its 8th year.

James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series provides a forum for the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon to bring entrepreneurial thought leaders to campus to discuss issues central to entrepreneurial leadership.

Clubs

The Tepper School's graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship, venture capital and various business clubs further enhance the experiential learning possibilities at the Tepper School

Competitions

The CMU Cross-Campus Venture Competition and the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship's annual intercollegiate McGinnis Venture Competition allow students to put their venture ideas to the test.

Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and CONNECTS Events

Our annual Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and CONNECTS events are designed to further the experiential education of students interested in starting a company, working at a startup or innovating within a large corporation.

i6 Agile Innovation System

The i6 Agile Innovation System is a joint grant between Innovation Works and Carnegie Mellon University. i6 helps accelerate the commercialization of technologies being developed within the region’s universities and small businesses, and can be duplicated throughout the nation.

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