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LaunchCMU Returns to Silicon Valley to Highlight Emerging Innovations

For three consecutive years, venture capitalists, angel investors and Carnegie Mellon University’s alumni entrepreneurs have assembled at LaunchCMU, a showcase for technology startups, innovations and trailblazing research. The program is returning to Silicon Valley on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, and will take place at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, California.

This year’s theme, “The Business of Learning,” will showcase transformative efforts in improving education, including initiatives for technology-enhanced learning. The schedule of events includes demonstrations of new products and services at the Demo & Poster Session and showcase talks by both the founders of successful startup companies and Carnegie Mellon faculty members.

“LaunchCMU provides an exclusive opportunity for the startup companies from Carnegie Mellon to connect with investors and entrepreneurs in our innovation ecosystem,” said Farnam Jahanian, vice president for research and Provost-designate at Carnegie Mellon. “These connections represent potential funding paths and access to customers, suppliers and mentors.”

Founders and leaders of featured technology startup companies — including Acrobatiq, Digital Dream Labs, Expii, Inc., Interstacks and Simcoach Games — will be pitching their companies, demonstrating problem-solving and value creation for customers. The startups will be joined by Carnegie Mellon faculty members Emma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science, and Vincent Aleven, associate professor at the Human Computer Interaction Institute, who will be revealing some of their groundbreaking research in educational technologies.

“This event is a celebration of CMU’s leadership position in the startup world. We are reaching out to our colleagues in Silicon Valley to share the great innovations that are emerging from CMU,” explained Dave Mawhinney, co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The application of these discoveries in many key market sectors will be displayed by more than two dozen startups at the Demo & Poster Session. These companies are emerging out of incubators and programs such as Olympus PROBES, the James Swartz R. Entrepreneurial Fellows Program, the NSF I-Corps Site program, the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Traffic 21/UTC, Quality of Life Technology Center, the Disruptive Health Technology Institute and Innovation Works.

LaunchCMU is organized biannually by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which was created in 2012 to strengthen and serve the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon, and to accelerate the commercialization of university research and ideas.

View photos from last year's LaunchCMU event in Silicon Valley.