Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces Spring 2014 CONNECTS Series

Dates for the spring 2014 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) CONNECTS series — a semester-long schedule of workshops designed to help students take their ideas for starting a company from conception to commercialization — have been announced.

The first workshop, “Starting a Business on an F-1 Student Visa” will be on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Gates Hillman Conference Center, Room 6115. Interested students should attend, as teams are always recruiting for new talent.

 The CIE was created in 2012 to strengthen the already bustling culture of innovation that exists at CMU, and to accelerate the commercialization of university research and innovative ideas. The center is the destination of choice for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in entrepreneurship and creating winning commercial ventures from cutting-edge research and ingenious ideas for the benefit of society.

For a complete list of spring 2014 CONNECTS series events, see below. For more information, visit the CIE’s website.

Spring 2014 CONNECTS Series Schedule

Monday, Feb. 10

Noon to 1 p.m.
Gates Gillman Conference Center, Room 4405

Wednesday, Feb. 12

“Financial Modeling”
Presented by Dean Zarras, Logic9s
1 to 3 p.m.
Posner Hall, Cooper Auditorium

Friday, Feb. 14

“Creative Entrepreneurship”
Presented by Taylor Davidson, kbs+ Ventures
2 to 4 p.m.
Posner Hall, Room 152

Thursday, Feb. 20

“How to Shop for a Lawyer”
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Gates Hillman Conference Center, Room 6115

Monday, March 3

“Building and Growing an Entrepreneurial Team”
Presented by Art Boni, CMU
Noon to 2 p.m.
Posner Hall, Cooper Auditorium

Thursday, March 20

“Splitting the Equity Pie”
Presented by Frank Demmler, Innovation Works
1 to 3 p.m.
Gates Hillman Conference Center, Room 6115

“Startup Personnel: Employees, Contractors, Interns, Volunteers”
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Pitt School of Law

Thursday, March 27

“Profit with a Purpose”
5:30 to 7 p.m.
TBA

Thursday, April 17

“Private Investment: A Case Study”
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Pitt School of Law

Friday, April 25

“Do It Right the First Time (Setting Up Your Back Office)”
Presented by William Richardson, Sisterson
2 to 4 p.m.
Gates Hillman Conference Center, Room 4405