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Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Introduces New Class of James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows

Thirteen graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University representing business, computer science, engineering and chemistry have been selected as the new class of James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows. The Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program is administered by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and aims to fast-track the career development of graduate student innovators who demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship and for introducing new technologies to the marketplace. 

                 Fellows receive coaching and mentorship by CMU faculty, distinguished alumni and venture capitalists along with coursework in entrepreneurship, special networking opportunities and a marquee internship with venture-backed startups within the high-tech, high-growth environment of Silicon Valley.  The Swartz Fellows have completed internships with companies such as Anki, Splice Machine, Personalis, Clover and more.

            “The Swartz Fellowship was a perfect match for my interest to work in cutting-edge technology businesses in the Bay Area. Through the fellowship, I was able to meet many experienced businesspeople in the valley, including company founders and venture capitalists. I found that people were happy to help me because of the prestige of the fellowship,” said Steve Feyer, MBA ’15, of his experience as a Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow.

                 The new cohort of fellows were introduced during a reception on September 17. Dave Mawhinney, co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship spoke about the growth and success of the program, and each of the students had the opportunity to provide an introduction and meet with second-year Fellows. This year’s Swartz Fellowship recipients include:

  • Alison Alvarez, Tepper School of Business
  • Nick Bartel, Tepper School of Business
  • Matthew Cantele, Tepper School of Business
  • Hayden Cardiff, Tepper School of Business
  • Dishan Gupta, School of Computer Science
  • Pradeep Karuturi, School of Computer Science
  • Jing Li, School of Computer Science
  • Zijie Lin, College of Engineering
  • Matharishwan Naganbabu, Mellon College of Science
  • Katherine (Shelby) Rosenthal, Tepper School of Business
  • Sahil Shah, School of Computer Science
  • Stephen Smith, School of Computer Science
  • Piyush Gupta, Masters of Software Management, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley

                 The benefactor of this program, James R. Swartz, MSIA’66, is also a distinguished entrepreneur, venture capitalist and founding partner of Palo Alto-based Accel Partners. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Venture Capital Association in 2007.  Swartz is an inaugural member of the Tepper School’s Business Board of Advisors and is the benefactor of the James R. Swartz Leadership Scholarship, awarded to first-year MBA students who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. In February 2014, Swartz and his wife Susan announced a $10 million gift to CMU earmarked towards a 295,000 square-foot facility in the Tepper Quad, which will house a number of strategically interconnected entities, including the university’s Tepper School of Business, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Simon Initiative and quality of life enhancements or the entire CMU community. This new facility will serve as the cornerstone for integrating elements of research and education across the university’s Pittsburgh campus.  



About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon ( is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. 


About the Tepper School of Business: Founded in 1949, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University ( is a pioneer in the field of management science and analytical-decision making. The school’s notable contributions to the intellectual community include nine Nobel laureates. The school is among those institutions with the highest rate of academic citations in the fields of finance, operations research, organizational behavior and production/operations. The academic offerings of the Tepper School include undergraduate studies in business and economics, graduate studies in business administration and financial engineering, and doctoral studies.