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LaunchCMU Explores the “Business of Learning”

The spring 2015 installment of LaunchCMU Silicon Valley, the technology startup and research showcase hosted by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), brought together investors and Carnegie Mellon University alumni to celebrate “The Business of Learning,” this year’s theme.

LaunchCMU attendees headed to the Oracle Conference Center in Silicon Valley, California, to view the newest products, services and marketable research, presented by leaders of successful startup companies and CMU faculty. Carnegie Mellon-affiliated startups included Acrobatiq, Digital Dream Labs, Expii, Inc., Interstacks and Simcoach Games. Cutting-edge research was shared by Carnegie Mellon professors Emma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science, and Vincent Aleven, associate professor at the Human Computer Interaction Institute.

Carnegie Mellon entrepreneurship in the technology-enhanced learning (TEL) space takes advantage of Carnegie Mellon’s strengths in multiple areas such as machine learning, social and decision sciences, and design, among others.

“Carnegie Mellon has a great history of creating valuable companies in the TEL space, such as Carnegie Learning and Lightside Labs,” said David Mawhinney, founding co-director of CIE and associate teaching professor of entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business. “This new slate presenting at LaunchCMU have the potential to be among the next generation of TEL companies that dramatically improve learning at many levels – from pre-school to higher education.”

In addition to talks, various Carnegie Mellon startups demonstrated their ideas at the Demo & Poster Expo: Appbase, ClipMine, Digital Dream Labs, EEme, LLC, Expii, Inc., Interstacks, Learnworld, ProjectVision, Ristcall, LLC, Road Rules, SemanticMD, Sollu and Treatspace.

The startups that are featured at LaunchCMU have emerged out of respected programs such as the Project Olympus Incubator PROBE program, the James Swartz R. Entrepreneurial Fellows Program, the NSF I-Corps Site at Carnegie Mellon, the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Carnegie Mellon’s myriad research centers, and Innovation Works, Pittsburgh’s premier technology-based economic development organization.

LaunchCMU has been held biannually since its inception in 2012 and is sponsored by Latham & Watkins, Oracle and Deloitte. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next installment of LaunchCMU, which will be held at the Carnegie Mellon campus on October 8, 2015.