David Mawhinney

Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship
Executive Director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship




GSIA - Tepper School of Business - Room 228D




Carnegie Mellon University - MBA (Entrepreneurship) - 1990
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - BS (Physics) - 1986


Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Commercialization


Dave Mawhinney, Carnegie Mellon University: Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Associate Director Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, and Director, i6 Agile Innovation System, a collaboration between InnovationWorks and Carnegie Mellon University Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site. In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine. Prior to mSpoke, Dave was a General Partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures before that, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.). Dave is also an active Board Member at MedSage Technologies (now NewCare Solutions LLC), EZ-FLO Injection Systems, CloudFab LLC, SnapRetail, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association (ex-officio, Past President.). He is an Advisory Board Member to InnovationWork’s AlphaLab, Pittsburgh Equity Partners, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Project Olympus. Dave also served as Executive-in-Residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse working with healthcare information technology start-ups. Dave lives with his wife Kristan and three sons in Fox Chapel, PA. Mr. Mawhinney holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B. S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


  • Disruptive Healthcare Technology Institute, Committee Member (2013 - )
  • CMU Disruptive Healthcare Technology Institute – sponsored by Highmark – Research Selection Committee, Committee Member, Review and select research projects submitted by CMU faculty and researchers. Goal is to find and fund potentially disruptive technologies for the healthcare industry. (2013 - )
  • President's Weekend: CMU's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Guest Speaker (2012 - )
  • CMU representative to PowerUp Pittsburgh – initiative of Mayor of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Committee Member, Work with community collaborators to make the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem more effective (2012 - )
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  • PowerUp Pittsburgh, Committee Member, Improve region's entrepreneurial ecosystem (2012 - )
  • Pittsburgh Equity Partners Advisory Board, Committee Member (2013 - 2013)
  • AlphaLab Classic Selection Committee, Committee Member (2013 - 2013)
  • LaunchCMU Pittsburgh - Research and Entrepreneurship Showcase, Program Organizer, CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2013 - 2013)
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  • InnovationWorks (January 2011 - June 2013)


  • Designing Leading a Business Pittsburgh CAP- (45909)
    2016 Section: A
  • New Venture Creation (70416)
    2016 Section: A
  • Designing and Leading a Business-Special Section (45994)
    2016 Mini 3 Section: A
  • Entrepreneurship for High Growth Companies (45805)
    2016 Mini 3 Section: A
    2015 Mini 3 Section: A
    2014 Mini 1 Section: A
    2014 Mini 3 Section: A
    2013 Mini 3 Section: A
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David Mawhinney