Between Lunch and Learns, networking hours, and how-to workshops, our calendar is always packed. Here's a list of our major initiatives throughout the year, but be sure to subscribe for updates!
Fall Boot Camp
Our big kickoff event of every year is a collaborative effort between the GEC and the CIE (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) to introduce students to everything the campus has to offer.
Hack-a-Startup is our biggest event of the year. Inspired by Startup Weekend, this event brings together engineers, business students, designers, and any aspiring entrepreneurs for a weekend to pitch ideas and work on projects. On Friday night, participants pitch their ideas and form teams around the top voted ideas. Teams work through the weekend (except going home to sleep of course) and on Sunday night teams present prototypes and pitches to a panel of judges. This event is done in collaboration with the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Scotty Labs to bring students of all ages and disciplines together.
Fall Trek to Austin, TX
Treks are valuable part of the entrepreneurial experience and allow students to visit some of the most innovative companies in the world. On our treks we visit everyone from startups in accelerators, to companies with hundreds of millions in funding, to venture capital firms.
Winter Trek to Silicon Valley, CA
There's nothing like Silicon Valley, which is why we want every entrepreneur to have the opportunity to visit the valley and see it in action. This trip is an annual tradition that includes a reception with local CMU and Tepper alumni in addition to visiting some of the most exciting companies in the world. The GEC coordinates this trek with the Business and Technology Club, the Undergraduate Innovation Scholars and the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows.
Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)
VCIC is a national competition where students get to pretend to be venture capitalists evaluating real startups and offering term sheets. Winners at CMU will go on to a regional competition with the potential to advance nationals.
Through minis 1 and 2, we will be holding bootcamps to help those new to the world of venture capital learn the ropes and better learn what the venture capitalists of the world have to go through before they offer their term sheet.