Entrepreneur in Residence (I-Corps) - CS Research

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Location: Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA

Entrepreneur in Residence (I-Corps) - CS Research-2015914



Carnegie Mellon University’s mission is to build a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being. Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (SCS) is widely recognized as one of the first and the best computer science programs in the world. Our programs train the next generation of innovators to take real-world problems and improve the way people live and work.

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program is designed to bring successful entrepreneurs to Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) campuses to mentor and help CMU generated startup companies become successful. Project Olympus is the startup incubator program for Carnegie Mellon University.  We help faculty, staff and students at all levels explore the commercial potential of their innovations and research.  To that end, Project Olympus has a series of programs to expedite the learning and commercialization opportunities and is seeking to hire up to eight experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to serve as part-time coaches/mentors for startups participating in our various programs.

Preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience working in a startup or mentoring startups and/or domain expertise in robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, chemistry, cleantech/energy, electronics/semiconductors, software, medical devices/Biotech, Chemistry and material sciences as well as sales, marketing, startup law, manufacturing and fundraising/finances.

This is a part-time position at 8 hours per week. 


NSF iCorps Site Program

The CMU Site program recruits exploratory business ventures started by the faculty, staff, students and recent alumni, training up to 15 Site Teams per semester to accelerate business exploration and creation. The cirriculum focuses on agile innovation tied to customer discovery, and the program supplements the cirriculum with intensive netowrking, expert guidance and financial support for projects. The Site Program runs from Sept-Nov and Feb-April. $43.27/hour or $4,500/semester.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • EIRs will be assigned 5 teams to mentor each semester.
  • EIRs will be expected to be gateways to domain networks that will increase the probability of success at CMU generated startups.  This includes access to capital, access to customers and access to talent for team building.  
  • Responsibilities include:
    • Attend and potentially lead workshops at the 6 Cohort workshops. (Wed. 5 - 7 pm)
    • Meet and/or check in with 5 teams every week (more if needed) to follow up on the deliverables from the material presented in the workshops.
    • Brief the program administrators every other week on progress and/or issues with the teams. (Briefings can be in person, conference call and/or written reports upon mutual agreement.)
  • In addition to mentoring a portfolio of CMU generated startups and looking for their own startup opportunities, the EIRs would potentially:
    • Teach innovation and entrepreneurship courses as Adjunct Professors
    • Lead workshops and seminars in their areas of expertise
    • Attend and recruit attendees (e.g. investors) for CMU and Swartz Center events and showcases
    • Be housed in the Swartz Center’s Incubator – Project Olympus
    • Meet Bi-Weekly with the Swartz Center team, CMU Research Centers/Institutes and other EIRs

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the School of Computer Science. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field required.
Minimum of 10 years of direct startup experience.

  • Co-founder of one or more investor backed startup(s)
  • C-Suite experience in investor backed startup(s)
  • Proven track record for creating high growth startup(s)
  • Proven network with VC, Angel and strategic investors
  • Proven network with domain specific talent acquisition
  • Proven network with domain specific customer acquisition
  • Ten or more years of direct startup experience

The successful candidate will have considerable experience creating and leading innovative business ventures.  S/he will have demonstrated knowledge of and experience in early stage development and funding of companies, a history of building and maintaining critical relationships in the business and private capital sectors as well as a strong desire to develop and mentor entrepreneurs. 

• Background check
More Information:
Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.
A listing of employee benefits is available at: www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/.
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
Statement of Assurance: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/administrative-and-governance/statement-of-assurance.html

Job Function
: Business Operations 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Part Time 
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree 

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