LaunchCMU event presents Pittsburgh startups to students

Investors and start-up heads alike sat around white-clothed tables in the Rangos Ballroom last Thursday for the third annual LaunchCMU showcase. Hosted twice a year by the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), LaunchCMU is a presentation of technology inspired by Carnegie Mellon research, according to co-director of the CIE and opening speaker Dave Mawhinney. This year’s theme, “the business of learning,” focused on technologies aimed at improving education. According to director of the Simon Initiative, Norman Bier, this field has been steadily growing since Herb Simon introduced an approach to “learning science,” or the idea of improving education through data-driven analysis. Bier was one of the eight speakers at the showcase. According to Bier, the Simon Initiative, launched in 2013, is what President Subra Suresh was told to…

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