Allegheny HYP Club & Harvard Club of Western PA Lunch Lecture

Allegheny HYP Club & Harvard Club of Western PA Lunch Lecture

Date(s) - 10/09/2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and The Robotics Hub
Speaker: Christopher Moehle, Managing Director The Robotics Hub

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.
Where: Allegheny HYP Club, 619 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

$20.00 Harvard Club + Allegheny HYP Club Members, Students
$25.00 Non-Members (both prices include tax/gratuity)
Includes lunch consisting of a hot entrée, dessert and beverage.

RSVP Required: Call 412-281-5858 or e-mail Irene McTiernan
[email protected] (space is limited)

The Pittsburgh Region has had a key role in the growth of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Fostered by Carnegie Mellon University and other entities, many world-class technologies and startup companies have been “born” in our area. From manufacturing robots to smarter appliances to self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence will impact our lives increasingly in the decades to come.

The Robotics Hub is the world’s first Venture Capital fund aimed at actively creating companies of consequence out of emerging robotics breakthroughs. Christopher Moehle, Managing Director, will describe how this Pittsburgh-based organization is positioned to use the region’s unique and differentiated resources to develop and foster the kind of organizations that will one day redefine way we live and work. He will explain how its investment approach is designed to rapidly identify the most viable ideas and strategies, concentrate resources around them, and get these strongest ideas quickly to their growth phase. The Robotics Hub does this by providing a level of active support much closer to that of co-founder than a typical venture investor.

Chris has a variety of experience spanning tech development, entrepreneurship, ventures, and consulting.  The common theme of these diverse efforts is speeding the transition from R&D to product despite seemingly challenging regulatory environments and long development cycles.  Based on this experience, Chris developed a repeatable framework for managing complex entrepreneurial efforts from early development through revenues.  This framework is a key component of The Robotics Hub’s collaborative approach to venture capital and company building.

Before the Robotics Hub, Chris worked as Associate Director for New Ventures at Carnegie Mellon.  While there, Chris founded and led a cross-campus Robotics Venture Initiative.  This multidisciplinary public/private partnership still forms the basis of the Robotics Hub and spun out as an independent for-profit entity (Coal Hill Ventures) in 2015.  Chris co-founded two companies out of this initiative – both of which are in the current Robotics Hub pipeline.  He also served as advisor to multiple others that have gone from the pre-company stages to reach revenues, and initial acquisition offers.