Real Startup supported by
Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

Real Industry and Carnegie Mellon will support the future leaders of the music and creative technology industries in 2019. With major support from Carnegie Mellon Univesity, we provide a career-building opportunity for university students at the intersection of music and technology.


Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music support of Real Industry will allows us to educate, inspire, and empower 25 future leaders of music, media, and creative technology industries. By underwriting support of this program, CMU gains invaluable connections and support for its students and faculty, access to top corporate partners, brand recognition, a thought-leading program, and recruiting opportunities for its students. It builds upon CMU’s Silicon Valley campus and presence.

Real Industry is a non-profit that educates, inspires, and empowers university students to thrive in the arts and technology industry. We create hands-on programs where students work with industry mentors to tackle real-world problems. Students are exposed to new career paths, develop new skills, and rapidly expand their professional networks.

Founded in 2014, Real Industry is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, led by educator, executive, and entrepreneur Jay LeBoeuf. Jay LeBoeuf serves as lecturer at Stanford University (Center for Computer Research in Music & Acoustics; Warner Music Group Leadership Initiative), Carnegie Mellon University (School of Music), and University of Michigan (School of Music, Theater, and Dance).

Opportunity: Real Startup supported by Carnegie Mellon University

Real Startup provides 25 future music and creative technology leaders with a career-making entrepreneurship experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. (See also Real Startup Overview and a Review of our 2018 Program.)

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The Real Startup Entrepreneurship Program is a Real Industry program that enables university startup teams to develop entrepreneurial skills by taking their innovations to the real world. We connect teams with Real Industry's network of over 300 industry mentors from leading music & tech companies. Over two weeks, teams are given VIP access and coaching from over 30 leading companies. Networking sessions and events connect students with the target markets and companies they aspire to become.

2019 Program Dates: May 27 - June 7, 2019 or June 17- June 28, 2019 depending on student availability.
Date to be confirmed in March 2019.

Financial support requested (choose one option below):

    Exclusive naming rights for 2019
    : “Real Startup, supported by Carnegie University School of Music”: $40,000.

    As our exclusive 2019 naming rights sponsor, CMU can demonstrate its leading position in supporting the future entrepreneurs of music, media, and entertainment technology. Students that join our program from other universities will proudly acknowledge CMU’s support in bringing them to San Francisco and empowering a lifelong and career-changing experience. We will proudly acknowledge CMU School of Music support in all communications, company visits, and outreach.
    In 2019, up to 25 students will be selected from a world-wide application process extended to over 100 universities. We will reserve up to 10 slots for qualified Carnegie Mellon students. Additionally, we invite up 1-2 CMU faculty to join our programs as entrepreneurs in residence. We anticipate this develops the professional networks, skill-sets, and provides a defining moment in faculty development.

  2. Sponsor Week 1 of our program: $20,000.

    By sponsoring the first week of our program, CMU enables us to provide education and funding for all of our teams, and secure 50% of our program budget. We will proudly acknowledge CMU’s generosity as a major donor during all 2019 Real Industry events and outreach.

  3. Sponsor 1 university team for $10,000. This allows Carnegie Mellon to support one Carnegie Mellon-based team and join us as a yearly Real Industry supporter. With CMU’s help and mentorship, we can enable, inspire, and empower these future leaders of our industry.

here are some of the universities that PARTICIPATE IN our programs...

Stanford University • University of Michigan • University of Washington • Carnegie Mellon University  • University of California, Berkeley • New York University • Tufts University • Massachusetts Institute of Technology • University of Southern California •  
University of Hartford • Worcester Polytechnic Institute • California Institute of the Arts •  University of California, Santa Barbara  • Middle Tennessee State University • Berklee College of Music • Georgia Tech • University of Massachusetts, Lowell • University of Miami • Full Sail University  • SAE Institute • Expression College • McGill University •  University of Technology, Sydney • Queensland University of Technology • Macquarie University • JMC Academy (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) • Universidad Claeh, Montevideo