Innovation Igniter

The Innovation Igniter program is an introductory primer to the process of advancing an innovative idea towards commercialization.

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Start Smart Legal Seminars

The Start Smart legal seminar series is a joint effort of the Innovation Institute, the Innovation Practice Institute at the Pitt School of Law, and Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University. Starting any business presents many legal questions. Start Smart is designed to provide legal assistance to entrepreneurs, both from Pitt and CMU, and the community at large. The series is sponsored by Pittsburgh law firm K&L Gates.

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Living Learning Community

The Innovation Institute partnered with Pitt Business, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Swanson School of Engineering to bring the first-ever Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (LLC) program to the University of Pittsburgh. This program provides freshman students with an interest in innovation the ability to live together their first year and be exposed to an array of programming and activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Pitt Ventures First Gear

The First Gear program helps shape Pitt inventions originating from University research from early-stage discovery to products and services that can be taken to market. First Gear offers hands-on guidance and mentorship that takes helps the inventor create a go-to-market plan that can result in the development of a new enterprise or licensing agreement for the innovation. As a designated NSF I-Corps site, First Gear participants also receive $3,000 to help validate the market-readiness of the innovation, and qualify for additional NSF funding of larger amounts.

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First Step/Second Step Series

The Innovation Institute’s affiliate, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, hosts two workshops a month through its Small Business Development Center (SBDS) to assist entrepreneurs in addressing issues related to starting a business.

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Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace is a student accelerator providing access to a deep mentor network, inspirational co-working space, and a rich curriculum preparing students for creating and growing their business ideas.  It is led by Greg Coticchia, Entrepreneur in Residence and Blast Furnace Director. The program runs two eight-week cohorts per year beginning in October and April.

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Benchtop to Bedside

Commonly known as B2B, this class is designed for clinicians and research faculty to introduce the concepts behind new technology commercialization in the health sciences. Select graduate students can take the course for credit or in a non-credit capacity. B2B runs in the spring semester starting in January and is taught by Director of Education and Outreach, Babs Carryer.

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Concept to Commercialization

This course is designed for faculty, graduate students, post docs, and research staff who are interested in learning more about academic entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The course runs for nine weeks starting in October.

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