Blast Furnace Teams Present at AlphaLab Gear

Pitt Student Entrepreneurs Get Tough Love and Encouragement at Demo Day July 2, 2019     View this post on Instagram   Blast Furnace update! Our final presentations Thursday June 27th and the teams are hard at work each week working on their ideas and improving their business plans. Check…

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Trek Wins $25,000 Top Prize in 2019 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

$100,000 in prize money awarded to student teams from across the University  March 21, 2019 Pitt student innovators with ideas ranging from an automated system for recording medical notes, to a game app for teaching computer coding to young girls, another for helping kids to learn to learn health eating…

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HiberSense Wins $10K in AUTM Venture Challenge

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First IBM Bluehack at a University Reveals Pitt Students’ Passion for Problem Solving

October 19, 2018 Over 100 students from across the University, and a few from neighboring Carnegie Mellon, took control of the Pitt School of Computing and Information building on Bellefield Avenue last weekend hacking their ideas for improving healthcare, the Internet of Things (IoT), and any other idea they could…

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Evan Facher Appointed Director of Innovation Institute

Following a record year for Pitt innovation, Evan Facher has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Innovation Institute.

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First Gear Teams Awarded Commercialization Funds

July 30, 2018 A team of Pitt researchers developing a high resolution microscope at a fraction of the size and cost of existing products was awarded $20,000 from the Chancellor's Innovation Commercialization Funds at the demonstration day for the Pitt Ventures First Gear commercialization program. Under the name miniSTORM, the…

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Blast Furnace Accelerator Strengthens Pitt Student Ideas on Path to Startups

[caption id="attachment_9386" align="alignright" width="4272"] Students, entrepreneurs in residence and members of the region's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, join Babs Carryer, director of the Big Idea Center for student entrepreneurship to celebrate Blast Furnace presentation day at a reception at the University Club terrace. (Photo credit: Karen Woolstrum)[/caption]   July 6,…

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Pitt Student Startup Four Growers Accepted into Silicon Valley Accelerator

Latest News Caps a Whirlwind Spring for Team Developing a Robotic Greenhouse Tomato Harvesting System Brandon Contino and Dan Chi are going to San Francisco, but instead of flowers in their hair, they will be wearing the laurels of being accepted into one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in…

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Blast Furnace Student Accelerator Welcomes 10 Student Teams

[caption id="attachment_8136" align="alignleft" width="580"] Team Adventure Hound is one of 10 teams that competed in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition to be invited to participate in the Blast Furnace student accelerator.[/caption] May 3, 2018 The academic year might be over, but a dedicated group of nearly 30 entrepreneurial Pitt…

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Pitt Student Entrepreneurs Take National Stage at Pitch Competitions

April 11, 2108 [caption id="attachment_8298" align="aligncenter" width="938"] Dan Garcia, left, and Brandon Contino, rehearse their pitch for the ACC InVenture Prize competition at Georgia Tech University.[/caption]   Four Growers Wins Runner-up Prize, $10,000 at ACC InVenture Prize Competition Fresh off claiming top prize in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition,…

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