• Startup Weekend
    Last year, Pitt hosted the first university-based Startup Weekend, an experience-based learning opportunity for students interested in launching start-up businesses.
  • Big Ideas
    The Randall Family Big Idea competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students interested in turning a big idea into a new business venture.
  • Commercializing Innovation
    Pitt's Innovation Institute advances entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development growing out of work by Pitt Innovators like Steven Benso, a traumatic brain injury research nurse.
  • Better Treatment for Respiratory Failure
    A seed grant from Pitt's Center for Medical Innovation is helping critical care medicine professor John A. Kellum to improve treatment of patients with respiratory failure.

Our Impact at a Glance

  • Pitt researchers received $759 million in sponsored research funding last year.

  • Last year, Pitt Innovators submitted 254 invention disclosures for commercial consideration.

  • Pitt's patent portfolio includes 615 U.S. patents.

  • More than 100 start-up companies have been launched around Pitt innovations.

  • Hundreds of Pitt innovations are available for licensing.

  • Pitt supports more than 800 startup companies in the region.

  • Pitt programs have helped local companies gain more than $300 million in new funding.

Innovation Commercialization

Whether you’re a Pitt researcher with a great idea or a potential commercial partner looking for new technologies to license or startup opportunities, the University of Pittsburgh actively fosters the transformation of Pitt’s vast and diverse research into world-changing innovations with commercial potential. Learn more about innovation commercialization »

Student Entrepreneurship

If you’re a Pitt student with entrepreneurial aspirations, the Institute provides a continuum of hands-on educational programs, competitions, and support to help you develop your ideas into startups.

Enterprise Development

If you’re a Pitt Innovator interested in starting a new company around an innovation that emerges from your Pitt research or an entrepreneur or investor looking for new-venture opportunities at Pitt, learn how we can help.

 

Entrepreneurial Assistance

If you’re a local entrepreneur or business leader looking for networking, education or assistance to start, grow or transition your closely held business, begin here.