Philips Healthcare Grand Challenge

The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute and Philips seek translational-ready solutions to critical healthcare problems in the sleep and respiratory areas.

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Innovation Igniter

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

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Chancellor’s Innovation Commercialization Funds

The Chancellor's Innovation Commercialization Funds were established to enhance opportunities for innovations discovered by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh to advance towards commercialization. The program is intended to provide financial support that cannot typically be obtained from other traditional sources of funding, including the faculty member’s department/school or external government funding agencies.

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Panther Innovation Network

To continue growing the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the increased involvement of Pitt alumni is crucial. Thousands of Pitt alumni are either successful entrepreneurs, or in a position to offer professional mentoring to Pitt faculty and student innovators in areas ranging from intellectual property and business law, to marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and more.

The Innovation Institute is also seeking business, market and technical input on individual Pitt innovations to help us prioritize our portfolio and focus on the best opportunities in order to reduce the time to market for these discoveries. A brief review of an innovation by an industry “expert,” can provide a great value to the University and keep alum connected to the innovation ecosystem.

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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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Courses

The Innovation Institute partners with schools and departments on campus to bring experiential education to faculty, students and staff. Click here for more info.

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