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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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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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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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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