Established in 2013, The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute is the University’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Innovation Institute provides a comprehensive suite of services for Pitt Innovators, from protecting intellectual property to the commercialization of new discoveries through licensing and/or new enterprise development. The Institute also provides a wealth of educational programming, mentoring and networking for Pitt faculty, students and partners.

The Innovation Institute strengthens the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt and is eager to facilitate and support entrepreneurial initiatives across the university and beyond. It also invites alumni, entrepreneurs and industry partners to collaborate with our faculty and students to help achieve societal impact through commercialization.

Through the affiliated Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the Innovation Institute also assists entrepreneurs throughout Western Pennsylvania in starting, growing or transitioning their businesses.

The Innovation Institute is led by the Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Director, Evan Facher, PhD, MBA, and is under the purview of Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Rob A. Rutenbar.