Behind the Judges Table

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As an intern at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, I consider myself one of the luckiest people at the university. My job allows me to see all of the amazing and inspiring ideas that arise from Pitt students, from undergraduates to post-docs. However, no event showcases our school’s indisputable capacity to change the world… Read more »

8 Takeaways from Zev Siegl

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute and the Career Development and Placement Assistance office hosted Zev Siegl, co-founder of Starbucks and renowned entrepreneur. Zev narrated the humble beginnings of what is now one of largest and most recognizable brands in America. It was an incredible learning experience for the almost 200 students in the room…. Read more »

2nd Annual Startup Weekend

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The Innovation Institute hosted their 2nd annual Startup Weekend in partnership with Career Development and Placement Services in January. The weekend was devoted to letting students develop teams and ideas that could potentially be startups. The students came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from neuroscience majors to law students. As Babs Carryer, Director of… Read more »

Pitt’s 1st Annual Student Startup Competition

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The Innovation Institute kicked off its first ever 24-hour SmashMash on November 14th here on Pitt’s campus. The event brought together approximately 65 students from a diverse array of fields, ranging from computer science to biomedical engineering. Despite their different backgrounds, these participants all convened for a common purpose—to create a product that would transform… Read more »