Pitt Innovation Institute Establishes Big Idea Center for Student Entrepreneurship

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Big Idea Competition Marks 10th Anniversary of Launching Pitt Student Entrepreneurs

March 30, 2018 Big Idea Winners Announced and News on the Brand New Big Idea Center for Student Entrepreneurship With a blast of confetti falling from above the stage at the Charity Randall Theater, the participants in the 2018 Randall Family Big Idea Competition celebrated the culmination of two months…

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Two Pitt Student Startup Teams Accepted into Rice Business Plan Competition

March 5, 2018 For the first time in the 17-year history of the Rice Business Plan Competition, billed as the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition, Pitt will be among the competitors. The accomplishment is twice as exciting, as not one, but two Pitt teams were accepted for…

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Randall Family Big Idea 2018 Kicks Off with Bootcamp

With Nearly 300 Students in  100 Teams, This Year's Competition is the Biggest in its 10-Year History The final round will take place Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Charity Randall Theatre at 4 p.m.  Join us to see which teams walk away with a total of $100K.   [caption id="attachment_7488"…

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Big Ideas Take Shape at Startup Blitz

[caption id="attachment_7259" align="alignleft" width="1920"] Tyler Bray pitches the Posture Protect brace for people dealing with symptom's of Parkinson's Disease while team member Jacob Meadows models the prototype.[/caption]   By Mike YEomans Nearly 50 students with a pent up passion for entrepreneurship came to the Innovation Institute’s spring semester Startup Blitz…

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Blast Furnace Students Solve Problems Close to Their Hearts

[caption id="attachment_6947" align="alignleft" width="640"] Jared Raszewski and Emelyn Jaros, both of the Swanson School of Engineering, won the $2,500 grand prize at the Demo Day for the Pitt Blast Furnace student idea accelerator's Cohort 6.[/caption] The problems a few dozen Pitt students wrestled with this semester weren’t in a homework…

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First Gear Teams Awarded $25,000 at Demo Day Pitch Competition

[caption id="attachment_6886" align="alignright" width="398"] Pitt Ventures First Gear Fall 2017 Cohort Demo Day winners included, from left, the OH Alert team of Eunice Yang, Associate Professor of Engineering at Pitt Johnstown, student entrepreneurial lead Sean Cadden and Elizabeth Katrancha, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Pitt Johnstown. The Nitrix team is…

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12th Celebration of Innovation Recognizes Accomplishments of Pitt Innovators

[caption id="attachment_6898" align="alignleft" width="580"] Chancellor Patrick Gallagher shares a laugh with Nicole Xu, winner of the Student Innovator Award, at the 12th Annual Celebration of Innovation reception and award ceremony held at the Connolly Ballroom, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.[/caption]       The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute hosted its…

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Pitt Ventures Student Challenge Awards $62,500 to Six Innovation Teams

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Engineering Students Make Strong Showing at Startup Blitz

[caption id="attachment_6353" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Michelle Pressly, center, and members of the Maternal Assistance team Kutay Sezginel, left, and Alex Wallace, right, work on their presentation prior to the Startup Blitz pitch competition.[/caption] October 16, 2017   Jenna Gustafson and Megan Cala, doctoral candidates in the Chemical Engineering department, brought their…

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