Pitt Startup Translates to Success

Story originally published: July 8, 2016, by Karen Woolstrum November 2017 Update: Nicole Xu and John Frazier receive the Pitt Innovator Student Award.   Nicole Xu, John Frazier, and Lujing Gao now start their mornings collaborating in their new space at AlphaLab, a nationally ranked Pittsburgh accelerator program aimed at…

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AlphaLab Gear Retools its Hardware Startup Accelerator

                Alphalab Gear is an integral part of the Pittsburgh region's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Four years into its existence it is innovating its model for serving hardware startups. In this guest blog, Managing Director Illana Diamond outlines the changes being made and the opportunity…

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Pitt Enters Multifaceted Collaboration with Philips Healthcare

Agreement Spans Talent Development, Technology Commercialization and Applied Research Competition   The University of Pittsburgh and Philips have formed a wide-ranging collaboration that will benefit both organizations through talent development, solving critical healthcare problems, and technology commercialization. Philips, a global leader in health technology, strives to make the world healthier…

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Pitt Student Startups Aeronics and uTranslated Selected Among Nation’s Best University Startups

April 17, 2017   Two Pitt student companies that grew up through the university’s entrepreneurship ecosystem have been included among the nation’s best student startups by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2). Aeronics and uTranslated will travel to Washington D.C. April 18-20 to participate in the University Startups…

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MediCase takes $25,000 Top Prize in Ninth Annual Randall Family Big Idea Competition

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Pitt Student Startup Monarch Solar to Compete in ACC InVenture Prize Competition

March 29, 2017   By Rachel Wilkinson This year, the University of Pittsburgh’s selected finalists for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize competition will present a fully-realized prototype that began with some socially conscious web searching. Monarch Solar, comprised of team members Jay Murray, Nick Faughey, and Ben Stutz,…

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Strong Student Turnout for Startup Blitz

More than 70 pumped up Pitt students turned out at the O’Hara Student Center on an unseasonably warm Friday night to try their hand at entrepreneurship at the Innovation Institute’s Startup Blitz. One-by-one, 31 students of all levels from across the university had a minute each to present their ideas.…

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Student Startups “Blast Off” at Demo Day

December 12, 2016 With the Pitt Dance Team warming up a packed house in the O'Hara Student Center ballroom, 14 startup teams from the Pitt Blast Furnace student accelerator prepared for a lightning round of 90-second pitches hoping to make the cut to the final round of five. The Demo…

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Pitt & CMU Students Grow Angel (Investor) Wings

Students Become Investors at Money Table   Graduate students from Pitt and Carnegie Mellon came together for a startup pitch competition that flipped the script. Instead of pitching their own startups, the mixed teams of Pitt and CMU students were acting as early-stage investors evaluating pitches made by real Pittsburgh…

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Kuzneski and Wells Competitions Attract Strong Crop of Innovations

October 26, 2016   A little over a year ago, Aeronics was a summer research project for PhD student Alex Kaija in assistant professor Christopher Wilmer’s chemical engineering lab. Fast forward to today and Kaija, joined by fellow students Blake Dube and Mark Spitz, won the first place award in…

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