Blast Furnace Announces Spring 2016 Cohort of 11 Student Teams

Blast Furnace, the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute‚Äôs student startup accelerator, has selected 11 student teams to participate in the Spring 2016 cohort. With the new cohort, Blast Furnace will have fostered 46 student startup teams in less than one year of operation. The selection process for the current cohort…

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Kuzneski Innovation Cup to Foster Pitt Student Entrepreneurs

Andy Kuzneski III and his wife, Laurie, wanted a way to support University of Pittsburgh students in a manner that aligned with their passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Together they have established the Kuzneski Innovation Cup, a student innovation pitch competition to be administered by the Pitt Innovation Institute. The…

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16 Student Teams Pitch Their Business Plans at Blast Furnace Demo Day

Nearly 50 Pitt students of all levels, who spent the past eight weeks putting their business ideas through a rigorous development process overseen by an experienced mentor, pitched their ideas to a panel of judges from the Pittsburgh startup community at the William Pitt Union. The best presentation as selected…

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Lifelong Friends Launch Virtual Startup

Comptuer Science Senior Forges Unique Entrepreneurial Path Since kindergarten, Coleman Stavish and David West were inseparable while growing up outside Philadelphia. But when it came time to choose colleges, West opted for Johns Hopkins to study bioengineering and Stavish chose Pitt to study computer science. Distance in the digital age,…

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