It’s your home away from home. Create something amazing.

This LLC is a partnership between the Big Idea Center (as part of Pitt’s Innovation Institute), Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (A&S), Residence Life, School of Computing and Information, and Swanson School of Engineering (SSoE).  These partners will help freshmen learn about innovation and entrepreneurship through engaging, interactive, and fun experiences throughout the year.


The mission of this LLC is to allow students to explore the entrepreneurial process and create a community of innovative students who will maintain an interest in entrepreneurship and the Innovation Institute and partner programs for the remainder of their time at Pitt.


Innovation LLC Programming

Here’s a small sample of the incredible opportunities our Living Learning Community students got to take advantage of this year

Field trips to three local accelerators and Google

Ideation sessions with prizes

Movie nights

Competitions with cash prizes

Guest Speakers from Pittsburgh and Global entrepreneurs

Weekly support and guidance from Entrepreneurs In Residence

Business Plan practice

Internships with local startups

Resume and Networking guidance

Pitching Workshops

Event Volunteering

End of the year banquets

…and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do in the Innovation LLC?

We focus on 5 kinds of activities in the Innovation LLC:

 Fun social events to just get to know one another,

Field Trips to seeing Innovation off-campus in local Accelerators and Innovative companies like Google and Techshop

Meetups happen on a bi-monthly basis where on Tuesday evenings we get together to go further in-depth in the understanding of an Entrepreneurship theme such as ideation, market research, or pitching.  Our experience Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIR) lead these discussions and activities, drawing from their decades of experience

Competitions run by the Innovation Institute and across campus give students a place to practice what they learn

We travel to Washington D.C. for an awesome Spring Break Trip looking at Innovation in a different light


Are LLC events mandatory?

While events are not mandatory, we highly encourage students to attend as many as possible! There is no coursework or credits associated with Living Learning Communities at Pitt


Can I earn credits from living here?

There is no coursework or credits associated with the Innovation Living Learning Community


Who can live here?

This LLC is a first-year only community for both men and women in any of the colleges at the University of Pittsburgh


How does the LLC application process work?

Complete the University’s Housing and Dining application. The housing package will be mailed to students after you have paid your tuition deposit to the University. Each step detailed in the housing package must be completed no later than June 1st to be eligible for consideration for an LLC. Then Complete the LLC application.


Where can I get more information?

Contact Jess Malandro, Student Program Coordinator, at

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