2019 Wells/Kuzneski Lecture and Innovation Showcase

The Kuzneski Innovation Cup is sponsored by Andrew and Laurie Kuzneski, and is for University of Pittsburgh students.

The students (individually or as a team) compete for the $25,000 Kuzneski Innovation Cup to help move their idea towards commercialization.

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  • Open to Pitt students in any major, freshmen to post-doc, who want to explore a new idea and kickstart their entrepreneurial journey
  • Possess an idea that could change the world
  • Interested in learning about starting a business


Previous Awardees

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Third place — PittGrub The team of Alexandros Labrinidis, Professor of Computer Science, School of Computing & Information, Anthony Sicilia, undergraduate researcher from School of Computing & Information, and Mark Silvis, software developer, is building a data-driven analytics service that reduces food waste and prevents over ordering.

The Kuzneski Innovation Cup is now hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Big Idea Center.

The Annual Wells lecture, Wells Competition, Kuzneski Cup Competiton and Innovation Showcase held in Alumni Hall, Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 1570

The 2017 Kuzneski Innovation Cup was awarded to the team PneuMobility, which developed a wheelchair powered with compressed air that is lighter than electric-powered chairs and is waterproof.

Second place was awarded to Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics (FRED), which is a statistical modeling platform that supports decision making and forecasting based on dynamic human interactions.

Third place was awarded to Slideshow Presentation Access with Real-time Communication (SPARC), which has developed technology to make presentations accessible to visually impaired people.

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