Portable Oxygen Device (POD) Wins 2016 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

POD to travel to Georgia Tech University for inaugural ACC InVenture Prize competition $100,000 in prize money awarded to 16 student teams from across the University Thirty-six finalist teams of University of Pittsburgh student entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from wristbands that monitor blood alcohol content to an app to improve…

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Blast Furnace Announces Spring 2016 Cohort of 11 Student Teams

Blast Furnace, the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute’s 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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