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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Phil Brooks joins University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute as full-time executive in residence

Phil Brooks, an entrepreneur and business consultant with 30-plus years of experience across multiple sectors — from manufacturing, mining, and information technology, to life sciences and entertainment — has joined the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute as a full time executive in residence. In this role Brooks will mentor faculty…

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How big is the pie?

A recent First Gear team began on a mission to satisfy the need of a very passionate clinician long before they applied to participate in this program offered by the Innovation Institute. In response to a recent session the team estimated the size of their product’s pie at $25,000 a year. Some…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

The importance of interacting with your customers should never be underestimated. It is from these discussions that you learn about your customers and shape the future of your product or innovation. This is one of the most valuable lessons we provide in the Pitt Ventures First Gear program. You must…

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