3X3: Experts on Funding

Last week, our Blast Furnace teams heard from three experts on funding early stage companies. The Blast Furnace is the University of Pittsburgh’s student accelerator, which recently launched its inaugural cohort. Two speakers from the 3x3 are funders, the third one is a serial entrepreneur who has been funded by…

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Winnie the Pooh, 3D, and ‘Do it Yourself’ Legal

When I showed up to listen to two terrific speakers at the University of Pittsburgh’s new student accelerator, Blast Furnace, I didn't realize I would learn about Eeyore and Tigger. Or that my ‘lawyer uncle’ actually could be helpful in some legal situations. First, an intro to who shared these…

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Alumni Night

"I am Dani. I am from Spain. And I am a reasonably good lover." I thought that would get your attention. It also caught the attention of attendees of this week’s Blast Furnace, the student accelerator at the University of Pittsburgh. It was ‘Alumni Night’ at the Furnace. However the…

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One Accelerator Launch, Two Serial Entrepreneurs, and Three Takeaways

This week the University of Pittsburgh launched its new student accelerator dubbed The Blast Furnace (a tip of the hat to Pittsburgh’s steel making history) of which I am its director. A blast furnace, according to that great oracle of all knowledge(!), Wikipedia, is a “type of metallurgical furnace used…

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