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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What Big Idea Means to Me

The Randall Family Big Idea competition is our flagship competition here at the Innovation Institute, the main reason we're so proud of it: the students. So we wanted to take the chance to share with you some of their thoughts on the competition: Dirt Cheap Power, Addy Klonicki "The faculty…

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Are You Ready to Accelerate?

Take a moment to consider how many things you want to learn to do. What's on your list? What's holding you back from getting started? What if you could move that process along faster? Now instead of directing that desire at, say, learning to play the piano or becoming a…

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