Big Idea Overview

It’s an exciting time to be at Pitt. Two years ago the only programs for students encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship existed only within specific campus schools and departments. Today, thanks to the Innovation Institute, which spans the whole university, all schools and all departments, we provide programming to all students,…

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Behind the Judges Table

As an intern at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, I consider myself one of the luckiest people at the university. My job allows me to see all of the amazing and inspiring ideas that arise from Pitt students, from undergraduates to post-docs. However, no event showcases our school’s indisputable…

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8 Takeaways from Zev Siegl

The University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute and the Career Development and Placement Assistance office hosted Zev Siegl, co-founder of Starbucks and renowned entrepreneur. Zev narrated the humble beginnings of what is now one of largest and most recognizable brands in America. It was an incredible learning experience for the almost…

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2nd Annual Startup Weekend

The Innovation Institute hosted their 2nd annual Startup Weekend in partnership with Career Development and Placement Services in January. The weekend was devoted to letting students develop teams and ideas that could potentially be startups. The students came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from neuroscience majors to law students.…

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