Most Pitt students and faculty know that the Pitt Ventures Program provides opportunities for the University’s growing community of innovators to learn, network and challenge each other. What many don’t know is that participating in one of its student challenges has the potential to advance an innovation closer to market and even lead to the creation of a startup company. Whether you just like to compete or are in it for the long run, Pitt Ventures recruits experienced business mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs to help participants accomplish their goals and establish the commercial potential of innovations developed through University research.

Now that Pitt Ventures student challenge applications are officially open, the stakes are higher than ever:

  • Michael Wells announced that he is doubling the Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Award, raising the First Place total from $10,000 to $20,000
  • The Kuzneski Innovation Cup is a brand new Pitt Ventures student challenge for students who are developing innovations that can positively impact people’s lives in areas other than healthcare

View an infographic of what students may experience as Pitt Ventures student challenge participants below. Applications are due May 6th by 12 noon. Challenge yourself or someone you know to become a part of the exciting entrepreneurial movement happening here at Pitt.

PVSC Application