First Gear Commercialization Course
Date and TimeThursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 4:00pm
ADAPT Stage Event Type
Professional Development Topic
The Pitt Ventures First Gear program helps shape Pitt inventions originating from University research from early-stage discoveries into products and services that can be taken to market. Through a series of six workshops, the program offers hands-on guidance and mentorship that takes an inventor through the necessary steps in creating a go-to-market plan that can result in the creation of a new enterprise or licensing agreement for the technology. As a designated NSF I-Corps site, First Gear participants also receive $3,000 in funding to help validate the market-readiness of the innovation and qualify for additional NSF funding of larger amounts.
At the end of the program, participants have the opportunity to present their idea to a panel of judges from the regional economic development community.
2021 First Gear Cohort Dates
May - July 2021 Cohort (All online via Zoom from 4-6:30 p.m.)
Applications are due April, 29, 2021.
May 13, 27, Jun 3, 10, 24 & July 8 (Dates subject to change.)