First Gear Commercialization Course

Date and Time

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 4:00pm

ADAPT Stage Event Type

Career Specific

Professional Development Topic

Career Exploration or Development



Interactive Workshop

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.)

Sponsoring School: 
Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Event URL: 
Target Audience: 
Graduate Students (All)
Graduate Students (Master’s)
Graduate Students (Doctoral)
Medical Students