Pitt Ventures First Gear

Date and Time

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

ADAPT Stage Event Type

Career Specific

Professional Development Topic

Career Exploration or Development


Paul Petrovich
Assistant Director Business Development


Locations Vary Both on and off campus, please check website for each cohort

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 and earn additional funding through the Chancellor’s Innovation Commercialization Funds.

This cohort meets the following dates: 

Sep Cohort: Sep 13, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, & Nov 1 

Sponsoring Entity: 
Innovation Institute
Registration Fee: 
Target Audience: 
Graduate Students (All)