Pitt Ventures First Gear

ADAPT Stage Event Type

Career Specific

Professional Development Topic

Career Exploration or Development
September 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Speaker(s)

Paul Petrovich
Assistant Director Business Development

Location

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

Format: 
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: 
Required
Registration Fee: 
None
Target Audience: 
Graduate Students (All)