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Explore Commercialization of your Innovation

Discover the potential of your innovation in just 6 workshops and receive funding to help you advance toward commercialization.


First Gear NSF I-Corps Program helps shape Pitt inventions
originating from University research from early-stage discovery to products and services that can be taken to market. 

See one example path of funding here
See story on last cohort here.

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2018 First Gear Dates 

February 6 - April 3 - Tuesdays 10 am - 12 pm

(with the exception of February 13, March 6 and March 27)

May 22 - July 17 - Tuesdays 10 am - 12 pm

(with the exception of May 29, July 3 and July 10)

September 20

(more details TBA) 

Applications are due 2 weeks prior to the start date

All classes are normally held on the Oakland Campus.

Interested? Fill out this form and we'll send you the application details.