Pitt Ventures First Gear

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.

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DISCOVER THE Market POTENTIAL OF YOUR INNOVATION AND RECEIVE FUNDING TO HELP YOU Begin Your COMMERCIALIZATION Journey.

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" “As a cardiologist, I know how to write prescriptions and treat patients. As a scientist, I know how to generate hypotheses and test them, but that jump from the bench to the bedside was a complete black hole for me.” "

Maliha Zahid, M.D., Ph.D, Developmental Biology

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" I was impressed by the level of guidance and feedback I received not just from the course instructors and my own business mentor, but also from every other business mentor in our cohort.  The input I received challenged me to think more strategically and realistically about my endeavor, and I think in the long run it will translate into fewer mistakes and less wasted time on my part. "

Leah B. Helou, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Communication Science & Disorders

Spring 2022 Cohorts

Cohort 1: 

Feb. 22; March 1; March 15; March 22; March 29; April 12.

Cohort 1 is done in tandem with the SHRS Innovation Challenge

COHORT 2:

May 12; May 26; June 2; June 9; June 16; June 30.

(DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

Virtual  from 3-5:30 p.m. 


Learn more about First Gear.


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