Pitt Ventures First Gear: Prove It

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 POTENTIAL OF YOUR INNOVATION IN JUST 6 WORKSHOPS AND RECEIVE FUNDING TO HELP YOU ADVANCE TOWARD COMMERCIALIZATION.

Please complete the form on this page in order to apply for Pitt Ventures First Gear. 

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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

2019 Cohort Start Dates 

"Technology for People with Disabilities and Older Adults" Themed Cohort: 

Applications for non-themed innovations will be accepted and considered.  The cohort sessions will be held in the Human Engineering Research Laboratory (HERL) Conference Room from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM on the following dates:

  • June 4, 2019
  • June 11, 2019
  • June 25, 2019
  • July 2, 2019
  • July 9, 2019
  • July 23, 2019

Location:

Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL)
Bakery Square
6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Participants will also have an opportunity to tour HERL's design, fabrication and test capabilities that may be leveraged to further the development of projects beyond First Gear.

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 of up to $20,000 and HERL fabrication assistance.



Fall Cohort Date: Friday, September 13, 2019 (10-12 p.m.)


Applications are due 2 weeks prior to the start date

All sessions are typically held on the Oakland Campus.

Each cohort meets the following dates: 

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

 

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