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

Please fill out the form on this page if you are interested in future cohorts of 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

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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

2020 First Gear Cohort Dates

September-October 2020 Cohort (All online via Zoom)

Covid/pandemic related technologies are highly encouraged.

 Sessions:             4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

               1            September 1, 2020

              2            September 15, 2020

              3            September 22, 2020

              4            September 29, 2020

              5            October 13, 2020

              6            October 27, 2020

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