Kuzneski Innovation Cup

Join us for the Big Idea Center’s newest student innovation competition!


Applications are now closed.

$25,000 prize pool to be shared between winning teams!

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  • October 21, 5 p.m., Big Idea Bootcamp (mandatory for participants of the Kuzneski Innovation Cup)
  • November 12,  5 p.m., Showcase and Live Final Round 
    • Presentation round scheduling and other important KIC team information will be sent via email at a later date.

Where: Zoom


Open to students in any major, from freshmen to post-doc, who want to explore a new idea and kickstart their entrepreneurial journey.

  • Gain the skills to further advance your idea and be ready to compete in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition in the spring.
  • Gain experience pitching and participating in live Q&A with judges from outside of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Compete for real money to put towards making your dream a reality!

Deadline to Apply:

  • An application is required for entry.
  • The deadline for applications is October 15, 11:59 p.m.


  • Two or more current Pitt students per team.
    • Looking to build your team? Use our TeamFinder tool to recruit team members!
  • Students must apply with an existing idea to qualify for the competition.


  • Big Idea Bootcamp, October 21, 5-7 p.m., is mandatory for participants of the Kuzneski Innovation Cup.
  • Teams should follow all eligibility requirements. We are looking for new ideas that are not as far along in their journey.