Pitt Startup Incubator for Students and Recent Alumni


The energy around student entrepreneurship today is incredible. Some of today’s most celebrated tech leaders built their ventures while in school. Entrepreneurially-minded students need programs that give them essential experiential education in how to build great, impactful businesses. The Innovation Institute’s Big Idea Center has identified a gap between our campus programming and external accelerator and investor programs. We propose to establish a Big Idea Incubator for students and recent alumni to bridge this gap and provide students and recent alumni pursuing startups the education and mentorship necessary to launch successful businesses and gain external support from investors and customers.

Principal Investigator
  • Babs Carryer

    Co-Principal Investigator
    Director, Big Idea Center

  • Jessica Malandro

    Co-Principal Investigator
    Innovation Institute