Pitt Startup Incubator for Students and Recent Alumni

SHRS students and professor talking together at table


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

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