Healthcare Startup Pitch
Thursday September 24, 2015
UPMC Enterprises and the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute are excited to be hosting an interactive event located at Bakery Square for maturing health care startups. During Thursday's Health and Wellness Revolution, UPMC Enterprises will be engaging with a select group of startup companies for the opportunity to interact with executive subject matter experts and receive live feedback on their ideas.
If you want to observe, please register here.
Interested in pitching? Fill out this quick form!
Application deadline is 5pm on Monday September 14, 2015.
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Launched by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of the Provost in late 2013, the Innovation Institute is the University's hub for activities that promote and foster innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Institute is built on a foundation supported by education, collaboration, communication, and economic development. The goals of the Institute are to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the community, and to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt among faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Marc Malandro, a successful life sciences entrepreneur and experienced Pitt technology transfer executive is the founding director of the Institute. Pitt had a record year this year in terms of new company creation/startups: We had 11 faculty related startups; 10 student and Pitt alumni startups; and 55 associated with the Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) which is a part of the Innovation Institute, for a total of 76. We also had a record number of patents (70), ranking #28 worldwide according to the National Academy of Inventors.
Babs Carryer: With the advent of the Innovation Institute, the university placed emphasis on student entrepreneurship in addition to its traditional strengths of commercialization of inventions by faculty and researchers. Babs Carryer, a longtime leader and well-known local expert in helping create companies, and formerly with CMU and her own company LaunchCyte (an accelerator), was hired by Pitt. Babs has transformed many of the University’s existing programs, taking them to a new level. This includes the Randall Family Big Idea Competition, one of the largest student competitions in the country. She also leads and manages several other programs including a newly formed Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community that is focused on entrepreneurship for incoming freshman.
Greg Coticchia: Serial entrepreneur, Greg has been at Pitt for almost five years and an instructor at Pitt’s Katz School of Business for 10. He started as the first Executive in Residence at Pitt. He is also Director of The Blast Furnace, Pitt’s new student accelerator, which was started in 2015 to help Pitt students at all levels (undergrad, masters, doctoral, post-doc) pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. This includes students who have their own ideas and technology, or who want to work with /license Pitt technology. The Blast Furnace bridges the gap between student desire and their preparedness to be accepted into local economic development accelerators such as Idea Foundry, AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, Thrill Mill and others. Greg concluded the first Cohort in June, with 13 teams and close to 40 students participating.