Innovation Institute Blog

Pay it Forward: Be a Mentor

Mentoring at Pitt can be a rewarding experience both for the faculty/student entrepreneur and for the mentor who plays an often transformative role in helping translate a potentially world-changing idea or research discovery into a product or service that makes a difference in people's lives.
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What Do Investors Talk About When You Leave the Room?

When your pitch is all said and done and you’ve successfully navigated the Q&A portion, what is it that investors talk about after you leave the room?  Often times, angel investors will break out into what’s known as a “mind-share” meaning they discuss what they like vs. what they didn’t like about your startup or innovation.  We asked angel investor John J. Jacobs from the Pittsburgh chapter of the Keiretsu Forum and Pitt School of Law alumnus, the top questions that come up after they hear your pitch.  
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Take a Swing at Improving Human Performance

Pitt professor of mechanical engineering and materials science William "Buddy" Clark is no stranger to innovation and entrepreneurship. During his illustrious career he has been associated with 33 invention disclosures, has been issued five patents, and has had his discoveries licensed from the University eight times, including four startups. He is affiliated with the Center for Medical Innovation, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and the Center for Energy, all at the Swanson School of Engineering, where he also coordinates the Innovation, Product Design and Entrepreneurship certificate program.
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Don't Make These Mistakes When Pitching Your Idea

We asked some of our partners from the regional startup investment community to discuss the five biggest mistakes that startup founders make when pitching to investors. Zach Malone is with Draper Triange Ventures, where he reviews approximately 400 investment opportunites a year and serves on the board of two Draper investment companies, Thread and Matthew Lancaster is Pittsburgh Chapter President of  Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic and an investor with Ferrum Capital Partners.
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Accelerating Life Sciences in Pittsburgh

This week, Pitt announced  the formation of a new life sciences acceleartor in the Strip District to be led by Dietrich Stephan, chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at Pitt. We are re-publishing a Q&A with Dr. Stephan with permission from Life Sciences Pittsburgh, of which the Innovation Institute is a member.
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