Blast Furnace

May 8 through June 26 (tentative timeline for Summer 2023)

The Blast Furnace is Pitt’s student accelerator providing access to a deep mentor network, inspirational co-working space, and a rich curriculum preparing student startups for creating and growing their businesses.

The Blast Furnace was created by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Big Idea Center to work with Pitt students at all levels who have a desire to be entrepreneurial, create new companies and receive hands-on learning on how to accomplish these dreams. Students can apply to Blast Furnace if they have completed a Big Idea Center program or other learning opportunity. Students must apply with a vetted idea and a team.

The Blast Furnace runs every May and June for an eight-week intensive period of customer discovery and product-market fit.

Our goal is simple: we want to increase your chance of entrepreneurial success. We want you better prepared. We help you decide if your idea can be successful upon graduation.

Applications for the 2023 Blast Furnace cohort are due May 1, 2023. For information on how to apply, please email