Past I+E Activities

September 15, 2022 – Meet & Munch: Lauren Townsend, Co-Founder of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream

12:00 – 1:00 P.M., Big Idea Center (with virtual option available)

Spend your lunch hour with Lauren Townsend, Co-Founder of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, as she shares her innovation and entrepreneurship story with Q&A to follow. This is a great opportunity to learn from and connect with a reputable business in the ‘Burgh! Event is bring-your-own-meal. Walk-ins welcome. For those unable to attend in-person, a virtual option will be available.

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October 7, 2022 – Big Idea Center Homecoming Open House

9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Big Idea Center

Alumni: drop by the Big Idea Center throughout the day and tour our new building, mingle with Pitt student ventures and alumni companies, and get free swag! Learn more about what opportunities we provide Pitt students and how you can get involved as an alum!

October 17, 2022 – Meet & Munch: Cassie Roach ’12 & Rebecka O’Brien ’11, Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia
(as part of Women Entrepreneurship Week)

5:00 – 6:00 P.M., Big Idea Center (with virtual option available)

Spend your dinner hour with Cassie and Rebecka, Co-Founders of Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia, as they share their unique experience of navigating the business world as a woman with Q&A to follow. Connect with and be inspired by this women-owned business as you explore innovation and entrepreneurship! Event is bring-your-own-meal. Walk-ins welcome. For those unable to attend in-person, a virtual option will be available.

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November 2, 2022 – Trivia Night at the BIC

5:00 – 6:15 P.M., Big Idea Center

Kick back and enjoy some friendly competition with fellow Pitt students as we host a trivia night in-person at the Big Idea Center, ran by Pitt alumni-owned startup Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia! Test your knowledge across various categories such as current events, superheroes, and name that tune for a chance to win the grand prize! Students are welcome to come with a pre-formed team or as an individual (solo students will be grouped into teams).

November 8 – Career Paths in Startups & Innovation: A Panel Discussion Presented by LifeX

5:30 – 7:00 P.M., Big Idea Center (with virtual option available)

For any startup to succeed and thrive, they will need to build a team of talented and motivated employees. Who are these people that choose to join a startup in its earliest stages? What does their job actually look like? How did they even find and apply for that job? What if I want to work alongside startups but not directly in one? We will cover these questions and more with a panel of speakers who have successfully navigated a path from student to early startup employee, or to a non-traditional, entrepreneurship-adjacent role. 

Panelists include:

Presented by the Big Idea Center and LifeX. This event is intended for Pitt and CMU students. For those unable to attend in-person, a virtual option will be available.

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November 15 – 18: Pitt Food Rescues with Food Recovery Heroes

Various Times & Locations

Participate in a hands-on social entrepreneurship activity led by Food Recovery Heroes (FRN), Pitt’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network! FRN unites university students to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from campus dining locations and redistributing it to local organizations. FRH’s main goal is to give back and help lessen food insecurity in the Oakland community.

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, Pitt students have the opportunity to assist Food Recovery Heroes in their food rescues by either 1) recovering excess food from Forbes Street Market and transporting it to the Pitt Pantry or 2) wrapping surplus food from Einstein’s and Pitt cafes that will be donated to various organizations in Oakland.

The Pitt food recoveries will be taking place at these locations on the following days/times during Global Entrepreneurship Week:

  • November 16, 4:00 P.M. – Forbes Street Market
  • November 18, 3:00 P.M. – Posvar Loading Dock

Students must join Food Recovery Heroes’ emailing list to sign up for one of these four recoveries. Additionally, students must watch an assigned food safety video, sign the food safety declaration form, and complete a video comprehension quiz prior to arriving for their scheduled shift.

If you have any questions, please email