The Big Idea Center hosts various programs and competitions for all Pitt students throughout the year

Please note that all fall Big Idea Center programs will be held virtually. Additionally, the Big Idea Center office at G50 GSCC is closed to walk-in visitors at this time. For more information, please contact us.

Fall 2021

The Big Idea Center will operate virtually unless otherwise noted. Days and times for our Fall 2021 events are tentative and are subject to change.

What’s the Big Idea? | Big Idea Center Informational Sessions – Various Dates, Zoom

The Big Idea Center is the hub for student innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt specializing in developing a unique skillset valuable to those wishing to engage with startup creation or who simply want to boost their resume! Why should you care? Join us at one of our fall informational sessions to learn more about our program offerings and resources available to you as a Pitt student!

Information Sessions Zoom Links and Passwords

Big Idea Blitz – October 1 & 2, Zoom

Join us for a 24-hour idea, pitch development workshop where you will be able to pitch your idea, work with entrepreneurs in residence, and win prizes!

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Start Smart Legal Series – Various Dates, Zoom

The Start Smart series hosts various seminars and workshops throughout the semester that cover a wide range of legal topics for startup businesses. During each event, you will be able to learn from K&L Gates’s startup lawyers and gain valuable insight on how to legally start/run your startup.

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Week – October 18 through 22, @pittbigidea Social Media

During Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, we’ll showcase women who hold leadership roles both within the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial community and beyond over on our social media.  Save the Date for October 18-22!

Big Idea Bootcamp – October 21, Zoom

Interested in entrepreneurship but have little to no experience? Kickstart your entrepreneurial journey through the Big Idea Bootcamp and prepare your toolkit with everything you need to know.

Global Entrepreneurship Week PittxCMU – November 5 through 12, Zoom

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors.  At the University of Pittsburgh, our Global Entrepreneurship Week partners with Carnegie Mellon University for one amazing week!  Don’t miss it!

Accelerator Opportunities

Blast Furnace – May through July

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.

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Incubator Opportunities

The Forge

Pitt students and alumni who have developed advanced ideas and startup projects are eligible to apply for the Forge, Pitt’s newest program for ongoing startup incubation.

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