Congratulations to Our Kuzneski Innovation Cup 2022 Winning Teams!

On November 16, we closed out our Kuzneski Innovation Cup competition with our KIC Finalist Showcase! Out of 12 PittĀ teams, 4 made it all the way to the final round for a chance to win part of the $25,000 prize pool… and all left the night as winners! Congratulations to all of the winning teams on your success!

Watch the KIC 2022 Finalist Showcase & Awards Ceremony Video Recording

$7500 Each:

Cyberpunk Reality

Quentin Romero Lauro, Arjan Singh Puniani, & Wendi Yin

A discreet, seizure-predicting wearable that users aren’t afraid of wearing out in public.



Wythe Chen & Katie Gallo

A physical and psychological self-defense training community for college women+.

$5000 Each:


CatherineĀ Cao & Rohit Mantena

An optically clear self-cleaning device that attaches to the end of an endoscope to clear the visual field during ENT and neurosurgeries, which saves time, money, and results in better patient outcomes.



Sabit Hassan & Yan Wang

A system that accelerates and improves the process of writing academic papers and grant proposals by utilizing Natural Language Generation technologies in a collaborative environment.


  • Teams must consist of at least 2 or more current University of Pittsburgh students
  • Teams must enter the competition with an existing idea in the very beginning stages of startup development
  • Attendance at the Big Idea Bootcamp on October 12, 2022 is mandatory for all participating teams

KIC 2022 Important Dates

Days, times, and location for Kuzneski Innovation Cup (KIC) events are subject to change.

The Big Idea Center will follow the University of Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 requirements and thus reserves the right to make any necessary event changes in order to comply with Pitt’s COVID-19 policies.

  • September 27 @ 3:30 P.M., Coffee with the Kuzneskis – Location: Big Idea Center
  • October 7 @ 11:59 P.M., Application Deadline – Online
  • October 10 by EOD, Team Notification of Participation in KIC
  • October 12 @ 5:00 P.M., Big Idea Bootcamp (MANDATORY)Location: Big Idea Center
  • October 14 @ 11:59 P.M., Elevator Pitch Submission Deadline (For teams accepted into the first round of the Kuzneski Innovation Cup, details below) – Online
  • October 24 by EOD, Team Notification of Selection into Presentation Round
  • November 4, Presentations with Kuzneski Guest Judges (pitch times TBD)
  • November 7 by EOD, Team Notification of Selection for Final Round
  • November 16 @ 5:00 P.M., Live Final Round and Team Showcase – Location: Big Idea Center

Details regarding presentation round scheduling as well as important team information will be emailed directly to participating teams.


Video Submissions

Teams selected to participate in the Kuzneski Innovation Cup will be asked to submit a 1-2 minute filmed elevator pitch as part of their application materials. Submissions are due by October 14 @ 5:00 P.M.

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