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Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

Pitt’s Big Idea Center, a project newly established by the University’s Innovation Institute, is housed in Gardner Steel Conference Center. (Photo by Anne Amundson | Staff Photographer)

By Brittany Zortman | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018

Pitt students will soon have the opportunity to fit their big ideas into one space — a workplace that will harbor the tools and resources they need to make these ideas a reality. This year the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, an organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation...

Founders Institute open for entrepreneurship

Randy Eager (left), managing director of the Pittsburgh Founder Institute chapter, and Greg Coticchia (right), director for Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Science in Product Management, originally pitched the idea for the Pittsburgh Founder Institute chapter in September 2017. (Photo by Anas Dighriri | Staff Photographer)

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

April 20, 2018

Randy Eager, a lifelong entrepreneur and Pittsburgh resident of 27 years, realized in the summer of 2017 that Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem lacked two key things — entrepreneur education and corporate investment. While developing his company Aqualibrium LLC, he noticed a need for mentorin...

Pitt Innovation Institute announces Big Idea Center

Pitt Innovation Institute announces Big Idea Center

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2018

The University Innovation Institute announced Thursday it will establish a Big Idea Center set to open for the 2018-2019 academic year. The announcement was part of last week’s annual Randall Family Big Idea Competition, where three current and former Pitt students won $25,000 to develop their autom...

Pitt Alum has it in the Effin bag

Pitt alum George Patterson left his corporate job in 2009 to make more time for family and expand his independent business ventures.  (Photo courtesy of George Patterson)

By Prachi Patel | Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

George Patterson reaches into his pocket to pull out his business cards with a glint of amusement in his eyes. “I guarantee, if you read my title, you will laugh,” Patterson said. Stamped under his name, G.B. Patterson, are the words “Effin President.” Patterson, a 52-year-old Pitt alum an...

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