• PitchFest2014
September 25, 2014

Dorm Room Start-Ups

The kick-off to our 2014-15 season will showcase companies conceived in Pittsburgh universities. Come hear the success stories of entrepreneurs who launched their companies as students and brought their ideas to fruition post-graduation. Discover some of the challenges and pitfalls that start-ups face and interact with those that have overcome them. Network with other entrepreneurs, investors and members of Pittsburgh's vibrant entrepreneurial community. 

Registration and Networking: 
5:30 - 6:30 pm

6:30 - 8:00 pm


The University Club
Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Parking is available in the Soldiers and Sailors garage across the street. You can enter the building either from University Place or Thackeray.



Babs Carryer
Director of Education & Outreach, Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Babs’ role at the university encompasses programs to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship across campus to all students, faculty, researchers and clinicians. Babs originated and, for the last 8 years, has taught Pitt’s Benchtop to Bedside technology commercialization course to researchers, clinicians and graduate students. Babs is a serial entrepreneur, writer and educator. She blogs about entrepreneurship on New Venturist. For 15 years, she taught entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. She was embedded entrepreneur for CMU’s Project Olympus and innovation advisor for CMU’s Institute for Social Innovation. She was director of training and faculty development at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Babs is President of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte, with a portfolio of companies. Babs has a Masters in Public Management (MPM) from Heinz College at CMU and a BA from Mills College in CA.



Kelly Collier
CEO, ActiveAided Orthotics
CMU graduate

Mark Visco
Co-Founder, MeshNet
Pitt graduate

Adam Coimbra
Co-Founder, MeshNet
Pitt graduate

Eric Sinagra
Pitt graduate

Hahna Alexander
Co-Founder & CTO, SolePower
CMU graduate


Matt Stanton
Co-Founder & CEO, SolePower
CMU graduate




Registration is FREE for students and faculty when you register using your school email address.

$5 student admission at the door (with student/faculty ID)

$45 regular admission

Thank you to our sponsor:



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As a culmination of our ’13-’14 programming season, our May 14th event will be entirely focused on pitches. We will be giving technologists/entrepreneurs/founding teams the opportunity to get some exposure for their business--but more importantly to make connections to prospective C-level management, adviser/mentors, funders, employees, and others.

For this event, we will have both a Speed Round of 90-second elevator pitches without slides, and a Final Round of five-minute pitches with PowerPoint slides. An audience vote will be used to determine which of the Speed Round pitchers will be selected to do the Final Round pitches.

A panel of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs will provide feedback on the Speed Round pitches and will engage with the Final Round pitchers to provide detailed feedback.

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