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Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

Our Successes

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Notable numbers since Project Olympus started in January 2007

197

student and faculty project initiatives supported.

130

companies formed.

$260+ million

in follow-on funding has been awarded directly to 33 faculty and 71 student projects and companies from university and outside sources (the monetary figure does not include acquisitions).

14

companies have received VC funding.

1

acquisition each by Google, PDN, Home Depot, Turnitin and Amazon.

9

projects have been granted SBIR/STTR funds.

24

projects received OFEF Funds (@$50K each).

33

have graduated to AlphaLab/Gear.

12

are Innovation Works portfolio companies.

13

are Idea Foundry portfolio companies (local programs).

16

graduated into other incubator programs, e.g., Plug & Play, LaunchHouse, Kaplan Ed Tech, DreamIt Ventures, Accelprise, YCombinator (nationwide programs).

1

Kauffman Innovation Fellowship.

3

Kauffman Commercialization Leadership awards.

$3.3+ million

won in awards and prizes from competitions for 56 PROBEs.

250+

additional students have participated in Olympus/Swartz Center activities.

50+

events offered or hosted annually including Olympus' signature Show & Tells, CONNECTS seminars and workshops produced with the DJC, Startup Job Fair, Start Smart legal seminars and workshops offered in conjunction with the Innovation Practice Institute of Pitt's Law School and others.