P1010131_0The Blast Furnace is a student accelerator, started in 2015, which provides access to a deep mentor networks, inspirational co-working space, and a rich curriculum for student startups to prepare them to create and grow their business.

Unlike other Pittsburgh economic development led accelerators (IdeaFoundry, Thrill Mill, AlphaLab,etc.), the Blast Furnace was created by the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute for Pitt students at all levels who have a desire to be entrepreneurial, create new companies and receive hands-on learning on how to accomplish these dreams.

By participating in the Blast Furnace, you will learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur, regardless of whether you choose to move forward with your initial idea. Over one-third of participants choose to incorporate their business and/or successfully apply to local or national accelerators.