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Pitt Student Startups Aeronics and uTranslated Selected Among Nation’s Best University Startups

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Two Pitt student companies that grew up through the university’s entrepreneurship ecosystem have been included among the nation’s best student startups by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2).

Aeronics and uTranslated will travel to Washington D.C. April 18-20 to participate in the University Startups Conference and Demo Day, which brings together 40 university startups, entrepreneurs, corporations, venture capitalists, angel investors, policy leaders, and federal government agencies providing a venue to form and maintain robust transaction networks.

Last year, Pitt student startup HiberSense was selected to participate in the inaugural student startup day.

“Having two of our student teams selected for the NCET2 is a tremendous honor and reflects the growing interest in entrepreneurship demonstrated by Pitt students,” said Greg Coticchia, entrepreneur in residence at the Pitt Innovation Institute and director of the Pitt Blast Furnace student startup accelerator. “The experience of Aeronics and uTranslated is illustrative of the growing network of programs and resources that provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities for our students.”

uTranslated was the inspiration of Nicole Xu, Lujing Gao, then graduate students at the Pitt Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, who had the idea for re-imagining language translation services to empower the translators and deliver reliable cost-effective service for clients.

They recruited fellow GSPIA student John Frazier to attend a Startup Blitz weekend startup-athon sponsored by the Innovation Institute. They pitched their idea at the end of the event and won the top prize. From there they entered the Blast Furnace, a nine week program for students of all levels from across the university to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and were chosen as the grand prize winner in the demo day at the…

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