Invest in Her is teaming up with our network of entrepreneurs to host a number of events and experiences for women entrepreneurs across the region. Each event will have a theme chosen by the host entrepreneur. The second "Networking w/" event is being hosted by Monica Yope and Kelly Sanders, co-founders of love, Pittsburgh at their downtown space. love, Pittsburgh has a collection of gifts and seasonal items sourced entirely from Pittsburgh artists and makers. Come hear from Monica and Kelly about how they started and are growing love, Pittsburgh and learn how you can do the same with your small business or enterprise
Join Pitt Computer Science Club and Code and Supply members for a mentorship dinner on Monday, March 18. Over a free meal, discuss career aspirations, long-term goals, and more while having honest career conversations with other students and professionals in a causal environment.
Is your organization in the process of growing, or do you have plans to grow your organization over the next three years?
This workshop will help to cover some of the HR Basics that your organizations needs to ensure that you are HR compliant.
We will cover, recruitment ideas for small businesses, paperwork for new hires, policy basics, and benefit basics.
We negotiate daily in a variety of contexts: business, family and social. Negotiations serve several purposes: (1) establishing new or renewing old relationships; (2) changing behaviors and expectations; and (3) resolving conflict and disputes. How effectively we negotiate exerts important effects on the quality of life we live and how successful we are at work. Why do we sometimes get our way, while other times we walk away feeling frustrated by our inability to achieve the agreement we desire?
Think you could be successful in a technology role? Our open houses are a way to ask questions and get answers. Drop by our space and classrooms to find out more about our upcoming coding bootcamps and career services program. No pressure or commitment required, just curiosity.
Every year ASPIRE connects thousands of local dealmakers, including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, our conferences cover the breadth of the M&A landscape. To experience ASPIRE, take a look inside one of our past events.
Finding and hiring technical talent is one of the biggest recruiting challenges today. Join us for a conversation with a panel of startup, university, and boot-camp leaders who will discuss best practices within each of their fields.
This competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students with big ideas who enjoy working in diverse teams to bring those ideas to life. Discover how to take your big idea to the next level towards startup creation. The competition spans February and March of each year and awards a grand prize of $25,000 to the idea with the most startup promise. Additionally, cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third places, plus people’s choice. The competition is offered to ALL Pitt undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. Post-doctoral fellows are included. Since its inception in 2009, the competition has attracted hundreds of interdisciplinary teams seeking to bring their big ideas to market.
This is your annual opportunity to recognize and honor the hard work of CIOs and CISOs for their accomplishments at the biggest celebratory event of the year honoring these heroes of the IT world. Cocktails, dinner, and networking round out the night to make this the not-to-miss event for your IT department.
The winners of the University of Pittsburgh's 2019 Randall Family Big Idea Competition will be announced in the Charity Randall Theatre and you are invited to celebrate their achievements with us. Thanks to the generosity of the Randall family the competition is now in it's 11th year.
The event begins at 5 p.m. and provides you the opportunity to see which teams walk away with a total of $100,000 and of course, the big checks! Teams come from across Pitt's campus and range from undergraduate to post doctoral students.
The celebration is the biggest on Pitt's campus and only happens once a year, you don't want to miss it! Register to attend today and save the date!
Learn about different legal entity structures and other startup formation basics, including:
LLC v. C and S Corps
Splitting the Founder's Equity Pie
The seminar will be followed by a workshop during which experienced startup counsel will oversee law students and startups, who will work together to develop a legal 'roadmap' on recommended entity structuring, operating agreement and other formation issues. To participate, startups must not yet have formed a company, and they must submit a current Business Concept Template to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17. Law students interested in working with the startups should contact Stephanie Dangel, SAD111@pitt.edu. A limited number of startups and law students will be selected to participate in the roadmap process. We will confirm your participation by 3/20.
Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host its fourth annual Carnegie Mellon Energy Week, March 25-28.
Open to the public, this exciting symposium brings together thought leaders from industry, government, academia and the nonprofit sector to engage and collaborate on energy research, trends, innovative technologies and opportunities to tackle pressing energy challenges.
We are excited to announce the McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s community of student entrepreneurs.
The McGinnis Venture Competition brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60K in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback about ventures.
This multi-round competition kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds and culminating in a final live round celebration at Carnegie Mellon University.
The Builders Series is focused on helping individuals and teams strengthen and grow their existing organizations.
Join us on March 26th to hear Julie Gulick, CEO of Bally Design, discuss how to use lean innovation and entrepreneurship to drive innovation. Julie will share best practices and lessons learned associated with innovation, entrepreneurship, lean startup, and agile processes that she learned from her marketing, and innovation roles at MedRad and Philips. She will also share how she will apply her experiences and knowledge to her new role as CEO of Bally Design.
SUD:PGH is headed to Kingfly Spirits in The Strip for the March event!
Join as we celebrate our wins, lament our loses, and discuss how we keep the momentum going for local startups! We'll also have some reps from key organizations, including the leading regional funders and accelerators.
A No-Cost 4 Part Seminar Series. Get Your Concerns & Problems Resolved Now!
Confidential & Non-Competitive Environment
Must Attend All 4 Sessions
March 28, 2019
April 11, 2019
April 25, 2019
May 9, 2019
Join Rivers Agile for a spring Hiring Event and Happy Hour on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The event, featuring complimentary drinks and appetizers, will take place at All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in the heart of the Southpointe business park. Candidates attending this Happy Hour Hiring Event will have the opportunity to speak with Rivers Agile leadership, Human Resources representatives and complete formal employment applications.
Perception Is Reality
Connect & Re-Connect with Clients
Latest Strategies to Drive New Sales
Proven Target Marketing Techniques
Stand Out – What’s Your Differential Factors
Do You Have a Consistent Message
RSVP Deadline: March 25th
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is the premier organization with national reach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring.
Established in 2012 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj of Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant, WiCyS is a non-profit organization offering many membership, sponsorship and collaboration benefits.
Entre Pittsburgh Founders together for a fun night of education and networking.
Event details - 6- 9 pm at Alloy 26 100 S Commons Suite 102, Pittsburgh Pa
6:00- 7:00 pm - Meet & Greet
7:00- 8:00 pm - VC Panel + Q&A
8:00- 9:00 pm - Networking
IRI’s Annual Conference is the go-to event for global innovation leaders. Come together with your peers from large corporations, startups, and everything in between to challenge conventional ways of managing innovation and learn how to stay relevant in an accelerated and ever-changing environment.
Join us for an innovative networking event with LinkedIn Local Pittsburgh with our Guest Speaker, Aaron Watson from Piper Creative & the Going Deep Summit 2.0.
A wave of interest in LinkedIn Local is spreading like wildfire throughout the world and Pittsburgh’s flame got ignited in 2018 and continues to burn!
IEE: Get a Grip on Your Business: Six Keys to Getting What You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Company
Are you running your business, or is your business running you? In this dynamic talk tailor-made for busy entrepreneurs, Mike Paton will help you Get A Grip on your business by introducing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)® – a complete set of simple concepts and practical tools being used by thousands of entrepreneurs to clarify, simplify and achieve their vision. Mike wrote a book titled: “Get a Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable” with Gino Wickman.
If you want to find a new career, a new connection or just have fun with smart, creative Pittsburgh marketers, come to our March Monthly Mingle being held at Sugar and Smoke in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Little Italy! To learn more click the link below.
AMA Members- FREE
Non-AMA Members- $15
The Starters Series is for Pittsburgh entrepreneurs, startups and businesses from ideation to early execution providing a first look into the most crucial elements of starting a business or organization.
The City Bureau City Scrapers open source project supports the Documenters program for documenting public events, such as school board meetings, City Hall meetings, police board meetings, etc. We are hoping to build a community in Pittsburgh that can start building and supporting scrapers within the platform for the Pennsylvania region.
This should serve as a risk-free python/Git learning environment, a way to build a platform for public engagement in Pittsburgh, and an environment designed to prioritize a more diverse coding space than most civic tech groups.
With nearly 600 million users, LinkedIn has become one of the most powerful, yet underutilized tools to connect with potential customers, prospective employees and key influencers. In this engaging 60-minute session, entrepreneur and Vistage Speaker of the Year, Dave Nelsen, provides dozens of actionable takeaways that you can apply to marketing, sales, and competitive analysis. LinkedIn, and the new relationships it yields, creates an unfair advantage in business. Learn to use it to your advantage before your competitors do. Because in business, it’s survival of the fastest and best connected. This workshop includes a presentation and Q&A.
The Women's President's Organization will moderate a panel of exceptional women entrepreneurs about how they founded their companies, their successes, their biggest obstacles, lessons learned, and their future plans for growth. Only 1.7% of all women-owned businesses get to the million dollar mark, come to hear the “secret sauce” from a few women founders who have made it there
Since the late 90’s, Angel Investing has grown from a cottage industry to a subsector of venture capital, investing $28 Billion annually in the US. However, the industry is multi-faceted. Angels can act alone or in groups, be sophisticated or unsophisticated, act as guardian angels or nuisance angels, form professional funds or use a crowd funding platform, but ultimately they are typically the capital that follows friends and family and bridges growing companies to the larger venture capital firms. This session will describe the various subsets of the industry and focus on how to approach the more “professionally managed” angel groups/funds that will typically lead to successful co-investing and follow-on investing to help companies grow.
The bootcamp is a multi-day intensive for early stage businesses that combines workshops, hands on business planning, and access to experts and mentors that can help move your business towards success.
The bootcamp also serves as a platform for businesses to join our community of entrepreneurs and access Ascender resources. Following bootcamp, we will work with each company to create a personalized pathway to success that may involve incubation, mentoring, co-working space and/or educational programs.
Watch as 6 hardware startups pitch to local VCs & investors. Winner gets: $3k cash, a free 1 year SOLIDWORKS license, and other prizes, as well as a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize investment at the International Finals in May.
Doors Open at 5:30PM.
The event will kick off at 6:30PM with flash talks from serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, and seasoned investors.
Podcasters, YouTubers, bloggers, and social media content creators are more than “influencers” - they are entrepreneurs that are building real businesses and creating real value. But how does someone grow a business as a digital content creator? How can you and your organization understand this world, and leverage it to achieve your marketing and brand awareness goals? These are the questions we’ll begin to answer as we speak with some of Pittsburgh’s leading experts on new media entrepreneurship.
Is your business experiencing any of these challenges?
Team members who seem confused about which tasks are high priority
Repeated sudden changes in plans and tactics, chasing the latest idea
Arguments about what’s important consuming more time than doing the work
Any organization — from startup to established business — needs to energize employees and align everyone to the same goals. And they need to build strong connection with their customers and other stakeholders.
One useful tool for both these success factors is a compelling, memorable mission statement, accompanied by a clear, inspiring vision for your future. A great mission and vision can improve how you’re perceived and how you work — and help drive results.
How can you craft a winning mission and vision that inspire you and your company? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore what works for mission and vision statements, and why. You’ll begin crafting a mission and vision for your organization, and leave with an action plan for using them to build engagement and excitement.
Learn about for-profit verses non-profit companies, social enterprise, hybrid and alternative legal models, including the Benefit Corporation, L3C's and Flexible Purpose Corporations. This is a MUST-ATTEND event for anyone interested in starting and running a company that blends profit with purpose!
Join the IEE and PNC Bank for an in-depth look into the current regional climate and the 2019 economic forecast. PNC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Gus Faucher will guide us through key economic indicators that impact our region’s businesses. Faucher is the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC. Prior to joining PNC in 2011, he was a director and senior economist Moody’s Analytics.
"Concept to Launch" is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business.
Dates: Six Monday evenings from 6-8pm on Feb 25; March 4, 11, 18, and 25th; and April 1st.
Classes focus on:
- Developing the business concept
- Identifying target customers and markets
- Marketing strategies
- Foundational operations of your business
- Basic financials
- Legal business entities
- Developing and delivering your “pitch”
Join PGH VRARA for an evening of discovery and networking at CCAC's Innovation Lab. Learn about virtual and augmented reality in a fun, relaxed setting. Create and manipulate VR environments using the two most popular game development platforms (Unreal and Unity). Demo games and experiences with some exciting AR/VR hardware.
This event is an excellent opportunity for business leaders and educators to understand how VR/AR technology can integrate into their organizations and curricula.
Although equity financing is the main source of funding for early-stage technology companies, debt financing can play a vital role in growing your business. Join us for a conversation with a panel of lenders who will describe their respective firms, their product offerings, and discuss why debt financing is generally less dilutive than equity capital.
The Catalyst Connection Board of Directors is hosting the Annual Manufacturing Reception on February 20, 2019 at Heinz Field. Last year, more than 300 manufacturers and industry supporters gathered to network and promote our region’s manufacturing community. They were joined by 400 students, parents and educators who participated in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing video contest. We expect another great event this year with the theme: Industry 4.0 – A Bright Future. In addition to the student awards ceremony for the best video, we will have a panel of young manufacturing professionals discussing what is in store for the next generation of manufacturers.
Agenda for the evening:
5:00 p.m. – Registration and networking begins – hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available
6:00 p.m. – Presentation and recognition program
7:00 p.m. – Continued networking, food stations and cash bar
Early bird pricing of $50 if you register by January 26, 2019. After that date, registration fee is $75.
Learn how to address the legal and business issues associated with investing in start-up companies, including strategies in negotiating valuation, founder and investor rights, vesting, management and exits. In this interactive workshop, participants will divide into two groups, investor startup, each working with an experienced lawyer. Both groups will decide independently on the terms they want and then come together for the negotiation led by the lawyers.
Presenter: David Lehman
Join Keith Monahan of Rivers Agile as he explores the myth of 100% automated QA. Keith will assess the advantages and disadvantages of both manual and automated quality assurance practices. We’ll consider practical applications, grounded in real world examples. Expect a participatory, fluid discussion, where we'll share knowledge, open a dialogue, encourage debate and contribute to the vibrant testing community here in Pittsburgh.
Building a brand foundation is essential to the process of building a business. This session will focus on the creation of the visual aspects of the brand and take a small dive into types of brands and logo creation.
We will spend time in areas such as type treatment, colors, logo, and some practical considerations like keeping a pulse on what is being nonverbally communicated. We will look at format, flexibility, usage, readability and memorability/uniqueness. We will also cover legal considerations and some basics on how to do research into logos, concluding with a conversation on style guides.
Kick off the new year with a PVCA reception and a trio of local tech CEOs who will share the stories behind their 2018 venture deals.
Learn how each positioned their deals, negotiated key terms, closed their rounds and what's next for them and their ventures. We hope you join us for this insightful panel.
Eric Kline (Pepper Hamilton LLP)
Tom Doyle (Aspinity), Andy Hannah (Othot, Inc.) and Jessica Gibson (Ariel Precision Medicine)