Be one of the first to see the URA, HACP and City of Pittsburgh's future location by joining us for a MWBE Open House and Networking Mixer. This event will provide a diverse business audience with upcoming procurement and contracting opportunities resulting from this and other construction projects. Admission is free, but registration via Eventbrite is required.
Remember to bring plenty of business cards and be prepared to network with developers, general contractors, key agency decision makers, and some of the areas most talented MWBE firms.
There is no shortage of big problems facing humanity, but there is a shortage of passionate and ambitious founders trying to solve them. However, more than ever before, entrepreneurs building "Frontier Technology" can truly change the world. There is incredible potential for private enterprises to make a real financial and societal impact across sectors like Biotech and Healthcare, Food and Water, Energy, Transportation, Artificial Intelligence, Space Exploration, and more. At the "Frontier Founders Forum", you can meet and hear from entrepreneurs tackling the major problems of humanity, and maybe even learn how you can start harnessing your passion and ambition to do the same.
This networking mixer will be a great opportunity for you to get to know students in a relaxed setting. With students representing various academic programs including sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts & humanities, chances are you’ll be able to find a great fit to support the mission of your organization. Our students will also have the opportunity to learn about your company and you as a professional in the Pittsburgh region.
Pivoting: When? Why? & How?
Pivoting a business model can be challenging for any organization. Netflix, for example, went from mailing out DVDs to being a world-wide powerhouse for digital streaming. In a small or midsize organization, the decision to pivot can be complicated. Do you listen to a potential investor who sees your business going in a different direction? Do you listen when a handful of customers keep asking for a new widget? Join us for this session discussing when, why and how businesses choose to and survive pivots.
If you have a startup or startup idea and would like to get feedback and guidance from top local entrepreneurs, then join this exclusive and public "Startup Office Hours" event. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch expert CEO mentors and ask them questions about their business strategy, key decisions, next steps, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how experienced entrepreneurs would tackle the problems you or others are facing.
Hello Startup Community,
Join us at Stage AE on October 16th for an exciting evening of company launches from Innovation Works' nationally ranked hardware and software accelerators, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear. The companies are innovating in sectors such as IoT, Voice based tech, AI, Advanced Materials, Saas, and Robotics. Along with the company pitches, we'll be celebrating the 5, 10, and 20 year anniversaries of AlphaLab Gear, AlphaLab, and Innovation Works working with the tech startup community.
Where Innovation, Transformation, & Emerging Technologies Meet
Join us for this FREE, exciting event to explore innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that will have an impact on your business in the next 5 years.
Through a series of short, powerful talks gain insight into what emerging technologies are on the horizon, network with industry leading experts, and learn what's needed to position yourself and your business to thrive in the changing technology landscape.
Join us for an evening of Networking and Learning. Jason Smida, CPA and Owner of Infinity Accounting and Business Consulting, will discuss two important financial statements - profit and loss statement and balance sheet. Understanding these statements is imperative for Entrepreneurs to make informed business decisions, identify potential problems and set realistic financial goals for your business.
Jenna Knapp, Founder and Director of Production at Thread, will discuss how she built Thread: a business on a mission to end poverty by creating dignified jobs and responsible, high-quality products with global brands. Thread transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti and Honduras into the most responsible fabrics and products on the planet. Every product made with Thread tackles poverty and cleans up the planet. Thread is a Public Benefit Corporation and scores in the top 10% of B-Corps globally on its governance and incorporation of the world's waste into its products.
Join us to recognize and celebrate the community of social innovators unique to southwestern Pennsylvania. More than 100 teams submitted solutions to the Great Solutions Competition. In July, 10 semi-finalists were identified, and now, just 5 finalists remain contenders for grants of up to $300,000. Learn more about the solutions making an impact in our region.
The AlphaLab Winter 2019 Application Cycle is officially open! https://alphalab.org/apply/
Come and learn about AlphaLab, have your questions answered about the program and application process, and hear from AlphaLab entrepreneurs about their own experiences in our nationally ranked accelerator.
ACG Future Corporate Leaders invites you to kick-off the 2018-2019 membership year at the Hofbrauhaus for great brews, good food and the best networking in the city for under 40 professionals.
If you are looking to expand your network in 2018 and beyond, this speed networking event will get you there fast. Grab your business cards, head to Southside Works on October 10th and experience a fun night out with friends.
Members: 50 | Non-Members: 75
The Founder Institute is the world’s most challenging and effective program to start a company. Join us for the Graduation of the latest Pittsburgh cohort, where you can see presentations from the newest Graduates that are building great startups. Learn the tips and tricks to building a company in Pittsburgh, and ask Graduates about their experience in the Founder Institute program. Angels, venture capitalists, media, mentors and the general public are invited to meet the most recent Graduates of the Founder Institute and learn about the diverse businesses that they are building.
Investing in Robotics Innovation: From Research to the Real World
Calling all robotics entrepreneurs! Join Innovation Works and Toyota AI Ventures for this free evening event to hear from leading industry experts and investors working to spur innovation in robotics -- in Pittsburgh and beyond. Bring your questions and ideas for a candid conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing robotics entrepreneurs on the path to commercialization. There will also be time for networking after the panel.
The discussion will be moderated by AlphaLab Gear managing director Ilana Diamond, and panelists include:
Jim Adler - Founding Managing Director of Toyota AI Ventures, a global venture capital firm focused on early-stage startups in artificial intelligence, autonomous mobility, robotics, data, and cloud that recently launched a call for innovation to fund robotics startups working on mobile manipulation technologies.
Dr. Eric Krotkov - Chief Science Officer of Toyota Research Institute, where he oversees a world-class robotics team that is committed to improving the quality of human life by developing technologies for service robots that can assist with in-home care.
More panelists TBA
Hacking Together Solutions: From Idea to Product
Do you have an idea for a new product? Perhaps you’re starting a new venture or launching a product through an existing business. Getting from idea to product can be a long and grueling journey. This session will focus on the process of creating an MVP or Minimal Viable Product. We will be discussing the assumptions you’ve made about your idea and how you can go about testing different conceptions as cheaply and quickly as possible.
Cameron Scott, Web Developer and Product Manager
Join us for an Intro to Programming workshop facilitated by Tech Elevator Instructors Tom Medvitz and Andrew McGuier.
Come to mingle with cool folks and try out some virtual and augmented reality demos at this open house hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Association (VRARA) at the CMU Entertainment Technology Center! We'll have light snacks, giveaways, and immersive experiences for you to try.
Date: October 4, 2018
Place: Entertainment Technology Center, 700 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Benefits for Attending:
experience some of the latest and greatest projects using VR and AR technology
meet some awesome people from industry and education who are currently involved in AR and VR
learn about the new Pittsburgh chapter of VRARA
eat some tasty treats
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP so we'll know how many to expect. And bring a friend!
In this talk, you will hear about our work to build a self-driving robot and the technical challenges we faced. You will see a live demonstration of two robots playing a game of ball against each other.
We set out to build a robot that could participate in a local robot derby contest and were inspired by the self-driving work happening in Pittsburgh. We leveraged a lot of technology along the way, both open source and from Google Cloud, including things like TensorFlow, Node.js, Google IoT Core, PubSub, App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, etc.
Panelists: Robert Codol (PNC Mezzanine), Patrick Dickinson (Ninth Street Capital), Steve Gurgovits (Tecum Capital Partners), and Peggy Roberts (The Riverside Company)
Members: 75 | Non-Members: 150
Big Data is a day-long summit focused on big data trends and best practices. This event will allow attendees to explore innovative strategies and technologies for data practitioners or for data application surrounding real-time data processing, data collection, application of collected data, data protection and privacy, industry regulations and compliance, and data storage.
The event will feature Tech Talks. Each of these 18-minute presentation will speak on specific big data trends and/or specific ways in which big data is being leveraged within organizations.
Big Data will focus on the healthcare, manufacturing and IT security industries and as such, all Tech Talks will also focus on a particular facet of big data in those industries.
Open Data PGH, a short-term reporting project from Technical.ly and PublicSource on the civic tech community in Pittsburgh, is ending (for now) in mid-October. To wrap it up, we're hosting a free public event on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 3, focused on the future of Pittsburgh civic tech, with help from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center.
Concept to Launch is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business, with classes focusing 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," and Explanation of business plan types.
How can Machine Learning help Startups?
Join us to see how startups in Pittsburgh are using Google's technologies for Machine Learning to help their businesses. We would also invite you to tell your story and/or learn from the stories of others. This meetup will be also present the opportunity to find potential employees and network with others in the similar boat as you.
Judy Pastor recently retired from her dual positions as Chief Data Scientist and Manager of Data Mining at American Airlines. In these roles, she led the charge to develop and utilize diverse data sources to better understand customer behavior and to model operational complexities using Machine Learning. In this presentation, Judy will cover application areas for Machine Learning In the airline and travel space and how it can augment traditional optimization models. She will also discuss taking a model from an idea to incorporation into a business process.
A 2017 survey conducted by the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN) found that in 2016, social impact investments totaled $22.1 billion and focused on creating a positive impact on society or the environment in addition to a positive return for investors. (Forbes.com 10/9/17). McKinsey and Company predicts Impact investing may be forecast to grow to more than $300 billion by 2020. This panel will present the core characteristics of social impact investing and discuss:
Why impact investing matters.
Can impact be measured credibly?
What is the current state of the impact investing market?
How do impact investments perform?
Who is making impact investments?
Learn why finding the right lawyer is a key strategic business decision for a startup.Your lawyer can be one of your best business advisers OR a poor choice that costs you time and money. Learn the right questions to ask, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to manage your relationship.
Panel discussion on packaging and distributing Python code. How do you get package code for the public (PyPI) or internal use? What the heck is pipenv? What are best practices for Django under Docker? Hopefully someone can explain conda to me, 'cuz huh? Panelists include Josh Smith, Chad Whitacre , Mark Meredith, Chris Winters, Pete Fein
How important is sales prospecting for a B2B company? It’s the first step of the sales process and without it you’re not going to be able to build out a sales pipeline. There are many methods to prospecting but which one is right for a B2B company? Join us at Cafe Innovation on September 26th to learn about how to take on this vital step in the sales process from some of Pittsburgh’s B2B sales leaders.
Vivek Kulkarni, Arin
Jessica Gibson, ARIEL Precision Medicine
Marion Lewis, BoardBookit
Learn an iterative and interactive framework to manage the process of building your startup's technology solution. Master specific tips for implementing this framework in your venture and hear case studies from local Pittsburgh companies who have taken advantage of these techniques.
Join us to take in the end of the summer on our patio, enjoy bites, and level up your network. Bring your friends out for a great brunch event. All are welcome!
Along with some awesome partners, we're gathering for Saturday brunch to connect and be inspired. This is an event geared toward black, latinx, and other people of color who are currently working in tech, starting or funding a tech startup, and/or interested in learning more. During the event, guests will hear from founders of diverse backgrounds who are building and growing their tech companies right here in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Guests will also learn about Innovation Works (IW), our programs, and current opportunities.
Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with SCORE Pittsburgh will presents a Build Your Business Workshop to women interested in starting or expanding their business. Business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss the following topics: business planning, marketing and sales, financing, legal issues and business lessons learned. A continental breakfast will be provided.
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. It's only $20 for a full day of presentations and networking and includes lunch and an after-party.
ProductCamp Pittsburgh is the FREE premiere event for product managers and product marketing professionals but that's not everyone; it's also for innovators, marketers, designers, CxOs, founders, engineers, and researchers who are all eager to discuss best practices, share insights and make connections with top minds in the local product community.
ProductCamp is an un-conference where your peers gather to share tips, best practices and their experience.
Most financing options require a solid business plan. Learn all you need to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research, and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business.
Cost: $25 includes both programs and all materials. Fee is due at 2nd Step Workshop (fee waived for Pitt faculty, staff, students, and all veterans). Continental breakfast will be served at both programs.