After poring over more than 100 applications, AlphaLab Gear, the new hardware accelerator from Innovation Works, has picked a very diverse initial group of companies to work with.
Rich Lunak, president and CEO of Innovation Works, called that diversity a strength for the program.
“There is a peer learning element to this type of program that the teams can really leverage, so having such a diverse set of entrepreneurs makes a more robust experience,” he said.
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What do you get when you put nine enterprising hardware tech startups into an industrial-chic space in a former bowling alley in East Liberty?
AlphaLab Gear, the cool tech startup accelerator brought to us by Innovation Works and created around the idea—modeled after AlphaLab on the South Side—of entrepreneurs making great hardware together.
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The first stage of AlphaLab's plan to merge Pittsburgh's manufacturing history with its high-tech future began officially this week with the opening of AlphaLab Gear.
The 10,000-square-foot office atop a rehabbed East Liberty warehouse is the latest addition to Pittsburgh's accelerator community. However, unlike the dozens of software-centered programs that have cropped up throughout the region over the past two decades, AlphaLab Gear is one of four programs across the globe designed to push makers of hardware and other physical products past the startup phase to profitability.
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On Friday, I had the chance to stop by AlphaLab Gear's new space in East Liberty and meet with some of the first teams inducted into the program.
FreshTemp: Founder and CEO Jeff Rieger said the idea behind FreshTemp's product is to digitize temperature logs for restaurants and other industries that must keep an active temperature log. Automating the process with a wireless temperature sensor, Rieger said not only is it more efficient, eliminating the need for paper records, but also it is more accurate than traditional methods.
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A new startup accelerator has launched in Pittsburgh with an eye on robotics.
AlphaLab Gear opened on Monday, inviting early-stage companies working in hardware and robotics to join the accelerator program. AlphaLab Gear's accelerator initiative starts first with cash. The company will offer $25,000 to startups for 5 percent equity. Those firms that need $50,000 will have to hand over 9 percent of the company to AlphaLab Gear.
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