Pittsburgh: Startup Global

Pittsburgh: Startup Global

The Event: Join us on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University for a half-day program followed by deep dive sessions to learn from seasoned international business professionals and local entrepreneurs:

  • Why going global makes good business sense
  • How to protect your IP and get paid
  • How to go global strategically
  • Resources available to help

Concurrent Deep Dive Sessions will follow:

  • Strategies for Protecting IP
  • Managing International Transactions
  • UK and Europe Market Opportunities

Who Should Attend?

  • Innovation companies
  • Investors
  • Incubators, accelerators, and academics

When: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

8:30a.m. 1:30p.m. *Networking Lunch Included

Where: Gates Center, Rashid Auditorium

Carnegie Mellon University,
5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Registration Fee: No Cost – RSVP to http://startupglobalpgh.eventbrite.com



AlphaLab Fall 2015 Cycle Announcement

The application will be open from now to August 2nd, 2015

AlphaLab is a nationally ranked startup accelerator founded in 2008 and based in Pittsburgh, PA. As a charter member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and one of the first ten accelerator programs worldwide, AlphaLab has a proven track record in helping to launch high-growth startup companies, including The Resumator, NoWait, The Zebra, Shoefitr, Treatspace, Powered Analytics (Target), and Black Locus (Home Depot)

AlphaLab’s network consists of the top entrepreneurs, investors and mentors in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. AlphaLab is also part of Innovation Works, one of the nation’s most active seed funds that has invested $64M in over 200 companies that have collectively raised over $1.6B. These include 4Moms, ModCloth, The Resumator, NoWait, Wombat Security, Ottomatika , Civic Science, and ShowClix.

We look forward to reviewing your application and helping you build your company!

Apply here: www.f6s.com/alphalabfall2015application/apply
Learn more here: www.alphalab.org/apply

AlphaLab Info Night – July 15th

Please join us for Info Night at AlphaLab on July 15th from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Information Night is an opportunity for you to come and learn about AlphaLab, ask questions about the program and the application process, and hear from participants in the AlphaLab program about their own entrepreneurial experiences. We’re hosting the event at the AlphaLab offices, where we’ll provide appetizers and refreshments along with an opportunity to network with your fellow entrepreneurs as well as members of the AlphaLab team.

You will hear from Executive Director, Jim Jen, Program Manager, Aaron Tainter, and Alumni from various cycles and different stages of growth.

Register here: http://goo.gl/forms/iKnqmRGprK

Feel free to e-mail us at info@alphalab.org with any questions.

Innovation Works listed as #1 Investor In PA

Did you know that the sixth-largest venture capital market in the U.S. since 2010—in terms of deal flow by state—has been Pennsylvania? 311 different VC investors have completed at least one deal in the state during the timeframe, investing a combined $2.83 billion, according to the PitchBook Platform. 79 of the firms manage between $100 million and $500 million of assets, while another 29 manage between $1 billion and $2 billion. Notable investors that have been active in Pennsylvania and are not on the top five list include New Enterprise Associates, KPCB, Polaris Partners, OrbiMed Advisors and Sofinnova Ventures. Read the full article HERE via my.pitchbook.com.

What a week!

SolePower, Identified, and Accel Diagnostics made it to the finals for #SXSW2015

More than five hundred companies submitted their web-based products to the seventh annual SXSW Accelerator. Three AlphaLab/AlpaLab Gear alumni made it to the finals in the categories of Wearable Technologies, Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies, and Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies. All of the Interactive finalists were able to showcase their products on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at the Hilton Downtown Austin.




AlphaLab was named One of the top 20 accelerators in the Us!

It’s an honor to be recognized on this list and it’s a reflection on our strong network of startups, investors, and entrepreneurs who provide our companies with the resources and tools they need to rapidly iterate, engage with customers, expand, and succeed. The report also shows the rapidly growing and changing dynamics of the accelerator landscape and funding market in general and we are continuously working to evolve our program to best position our companies in this environment. We were also proud to see that the Pittsburgh ecosystem ranked #6 in regions whose funding was impacted by accelerators: 




The AlphaLab Gear National HardwareCup at @TechshopAustin was a great success!

On Thursday night a panel of entrepreneurs and startup folks got together at TechShop, Austin to talk tech. Afterwards, 6 companies pitched to a standing room only audience. Out of all of the great pitches, Curb Energy took home the cup (…literally). Check out some of the great quotes from the panel below!


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AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup


AlphaLab Gear and TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, are launching the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup to find the top hardware ideas in each of the eight cities where TechShop has a location.  Starting February 11 in Detroit, the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup team will travel to each of the other TechShop locations to host a pitch competition for startups creating a physical product.  The culmination of the competition is inPittsburgh where the national winner will receive a $50,000 grand prize investment from StartBot, a venture capital firm focused on robotics, plus product design software and other prizes from Autodesk Fusion 360, the official software partner of the National Hardware Cup. Full details can be found at www.hardwarecup.com

The pitch competitions will feature six teams in each city selected by the AlphaLab Gear team from online applications.  The order of cities hosting the Hardware Cup will be: Detroit, Washington D.C., Austin, Phoenix, San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose and Pittsburgh. Each company or team will give a four-minute pitch to a panel of judges from the investment, hardware and software community who will then have five minutes to ask questions. Winning teams from each city will get $1,000 cash, a single year-long TechShop membership, and Fusion 360 software and support from Autodesk.  Teams will be judged on: 1) commercial viability, 2) team capability, and 3) demonstrated commitment.  Select finalists will be chosen to compete in a grand-prize competition held later this spring in Pittsburgh at AlphaLab Gear. AlphaLab Gear is a project of Innovation Works, one of the country’s most active seed-stage investors and the organization which operates top-ranked accelerators AlphaLab (all technologies) and AlphaLab Gear (hardware companies).

“There are so many great ideas for physical products that entrepreneurs dream up from their work experience as a designer or engineer, a university project that a team of students is trying to solve, or just an imaginative leap from an individual,” says Ilana Diamond, managing director of AlphaLab Gear.  “We want to tap into all these brilliant ideas and give people a way to fund and commercialize their vision,” continues Diamond.  “The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup takes what we know from our experience running one of the nation’s first accelerators for hardware companies and marries that with the technical expertise and reach of TechShop.  With StartBot providing funding for the winner and Autodesk providing software and other resources, the National Hardware Cup can help launch a great idea. ”

“We’re excited to host the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup in each of our TechShop locations,” says Jim Newton, TechShop founder.  “This national competition is a great opportunity for us to inspire members of the maker community to go ahead and build their dreams, just like we did with TechShop. We hope to see the next big invention and commercial success rise from this challenge.”

The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is free for participants and easy to enter. The six teams or individuals pitching in each city will be selected based on their one-page application.  To apply, go to: www.hardwarecup.com