From Pitch to Payment

InvestInHer-Flyer-FromPitchToPayment-02Join us on November 19th as we celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

We are hosting two sessions aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn how to sharpen their pitch skills and hear from reputable local investors on what they look for in a strong investment. Come hear from Terri Glueck of Innovation Works on the art of the pitch along with entrepreneurs who have gone through the pitch process. Additionally, you don’t want to miss the panel discussion with representatives of the investment community in Pittsburgh. Learn what can make your business stand out and earn valuable funding.

This event is open to the public and we encourage female entrepreneurs and budding female entrepreneurs to attend to learn from the expertise of our panel and guest speakers. RSVP HERE.

A light lunch will be provided.

To learn more about Women’s Entrepreneurship Day visit the website:

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Pittsburgh Technology Council honors Tech 50

Full Article via Pittsburgh Business Times here.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council on Thursday announced the winners of its Tech 50 Awards, naming Jason Wolfe of as its CEO of the Year. Here are the winners of the nine categories:

  • Innovator of the Year-Advanced Manufacturing: Industrial Scientific Corp.
  • Innovator of the Year–Life Sciences: Cohera Medical Inc.
  • Innovator of the Year-Consumer Products: Rinovum Women’s Health LLC
  • Innovator of the Year–Health IT: Net Health
  • Solutions Provider of the Year: SDLC Partners LP
  • Startup of the Year: Thread
  • Culture Leader of the Year: Schell Games
  • CEO of the Year: Jason Wolfe,
  • Technology Business Product of the Year: Jazz

Here’s your first look at AlphaLab Gear’s (hardware accelerator) latest class

The Pittsburgh Business Times did a great write-up on the new AlphaLab Gear (<– link to their website – hardware accelerator) class. Check it out here.

  • Curl’s Best Friend: Hair styling product line for natural hair aimed at improving styling methods for kinky, curly hair without the use of harsh chemicals; focused on the $500 billion black hair care market.
  • Forest Devices: AlphaStroke, a stroke detection device for EMS that allows for fast diagnosis in a prehospital environment to enable getting stroke patients to the right hospitals faster.
  • Interphase Materials: Proprietary antibiofouling coating for underwater metal hardware that prevents biofouling — the accumulation of organisms such as barnacles and algae on pipes or underwater surfaces — without the use of toxic leachables harmful to the environment. Alternative to toxic hazardous substances to address the growth of organisms on surfaces, as the EPA regulations require changes to the current chemicals. First application is for nautical parts, and long-term focus is medical implants.
  • AutoPods: Battery powered “mini taxi” for short range trips with in/on vehicle advertising supported revenue
  • VIT: Fitness wearables focused on tracking form to prevent injury and to help athletes train more efficiently.
  • BreatheWise: Smart meter on industrial gas tanks to track and report usage, aimed at saving replacement truck time, reducing unnecessary visits, and optimizing routes.
  • Carbon Freight: Lightweight cargo technology with carbon fiber shipping containers that will enable freight operators to move more cargo per shipment and reduces the fuel burden across all modes of transportation.
  • Deighan Designs: Unique, customized wedding accessories including items such as bridal hangers, personalized robes, bridesmaid tank tops, cake toppers and garters.

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



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:
Learn more here:

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:

Feel free to e-mail us at 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