Pop City innovation news offers a roundup this week of all the news you need to know:
is back, Thrill Mill’s business plan competition that not only sinks venture capital to new startups but secures them a spot in Hustle Den’s incubator in East Liberty.
New this year, the top 15 companies selected will receive a cash prize; $25,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the top 14 companies selected. The deadline for submission is Dec. 6th
at midnight. The funding was made possibly by the success of the Thrival Festival this fall and funding from the RK Mellon Foundation.
The first round of finalists, about 30 to 50 companies, will attend a weekend bootcamp that will provide training on the basics for building a company, says Bobby Zappala, CEO for Thrill Mill.
“We’re taking some serious strides to add value to the companies beyond giving them access to the space (Hustle Den),” says Zappala. “Adding so much substance only increases the chance for companies to achieve something really great.”
Across the hall from HustleDen, AlphaLabGear
is getting underway. The first nine companies are expected to be announced next week.
Pittsburgh’s big data startups
will meet with regional big data investors for a mega session on investing and building companies in the field of data analytics. The interactive format will provide a meaningful dialogue and an opportunity to facilitate relationships between entrepreneurs and investors, says Samman Haqqi, organizer on behalf of Pittsburgh DataWorks
National VCs like Accel, Atlas Ventures and Google Ventures will be on hand along with locals Draper Triangle, Innovation Works, and Birchmere Capital.
CMU has announced the launch of the Simon Initiative
to accelerate the use of learning science and technology to improve student learning. The faculty-led initiative includes the formation of the Global Learning Council (GLC), a group of experts from academia, industry and foundation who will develop best practices in the open sharing of data across sectors to improve learning outcomes for all.
In addition, CMU will provide open access to the world’s largest bank of educational technology data, which it collected with the University of Pittsburgh as part of LearnLab,
a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation, says a CMU spokesperson.
Applications are now being accepted for the Steel City Codefest
, a city-wide app-building competition to create apps that assist local nonprofits by promoting their mission and saving time and money. For more information or to apply click here.
The Energy Technology Center
at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute
officially opened its doors in North Fayette. The $3.5 million, 15,000 square-foot space is headquarters for the school’s energy programs, serving companies that are exploring and developing Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale.
Earlier this year, PTI announced a new certificate program in welding technology and the addition of an oil and gas electronics concentration to its electronics engineering technology associate program in science degree. The institute's oil and gas program is the first associate degree program in the region that concentrates on electronics for the energy sector, school officials said.
Finally, CMU invites the public to LaunchCMU Pittsburgh
, a research and entrepreneurship showcase
on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Center, Rangos 1,2 and 3. Startups presenting include Surtrac, Sharp Edge Labs, PECA Labs, ActivAided Orthotics and Duolingo.
Writer: Deb Smit