PowerUp Pittsburgh is a collaborative strategy that brings together government, business, universities and entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to accelerate the commercialization of technology innovation activities to create jobs in the Pittsburgh region, particularly in the City of Pittsburgh’s underserved neighborhoods.

We support this mission by:

Creating an online clearinghouse of services, programs and financing available to entrepreneurs in the region.

Connecting entrepreneurs with each other in order to share ideas and talents.

Disseminating relevant information about current and up-coming innovation opportunities.


Current PowerUp Projects

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PGH LAB
PGH Lab is a pilot program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh. Through PGH Lab, local startup companies can test their products and services and help the City meet complex challenges for a limited engagement of three months.

Steel City Codefest

STEEL CITY CODEFEST
Steel City Codefest is a civic software application (app) development competition designed to grow the City’s innovation and technology community through the creation of technology infrastructure. The citywide, 24-hour Civic Hackathon brings together coders, designers and community members to create technology that benefits nonprofits and government agencies around the region. Participants form teams, tackle challenges and compete for prizes.

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LAUNCHPGH.COM
Whether you’re still just a bright idea or you’re already the next big thing, LaunchPGH.com is the place to find resources for all your business needs. With responsive, interactive features and app-like agility, LAUNCHPGH. com makes it easy for users to find the exact content they need in just a click or two.

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PROJECT CONNECT
Project Connect promotes new technologies and facilitates connections between startups and established companies in the region. Nineteen local technology startups participated in the initial pilot program which launched in 2013. Click here to find out more about each of these startups and to learn about their products.


Current Leadership

Founding Organizations

MAYOR BILL PEDUTO
DR. SUBRA SURESH
DENNIS YABLONSKY
PATRICK D. GALLAGHER

Advisory Board

DEBRA LAM
TOM LINK
DON SMITH
TIM MCNULTY
KEN ZAPINSKI
AUDREY RUSSO
MARC MALANDRO
RICH LUNAK