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In February 2013, the National Venture Capital Association ranked Pittsburgh as the thirteenth best city for tech startups in the country. Carnegie Mellon University’s reputation for being one of the leading institutions for technological and robotic research no doubt played a significant role in the Steel City making the list, as does the presence of Google Pittsburgh. In reality, however, Pittsburgh is the home of many venture capitalist organizations, including Innovation Works, which conducts twice-a-year startup accelerator programs through its AlphaLab subsidiary. The number of startups that have benefited from such efforts are numerous and diverse—from the image-manipulation app of HitchedPic to online ticket vendor ShowClix—and ultimately add to Pittsburgh’s growing reputation. As ShowClix co-founder Josh Dziabiak told the Pittsburgh Business Times, “This city is very much on the right path.”

 

Geek Pittsburgh News Blog

NoWait Goes National The restaurant reservation software company successfully launched a smart phone app in September in Pittsburgh and is now set to expand across the country (January 8, 2014).

Duolingo: The 2013 App of the Year After a successful year of steady growth and expansion, the Pittsburgh-based language learning software company has been honored by Apple (December 30, 2013).

LaunchPGH Connects Local Entrepreneurs The city-backed website contains a wealth of information for anyone looking to start or enhance their own business in the Pittsburgh region (August 13, 2013).

The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Report Information on the last five years of start-up funding activity within the region is released just as the 2013 3 Rivers Venture Fair launches at PNC Park (April 11, 2013).

Pittsburgh, Austin and SXSW 2013 The Steel City had a greater presence at the 2013 SXSW Festival, but future success in regards to startups may hinge on the uniqueness of the region (March 18, 2013). 

Cellhelmet Gets In the Shark Tank The co-owners of local iPhone case manufacturer cellhelmet appear on the ABC series Shark Tank in an attempt to raise additional funds for the company (March 12, 2013).

The AlphaLab Startup Accelerator Program Pittsburgh is named the thirteenth best city for tech startups just as AlphaLab begins accepting applications for its accelerator program (February 26, 2013).

From Yinztagram to HitchedPic The developers of Yinztagram launched a new iPhone app in February 2013, HitchedPic, which allows wedding guests to add personal touches to photos (February 15, 2013).

Josh Dziabiak Exits ShowClix (and Pittsburgh) The co-founder of ShowClix leaves for Austin, Texas, but offers insights into the local Pittsburgh start-up community before his departure (January 13, 2013).

Open Field Fund Selects Latest Recipients The Carnegie Mellon-based early-business incubator announces a new round of financing while former recipient NoWait continues to expand (January 9, 2013).

 

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