PGH LAB is Back!

The City of Pittsburgh and local authorities welcomes its biggest cohort

Annia Aleman
Feb 13, 2018 · 4 min read

In a recent State of Pittsburgh 2018 medium post, Jim Jen, founder of Alpha Lab, provided a positive outlook of Pittsburgh’s tech scene for the upcoming year and highlighted the capital and resources that make this city a hub for technology and innovation. Frankly, we couldn’t agree more.

To continue innovating within our city, the City of Pittsburgh and local authorities will be starting the year strong by welcoming a new cohort of PGH Lab startups. For this third cohort, we sought a number of diverse startup applicants proposing unique solutions to tackle challenges in four different focus areas: City Operations, Citizen Engagement, Climate Change & the Environment, and other categories. Applicants included startups that have gone through local and nationally-ranked accelerators and incubators such as the Y Combinator, Alpha Lab and Alpha Lab Gear, Ascender, and incubators provided by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Starting from now through the end of May, startups will be busy working on their pilot projects and using local government as their urban lab. They will be gaining real-time market feedback, iterating on their products and services, and learning how to work with local government. The cycle will conclude with a company community showcase at the end of May. Participating startups will also receive guidance from a City Champion as well as access to the City’s facilities, network, and coworking spaces.

It is with great excitement and honor that we welcome the third cohort of PGH Lab startups!

Cropolis and City Planning, City of Pittsburgh

Global Wordsmiths and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Lean FM Technologies and Office of Management and Budget, City of Pittsburgh

Meta Mesh and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

NetBeez and Department of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh

Qlicket and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Steel City Soils and the Office of Environmental Services, City of Pittsburgh

Zensors and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority

Stay tuned with company updates and progress on their pilot projects with our upcoming blog posts!

PGH Lab brings local entrepreneurs to beta test products and services in local government for 3–4 months. Get inspired to start working on your own innovative ideas. Make sure to stay connected and ask questions about PGH Lab through our twitter!

Department of Innovation & Performance

The Department of Innovation & Performance is building a…

Department of Innovation & Performance

The Department of Innovation & Performance is building a 21st-century government for the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.

Annia Aleman

Written by

Nicaraguan-American. Innovation Director @Ascenderpgh , former Sr. Civic Innovation @CityPGH . @pittsburgh_cm enthusiast.

Department of Innovation & Performance

The Department of Innovation & Performance is building a 21st-century government for the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.