startup http://wesa.fm en Innovation Institute Intends to Spur Startups in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/innovation-institute-intends-spur-startups-pittsburgh <p>The University of Pittsburgh is combining resources to spark innovation and increase support for entrepreneurial initiatives on and off campus.</p><p>Pitt Thursday launched the Innovation Institute, which consolidates the existing offices of Technology Management and Enterprise Development as well as the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:24:53 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19822 at http://wesa.fm Tech Startup Ideas Can Take Root at Pittsburgh Startup Weekend http://wesa.fm/post/tech-startup-ideas-can-take-root-pittsburgh-startup-weekend <p>This weekend budding entrepreneurs and those curious about launching a startup will gather in Pittsburgh for Startup Weekend. It’s part of a global grassroots movement that follows a basic model: participants pitch their startup ideas and they get feedback from peers. Teams form around topic ideas which are determined by votes and then comes 54 hours of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:45:02 +0000 Deanna Garcia 18310 at http://wesa.fm The Thrill Mill: Contributing to Pittsburgh's Business Ecosystem http://wesa.fm/post/thrill-mill-contributing-pittsburghs-business-ecosystem <p>Startup incubators provide entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow their ideas in an affordable space, with resources, mentoring and sometimes funding. They’ve sprung up all over Pittsburgh, especially in East Liberty.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://thrillmill.com/team/">The Thrill Mill</a> and its incubator space, the <a href="http://thrillmill.com/hustle-den/">Hustle Den</a>, is one of the new kids on the block. And while many incubators are focused on technology, Thrill Mill is supporting some diverse innovators.</p><p>For Bobby Zappala founder of the Thrill Mill, it all started when he moved back to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. in 2006. He says he and his friends wanted to connect with other young people who had interesting business ideas. He says they host regular gatherings which became very popular. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:46:07 +0000 Heather McClain 15764 at http://wesa.fm The Thrill Mill: Contributing to Pittsburgh's Business Ecosystem