Innovation Works http://wesa.fm en Corbett Launches Innovate in PA http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-launches-innovate-pa <p>A room full of politicians, entrepreneurs and robots - this was the scene Thursday at the Innovation Works AlphaLab as Governor Tom Corbett announced the launch of Innovate in PA.</p><p>With the program, the commonwealth will auction $100 million in deferred tax credits to insurance companies.</p><p>These companies will then use the credits to raise funds that will go towards start up technology-related businesses - the Ben Franklin Technology Development Partners, three Life Sciences Greenhouses and the Venture Capital Investment program.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:41:51 +0000 Jessica Nath 17218 at http://wesa.fm Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation http://wesa.fm/post/making-pittsburgh-appealing-immigration-innovation <p>Hundreds of immigrants come to Pittsburgh to refine their skills in engineering and the sciences at schools like CMU and University of Pittsburgh. But current immigration laws often cannot keep this potential workforce in the United States.</p><p>Brian Kennedy, Vice President of Strategic Services and Government Relations for the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">Pittsburgh Technology Council</a> says these potential entrepreneurs are leaving Pittsburgh for places that have more comprehensive immigration legislation.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:24:57 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14996 at http://wesa.fm Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation FutureDerm and the Science Behind Beauty Products http://wesa.fm/post/futurederm-and-science-behind-beauty-products <p>Nicki Zevola has been teaching the real science behind beauty products with her popular blog since 2007. When it was time to launch <a href="http://www.futurederm.com">FutureDerm, </a>her own line of beauty products, Zevola already had a loyal following.</p><p>http://youtu.be/kKqm_6nPAFI</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:50:01 +0000 Katie Blackley 14618 at http://wesa.fm FutureDerm and the Science Behind Beauty Products Sole Power: Getting an Innovative Product to Market http://wesa.fm/post/sole-power-getting-innovative-product-market <p></p><p>Like a power-packed Dr. Scholl's insert, <a href="http://solepowertech.com/"><strong>Sole Power</strong></a> is a device that allows people to charge devices as they walk. It's currently in the prototype, <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/06/07/solepower/">fundraising phase</a>, but is said to have the potential to fully charge small devices like a cell phone with 2 and a half miles of walking.</p><p>"We're hoping to serve military personnel, people stuck in emergency situations, hikers and people in developing nations who don’t have access to electricity on a regular basis."&nbsp; Says Matthew Stanton, Founder of Sole Power. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:14:12 +0000 Heather McClain 11385 at http://wesa.fm Sole Power: Getting an Innovative Product to Market Pop City Innovation News http://wesa.fm/post/pop-city-innovation-news-0 <p></p><p>Innovative product development and manufacturing is not new in Pittsburgh. Each week, Pop City tech and innovation reporter <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/"><strong>Deb Smit</strong></a> has a plethora of companies and concepts to choose from when reporting on the next big thing. Wed, 22 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 9966 at http://wesa.fm Pop City Innovation News Pittsburgh Sees Investment Growth As Other Areas Experience Declines http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-sees-investment-growth-other-areas-experience-declines <p>The number of venture capital dollars and deals across the U.S. has been generally declining over the last several years, but Pittsburgh is bucking that trend.</p><p>“Since 2009 we’ve had the credit crisis, and probably the most severe national recession we’ve ever had, and during that period Pittsburgh has seen an increase in early stage capital and the number of financings," said Lynette Horrell, managing partner with Ernst &amp; Young Pittsburgh. "The number of financings has grown over 50 percent.”</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:18:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7751 at http://wesa.fm