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Applications now open for the second 'PGH Lab' program

 


Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority today announced

The application period for the second cycle of the PGH Lab program has opened.

PGH Lab is a program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make local government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. The program gives the companies an opportunity to beta test their products and gain valuable feedback. During the pilot period startups will be connected with a “city champion” that will guide them through the three to four month pilot period.

The program successfully completed its 2016 cohort last December where three companies – HiberSense, TransitSource, and Renerge - were selected from a pool of highly qualified companies through a competitive selection process. This year, the City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority welcome the Housing Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority to the program. Startups interested in participating in the program can apply to become part the PGH Lab 2017 cohort and pilot their products/services at the City of Pittsburgh or any of the participating organizations for three to four months.

“I am pleased to welcome the Housing Authority and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority to the program. The expansion of PGH Lab will open up more opportunities for local entrepreneurs to work and innovate within municipal government,” Mayor William Peduto said.

“The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh is excited to partner with the City of Pittsburgh to ensure local startup companies have an opportunity to showcase innovation, skill and their ability to enhance our future,” said Caster Binion, executive director of the Housing Authority of Pittsburgh.

Startups can propose solutions to complex challenges in the following areas:

• City Operations: Further improve City operations to make internal processes more efficient and effective;

• Citizen Engagement: Enhance the lines of communication between government and citizens by expanding digital public engagement and increase opportunities for Pittsburgh’s residents to access information and resources;

• Climate Change & the Environment: Help Pittsburgh meet its 2030 Climate Action Goals to reduce energy usage by 50 percent by 2030; and

• Other: Suggest a project that does not fall under any of the previous categories but will benefit and make a great impact in the city.

Selected startups will be offered coworking space, access to the city’s network, mentoring and guidance from city affiliates, and free membership to the 1776 global incubator.

Participating companies will be selected through a competitive process. The PGH Lab review committee, constituted by various department leaders, will identify startup companies with innovative products and services that best match the City’s priorities and resources. Program eligibility, application form, and legal requirements can be found in this website: pghlab.pittsburghpa.gov.

The application deadline for the PGH Lab 2017 cohort will be February 28 at 5 p.m.

Follow PGH Lab on Twitter at @PghIP #PGHLab.

 

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