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Applications accepted for PGH Lab


November 7, 2017

Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority, the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority have announced the opening application period of the third cycle of the PGH Lab program.

PGH Lab connects local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh and local authorities to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make local government more efficient, transparent, sustainable, and inclusive. The program provides an opportunity for local startups to test their beta-stage products and services in a real world environment for three to four months.

Through one common application, startups can propose an innovative solution to test at any of the participating organizations and work with a “city champion,” a department leader that guides them through the duration of the pilot project. 

The City of Pittsburgh and the participating authorities have successfully completed two cycles and engaged with eight local startups that put forth a variety of technology solutions ranging from waste management, artificial intelligence, sensor technology, 3D scanning, bike technology, and management consulting. The “PGH Lab program provided real-time feedback,” said Amee Chaudry, CEO of Cognowear, PGH Lab Cohort 2.

For the third cycle, the City of Pittsburgh and the participating authorities welcome the Parking Authority of Pittsburgh as new partner organization that will open its doors to become a testbed for innovation for local startups in the city.

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 co-working space, access to the city’s network, and mentoring and guidance from city affiliates.

Participating companies will be selected through a competitive process. The PGH Lab review committee is constituted by various department leaders that will identify startup companies that best match the city’s priorities and resources. Program eligibility, application form, and legal requirements can be found in the website:

The application deadline is November 30 at 5 p.m.


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