PGH Lab 4.0 applications now open
September 11, 2018
Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates have announced the opening application period of the fourth cycle of the PGH Lab program.
PGH Lab connects local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh, local authorities, and independent institutions 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-four months.
Through one common application, startups can propose innovative solutions, match with a participating organization and work with a “city champion,” a leader from the participating organization to guide companies through the duration of the pilot project
“I am happy to see the program growing and also being replicated in other cities. We want to continue learning and working with our local entrepreneurs, give them access to city government and resources, and together with city employees create and inspire solutions that impact people and improve their quality of life,” said Mayor Peduto.
The City of Pittsburgh and the participating authorities have successfully completed three cycles and engaged 15 local startups, putting forth a variety of technological solutions ranging from food composting, network performance detection, language access consulting, artificial intelligence camera software, to many more.
“Working with the City’s Innovation and Performance department was a valuable experience for NetBeez. During the PGH Lab pilot period, we had the chance to work with the City on a real installation of our network monitoring solution, received user feedback, and implemented improvements on the product side. The outcome of the trial was successful, as we on-boarded the City as a new customer,” said Stefano Gridelli, CEO of NetBeez, PGH Lab 3.0 Cohort.
For the fourth cycle, the City of Pittsburgh and the participating authorities welcome the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates as a new partner organization.
“We are excited to be participating in PGH Lab to learn how to introduce more pilot testing with local startups in our organization,” said David Ruppersberger, president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.
Startups can propose solutions to complex challenges in the following areas:
• Improve Operations: Further, improve local government and non-profits’ operations to make internal processes more efficient and effective;
• Citizen Engagement: Enhance the lines of communication between local government, non-profits and citizens by expanding digital public engagement and increase opportunities for Pittsburgh’s residents to access information and resources;
• Climate Change & 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 significant impact in the city and the participating organizations.
Selected startups will be offered coworking 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 City of Pittsburgh departments, authorities, and non-profit leaders that will identify startup companies to best match priorities and resources within each organization. Program eligibility, application form, and legal requirements can be found on the website: pghlab.pittsburghpa.gov.
The application deadline is September 28, at 5 p.m.
All local startups and small businesses are encouraged to apply to this great opportunity.
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