Mayor Ravenstahl Announces New Website to Connect Entrepreneurs With Opportunities to Help Launch New Businesses

 

(PITTSBURGH) August 1, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a new website designed to connect entrepreneurs with opportunities and serve as a “launchpad” for local and new businesses. The site, launchpgh.com, is a portal for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and job seekers who want instant access to Pittsburgh’s best business and networking resources.

“One of our goals when we formed PowerUp Pittsburgh was to create a more robust entrepreneur environment in Pittsburgh, and this website helps us reach that goal,” Ravenstahl said. “LAUNCHPGH.com provides helpful information for businesses of all sizes - whether you’re a first-time entrepreneur in Pittsburgh, a local venture capitalist or investor, or looking for job opportunities with a new startup - this site will point you in the right direction.”

A project of the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and PowerUp Pittsburgh, LAUNCHPGH.com offers a substantial spread of information – from funding opportunities to local business events – in a responsive, mobile- friendly and easy-to-navigate design. The site is divided into three main categories: Biz, Buzz and Burgh.

  • The Biz circle provides information about funding and investment opportunities, including a funding 101 section as well as local resources ranging from coworker space options to job boards.
  • The Buzz circle connects visitors to what’s happening in the City, including news, events and contests, and contains a section to submit event listings.
  • The Burgh circle showcases Pittsburgh, including fun facts and accolades, amenities, a photo gallery and more.

The site also enables users to share the information across major social networking channels.

“LAUNGHPGH.com fills a critical gap in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pittsburgh by providing startups, growing companies and investors with a single information portal to Pittsburgh’s entrepreneur scene,” said Jay Katarincic, managing director, Draper Triangle Ventures. “The comprehensive resources are invaluable whether you are trying to start a company, want to work in a fast growth company or are interested in funding a company in Pittsburgh.”

“The URA was uniquely situated to pull together all of the initial partnerships to support an entrepreneur-friendly environment,” said Tom Link, director, URA Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). “After expanding our Business Development Center into the CIE and bringing on board an innovation and entrepreneurship strategist, we felt this was the logical next step.”

Designed by Wall-to-Wall Studios, the user-friendly site was developed by the URA and the 20 organizational members of PowerUp Pittsburgh. Key team players included Terri Glueck from Innovation Works, Jeremy Hirsch from Aptus Digital, Don Morrison from Blue Tree Allied Angels, Jorgen Pedersen from RE2, and Julien Scranton from Pittsburgh Technology Council.

“Entrepreneurs are busy and hate red tape,” said Terri Glueck, director of communications and community development, Innovation Works. “They need reliable information in one place that helps them make connections and decisions quickly and LAUNCHPGH is built with that in mind. The site aggregates a lot of data in one place and connects entrepreneurs to the people and resources that can be the most useful to them.”

PowerUp Pittsburgh is a citywide strategy to accelerate the commercialization of technology innovation activities to create jobs in the Pittsburgh region, particularly in the City of Pittsburgh’s underserved neighborhoods.

For more information, contact:
Marissa Doyle
Press Secretary
office: 412-255-2619 cell: 412-498-1333

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