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Monday, April 2

6:00pm EDT

Building Your Business in Homewood
Free and open to all!

Join us at Everyday Cafe for an evening conversation centered around entrepreneurship and building your business in Homewood. 


Monday April 2, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Everyday Cafe 532 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Tuesday, April 3

12:30pm EDT

CONNECTS: FDA Vision for Novel Technologies
Register here
Free and open to all!

Engaging with FDA as a startup? Learn the strategies and tools for streamlined product development with differentiated label.

Dr. Elora Gupta, Drug and Device Advisory Group
Courtney Williamson, AbiliLife

*Bring your own lunch

Tuesday April 3, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon: Newell Simon Hall, 3305

2:00pm EDT

The Link Between Diversity and Impact/Social Entrepreneurship
Time has been changed from 12PM to 2PM due to scheduling. Apologies for any inconvenience. 
Free and open to all! Registration Required: Register Here

Idea Foundry, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University have been conducting and reviewing research on the link between diversity and impact/social entrepreneurship, through a grant from Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

They are exploring the hypothesis that diverse entrepreneurs are more likely to start social/impact enterprises and that supporting opportunities for social entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh will foster diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. After reviewing existing research and surveying entrepreneurs, the researchers will be presenting their findings at an informal afternoon talk in conjunction with Inclusive Innovation Week. Light refreshments will be provided. K&L Gates Partnership Center is wheelchair accessible. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. 


Lindsey Matesic

Global Engagement Manager, Idea Foundry

Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
K&L Gates

5:30pm EDT

Prototyping & Design Lab: 3D Printing and Laser Etching with the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Limited Capacity full

This workshop is now full. Please review Chatham's Website for future opportunities.

Chatham’s Women’s Business Center will host a special edition of their most popular hands-on workshops at their Prototyping & Design Lab: 3D Printing and Laser Etching for Entrepreneurs! This event is free but limited to 15 people.

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The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

Business Incubation Manager, Center for Women\'s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses by utilizing Chatham resources, faculty expertise... Read More →

Tuesday April 3, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

6:00pm EDT

Legal Basics Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs
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Free and open to all. 

Join Chatham University Women's Business Center for Legal Basics Bootcamp. Topics covered include business formation and legal structure, contracts, employment & independent contractors, insurance & indemnification, intellectual property, and how to protect your brand and products.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Chatham Eastside
Wednesday, April 4

9:00am EDT

Economic Opportunity Forum with the Sprout Fund
Limited Capacity filling up

Please note: due to an enthusiastic community response, the Pittsburgh Economic Opportunity Forum is now sold out. You are welcome to add your name to the waitlist, and we will notify people if tickets are available during the week of March 26. 

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, join The Sprout Fund for the Pittsburgh Economic Opportunity Forum at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District. This community event will feature a morning of dynamic speakers and engaging activities exploring local efforts to increase economic opportunity in the Pittsburgh region. Breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 AM, and free childcare will be provided.

The Forum will include presentations and a feedback session with the three working groups supported through Sprout’s Seed Award for Economic Opportunity:
  • The City As Our Makerspace from Prototype PGH, The Black Unicorn: Library and Archive Project, University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center, and Ujamaa Collective
  • The Cooperative Opportunity Guild of Hazelwood from Hazelwood Initiative, Work Hard Pittsburgh, Mansmann Foundation, POORLAW, and Academy Pittsburgh
  • The Workplace Equity Challenge from Change Agency, Idea Foundry, and Sustainable Pittsburgh
This free event is part of the City of Pittsburgh’s 2018 Inclusive Innovation Week.
To reserve free childcare for this event, please visit http://flexablecare.com/sprout-fund/ to reserve space.

Support for this project is generously provided by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan

The Sprout Fund
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, EdM, is Houston-based instructional designer, project manager, and writer who loves helping people find collaborative solutions to complex problems. Tricia has worked for the last several years fostering collaboration and developing communities of practice... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
Energy Innovation Center

4:30pm EDT

Small Business Resource Fair
Free and open to all!

Join exhibitors from non-profit groups and others all over Pittsburgh who can help you start or grow your small business! Learn about available assistance with your building, your business plan, financing, mentorship, and other great opportunities for new and established small businesses.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Ellen Bateman

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Wednesday April 4, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Iron Workers Local Union No. 3

7:00pm EDT

Tx3 Power: Shattering Color and Gender Barriers with Your Thoughts, Talents, and Tenacity
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Free and open to the public!

Join this Interactive Workshop facilitated by Ingrid Cook, a minority and woman Founder at SHzoom, a tech startup headquartered at Pittsburgh's Ascender.  Discover the role our thoughts, talents, and tenacity ("grit") plays in living out our purpose and achieving our goals regardless of our race or gender. Participants will engage with practical tools and techniques for tapping into their Tx3 Power.

For accessibility questions contact Ingrid at ICook@SHzoom.com.

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Ingrid Cook

Founder, SHzoom It

Wednesday April 4, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Ascender 6401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Thursday, April 5

12:30pm EDT

CONNECTS: The Hustlenomics Way: Hip-Hop Business 101
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Free and open to the public!

Join us for an interactive discussion on the business of hip-hop, its cultural influences, provocative marketing techniques and alternative distribution channels that have made it the dominant popular global music culture.

Presenter: Damola Idowu, EIC & Founder of Owners Illustrated Magazine

*Bring your own lunch

5:00pm EDT

Immigrant Entrepreneurship Panel & GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays Special Edition
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Free event open to all.

CWBC is partnering with GlobalPittsburgh, Idea Foundry and the City of Pittsburgh for a special edition of GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays for Inclusive Innovation Week 2018. The evening will feature a panel of local foreign-born entrepreneurs discussing their unique challenges and successes in starting a business in Pittsburgh. This will be followed by a networking happy hour to continue the discussion on inclusivity, entrepreneurship, and global awareness. In addition, the special guests at the happy hour will be two U.S. State Department's IVLP data privacy experts from Germany on a project Balancing Privacy And Security In The Digital Age. 

Event schedule:
  • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Immigrant Entrepreneurship Panel (panelists to be announced soon)
  • 5:45 - 8:00 pm - Happy hour with complimentary light fare; Cash bar  

Thank you to GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays sponsors Cohen & Grigsby law firm, UPMC, and April's First Thursdays Sponsor Idea Foundry

*Panel Discussion and Happy Hour is free to attend but REGISTRATION is required (space is limited!)

Thursday April 5, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Roland's Seafood Grill

6:00pm EDT

An Inclusive Path From Making to Manufacturing
Free to attend. Open to all individuals.

Pittsburgh’s robust maker scene is helping fuel the transformation of the city’s manufacturing ecosystem. During this event makers, manufacturers, and community leaders will come together to discuss the many ways makers can continue to shape the manufacturing industry. We will explore how to turn ideas into business opportunities, work through scaling challenges, and how a maker’s skill set can translate into employment opportunities.  Additionally, we will explore road blocks makers face and how community leaders can best support the city’s growing maker movement.

This event is part of Inclusive Innovation week and is co-sponsored by PantherlabWorks (part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute For Entrepreneurial Excellence) and HackPGH. The event will take place at the University of Pittsburgh's Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) maker space. Please reach out to Christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov for childcare needs.

Speakers include:
Connie Palucka - Catalyst Connection
Jessica Sinclair - Innovation Institute
Joel Johnson - BoXZY
Nisha Blackwell - Knotzland
Terri Glick - Innovation Works

Moderated by:
Chad Elish

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Chad Elish

President, HackPGH
Chad is a driving force in the maker movement. He helps facilitate making as HackPGH’s President, by producing Maker Faires across the US, and is a founder of Nation of Makers. He travels across the world to speak and grow the maker community. He’s here to aid in the movement... Read More →

Friday, April 6

6:00pm EDT

Early Learning Providers Soiree
Free and open to all!

In celebration of the Month of the Young Child early learning providers are welcomed to connect and celebrate their roles as business owners in the City of Pittsburgh. The reception will be coupled with five minute ignite talks throughout the evening. More details coming soon. 

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Shimira Wiliams

Integration Specialist, TEKStart, LLC
​I love interacting with someone a few months after a play or programming experience, and the person tells me about how they have integrated technology into their life. ​A Pittsburgh native and entrepreneur who aspires to be a catalyst in eliminating the digital divide. I've... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
NavusHouse 1515 Boyle Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15212, United States
Sunday, April 8

5:00pm EDT

How to Tell your Start-Up Story: On Art, Technology, and the Power of Personal Narrative Sunday
Free and open to the public. 

Join City Theatre, in conjunction with Innovation Works, for a networking event and panel discussion as part of Inclusive Innovation Week 2018. The Arts and Technology industries have been integrated in new ways as media and personal narrative become drivers of start-up success. This discussion will explore the power of storytelling across mediums and how past adversity can support future growth. The event is free and speakers will be announced shortly. The event will take place prior to a performance of City Theatre's production, The White Chip by Sean Daniels. Attendees will receive a discount code to attend a performance during the production run.

Panelist Include:
Emmai Alaquia, Filmmaker
Sean Daniels, Playwright
Jason Wolfe, Entrepreneur


Sunday April 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
City Theatre