5:30pm 5:30pm

Innovation Works Presents

Innovation Works Presents: AlphaLab Demo Day & New Product Introductions

Introduce you to the latest AlphaLab companies and feature new product launches from Pittsburgh's top startups. Be the first to meet the companies launching from our nationally ranked AlphaLab accelerator and check out new products created by technology companies from across our portfolio and the Pittsburgh region. You can meet the companies at their demo tables before and after the presentations.

Advanced registration is required

  • Time: Doors open at 5:30 PM, presentations begin at 6:30
  • Location: Stage AE, 400 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh's Rise as a Global Innovation City

PVCA presents: Scott Andes, fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, will discuss the Brookings report and Pittsburgh's opportunity as a global innovation city, what that means, and the hurdles that exist to keeping the city from getting there.

RSVP by Nov. 9th
Members: $55 | Non-Members: $115
Please note: Walk-ins will be charged an additional $20 on top of the member & non-member rate.


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6:15pm 6:15pm

Invest In Her Pitch Competition

The 2017 Pitch Competition is happening Thursday, October 19th.
Please join us at the BNY Mellon Innovation Center as we celebrate female entrepreneurs! The Invest in Her team read through 30 applications, conducted 14 interviews, and have identified 8 amazing businesses and women to pitch at this year’s competition.

RSVP for the 2017 Pitch Competition

The finalists span a wide range of industries and experience. We are excited to present to you the following founders and businesses, we hope that you will come out and show your support!

  • Diane Danforth, Americat Company
  • Katherine Schuler, Rolling Pepperoni
  • Theresa Baughman, FizzPop
  • Debbie Maier Jacknin, Songbird Artistry
  • Mary Jane McCullough, Global Wordsmiths
  • Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw, Elie Circle
  • Erica Peterson, Moms Can: Code
  • Laura Totin Codori, Worm Return

Event Details
Location: BNY Mellon Innovation Center, 500 Grant Street 12th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15258
Time: Doors open at 6:15 PM.
Pitches begin promptly at 7:15 PM.
All winners will be announced at the end of the night. We will have a group of esteemed judges deliberate after everyone has pitched.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

NAF Informational Session

Next Act Fund invites you to the East End for a special informational event:

Women Investing in Women: 
Learn with Like-Minded Investors of Next Act Fund
Wednesday, Oct. 18
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Marni Pastor's home: 417 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

We appreciate you joining us on Oct. 18th for wine, light refreshments, networking and an opportunity to learn about Next Act Fund. PleaseRSVP.

This informational event will feature:

  • R. Yvonne Campos, Founding CEO, Campos Inc; Founder, Women Presidents’ Organization, Pittsburgh Chapters; and Founder, Next Act Capital and Founding President of Next Act Fund
  • Plus hear from up-and-coming entrepreneurs as they pitch their companies!


Join the investors and team behind Next Act Fund on October 18th to learn more about the organization and how you can flex your financial muscle and get involved!

Next Act Fund LLC is expanding opportunities for women to be involved in the angel investment community to grow our personal wealth and to impact the economic engine of our region, while diversifying our personal investments into new businesses.

Please join us at Next Act Fund's upcoming Informational Session, hosted by Kim Strohm and Natalie Bozzone at the Laurie Ann West Community Center in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 26th, to learn more about becoming a force in building and supporting women entrepreneurs using our own dollars. Our program will include an overview of the Next Act Fund LLC and its operating principles and requirements, as well as a review of core investment principles, and we'll hear from a few entrepreneurs who are seeking investors.  

Have a friend who you think might be interested? We welcome you to bring her (or him!) along.

Be part of a group of like-minded women (and a few men) who not only want to invest in start-ups, but specifically want to target women-owned or led start-ups and to generate significant return on investment. Become part of women investing in women!

Can't make it on Oct. 18? We welcome guests at our monthly Member Meetings throughout 2017- click here to sign up!



Wednesday, Oct. 18
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Presentations and Reception

Marni Pastor's home
417 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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8:00am 8:00am

Founder Wellness

A group of founders and professionals will discuss work-life balance, separating yourself from your work, dealing with depression, anxiety, and ways to manage all the demands.

A 30-minute yoga session will follow the panel discussion.

The panel will include:
Startup founders, business executives, and healthcare professionals.

Ashley Hayward, Innovation Works Associate EIR

Time | Date | Location
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Breakfast & Panel 8:00 - 9:30 AM
Yoga 9:45 - 10:15 AM

Innovation Works
Nova Tower 2
Two Allegheny Center | Ste. 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Click here to Register for the event.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

NAF Informational Meeting

We appreciate you joining us on the 26th for wine, light refreshments, networking and an opportunity to learn about Next Act Fund (members are encouraged to bring a friend/potential investor!). Please RSVP by Sept. 25th.

Laurie Ann West Community Center
1220 Powers Run Road, Pittsburgh 15238

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