Launchpgh is a project of the URA and PowerUp Pittsburgh, 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. PowerUp members include:

Adams Capital Management  A national venture capital firm specializing in early-stage applied technology investments.

BlueTree Allied Angels  A regional group of accredited investors who invest in regional early-stage companies.

Catalyst Connection  A manufacturing consulting group that works to advance the performance of manufacturing companies in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Center for Biotechnology, Duquesne University
Promotes the innovative development and application of biotechnology through an interdisciplinary, coordinated research effort across the University.

Center for Woman’s Entrepreneurship  Provides opportunities for women to start, develop, and grow their companies by utilizing Chatham University resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance.

City of Pittsburgh  Committed to entrepreneurship; the Mayor has been the driving force behind the PowerUp Pittsburgh Initiative.

Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University  A program of the Tepper School of Business; the Center is geared towards students leading innovation, change, and growth in start-ups, emerging companies, and mature organizations.

Draper Triangle Ventures  A national venture capital firm, provides advice, support, and financing to technology businesses with enormous market potential.

Duquesne Small Business Development Center  Offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops for small businesses and those who are thinking of starting a business in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Idea Foundry  Provides hands-on technology transfer and commercialization assistance to startups and established organizations.

Innovation Works  Invests capital, business expertise and other resources into high-potential companies with the greatest likelihood for regional economic impact.

Manchester Bidwell Corporation  A jobs training center and community arts program which gives disadvantaged students the opportunities they need for a better future.

Office of Technology Management, University of Pittsburgh  Facilitates the development of products and processes from University innovations for the benefit of the University, faculty, staff, students, the community, and humankind.

Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation  A non-profit, economic development support organization that helps to develop technology-based research centers and companies by negotiating, implementing and managing all phases of the business acceleration process.

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse  Provides capital investments and customized company formation and business growth services to our region’s life sciences enterprises.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance  Markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding; an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Pittsburgh Technology Council  A membership organization that connects companies the Advanced Manufacturing / Materials, Green Technology, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors.

Project Olympus, Carnegie Mellon University  Provides start-up advice, micro-grants, incubator space and connections for faculty and students across campus and with the regional, national and global communities.

Regional Industrial Development Corporation  Provides development, finance and leasing of new and redeveloped buildings.

Riverside Center for Innovation  An office complex that helps both start-ups and growing businesses excel.

Thrill Mill   A nonprofit organization serving as an incubator and accelerator for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Urbaninnovation21  A public-private partnership that boosts regional economic development through 21st century innovation-driven entrepreneurship.