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Resource Roundup: Here’s where to find free startup advice in Pittsburgh

Resource news report It is a look at open applications of business and job building software across the region. Want to tell us about a new program or opportunity for entrepreneurs and technologists? Email us at pittsburgh@technical.ly.


Are you looking to grow your startup on a tight budget?

The Pittsburgh tech community has plenty of free resources to get you started. While the city offers a range of accelerators and aids for college students and alumni in the area, there are also plenty of options for the general public to maintain and improve the health of startups. While this list has room for growth, there are signs that innovation paths are becoming more accessible to Pittsburgh residents of all backgrounds and education levels, providing the benefits of the technology industry’s growth to everyone.

Technical It will cover a lot of other startup geared resources in the region as part of Startup Health Month, but this free list is enough to get anyone off the ground. Additionally, don’t forget to check out our monthly website Event Reports To keep abreast of the latest developments in Pittsburgh technology.

Early stage investment firm and startup hub Innovation Works released a set of “startup recipes” in November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Included are 20 practical guides to sometimes overlooked aspects of building a business, including advice on creating a positioning statement, building a website, and collecting early customer feedback. While the guides are not a comprehensive guide to launching and growing a startup, it is a free and useful tool for checking out the finer details of a startup.

The co-working space, incubator, and entrepreneurial community provide a wide range of resources to its members and the general public alike. While only members have access to the physical space to work, there are plenty of other events and programs that Ascender offers to entrepreneurs at all levels. Most notable are the organization’s monthly workshops, which focus on financial planning, mental health, e-commerce, branding and more throughout the past year. For each topic each month, Ascender hosts webinars and publishes relevant resources. This January’s theme is “Stand Out Online,” which includes webinars, interactive workshops, and guides on website content and SEO, all of which can be found here.

The Small Business Incubator and Economic Development Agency offer programming and resources for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and industries to grow their ideas. The center’s programs include links to Diversified Business Resource CenterAnd Nice Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Keystone Central Innovation District And Collab 18. The site also provides its own resources for promoting business and maintaining business health through the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While RustBuilt Pittsburgh hosts some of its own events and programs, much of the foundation’s website is dedicated to providing a hub for resources and other activities across the Pittsburgh tech community for interested founders. By gathering news, resource links, events, job postings and more, RustBuilt Pittsburgh helps emerging and established founders find what they need from the Pittsburgh tech community. You can find all the guides and resources for Pittsburgh startups and more here.

Similar to other small business development centers hosted by universities across the country, this one in a home provides entrepreneurs in the region with information on business growth and the local economy. With resources posted for help across intellectual property, human resources, business plans, finance and management, market research strategies, and more, the center is a one-stop-shop for new founders looking to learn the basics of starting a company. Even as you reach the growth stage, these resources and other connections provided by the center can help you validate your company along the way. Also worth checking out for more resources Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

Last summer, global innovation platform OneValley launched its presence in Pittsburgh with a new innovation space in Hazelwood Green Plus an online center for local entrepreneurship and innovation. While this online platform is still in its infancy, so far it includes a message board, event flyers, and a knowledge base of resources and mentors available for communication. You can access it all for free by simply creating an account via the website, which also provides access to Amazon Web ServicesAnd ZoomAnd air table and more.


Sophie Burkholder is a member of the 2021-2022 team for Report for America, an initiative of the Groundtruth Project that brings together young journalists and local newsrooms. This position is supported by Heinz Endowments. -30-

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