You have to want to be here , building mind — the collective genius of our culture on a local level and when it comes to U.S. job growth , startup companies aren’t everything. They’re the only thing. [ Dale McNutt, StartUptown and the Kauffman Foundation ]
The Fifth Avenue site has supported 17 startup groups and socially innovative organizations over the past 4 years.
On a typical Friday up to 25 work out of the site; then another 15 to 30 attend a Hack Pittsburgh collaborative
learning workshop on the groundfloor “garage.”
ALLPOINT SYSTEMS allpointsystems.com
3D made easy. Founded on robotic principles, solving problems of large scale LiDAR analysis, Allpoint Systems provides solutions for 3D data scanning and modeling — enhanced visualizing, measuring, processing, modeling and map-building from point cloud data in a fraction of the time it takes traditional methodologies.
Embedded Energy Technology embeddedenergytechnology.com
Technology that Proves Energy and Cost Savings. Our sensors are coupled with energy efficient technologies to provide data and key metrics with a focus on energy (and cost) savings. EET puts the “smart” in the Thermaxx Smart Jacket. Thermaxx is a leading provider of removable and reusable insulation jackets for industrial piping. The Smart Jacket deploys EET technology to wirelessly transmit information from each jacket to a remote monitoring station that displays, records, and analyzes the data.
A wellness company, offering better living through better sleep. It offers an innovative, personal and empowering standard of care to help people take control of their health — with the belief that successful chronic OSA management must balance both standard and behavioral therapies. The ultimate aim is to share the power of healthy sleep with the greatest number of people.
HACK PITTSBURGH hackpittsburgh.com
Maker Faire Detroit Editor’s Choice Award. Membership-driven, Hack Pittsburgh has garnered a national reputation. It’s an educational, nonprofit technology collaborative — a part of the swell of interest in do-it-yourself projects in an art-tech-friendly environment. There are now 96 known active hacker spaces worldwide, with 29 in the United States according to Hackerspaces.org.
A developer in software tools and custom software, while also providing website development, and interactive marketing. We sell and maintain Pario, a web-based rapid application development environment that is an extremely efficient tool for creating, deploying, and maintaining online database applications. Pario lets you focus on the requirements of your project and eliminates low-level tasks like coding and debugging, while still offering the flexibility of hand-coded custom software.
LECHTZER INCORPORATED lechtzer.com
Innovative sensing and optics for government and industry. The team at Lechtzer brings extensive experience to the conception, design, prototyping and testing of new techniques and instruments for commercial and governmental applications. Their particular strengths are in automated data acquisition or robotic systems, optical sensors and devices especially in the area of energy and utility related technologies.
NeoKeyStone Designs neokeystonedesigns.com
A product innovation firm focused on providing high-tech solutions to everyday problems. We incorporate an efficient product development process and vibrant brainstorming theories to solve to tough problems and create beautifully designed products. With our design methodology of efficiency, vibrancy, and beauty called Evybee we bring high quality products that everyone loves to use.
Wait where you want. The innovative restaurant wait list manages your wait list to keep customers happy during the rush. Text message guests when their table is ready. Organize walk-in, call-ahead, and reservation parties. Use multiple devices simultaneously — all iPad, iPhone and iPods sync together.
ONE WATER NATION
A project-based, non-profit development hub that provides a platform for coordinating partnerships between government, universities, private industry and non-profits to form a center of future sustainable water expertise in the Pittsburgh area. One Water Nation is an advocate for and drives broader participation in water related projects and applied research; ensuring bigger picture solutions are considered and deployed.
Dedicated to improved patient care and quality of life. As we all age, our mobility becomes limited putting us at high risk for a common preventable health problem called bedsores, which decreases our quality of life and independence. Rubitection is developing a comprehensive early bedsore detection and assessment system to prevent you or your loved ones from developing this debilitating condition.
STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
Puts you Where You Want to Be. A professional consulting firm offering expert site location, negotiation and economic development services specializing in funding strategies. With a base of private for profit, non-profit, and government clients that provides synergistic benefits to each client group, SDS conducts business in the US and worldwide. Operating under principles of ethical practice, while delivering the highest level strategic planning and implementation, we create profound value for our clients in a timely and cost effective manner.
Trinculo’s Attic (Birdbrain Labs LLC) trinculo’sattic.com
Electronics design and manufacturing services for the entertainment industry. We sell our own electronic devices, designed and manufactured in-house, as well as products from a variety of other electronics manufacturers, primarily through our online store. We also provide custom electronics and on-site electronics consulting services to theatre companies, production companies and other entertainment industry professionals.
Our previous residents(in sequence from the beginning):
Creating a better world where artists, musicians, young entrepreneurs and activists get what they deserve; whether it’s a stage, an open mind, or an opportunity. Nak provides socially innovative nonprofit event opportunities, access to corporate sponsorships, and marketing online or with on-ground street teams… all female owned, it and operates, connects, and supports the underground art, film, fashion, and music communities.
Make anything online. A platform for 3D printing that lets anyone customize products, Cloudfab helps jumpstart the new decentralized manufacturing revolution — by providing a central marketplace to connect buyers and sellers, they unleash a torrent of hidden value for everyone to create, make, and automate custom manufacturing.
CSG INTERACTIVE csginteractive.com
Interactive marketing works. CSG uses marketing common sense and user-centered design to bring brands and causes closer to users online; creating relevancy and consumer response. Web designers blend empathic messages with observation and analysis to create a highly-tuned user experience. It’s that balance of heart and mind that engages the user on every level.
Online learning tools for children. SKILL-LIFE’s game-based platform lets youth earn real-world rewards as they play cool games that teach life skills such as financial literacy, nutrition, and citizenship! The mission is to provide families fun, effective, and easily-accessible tools that increase young people’s real-world savvy.
Instant online ordering for restaurants. At the heart of Fooala is a robust transaction network that provides convergence of consumer-facing e-commerce interfaces to restaurant point-of-sale systems through a common interface. A rich social experience built on user-generated content and semantic analysis of syndicated and spidered content, Fooala local search portal is a revolutionary step forward from today’s business listings-based directories. fooala.com
Share and discover. A consumer electronics content and community site focused on helping people discover new uses and connection options for their electronic devices. Through a personal inventory of electronics and easy access to other devices and gadgets, users connect and get more out of what they already own.
Cultivates vibrant learning communities based on the idea that we all have something to teach, and that teaching and learning are intrinsically worthwhile experiences.
Career improvement. Careerimp matches job seekers to employment opportunities with greater satisfaction and intelligence. Their Resunate product revolutionizes resume submission for optimum employer response.
Coworking conversations and daily interaction…
In a highly creative, collaborative and open environment like StartUptown, the daily conversations range from:
ABSTRACT ∞ Looking at the universe of phenomena as a creative exercise in rapid prototyping — spontaneous generation
of form from universal code.
REALIZATION ∞ Understanding software as a dynamic, living process like body/mind — continuously evolving.
SURVIVAL ∞ How can the Pittsburgh angel investment community provide moderate, incremental, continuous access to funding for early stage startups — to prevent attrition and loss of strong business potential.
EDUCATION ∞ Everyone has an opinion here! Like the integration of a teaching philosophy that’s grown out of gaming. Children play again and again until they get it right — with scoring in gaming, there’s no sense of failure, only the success of progress, and the motivation to excel.
From Kauffman Foundation website, August 2, 2010
LONG LASTING ECONOMIC IMPACT, Research Series on Firm Formation and Economic Growth