Innovation Works measures success by the accomplishments of the companies we assist. In our News section, you will find the latest information about the technological advancements, groundbreaking research, and business development milestones being achieved by Our Portfolio Companies. You can also access our press releases and review stories that feature Innovation Works, the developing technology sector in Southwestern Pennsylvania and other local economic development news.

This startup requires all employees to work in a restaurant first — and it just landed $8 million from Yelp

“Yelp announced it's making an $8 million investment in Nowait and integrating Nowait's technology into the Yelp app.”

Read more in Business Insider

The Innovation Project

Small companies in our region have received additional investment in Western Pennsylvania to the tune of $1.7 billion.

Read more in Pittsburgh Magazine

Thread hires former Under Armour, American Eagle exec
Thread, the Pittsburgh startup that recycles plastic bottles from Haiti and Honduras into fabric, has hired an Under Armour vet as executive vice president.

Read the full article via Pittsburgh Business Times.

PGH Lab pilot program announces trio of winners

About 25 companies applied to the program and three winners were selected.

They are: HiberSense, which provides facility manager and property owners with micro-zone climate control; TransitSource, developer of products to address transit needs and problems; and Renerge Inc., an open flow hydro-energy system. 

Read the full article via Pittsburgh Business Times.

Simcoach uses gaming to save construction workers’ lives with Harness Hero
"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 900 deaths occur in the construction industry each year, 40 percent of which are caused by falls. The drastic number inspired Simcoach Games to decrease the risk of work-related fatalities on construction sites through gaming."

Read the full article via NextPittsburgh.

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Innovation Works values diversity in its programs and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to submit applications or business plans for consideration.

Innovation Works is the Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southwestern PA and is supported by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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