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The 7 most active seed investors in the US


Innovation Works ranks first on the list of the top 7 investors in US-based seed rounds since the start of January.

Read more in PitchBook

Some take a chance — with their wallets — on startups

This is a story about “how Birchmere took a chance with drone company, Identified Technologies Corp., and the value of personal relationships to succeed in Pittsburgh’s startup world.”

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why Middle America Can Be Better for Entrepreneurs Than Silicon Valley

"Some of the fastest growing companies and best opportunities are unfolding in the area between the two coasts. Pittsburgh tops the list because what's happening there best reflects the growth and acceleration of a more supportive climate for entrepreneurs throughout our nation."

Read more in Inc.

So you want to pitch at a tech competition in Pittsburgh? Here are some experts’ tips

Sanah Gaspard's pitch beat pitches from six other finalists during the Mid-Altantic Regional contest for the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup. The CEO and founder of Rubitection, won $3,000 and a one-year license for software program SOILDWORKS and qualified for the national competition in Pittsburgh on April 19, where she has a shot at $50,000 in investment funds.

Read more in The Incline

In Pittsburgh, Amazon relies on machines to translate a global market

“uTranslated connects high-quality and fiercely vetted translators with clients needing to take complicated, sensitive or important text from one language to another.  They are able to cut out translation agencies along with their fees while connecting clients directly with translators, cutting costs and increasing pay to translators.”

Read more in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review


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