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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

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.

Profile: Hahna Alexander CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, SOLEPOWER

SolePower makes wearable, kinetic chargers with insoles that fit into shoes and can power phones, wearables, GPS sensors and lights using nothing more than human motion.

Read the full profile via Crain's Pittsburgh.

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