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Signature Events

EnterPrize Business Plan Competition

Enhance Your Enterprize.

As part of the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition, these workshops reward the entrepreneurial spirit with best practice advice to help those with innovative, growth-oriented business ideas.

You do not have to be a participant in the competition to attend these events.


2014 Made in PA EXPO All-Access Pass

Monday, April 21, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146

This 3-Day Pass includes all events surrounding the Made in PA EXPO April 21-23. This pass provides access to the exhibitor floor, Legislative Reception, select supplier forums and the Made in PA Breakfast featuring Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Supplier Forums: These sessions are a "how to do business" with the presenting company. If you're interested in exploring selling opportunities to any of the below companies, you need to attend!



4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Legislative Reception on Floor sponsored by AT&T


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Open Floor
10:00 a.m. PennDOT Supplier Forum
2:00 p.m. Hewlett-Packard Company


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. — MADE in PA EXPO Breakfast featuring Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — Open Floor
12:30 p.m. — AlphaLab GEAR Supplier Forum

More information on the Made in PA EXPO can be found on the Made in PA event site here: http://www.pghtech.org/events/made-in-pa.aspx

*One-Day Passes are not available for this event. Student and group rates available- please contact events@pghtech.org for more information.

$99 Member
$99 Non-Member

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Selling Your Ideas to the C-Suite: Part II

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Dr, Suite 100 ( 1st Floor, Resource Room), Pittsburgh 15219

Building on Greg Babe’s presentation, Don Moyer, founding partner of ThoughtForm Design, will give a workshop on Storytelling and Selling Innovation. This will give the tactical detail in planning and constructing a compelling story for your ideas. ThoughtForm Design works in the area where strategy meets design to turn fuzzy ideas, challenges and design into clear, meaningful, and actionable messages and experiences for workers and customers.

$99 Member
$99 Non-Member

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Winning the Talent War: Successful Cultures

Thursday, April 24, 2014

7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown, One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh PA 15219

The technology sector is a challenging place to find the people you need to take your products or services to the next level. Competition is fierce for developers, designers, engineers, and knowledge workers of all types. How is your company attracting these people? More importantly, how are they retaining them? The companies on this panel discussion have been selected because they have taken the right steps to make their corporate culture one that top talent seeks out. They will make the case that the only way to attract the best and maintain the best is to have a top-notch culture. Winning the talent war is not done unless you have a strategy to win the culture war first!

Moderated by: Sharon Boslet, Senior Consultant, Towers Watson Organizational Surveys and Insights


• American Eagle: Kristin Chericho: Manager of Recruiting
• Branding Brand: Rachel Hardie, Brander
• Mylan: Gretchen Dimeling, Business Analysis Manager, IT
• Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation: Rick Wellock, Director of Organizational Transformation
• Truly Accomplished: Elissa Ashwood, CEO

Sponsored by: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney | Lincoln Financial | Synergy Staffing

$45 Member
$175 Non-Member

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CIO Insights: Retail CIO Panel

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 W. Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Technology drives the ever-competitive world of retail. Get insights from some of Pittsburgh's top retail CIOs, including Paul Yater of GNC, Anuj Dhanda of Giant Eagle and Jim Wenner of Sheetz.

These CIOs will discuss technology solutions they have invested in; challenges specific to this space; recent IT implementations; and solutions they are considering for the future. BusinessForward Founder and Managing Director John Huckle will moderate the panel discussion. Discover the tech-specific challenges and opportunities throughout the retail world.

7:15am Registration & Networking
7:50am Breakfast
8:00am Program
8:45am Q&A
9:15am Adjourn

Main Sponsor: All Lines Technology | Comcast Business

Supporting Sponsors: Apptio | CGI | Mastech | UPMC Technology Development Center

$45 Member
$175 Non-Member

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Hire UP Technology Recruiting Event

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Highmark Stadium, 510 West Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Looking for technology talent? The Pittsburgh Technology Council presents Hire Up, your #1 one place to find technology talent from across the Pittsburgh region. The Council is committed to helping technology companies and technology job seekers connect through these job-fair style events, which typically draw over 300 experienced job seekers who are looking for information technology, engineering, manufacturing, and science-related careers. Light refreshments are included.

Included with the purchase of your Exhibitor Registration are 2 additional tickets, "Company Attendees" online, which can be done online during registration by selecting "Register a Group" when prompted at the start of registration.

Job Seekers:Please REGISTER NOW @ http://www.eventbrite.com/o/pittsburgh-technology-council-6223107943?s=23072097

Companies Currently Scheduled to attend:
Armstrong Group of Companies
Automated Health Systems
Ascent Data LLC
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Branding Brand
Compunetix, Inc.
Cynergies Solutions Group
Data Science Automation
DQE Communications, LLC
eV Products, Inc.
Expedient Data Centers
IDI Consulting LLC
Innovative Systems, Inc.
Kforce Inc.
LANtek Computer Services
Lucas Systems, Inc.
Newton Consulting
Orthos Enterprises
Oxford Solutions
PS Solutions
Ricoh USA
SDLC Partners
Straightforward Consulting
The Callos Companies
The Resumator
Winchester Thurston School

$299 Member
$499 Non-Member

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Angel Resource Institute Series

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a four-part Angel Resource Institute (ARI) series geared for entrepreneurs, funders, and everyone in between. Topics will cover: financing a high-impact venture, early exits, pitching to investor, and trends in raising capital. Each event will be presented in a half-day workshop based on research provided by the Kauffman Foundation.

ARI programs are part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Power of Angel Investing series of seminars and workshop. Programs are also delivered by ARI's renowned faculty of certified lead instructors, all of whom have 10-plus years of angel investment and entrepreneurial leadership experience. The real value of ARI's content comes from the Kauffman Foundation and the collective experience and best practices of thousands of individual investors and angel investment groups.

Main Sponsors:
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | BDO

Supporting Sponsor:

April 30, 2014
How to Finance a High-Impact Venture
BDO, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This workshop is a must-attend event for any emerging or existing company who knows that understanding the scope of financing available to them is key to success. This workshop will use best practices and data to examine how to finance a startup business, including:
- An introduction to startup capital requirements and stages of development
- Examining investment opportunities – lender vs. investors
- Exit strategies and options
- Capital sources for entrepreneurs – angel investors vs. venture capitalists
- Business plans for startups
- What is a fundable company?
- How to surround yourself with great advisors

May 30, 2014
Early Exits
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, 301 Grant Street, 20th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

This workshop presents a strategy for startup investors and entrepreneurs to build new ventures, prove business models and exit companies in two to three years without the need for multi-million-dollar investments. Based on Basil Peters book, "Early Exits," this is a perfect fit for the entrepreneurial environment which can be characterized as follows:
- The traditional venture capital model may not be working. It has become much more difficult to raise expansion funding of $5 million and more.
- Corporate America is loaded with cash and is choosing to acquire small companies in lieu of expanded internal R&D. The sweet spot for many large U.S. companies is $15 to $30 million -- selling prices of great interest to entrepreneurs and angels, but not generally to traditional VCs.
- Building companies with a valuation of $15 million or more takes much less time with lower risk than building companies with valuation of $150 million, the average VC exit in the past few years.

June 30, 2014
Pitching to Investors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, 301 Grant Street, 20th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

This unique workshop uses research, data and proven best practices to teach the key fundamentals you need to gain and maintain the attention of early stage investors. This half-day workshop covers the following topics:
- Odds of getting capital
- Why you must be great
- Be prepared for the demands of the capital-raising process
- Capital raising documents: elevator pitch, executive summary, business plan
- General principles for presentations
- Common mistakes in pitching
- How to give an effective pitch

July 30, 2014
Trends in Raising Capital
BDO, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Back by popular demand! Whether you are an entrepreneur or early stage investor, a strong understanding of the latest trends in the world of early stage equity investing can help ensure that your next deal is a good one. This workshop will present the latest trends in angel investing and venture capital. It will cover best practices for:
- Analyzing the capital raising environment
- Meeting investor expectations
- Valuation methodologies
- Term sheet mechanics
- Deal structuring

Trends in Raising Capital includes unique survey data from The Halo Report and ACA member angel groups.

Cost per event: $99 Member/$249 Non-Member

$99 Member
$249 Non-Member

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May 2014 Membership Meet & Greet

Monday, May 05, 2014

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Dr, Suite 100 ( 1st Floor, Resource Room), Pittsburgh 15219

Membership Meet and Greet: All New and Renewing Members Welcome!

Join us for our monthly membership meet and greet! This event provides an opportunity for members to learn more about our current offerings and meet our staff. You will be able to introduce yourself and give a 30 second pitch about your company. Learn more about utilizing special discounts, benefits and services available only to Council members.

Seating is limited for this event, please register soon! This event is open only to members in good standing.

Sponsored by SBC Foods

Free of charge, please register to attend.

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Creative Clash May Networking Night at Wood Street Galleries

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for a special Creative Clash Networking Night at the Wood Street Galleries in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Part of DATA 2014, Pittsburgh’s International Creative Technologies Summit, don't miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, designers, techies and innovators from all around the country!

Set at one of Pittsburgh’s coolest art and technology spaces, Wood Street Galleries, guests will get to experience two international art and tech installations in the exhibition Electrified, works by Alexandre Burton and Edwin van der Heide. The exhibition is an homage to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in electricity, x-rays and wireless communication. Both installations are North American premieres.

The event also features the magic of Pittsburgh’s hottest young entertainer, Collin Stover, and music by special guest, Scott Imblum.

5:00 – 5:30 pm : Registration & Networking
5:30 – 7:00 pm: Welcome from the Partners, Refreshments, Exhibit Experience, Networking

The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is part of the Art & Technology Initiative, which was formed in 2008 in an effort to unite and cultivate the creative and technology communities in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates Wood Street Galleries, which features multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world. Located above the T-Station at Wood Street and Sixth Avenue, Wood Street Galleries also houses the Trust's shared office space program which provides a home and tools for small arts organizations.

Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed

Find out more about DATA 2014 at http://www.design-art-tech.com/

$35 Member
$35 Non-Member

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DATA 2014: The Design, Art and Technology Awards, Interactive Exhibition and Creative Technologies Summit

Thursday, May 08, 2014

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Taking place May 7-8, 2014, DATA 2014 is a national celebration of creative technologies in Pittsburgh, PA.

Founded at the intersection of Design, Art and Technology, this two-day event is an opportunity to engage with folks around the country on the newest trends in creativity and innovation. DATA is an event like no other — a mash-up of networking, interactivity and new ideas — showcasing the year’s most innovative art and technology projects, experiments and achievements.

Kick-off festivities begin with a Creative Clash! At the Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh’s coolest art and technology space, featuring new media artists from around the globe. With the backdrop of two installations, “Electrified,” by artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton, the Creative Clash event is a mixer for the Creative Technology Network, celebrating the intersections art, business and technology. Cultural District activities, including a visit to Pittsburgh’s illustrious Toonseum, follow the event.

The DATA conference brings together artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, innovation leaders, students and regular ole folk to be inspired by each other, discover new opportunities, and find out what's next. Topics span the creative tech gamut, including design, gaming, film & television, robotics, mobile applications, education, edutainment, new media advertising, industrial design, architecture, animation, social networks, music, fine art, and much more. This day-long think tank is packed full of workshops, panels and talks on the newest and most exciting innovations and ideas!

An array of the year’s newest debuts in Creative Technology will be exhibited on Thursday, May 8 at the DATA Interactive Exhibition. Over 50 DATA Award finalists will be demo-ing their latest creations and innovations for DATA guests and participants!

This annual gala and awards ceremony is one of the signature art and technology events around. Each year, the Creative Technology Network honors the best and brightest creative tech innovators with a party like no other! Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Penelope Trunk. Meet the makers of some of the coolest new art and tech at the Interactive Exhibition. Eat, drink and make friends all night long to a backdrop of artwork, tech, live music, and mixing-and-mingling with all the people you want to know.

Willo O’Brien: Opening Keynote, Thursday, May 8 9am
Entrepreneur and co-founder of the YXYY unconference.
Penelope Trunk: Gala Keynote, Thursday May 8 6pm
International career guru, entrepreneur and blogger.

When: May 7-8, 2014
Full Agenda, including Conference Presenters and more can be found here: www.design-art-tech.com and at http://www.techburgher.com/breaking-news/data2014.

What’s Happening:
May 7: Pre-summit activities starting at 5pm
May 8: Creative Technology Summit / Interactive Exhibition / Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala
   9am-5pm: Creative Technologies Summit: Workshops, Talks, Activities + Performances
   6-7pm: DATA 2014 Keynote: Penelope Trunk
   7-8pm: Cocktail Reception and the DATA Interactive Exhibition
   8pm: The Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala

All-Access Pass: Includes Pre-summit activities*, Conference and DATA Gala $199 per person
Conference only $99
DATA Gala only $99
*All-Access Pass Holders only

All DATA event finalists and presenters receive special registration packages. Contact events@pghtech.org for full details after March 15.

Traveling to Pittsburgh? Check back soon for details on special hotel deals in walking distance from the event in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
DATA Main Event Sponsor: Buchanan Ingersoll
DATA Supporting Sponsors: AdvizeX | C-Leveled | Pitt Innovation Institute | Print Tech
DATA Kickoff Sponsor: United Kingdom Trade and Investment
DATA Event Partners: Kessler Studios | The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust | Wrecking Crew Media | Collin Stover Magic | Visit Pittsburgh | PrintTech
DATA Media Partner: Best Web Design Agencies | Kurt Sahlmann Productions
Network Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Network Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed
The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Start the party now at #PTCDATA.
Visit www.design-art-tech.com for full details, finalists and to get involved!

$199 Member
$199 Non-Member

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Explore the Floor @ American Textile

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

8:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: 10 N. Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110

Take an exclusive tour of the region’s most innovative sleep solutions company. For 80 years, American Textile Co., has been manufacturing quality mattresses, pillow protectors, bed pillows, and mattress pads to retails large and small. Attendees will tour the manufacturing facility and meet with key staff to discuss their process and best practices.

8:15 - Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 - Program
9:30 – Tour
10:30 – Adjournment

TriMech | Zoltun Design

$45 Member
$175 Non-Member

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Entrepreneur Happy Hour Networking Event

Thursday, May 15, 2014

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Jerome Bettis Grille 36, 393 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Join the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Pittsburgh Technology Council for an Entrepreneur Happy Hour at the Bettis Grille! Enjoy food, drink, and the company of fellow local entrepreneurs. Admission and appetizers are included. Cash bar.

No charge for admission, but please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurtech-happy-hour-tickets-11284643673.

Free of charge, please register to attend.

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Venture In: Union Square Ventures

Friday, May 16, 2014

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Dr, Suite 100 ( 1st Floor, Resource Room), Pittsburgh 15219

Join us as we host a member of Union Square Ventures’s Investment Team to discuss their current investment strategy, portfolio companies, Pittsburgh investment, and fund. Union Square Ventures is a venture capital firm based in New York City. They are a small collegial partnership that manages $1B across six funds. Their portfolio companies create services that have the potential to fundamentally transform important markets.

Friday, May 16, 2014
Pittsburgh Technology Council Resource Room, 2000 Technology Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Main Sponsors: Morgan Lewis | BDO

Supporting Sponsors: URA | UPMC Technology Development Center

$45 Member
$175 Non-Member

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Internet of Things Innovation Workshop

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 1st Flr. Resource Room, 2000 Technology Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

PTC and 113 Industries bring to you a full-day workshop on developing your Internet of Things Device Strategy. Internet of Things is estimated to be a $14.4 trillion dollar industry in the next decade. Smart devices, Ubiquitous Connectivity, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Mobile Computing and Moore’s Law are some of the forces that are driving this industry forward. Early adopters of this technological advantage are industries such as manufacturing, financial services, and retail. It is time for your company to make this technical breakthrough a part of your corporate strategy. This event will help your company understand where this technology is headed and how you can capitalize on the boom that is coming in the very near future!

Join us for the full day training session where we will demystify Internet of Things.

8.00 - 8.15 Registration
8:15am - 9:30am - What is Internet of Things
9.30am - 12:00pm - What roles do Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Mobile Computing play in Internet of Things
12:00pm - 1pm - Lunch
1pm - 2.30pm - Hardware design attributes of devices that will be called Smart Devices
2.30 - 3.30pm - Software design attributes of Smart Devices.
3.30pm - 3.45pm - Coffee
3.45pm - 5pm - Developing your Internet of Things Strategy - Team, Budget, Idea, Implementation

Who should attend?
• Senior Management teams of R&D
• Head of Innovation
• Product Development

Lead Trainer - Razi Imam

Razi Imam is an accomplished award winning innovator, entrepreneur, and author. He has experience and knowledge of successfully innovating products and services, launching them in competitive markets, and building world-class high-performance teams. He has founded 113 Industries that focuses on helping Fortune 500s innovate breakthrough products based on identifying the unarticulated needs of their consumers.

In recognition of his entrepreneurial success, Carnegie Science Foundation has presented Razi with their prestigious award honoring Innovation in Science and Technology.

He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University since January 2012, and teaches "Innovation and Commercialization” at the Tepper School of Business.

Additional Speakers:
We will have speakers from companies that would represent all parts of Internet of Things: Smart Devices, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Big Data and Hardware/Software design.

$399 Member
$399 Non-Member

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CIO Insights: School District CIO Panel

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

7:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Location: The Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, One Oxford Centre, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Get the ABCs of school district IT needs and trends at CIO Insights. Join Mary Beth Wiseman from Elizabeth Forward School District, Mark Campbell from Pittsburgh Public School District, Scott Hand from Fox Chapel Area School District, and Matt Friedman from Mars Area School District to learn about their latest IT implementations, current needs, and unique challenge as IT purchasers for regional schools. Linda Hippert, Executive Director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will moderate this stellar panel.

7:15am Registration & Networking
7:50am Breakfast
8:00am Program
8:45am Q&A
9:15am Adjourn

Main Sponsor
Comcast Business

Supporting Sponsors
Rough Stone Software
UPMC Technology Development Center

$45 Member
$175 Non-Member

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Disruptive Marketing: The Hottest Technology Trends for Growing Your Business

Friday, June 06, 2014

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation and the American Marketing Association for a conversation on the newest emerging marketing strategies and technologies. Find out what leading innovators have to say about the changing landscape of marketing as we know it, and learn how what your company needs to do maximize growth and opportunity.

• Today’s Experiment, Tomorrows Standard
• How Multi-Media Storytelling Changes Advertising
• Beyond Big Data
• Diversity in Content Creators
• Brand Lift: The New Frontiers
• Aesthetics Voids in Disruptive Technologies
• The Pittsburgh Landscape

11:00am Registration
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch and Panel Discussion
12:30-1:00pm Q&A

Opening Remarks by Terri Deasy, American Marketing Association

Rob Deaner, President, Market Street Sound and Chairman of the Board, Pittsburgh Advertising Federation

Shian-Li McGuire, Director of Brand Marketing, Dick’s Sporting Goods
Rick Gardinier, Chief Digital Officer, BRUNNER/BHiveLab
Brian Bronaugh, President, Mullen
Teresa Hammond, Director of Marketing and Brand Experience, 4Moms
Chris Pointon, Senior Vice President of Marketing Technology, MARC USA

PTC/ADFED/AMA members, $55
Non-Members, $85
Student, $25

Contact Lindsey at lbradley@pghtech.org if you are an ADFED or AMA Member or Student to ensure you get the event rate.

The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation
The American Marketing Association

Sponsors: Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed

The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

$55 Member
$85 Non-Member

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DIY SEO: Get Your Company Front and Center on the Web

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Dr, Suite 100 ( 1st Floor, Resource Room), Pittsburgh 15219

Learn for yourself Search Engine Optimization best practices, and the tricks to get your site in front of more people – and the right people. This workshop will leave you with at least 3 actionable items to implement IMMEDIATELY that will positively affect your online visibility. Space is limited for this event- register today!

Topics include:
• Search Engines 101
• Keyword Choice + Placement
• Site Architecture
• Link Building for Business
• Attracting Traffic
• Social Media and SEO
• Local SEO

The all-day class will be taught be LunaMetrics. They are a Pittsburgh Internet consultancy, but are one of only 56 Google Analytics Certified Partners in the US (they’re the only one in Pittsburgh.)

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Please email events@pghtech.org if you have any special dietary requirements.

Sponsors: Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed

The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

$399 Member
$399 Non-Member

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Solving the Business Problems that Hinder Successful SharePoint Deployments

Thursday, July 24, 2014

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Dr, Suite 100 ( 1st Floor, Resource Room), Pittsburgh 15219

In this informative session, Bill English, the CEO of Mindsharp and with 11 years as a SharePoint MVP, will discuss the core business issues that negatively affect most SharePoint deployments. His core thesis is that SharePoint will surface business dysfunction, but that dysfunction will be seen as a technical problem, not a business problem.

In the morning session, Bill will discuss his Business Reference Architecture and how culture and process dysfuctions surface at each layer of the architecture. Then, he will discuss how to manage yourself in the midst of the dysfunction, connect SharePoint deployments to Governance, Risk and Compliance, then go over a proven framework for user adoption based on diffusion theory.

In the afternoon session, Bill will discuss how to create an information architecture in SharePoint and then do some extended demonstrations on how you can get more ROI from your information by leveraging the core ECM technologies in SharePoint. This will be an informative and interesting day of education. You don’t want to miss it!

Please plan to join us after this training for our annual SummerSlam networking event at Hofbrauhaus! Separate registration will open soon.

$399 Member
$399 Non-Member

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About the Competition

Multiple Opportunities to Distinguish Yourself

EnterPrize is your chance to develop an impressive business plan with the help of distinguished professionals. Through the competition’s workshops you’ll network with potential partners and investors. As a participant, you’ll compete in either the new business or existing business category, and you’ll have multiple opportunities to stand out because winners are selected during each phase of the competition.

Phase I: Business Concept

Three businesses in each category will win cash prizes for developing an executive summary that:
  • Defines customer value
  • Estimates market size
  • Selects target audience
  • Determines feasibility
  • Predicts profitability
  • Generates business leads
New Business Category Winners:

EcoSoft | JoinSources LLC | iDelphi

Existing Business Category Winners:

Bossa Nova Concepts | ClearChoice Energy

Phase II: Business Plan Components

Two businesses in each category will win cash prizes for expanding their business plans by:
  • Examining the components of a successful plan
  • Understanding what investors seek
  • Focusing on the final product
  • Working with a coach
New Business Category Winners:

JoinSources LLC | TuitionChoice

Existing Business Category Winners:

Bossa Nova Concepts

Phase III: Business Plan Details

One business in each category business will win cash prizes for finalizing its business plan with:
  • Market, competition and sales information
  • Product or service features
  • Implementation schedules
  • Financing requirements
New Business Category Winners:


Existing Business Category Winners:

Bossa Nova Concepts

In 2007, the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition awarded more than $80,000 in cash prizes.

Participants Guide:

An Entrepreneur’s Instruction Book for Starting a New Business

As a Participant in the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition, you’ll receive a manual that details the contents, scope and structure of a business plan along with the expectations investors have when reading one. It also contains essential information on the competition and provides valuable pointers on starting a company.

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll learn about a quality business plan:

Executive Summary

The executive summary is an independent element of the business plan that investors look at first. The summary isn’t intended to make them invest in your project, but it can convince them not to if critical elements aren’t covered. You’ll be given details on how to include these key elements that answer any potential investors questions.

Business System and Organization

The business system model maps out necessary activities that prepare and deliver a final product to a customer. When you participate, you’ll learn that devising a business system is the best way to understand a company’s business activities.

Market and Competition

Knowing your market and competition is essential to success. As an EnterPrize participant, you’ll learn where to obtain data that helps you make well-founded conclusions and sound estimates that support your market hypotheses. Additionally, you’ll get information on market segmentation that enables you to reach your appropriate customers.

Marketing and Sales

A well-conceived business concept includes a well-planned marketing and sales strategy. EnterPrize provides you with a skeleton framework of “The Four Ps” — product, price, placement and promotion — with information on customer needs, penetration and skimming strategies, distribution channel advice and communications pointers.

Financial Planning and Financing

Financial planning helps you evaluate your business concept’s profitability and financing opportunities. The Participants Guide contains sample tables that explain how to conduct liquidity planning, develop income statements and create balance sheets.



Be Part of an Exceptional Program

Since our pilot year in 1999, EnterPrize has:

  • Awarded more than $750,000 in prize money
  • Helped more than 1,000 individuals in almost 800 teams get closer to their startup goals through participation
  • Provided 180 teams with coaching from 100 business specialists
  • Delivered 70 educational sessions to more than 1,000 participants
Previous Standouts and Winners:
  • ALung Technologies, Inc.
  • Apangea Learning Inc.
  • Arthritis Imaging
  • Carnegie Speech Company
  • Cepstral, LLC
  • CollegeProwler Inc.
  • EADevices Inc.
  • Falcon Genomics, Inc.
  • HarvestGold
  • Identifi Technologies, Inc.
  • InspectTech
  • LogicLibrary, Inc.
  • medSage Technologies, LLC
  • Mobile Media Ventures, LLC (MMV)
  • MoGoes
  • NeuroBank, Inc.
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Citizens Bank

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $160 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,600 branches, more than 3,500 ATMs and more than 24,000 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).

Citizens Bank's national lending specialties include leasing and asset-based lending, cash management, international banking, equipment leasing, automobile dealer financial services, investment management, mutual fund and insurance brokerage.

Commercial banking is a priority for Citizens Bank. We take pride in delivering the kind of personal attention and superior service you look for in a bank. Our primary focus is helping you reach your strategic goals. Citizens offers a full array of products and services tailored to meet the needs of companies of all sizes operating in the local, national or global marketplace. We distinguish ourselves by local decision-making, flexibility and responsiveness, and are committed to building lasting relationships. We'll take the time to know your business, understand your marketplace and work with you one-on-one to help your company prosper. At Citizens Bank, you'll also find that our hours aren't typical banking hours. We'll meet with you whenever your schedule demands. It all adds up to a level of service and responsiveness that sets us apart.

Comcast Business Class

Comcast Corporation is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.2 million cable customers, 11.5 million high-speed Internet customers, and 2.5 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One , four regional Comcast SportsNets and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business . Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

Comcast’s Three Rivers Region serves 850,000 customers in four states, including Southwestern Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland. The region employs approximately 2,400 professionals and has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the best top ten large companies to work and by the Pittsburgh Business Times for two consecutive years as one of the “50 Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania.

Idea Foundry

Idea Foundry supplies the critical ingredients to transform an entrepreneur's business idea into a fundable startup. They bridge the gap of business skills, knowledge, funding and relationships by providing: Skills and knowledge- experienced mentors, a structured process and tools to help develop your business model. Funding - financial support to pay the bills while you concentrate on building your startup and access to capital to take you to the next level. Relationships - a network of technical, commercial and financial resources to assist you now and in the future.

Innovation Works

Innovation Works (IW) strives to increase the success rate of the region’s technology companies by providing business expertise, direct investment and hands-on support. As part of a collaborative network of organizations, including angel networks, venture capitalists, foundations, and public agencies, IW is working to create a vibrant community of innovative companies in southwestern Pennsylvania that will enable our region to succeed in the global economy. To carry out its mission and vision, IW provides a variety of programs and services for stakeholders in the region, including the Innovation Investment Fund, Innovation Adoption Grant, and University Adoption Grant.

KFMR Katz Ferraro McMurtry, P.C.

Since 1989, KFMR Katz Ferraro McMurtry, P.C. has worked with technology, life science, and early-stage companies in providing accounting, tax and consulting services from start-up through growth. In fact, KFMR worked with the first technology transfer company from CMU from its inception in 1989 until it was sold in 1994. Through our experience, we have learned that as much as these companies share common opportunities and challenges, they are equally distinct with their own unique characteristics - making it difficult, if not impossible, to compare or benchmark companies with one another. As a result of our work with numerous early-stage companies, we’ve experienced and mastered the common matters, while having the vision and prowess to navigate the uncharted waters, seeing companies through to the profitable stage and beyond.

With a seasoned, highly credentialed and diversified talent base, we are able to provide a broad scope of services such as audit and accounting services; budgeting, forecasts and projections; due diligence; strategic tax planning and compliance services; strategic business planning; accounting software systems; assistance with debt and equity financing; financial system design and implementation; business valuation services; general business consulting; transaction advisory services; and CFO/Controller services.

In addition to our knowledge, ability and resources, our clients know us for the responsiveness and care we demonstrate – not just in the engagements that we perform – but in the relationships which we establish. Our objective is to learn and understand the issues that affect your business so that we can assist with your needs as well as look beyond the books to help you improve your overall business and financial position.

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) provides capital investments and customized company formation and business growth services to our region’s life sciences enterprises. We support biosciences companies with promising innovations in the following concentrations: Biotechnology Tools, Diagnostics, Healthcare IT, Medical Devices, and Therapeutics.

R.P. Simmons Family Foundation

Established in 1987, the R.P. Simmons Family Foundation primarily supports arts organizations and education in southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation recently has provided funding to the Pittsburgh Symphony Society, Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Community Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Sewickley Academy, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation and Pittsburgh Public Theater.


Frequently Asked Questions

Find Your Way Through The Crowd
Q: How long is the competition?
A: Workshops are scheduled from January to June 2008. The Final Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 23.
Q: How do I enter the competition?
A: Go to Registration to download an application. Eligibility will be determined based on the information in Part Four of your application.
Q: When should I enter the competition?
A: While you may enter the competition at any time, we recommend that you enter early to take advantage of all of the workshops and resources that EnterPrize has to offer.
Q: How do I know if I am eligible to compete?
A: If you are a technology entrepreneur with a good idea that you want to build into a high-growth business, you should compete in the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition.
Q: Can I participate with more than one plan?
A: We strongly recommend that you participate with only one plan. You should keep in mind that winning plans are well developed and thoroughly prepared to take to market. However, we do allow multiple plans to be submitted as long as each plan is registered as a separate participating team.
Q: Can I participate if I don't have a business idea?
A: Sure you can! Sometimes the best business ideas come from interacting with other entrepreneurs. You may register to attend individual EnterPrize workshops that suit your needs.
Q: Is my idea legally protected during EnterPrize?
A: As employees of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, EnterPrize staff members are bound by the Council's confidentiality agreements. Some judges and coaches sign non-disclosure agreements prior to the competition, but the majority of them will not because it inhibits their ability to invest in a variety of businesses and can create false expectations for entrepreneurs. Keep in mind that the significant damage to a professional reputation that results from abusing the privilege of reading your plan is the primary reason judges and coaches do not discuss plans outside of our proceedings. The best protection of your intellectual property is speed to market, and we encourage you to bring your ideas to market at the earliest opportunity to ensure success in your business.
Q: What are the submission deadlines, and how do I submit?
A: Phase I Plans Due: Monday, March 17 Phase II Plans Due: Monday, April 28
Phase III Plans Due: Monday, June 2

Plans are due by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline days to be considered for the respective phases of the competition. We prefer that you submit your plan as a PDF file to enterprize@pghtech.org. Faxes will not be accepted. If hard copies must be submitted, three unbound copies of the business plan and six unbound copies of the executive summary must be delivered to the Council offices by the above stated deadlines.
Q: Do you have examples of good business plans?
A: There is a sample business plan in the Participants Guide, which you receive after entering the competition.
Q: Who are the coaches, and how do I reach them?
A: Coaches are experienced entrepreneurs who volunteer their time to help competitors through the business planning process. The EnterPrize staff assigns coaches during Phase II of the competition, and you will be given their contact information at that time.
Q: Who are the judges?
A: Judges are professional investors or individuals who have founded companies themselves. A panel of judges evaluates all submitted plans.
Q: What are the judging criteria?
A: The EnterPrize Business Plan Competition Participant Guide includes detailed information on the judging criteria for each phase's submission. In general, competitors in the new business category are judged on the quality of their business ideas and potential for growth. Existing businesses are judged on the strength of their business models and evidence of high-growth strategies.
Q: What are the residency requirements associated with EnterPrize?
A: To compete in EnterPrize, all participating teams must include one or more residents or current full-time students of southwestern Pennsylvania, which is Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Get Involved. For more information on the ERC, contact Melissa Ungar, Director, Entrepreneurial Programs, at 412.918.4292.