- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Day
- Session Start: June
- Session Length: Two Months
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Business/Entrepreneurship
- Sub-Categories: Finance, Design
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
- Minimum Cost: Free
Startable Pittsburgh is a free eight-week summer program that teaches students ages 16-18 entrepreneurship and maker skills. Students develop, design, prototype, build, brand, market and sell products of their own creation. Students earn a program stipend and keep all profits from the sale of their products.
Startable Pittsburgh is a free eight-week summer program that teaches students ages 16-18 entrepreneurship and maker skills. Students develop, design, prototype, build, brand, market and sell products of their own creation by partnering with local retailers. Students earn a program stipend and keep all profits from the sale of their products.
The program is a collaboration between Innovation Works, AlphaLab Gear, TechShop, and City of Play. Students get access to the resources of all of these organizations, including free membership and classes at TechShop and networking and internship opportunities with local entrepreneurs and startups.
The first few weeks of the program are an intensive boot camp. Students are exposed to business principles and are taught how to use many different pieces of equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, wood and metal working tools and much more. Students then choose products they want to create and work with mentors to develop business and manufacturing plans to bring their visions to life.
After creating rough models of their products, and soliciting feedback from potential customers to refine their ideas, students pitch their businesses for investment. Then, with investment in hand, they buy materials and use their new maker skills to manufacture their products.
Once their products are built, students launch their businesses through online channels and by networking with local retailers. The program ends with a market and pitch competition, during which students get to share what they've created with the community and compete for cash prizes.