Resources - CTTEC - Carnegie Mellon University

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Entrepreneur - An excellent resource on entrepreneurship from the Kauffman Foundation

Entrepreneur Magazine - The online journal for entrepreneurs

Wall Street Journal - Small Business - The small business resource center of the WSJ

Vistage - An executive leadership organization

New Enterprise Forum - Non-profit organization to link entrepreneurs with critical resources

Startup America Partnership - organization working to help young companies grow in order to create jobs in America

American Invents Act - Seminar by Mark Knedeisen from K&L Gates

Early Stage Financing

National Association fo Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC) - SBICs are privately organized and managed venture capital firms licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make equity capital or long-term loans available to small companies. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2billion to small high-tech businesses. The U.S National Science Foundation administers the SBIR.GOV site on behalf of the federal government.

Tech Transfer Community

Association of University of Technology Managers (AUTM) - Global organization of technology transfer professionals dedicated to advocacy, networking and education - open marketplace to find and source new technologies

Licensing Executive Society (LES) - A professional society comprised of over 6,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property

Bayh-Dole Act - The Bayh-Dole Act allows for the transfer of exclusive control over many government funded inventions to universities and businesses operating with federal contracts for the purpose of further development and commercialization. The contracting universities and businesses are then permitted to exclusively license the inventions to other parties. The federal government, however, retains "March-in" rights to license the invention to a third party, without the consent of the patent holder or original licensee, where it determines the invention is not being made a vailable to the public on a reasonable basis.


Innovation Works - Innovation Works plays a vital role in Southwestern PA’s technology economy. We invest capital, business expertise and other resources into high-potential companies with the greatest likelihood for regional economic impact.

Alpha Lab - AlphaLab, part of Innovation Works, provides the essential elements for startup companies to get off the ground successfully: funding, business assistance, advisors, space, and a supportive entrepreneurial community.

The Technology Collaborative - not-for-profit, member-driven, technology-based economic development organization focused on starting, attracting, and growing robotics, cyber-security and digital technology companies.

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

Idea Foundry - non-profit organization that supplies the critical ingredients for transforming an entrepreneur’s business idea into a Pennsylvania-based, fundable, start-up.

Pittsburgh Technology Council - Since 1983, the Pittsburgh Technology Council has been the principal point of connection for companies from four primary clusters of the technology industry that are represented by a critical mass of businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania including, the Advanced Manufacturing / Materials, Green Technology, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors.

Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh - Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is the region's leading networking organization for entrepreneurs. We produce the only business event series in Pittsburgh focused on the interests of entrepreneurs from all industries. Though we offer many programs, we’re especially known for Case Forums, a unique event at which regional entrepreneurs present their strategies for critique by a live audience of peers and a panel of experts.

Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association (PVCA) - founded in 1982 to catalyze venture investment and entrepreneurialism in Western Pennsylvania

PA Nano Materials Center - A worldwide leader in facilitating the commercialization of nanomaterials technologies, and builds upon Pennsylvanias excellence in advanced materials research, development and manufacturing.

Entrpreneurial Thursdays - Created by Jessica Lee, a successful entrepreneur and musician, Entrepreneurial Thursdays promotes live music in downtown Pittsburgh and assists the entrepreneurial networking of the region with funding and partnering opportunities.

TiE Pittsburgh - TiE-Pittsburgh is a not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh region. The Pittsburgh chapter was founded in 2000, and currently has 32 charter members at its core. Members of TiE-Pittsburgh have created over 10,000 jobs in the Pittsburgh region and have brought in over $600M in venture capital investment.

Wellspring Worldwide's SEED program - Wellspring Worldwide's SEED program provides support and resources for emerging and expanding companies. SEED teams engage in development projects lasting 6-8 months. The primary goal of these rapid prototype and business plan development projects is to enable entrepreneurs and inventors to make more informed decisions on the feasibility (business and technical) of entering or expanding their business in one or more markets. In many cases, the SEED program enables entrepreneurs to prototype or even launch their initial product offering. The uniqueness of the SEED program approach is that business experts and senior engineers in the commercial sector actively participate in the project rather than merely advising entrepreneurs. The SEED program provides a source of skilled and experienced professionals that complements and expands the entrepreneur's team created to commercialize a new product or service.

UPMC Technology Development Center - As health care continues to evolve with rapidly changing technology, the TDC leverages UPMC’s unique blend of health care intelligence, technology expertise and entrepreneurial drive to build collaborative opportunities with its commercial and academic partners. The TDC identifies, analyzes and develops new solutions to address health care’s greatest challenges and create the next generation of health care IT products. The TDC assesses new and existing technology investment opportunities to pursue a fresh vision for health care innovation. The center strives to make strategic investments in technology that will rectify health care’s biggest dilemma of aggregating and translating an abundance of data into actionable knowledge.

Innovation Practice Institute - The Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) trains lawyers to work with innovators and to think as innovators.  The IPI develops educational programs, including course offerings, live client opportunities, and academic symposia and conferences that build and strengthen ties between law students, the practicing bar and innovation communities across the Pittsburgh region.

C-Leveled - C-leveled helps optimize how businesses are managed by leading the outsourced Executives as a Service™ market for SMBs.

CMU Related

Project Olympus - Olympus provides start-up advice, micro-grants, incubator space and connections for Carnegie Mellon faculty and students across campus and with the regional, national and global communities

Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship - Center dedicated to entrepreneurial education, research, networking and  services for the Carnegie Mellon Community

Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT) - A National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) who’s mission is to transform lives in a large and growing segment of the population – people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability.