Pittsburgh Native Named Western Pennsylvania Young Entrepreneur of the Year-Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pittsburgh Native Named Western Pennsylvania Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Kelly Collier, CEO of ActivAided Orthotics, has been given the honor of being named 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Western Pennsylvania Small Business Administration (SBA). To celebrate this revered milestone in Ms. Collier’s career, the SBA will be hosting a commemoratory event on Monday, August 4, 2014 at The Riverside Center for Innovation.

Western Pennsylvania SBA acting district director, Kevin White, commended Kelly for seeing herself as the solution to a problem. “Her back problems led her to turn (a class) project into a business that helps correct posture in a non-­restrictive form,” White said. "It’s incredible that a simple shirt will be able to help so many athletes plagued by back pain.” In tune with this entrepreneurial vision to solve the problems with physical medicine treatment options, Ms. Collier has embraced her achievement as an opportunity to celebrate the community that has supported her throughout her endeavors as a young entrepreneur. “I am honored to have received this distinction from the SBA.” Ms. Collier declares, “More than anything, I think it demonstrates the wealth of support and resources available in Pittsburgh for young entrepreneurs...Read more»

By: Jenn Lambiase, ActivAided Orthotics