PGH Lab review committee will base the selection process according to the following:
PGH Lab provides local startups with an opportunity to test their product with the City. This process may lead to procurement, but it is not a fast-track to procurement. As part of a PGH Lab pilot, the City is not purchasing a startup’s product or service; they are merely testing it. The City will not compensate the startup at a market rate for the use of its product or service, and all products will be returned to the startup upon completion of the pilot. Startups interested in selling their product/service to the City should refer to Beacon, the new procurement site for city postings.
This is not a venue to sell the City products or services, initiate a procurement agreement, become an approved vendor, or respond to an RFP. Please refer to Beacon and City Procurement Procedures for these actions.
The City works hard to connect startups to a network of resources here in Pittsburgh to support their growth and their ability to sustain a pilot. The City cannot compensate the startup for use of its product or service.
Participants in the PGH Lab program will receive public attention from the City. However, the PGH Lab program is not the portal for requesting a formal letter of support from the Mayor.
At this time, we are not accepting applicants from outside Allegheny County. However, a later phase of the PGH Lab program may be open to a broader range of startups. That said, we are always interested in working with innovative startups who have great ideas. There may be other opportunities to explore beyond the parameters of the PGH Lab program. Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PGH Lab defines “startup” according to the phase a pilot product is in rather than the age or size of the company. If you have products/services with revenue streams but have a pilot ready product that is pre customer, you should still apply. The pilot would only test that betaphase product.
Companies with paid pilots or paying customers are eligible to apply. However, we expect most applying companies to have none or very little revenue.
Any equipment used will not be retained or considered property of the city, and will be returned at the end of the pilot.
Startups have an opportunity to test their product. This test case is valuable in seeking investors and customers. Startups will also be connected to a range of city resources. The city will also provide the startup with public recognition and support.
The city will provide a dedicated program liasion; access to any equipment, infrastructure, or staff required to successfully execute the pilot; space at the City building for on-site work; publicity around the pilot launch, execution, and completion; and Consistent communication throughout the process.
The goal for both startups and the city is to have successfully completed pilots. To that end, a Startup must have time, staff, equipment, and other required resources to sustain and complete a 3-4 months’ pilot. In addition, the startup is required to allocate time for weekly check-in meetings with project manager, meetings with city champions, and company presentation day. Please check the PGH Lab Rules & Regulations Booklet, section XI, for detail information on expectations.