Office of Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh Launches Pilot Program for Local Startups

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 27, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh today announced a new initiative, PGH Lab.

PGH Lab is a pilot program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh, to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make municipal government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. Through the program, local startup companies will be connected with various City departments to test new technologies and services for a period of three months.

Starting April 27, 2016 local startups can apply to become one of the few selected companies for PGH Lab’s 2016 pilot cohort. This program emerges as one of the initiatives undertaken under the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, the City’s commitment to remain a hub of innovation for social groups, companies and people, and Mayor Peduto’s vision to incentivize and foster Pittsburgh’s innovative, entrepreneurial community.  

“PGH Lab is a win-win program: startups get real world experience and an opportunity to refine their products and services and the City has access to a leading edge service or technology designed to improve operations,” said Mayor William Peduto. “PGH Lab opens the doors of city government to innovative solutions and will help us reach our goal of providing more efficient and effective services to our communities and residents.”

Companies with Beta stage products and services designed to address civic issues and find innovative solutions to problems in the following categories are encouraged to apply:

  • Citizen Engagement - enhance the lines of communication between government and citizens by expanding digital public engagement and increase opportunities for Pittsburgh’s residents to access information and resources;

  • City Operations - further improve City operations to make internal processes more efficient and effective;

  • Climate Change & the Environment - help Pittsburgh meet its 2030 Climate Action Goals to reduce energy usage by 50 percent by 2030; and

  • Other- suggest a project that does not fall under any of the previous categories but will benefit and make a great impact in the City.

“It's an honor to work collaboratively with the startup community here in Pittsburgh,” said Chief Innovation & Performance Officer Debra Lam. “This is an unprecedented opportunity uniting municipal government with the visionary innovators, engineers and technologists that are transforming the way we live, work and play in cities.”

The PGH Lab pilot program initiative is spearheaded by the Department of Innovation & Performance and a Review Committee. The Review Committee includes representatives from the Office of the Mayor, Law Department, Department of Public Works, Office of Management and Budget, and the URA.

Participating companies will be chosen for the pilot program through a competitive selection process that will identify products and services that best match City needs. Full program details, including the application, terms & regulations and program timeline are available at Local startups that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for PGH Lab’s 2016 cohort will be May 27, 2016. The pilot project will run from June 2016 to September 2016. Selected startups will be offered working spaces, access to the municipality's network, support from mentors and coaches in the industry, and direct connection to City affiliates and professional networks.

Follow PGH Lab activity on Twitter at @PghIP #PGHlab.

Contact: Annia Aleman - Innovation and Performance Fellow, City of Pittsburgh at




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