Office of Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh Announces PGH Lab 2016 Cohort

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 2, 2016)  Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh today announced the first PGH Lab 2016 Cohort

PGH Lab is a new pilot program under I&P's strategic plan, the Inclusive Innovation Roadmap.  It is designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh."Previously, there was no formal mechanism for the City to engage with the startup community. PGH Lab not only serves as the matchmaker, but helps further drive innovative solutions and processes within the City and throughout the start-up community. We are excited to see this relationship deepen through active prototyping", said Debra Lam, Chief Innovation & Performance Officer.   

 "PGH Lab empowers our local entrepreneurs. The program aligns with our vision at the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to foster and promote Pittsburgh’s innovation economy. PGH Lab is an opportunity for us at the URA to partner with local startups and together work towards solving civic issues. We are happy to welcome one startup company which will be working closely with our team. We look forward to testing new technologies that places Pittsburgh at the forefront of innovation", said Tom Link, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Urban Redevelopment Authority.  

Through PGH Lab, local startup companies will be connected with various City departments and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to test new technologies and services for a period of three months starting at the end of July until early October. Over 25 successful qualified startup companies applied to the program, all presented solutions to pressing issues in the areas of Climate Change & the Environment, City Operations, and Citizen Engagement. The proposed solutions included high tech products, hardware and software services. They showed a diverse professional background having worked as serial entrepreneurs, engineers, and developers in their own ventures. Their professional background included work for major technology companies like Google and Microsoft, others like NASA, and international consulting firms.  

The City of Pittsburgh PGH Lab Review Committee and the URA chose three companies for this year's cohort.  The committee selected these companies based on City needs, capacity, and the company's innovative solution to address civic issues. The selected startup companies are leaders in developing and providing innovative products in their industries.  

Congratulations to the winning companies of the 2016 PGH Lab cohort: 

HiberSense provides facility managers and property owners with micro-zone climate control. Through a distributed network of sensors and smart vents. HiberSense can precisely condition spaces so they are comfortable for everyone while saving energy and protecting expensive heating and cooling equipment. 

TransitSource develops products that increase urban connectivity and democratize travel options to meet diverse transit needs. Our creative technology solutions that address unique transit problems - the first time around, saving both time and money. Our proactive technology can protect people before accidents happen, provide data for governments to make informed decisions on infrastructure improvements, and increase the quality of people-powered transit in our cities. 

Renergé, Inc.- The Water Horse by Renergé, Inc. is an entirely new, cost effective energy solution for off-grid applications.  The Water Horse is an open flow hydro-energy system that, unlike traditional turbines, is readily deployable and minimally disruptive to river resources.  The Water Horse modular systems can be assembled into arrays to meet power requirements ranging from 10 to 100's of kW, and function in flows previously described as "technically unrecoverable," thereby tapping an entirely new renewable energy resource.   

Follow PGH Lab activity at and on Twitter at @PghIP #PGHLab  

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



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