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In addition to Innovation Works, the program also partners with its hardware-based startup accelerator AlphaLab Gear; TechShop Pittsburgh, which provides access to its 16,000 square-foot workshop and prototyping studio, and City of Play, which invents new ways for play to impact people, communities, businesses, and classrooms.

The 2017 program, which runs from June 26 through Aug. 18, has 36 slots available. During the first three weeks, students go through a daily “boot camp” where they undergo an intensive design thinking process to come up with a product, and learn the skill such as screen printing, welding woodworking, sewing and computer drafting needed to make a prototype.

They also learn principles of entrepreneurship and business, and how to pitch their product to investors. During the final five weeks, student actually build their businesses and products.

“The program has seen great success,” said Shimshoni. “While the program currently takes place in the summer, alumni engage year-round, taking advantage of community markets and networking opportunities offered through the program.”

Those interested can apply beginning Jan. 1 at startablepittsburgh.org.

 

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