"Alison Alvarez is a master of the business plan competition. Her expertise grew out of necessity. When she and her co-founder, Tomer Borenstein, founded BlastPoint in 2016, they knew they had a winning business idea: Leverage artificial intelligence to help public utilities, banks, and automotive companies analyze their massive customer lists."
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"To get the lowdown on the growing Pittsburgh tech scene, we met with Jenn Van Dam. Van Dam is the Digital and Community Manager at Innovation Works – the most active seed-stage investor in Southwestern Pennsylvania with over 370 portfolio companies – and a champion for diversity and inclusiveness in tech."
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" A tech accelerator run by Pittsburgh-based Innovation Works this year introduced a voluntary ethics component to its 27-week program for startups, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. All 12 companies taking part in the program chose to participate in the ethics pilot, which touches on topics including bias and data privacy and asks founders to produce an ethical-values document, said Ilana Diamond, managing director of hardware at Innovation Works. "
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" I’m a sixth generation community banker, my family has been running a small community bank in rural Appalachia for about 130 years. Growing up in the family business, I spent a lot of time thinking about community banking and its impact on Main Street communities. But I started to notice that the banking industry is consolidating at a dumbfounding rate – we lose one community bank in the U.S. every single day. "
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“Historically, we have tended to draw a lot of capital into Pittsburgh from what I would call that corridor from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and then through the Midwest,” Innovation Works CEO Rich Lunak said
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Robotics technology is everywhere. It is currently disrupting industries as diverse as manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and agriculture. Since the founding of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute in 1979, Pittsburgh has been a world leader in the development of robotics technology. Today, Pittsburgh has dozens of robotics startups, several multinational technology firms working in robotics and significant levels of university-based research. In addition to all this, I am the co-founder of a robotics company that was sold to McKesson, so I am intimately familiar with the sector.
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