About the Program

Startable Pittsburgh is a free eight-week summer program that teaches students ages 16-18 entrepreneurship and maker skills. Students develop, design, prototype, build, brand, market and sell products of their own creation by partnering with local retailers. Students earn a program stipend and keep all profits from the sale of their products.

Program Details

Program Partners

Innovation Works

The country's 6th most active seed stage investor

IW is a non-profit economic development organization that invests capital, business expertise and other resources into high-potential companies. IW "invests" in the students of Startable.

AlphaLab Gear

Innovation Works' hardware-based startup accelerator

The 40-week AlphaLab Gear program provides capital, office space, curriculum, and networking to early-stage hardware companies. Startable participants experience an 8-week version of this model.


A community-based workshop and prototyping studio

TechShop Pittsburgh offers program participants free access to more than 16,000 square feet of workshops equipped with tools and equipment. They also offer Startable participants classes and one-on-one maker mentoring.

YMCA Lighthouse Project

An after-school program empowering young people through media arts and leadership

The Lighthouse provides students the opportunity to engage in a range of artistic fields including music production, filmmaking, architectural design, graphic design, spoken word and visual art. Students who participate in the Startable music cohort use the state of the art studio space to produce an album that they release by the end of the summer.

City of Play

Specialists in playful projects and events

City of Play invents new ways for play to impact people, communities, businesses, and classrooms. Their activities are designed to enhance interactions to support healthier and more fulfilling lives. Startable teaches life skills through City of Play's unique methodology.

Program Sponsors