The summer of a lifetime

Startable Pittsburgh is a free eight-week summer program in Pittsburgh, PA 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.

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A network of professionals

Courses in entrepreneurship and maker skills are taught by experts from Innovation Works, AlphaLab Gear, and TechShop. Paired with a play-based curriculum from City of Play, it's a perfect balance of work and play as you build your business.

AlphaLab Gear TechShop
Innovation Works City of Play

Partnerships with local retailers

Partnerships with local retailers ensure that students have the chance to sell their work with established, well-respected professionals. Check out the retail tracks page to learn more about which tracks are working with which retailers.

Senator John Heinz History Center Banker Supply
Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin Petagogy

A powerful toolkit

  • Business Plan Development

    Learn to construct a business plan and how to use it to gain funding and build a successful venture.

  • Financial Literacy

    Learn about budgeting, bootstrapping, and managing a bank account from financial experts and banking partners.

  • Marketing

    Conduct market research, use consumer surveys, and take classes on branding and advertising to market work.

  • Maker Skills

    Master the tools such as laser cutting, woodworking, welding, sewing, and screen printing.

  • Cutting-Edge Technology

    Learn advanced skills including: Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk Fusion 360, VCarve, 3D Printing, Arduinos, and e-textiles.

  • Design Thinking

    Use a structured design approach to generate and develop ideas.

  • Public Speaking

    Learn the art of presenting an idea, from the initial elevator pitch to presenting a business plan to gain funding.

  • Portfolio Building

    Over the course of the program, create a portfolio of work and learn to craft a powerful resume and cover letter.

  • A Strong Mentor Network

    Access mentors, lecturers, businesses and community members to build a network for recommendations and future career opportunities.


412Build is made possible thanks to the generous support of:

The Helen Ruth Gordon Charitable Trust
PNC Charitable Trusts