Photograph courtesy of Ascender website

According to the Tribune-Review, while nationally, venture financing dropped 32 percent last year, “Pittsburgh technology startups bucked a national trend by attracting more venture capital investment in 2016.” However, starting or growing a company involves much more than financing and there are entrepreneurs who need support in all types of industries. And that’s why Ascender is here to help.

Ascender is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit whose mission is to help early stage entrepreneurs of any industry (including nonprofits) by offering dedicated workspace, financial support, mentorship, and connectivity. This entrepreneurial hub is located in East Liberty to take advantage of proximity both to our city’s major universities, as well as to many established startups. They have launched their 2018 Incubator Application Cycle to help Pittsburgh entrepreneurs start and build companies.

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 5th by 11:59 PM.

Who can apply? According to Ascender, the program is not limited to startups seeking venture capital. They also help support “entrepreneurial enterprises that may never need to raise funding, including small family-owned business models, local impact models, local retail businesses, and others.”

Photograph courtesy of Ascender website

Participants will receive:

  • Unlimited access to all Ascender-hosted programs and events
  • A $5,000 investment and access to additional capital sources
  • 1-on-1 mentorship
  • Access to industry leaders who have partnered with Ascender
  • Participation in the Ascender Boot Camp, an intensive three-day workshop
  • Priority access to attend and participate in the Thrival Innovation & Music Festival
  • A dedicated, 24/7 workspace in Ascender’s collaborative co-working space
  • The opportunity to join the ranks of dozens of Ascender Incubator alumni

To find our more information on the program (including information sessions and office hours to help you with your application) or to apply online, please click here.