Startable Pittsburgh
Startable Pittsburgh

A summer program teaching maker and entrepreneurship skills to students.

What: Startable is a free summer program to teach teens 15-19 entrepreneurship and maker skills in order to help them launch their own handmade businesses. Over the course of eight weeks, students work with a team of experts to develop, design, prototype, build, brand, market and sell products of their own creation. Click here for the week-by-week program summary.

Who: All students between the ages of 15-19 are eligible for the program. No prior experience is necessary. Priority will be given to female and/or minority applicants.

When: The 2017 program takes place June 26-August 18. It runs Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Where: The program takes place in East Liberty, and students split their time between AlphaLab Gear and TechShop.

How: Startable is accepting up to 36 new students on a rolling basis. Applications will remain open until May 15 and can be found online at After applying, students are invited for a half hour interview, and acceptance decisions are based on the combination of the application and interview.

Additional Incentives: Startable provides students with up to $250 in investment for their businesses, free TechShop classes, and a $500 stipend for their participation in the program. Students who satisfactorily complete the program also receive a free year-long TechShop membership. In addition to leaving the program with a viable business, several program alumni have left the program with important network connections, internships, apprenticeships and job offers. Bus passes to get to and from the program are provided to students who need them.

Questions? Email Jackie Shimshoni, Startable Pittsburgh Program Coordinator, at

Apply to Startable Pittsburgh was last modified: April 11th, 2017 by The Sprout Fund