This summer, Pittsburgh Area Teens Can Become Real-World Entrepreneurs

Startable Pittsburgh is a free eight-week summer program that teaches maker and entrepreneurship skills to students. Applications must be in by May 15th!     

Startable is a free summer program that teaches teens 15-19 entrepreneurship and maker skills 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. Check out a week-by-week summary at           

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

The 2017 program takes place June 26-August 18. It runs Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Students split their time between AlphaLab Gear and TechShop. Also! 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