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The Startup Hour Makes a Pitt Stop


Got a great idea?

Pittsburgh entrepreneurs with a great start up idea can submit a video pitch by week’s end for a chance to appear on the new equity crowdfunding reality TV show, The Startup Hour ™. While this show can be compared to Shark Tank, it has a much more interactive process.  The business-themed reality program encourages everyday TV viewers to watch entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas — and then invest in them from the comfort of their living room.

The Startup Hour ™ will travel to seven other cities in the United States. Pittsburgh was selected because of its strong technology community.  “Pittsburgh has some great startups and the city is gaining well-deserved attention on the national landscape,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Block. “And university entrepreneurial programs such as Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence are vital to a better future. Interim Director Robert Stein is an integral leader in the entrepreneurial arena and we are honored to film pitches at the University of Pittsburgh.”

Live pitches will take place between 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, March 21 at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Club. While some walk-ins may be considered, interested entrepreneurs must submit a video of their idea before Mar. 21.

The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence are sponsors of The Startup Hour ™ in Pittsburgh.