Want to change the world? Start right here in Pittsburgh with UpPrize, the social innovation challenge from The Forbes Funds which is awarding up to $350,000 each in two categories this year. The challenge kicked off its second year with a bang on October 6 when nearly 500 innovators, technies, nonprofit folks and others got together at AlphaLab Gear to network and hear more about the awards.
UpPrize is sponsored by The Forbes Funds with challenge partners BNY Mellon and Bridgeway Capital. Comcast is the official media/technology sponsor.
NEXTpittsburgh was happy to host the kickoff event this year and we want to thank Kate Dewey of The Forbes Funds for letting us be part of it. Also a big thanks to Ilana Diamond and Chris Millard for having so many in their cool space at AlphaLab Gear.
Thanks also to Whole Foods for a fabulous buffet, and to Fuhrer Wholesale for great beer; also to Millie’s Ice Cream who wowed the crowd with their goods and East End Brewing for their Big Hop IPA. And many thanks to Liz Juchno and her crew from Revive Marketing Group for handling the event, along with the volunteers, bartenders and other workers that night who helped out so much.
Check out the photos then check out the website and get innovating!
All photos by John Colombo.