After a huge financial investment, the former Allegheny Center Mall is now Nova Place, a tech hub with co-working space, a fitness center, Federal Galley and lots more. Photo by TH Carlisle.

Got a brilliant idea and want to learn more about turning it into a viable tech company?

This week, the Pittsburgh office of Startup Boost, a “pre-accelerator” for tech startups, is kicking off a citywide series of free information sessions and AMA (ask me anything) conversations with the program’s directors.

The goal? To inform potential tech founders and mentors, especially those from underrepresented groups, about the ways Startup Boost may be able to help them launch and grow their businesses.

The first two are happening tomorrow evening, Wed. Feb. 13, at Ascender in East Liberty (details here) and at Everyday Cafe in Homewood (details here).

The second group of sessions will happen a week later on Wed., Feb 20, at Alloy 26 in Nova Place (details here), Work Hard Pittsburgh in Allentown (details here) and at the Innovation Institute in Oakland (details here).

More sessions and venues are due to be announced.

Melissa Rayworth

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