The team of Startable musicians mug pose at the Homewood studio of partner organization the Lighthouse Project. Image courtesy of Innovation Works.

This week VentureBeat takes a look at Innovation Works‘ creative efforts to foster the next generation of skilled workers and entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh.

The technology trends website put a spotlight on the Startable Pittsburgh program, which teaches Pittsburgh teens some of the skills needed to manufacture and sell products at scale. They noted that while many communities are thinking only about STEM classes for kids, this Pittsburgh tech incubator is thinking more creatively:

“Many U.S. cities are wrestling with how to build a healthy ‘pipeline’ of tech talent,” VentureBeat wrote. “But too often those solutions are limited to the addition of new STEM degrees at traditional higher education institutions or coding classes in local K-12 schools.”

“In Pittsburgh, local seed stage investor Innovation Works is interested in another issue: how to get teens involved with the local hardware sector,” the story continues. “So in conjunction with its hardware accelerator, AlphaLab Gear, Innovation Works launched Startable Pittsburgh a few years back. It’s a free eight-week program that teaches Pittsburgh teens the engineering, fabrication and business skills needed to build and sell a product at scale. It‘s now in its fourth year, and about 115 teens have completed the program to date.”

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Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...