Morgan Lewis Launches “Entrepreneur Resources Headquarters”

The foks at Morgan Lewis & Bockius want to assist entrepreneurs as they develop their business.  So, the firm has created an Entrepreneur Resource Headquarters of its web site.

According to the firm, the site is designed to provide its emerging business clients with information regarding the legal and business challenges confronting them. It also provides tools to help them take advantage of opportunities as they grow—from start-up to global expansion to preparation for liquidity.  Mmm…liquidity.

The site contains articles and presentations by Morgan Lewis attorneys and covers topics such as financing a company, board development, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and many others.  Topics are labeled as having Technology or Life Sciences focus. The site also has links to clients web sites and will also feature venture capital news.  The Resource Headquarters will be frequently updated with the latest Morgan Lewis information on entrepreneurial issues.

It’s pretty interesting and useful stuff. Be sure to bookmark it. Even if you’re not an entrepreneur.

Two-for-One: Chatham Hires Entrepreneurship Director; CivicsLab Founder Named ‘Young Innovator’

Here’s a double-shot of tech/business news that made it on to the Techburgher grill. It’s like getting double the news at no extra charge. How excellent is that? Check it out:

CivicsLab’s Laura Staniland Receives MacArthur Foundation’s Young Innovator’s Award

 Local start-up CivicsLab recognized last week by the MacArthur Foundation’s Young Innovator’s Award in the Digital Learning and Media Competition.  The project – Your Place, USA – and one of its founders, Laura Staniland, 22, of Pittsburgh won the award. The award was presented at a winner’s recognition conference held in Chicago.

Your Place, USA, a web-based video game based on demographic, fiscal and political conditions in southwestern Pennsylvania, is being developed for kids 9 – 13.  Your Place will teach sustainable practices by exposing young people to civic decision-making and regional planning.

Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship  Hires Rebecca  Harris

Continuing to both advance the role of women business owners in southwestern Pennsylvania and enhance entrepreneurial education for its students, Chatham University hired Rebecca U. Harris as the Director of its Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship.  Bringing to the Center a wealth of professional experience as both an entrepreneur and a consultant for women-owned businesses, Harris will be responsible for expanding the Center’s strategic initiatives and alliances. She will also establish new programs which will provide practical hands-on training, guidance, and networking opportunities for both Chatham University students and local and regional women entrepreneurs who are starting and growing their businesses. 

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University was established in 2005 to provide greater support for women entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh region. Designed to assist both current and future women business owners, The Center provides new and innovative services and programs that are unique to both established and start-up businesses owned by women. Some of these programs include FastTrac® programs in Pittsburgh and Washington, Pa. for emerging and established women business owners; Mentoring for Women Business Owners; and Think Big Conferences featuring successful women entrepreneurs.  Funding for the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Program information for the Center is available at .

Help Startups Launches Web Portal Version 2.0

Thanks to a grant from the Benedum Foundation, Help Startups was able to significantly enhance the capabilities of their entrepreneurial web portal and launched the new version last week.  The new web portal includes the following enhancements:

  • A vibrant new look for the entire site
  • More information made available on the Home page
  • Entrepreneurial News assembled from a number of other web sites via RSS feeds
  • Widgets that you can ‘grab’ to share Help Startups information on your site
  • Expanded User Profiles can be viewed by other users, including listings of social network connections
  • Users can publish articles
  • Companies can post Press Releases, which are highlighted on our Home page, as they arrive
  • User can provide Ratings and Comments on Resources, and the links in the Getting Started and Information Links sections
  • A dynamic link is provided to where you can search through thousands of innovations that are available or that companies are seeking
  • Companies can post videos
  • Featured Companies and Videos will regularly be updated on our Home page



Help Startups is a web portal serving entrepreneurs and all those providing services and support to the entrepreneurial community. Linking is the key concept behind Help Startups. They work to link entrepreneurs with important information, necessary resources, investors, qualified executives, new opportunities and, most importantly, each other.

How’s Your Elevator Pitch? Call for participants!

mitCan you convince a complete stranger in less than a minute that he or she ought to learn more about your business or idea…and possibly fund it? If you’re good, you can. It’s something that seasoned entrepreneurs do easily.
Your elevator pitch is what opens the door to an audience with a potential funder. If your pitch could use some polish…if you enjoy watching others deliver theirs…or if you’re looking for the next big thing, this event is for you. Entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to raise funds will have the chance to make a 60-second pitch to a panel of startup experts, plus an audience of prospective investors and other interested parties.
Because the goal of an elevator pitch is to not to close the deal but to secure a meeting to more fully explain the merits of the idea, the panel will critique presenters’ delivery rather than the substance of their proposals. They’ll comment on how well presenters succeeded, and offer specific, practical advice for improvement. Our panels are known for directness and candor. At the same time, their experience gives them deep empathy with anyone who puts it on the line.
Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is calling for applications from anyone who’s interested in delivering their pitch at this special event.

Because of time limits, only 10 – 12 participants will be invited to make pitches. If you want the chance for a scheduled slot, submit a brief summary of your business (no more than four pages, and preferably fewer than that!) to To make sure we don’t miss you, put “Elevator Pitch” in the header. Submit your summary no later than November 20. Those selected to present will be notified by November 26.
Several people may also be chosen spontaneously from the audience to make a pitch. If you don’t receive a scheduled slot, we strongly encourage you to show up and raise your hand high when we make the call for volunteer presenters.

The Elevator Pitch event is set for December 3. Get more details here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Events

en-wkNext week (November 17-22) is Global Entrepreneurship Week. As such, a number of events are happening around the city to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit…

A networking event will take place on Tuesday, November 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the William Pitt Union Lower Lounge. Students will be present and share ideas for businesses.

On Wednesday, November 19, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., a panel of speakers will be featured at the Tepper School of Business (located in Simon Auditorium, Posner Hall #18, CMU)

Event programming is provided through a partnership of the Entrepreneurship Clubs of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Both events are free and will serve refreshments.

For a complete listing of events, visit the Unleashing Pittsburgh Web site.