Photo Credit: Steph Chambers for the Post-Gazette.

We want you to meet Kim Eckel, founder of Footbridge for Families. Footbridge is the very first non-profit organization to go through an AlphaLab cohort. This was made possible by a generous grant from the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania. Footbridge was also the 2020 winner of the BNY Mellon UpPrize Social Impact Challenge . Read on to learn more about Kim and her inspiration for Footbridge!

Q: Please introduce yourself. What is your background? In your own words, what is the mission of your organization, Footbridge for Families?

A: I’m Kim Cauley Eckel, a “boomerang” who grew up in Shaler/Hampton and returned to Point Breeze eight years ago with my husband Ryan to raise our own family, which now consists of three kids and a quarantine-pup! I’ve been blessed with a fulfilling and somewhat eclectic career path that enabled me to pursue degrees at Yale, Oxford, and Boston College and accumulate job experiences ranging from business management consulting to academia to government administration. Footbridge exists so…

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AlphaLab’s 22nd Cohort — Now Entirely Virtual!

By Olivia Payne

AlphaLab, IW’s software accelerator, located in East Liberty, has kicked off its 22nd cycle! We have six great companies that will go through a 4-month program where they’ll receive investment, learn from industry experts, get connections to corporates and investors, and ultimately grow their businesses. What makes this year different from all others? The program will be run entirely virtually!

Today is the start of a short blog series. Each week, we’ll introduce you to a new company by way of Q&A with their founder(s).

This week, we’ll start with AlphaLab’s Senior Program Manager, Aaron Tainter. Aaron…

We’re excited to announce AlphaLab Cycle 21, our Fall-Winter 2019 Cohort! We have 8 promising teams that are disrupting markets ranging from personal shopping to clinical trials to the ethereum blockchain. The founders all have strong and relevant backgrounds for the markets they’re going after and they have already found ways to help each other.

Blockchain is growing beyond Finance/Cryptocurrency assets into Gaming, Legal, Government, Real Estate, and Commerce applications. Credible is for businesses and their customers who want access to these new assets without taking on the additional specialized knowledge or risk of owning cryptocurrency. …

The Pittsburgh Business Times helped introduce the newest AlphaLab cohort earlier this month, and many of you were able to meet the founders at our Open House in February. So, we wanted to take some time to share our insights on what we think makes this cohort unique.

What stands out most about this cohort is that each company is tapping into market trends and shifts which create an opportunity. Each of the founders brings domain and functional experience to their teams, and all of the companies have products you can buy or use now. …

By John Bowman

John Bowman is the Director of Customer Success at Jetpack Workflow, which provides client and workflow management software for accounting firms. John started the Pittsburgh Customer Success Meetup to grow this important discipline in the local startup community.

We’re excited to host the next Pittsburgh Customer Success Meetup on Wednesday, June 20 at AlphaLab. The topic is Engaging Executives with Kristen Hayer, Founder of The Success League and one of the top Customer Success influencers in the world.

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Customer Success is exactly what it sounds like: making your customers successful with your product. In a company, it…

As it finally starts to feel like spring in Pittsburgh, we are excited to introduce you to the seven companies in the Spring 2018 AlphaLab cohort — our 19th since our founding in 2008! Since starting in early April, we’ve been working closely with the founders on refining their products, optimizing their sales and marketing strategies, and introducing them to our networks of alumni, mentors and partners.

What really stands out about this cohort is how many of the founders have brought years of industry and domain expertise to their companies to create far-reaching solutions for real, everyday problems —…


AlphaLab is a nationally ranked early stage startup accelerator focused on helping founders achieve product-market fit and customer traction.

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