A unique creative environment and Pittsburgh's first entrepreneurial coworking space in 2007 — named StartUptown in 2010 — our NEW BRAND is 5thAVE STUDIO. Senior editor Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic said in September of 2010, “Inside — StartUptown is a cross between a traditional co-working space and something with MORE SOUL.” Read the article here.
WHAT'S AVAILABLE : WHAT'S NEW
— $599,330.00 EARNED by KIZ-qualified companies in 2018 at 5thAVE STUDIO, and $186,943 at the Paramount/Avenu site, both located in Uptown. Congratulations!
— WELCOME PUBLIC SOURCE to the main studio May 1, 2019 — the only nonprofit digital-first news organization that lives up to its mission of delivering public-service reporting and analysis in the Pittsburgh region. We are local. We believe in journalism as a public service. We tell stories for a better Pittsburgh.
— GROWING: CALLER READY adds two more team members on the main studio floor — The world's most powerful Pay-Per-Call Platform for performance marketers who want to scale their lead generation businesses.
— SETTLED IN to the third floor is Apollo Neuroscience — FEELING IS BELIEVING: physicians, neuroscientists, and entrepreneurs democratizing advancements in neuroscience and machine learning to empower people to live their best lives.
— SETTLED IN to the main studio loft is Christian Tierno — Studio 42 Design — dedicated to creating impactful design, striving for the highest level of green building, and composing our client's vision to craft an inspiring and functional environment.
— Attorney Joseph S. Hornack takes a work zone on the studio loft August 1 — PITT Program Director of Human Resources Online and Adjunct Professor of Law. Currently he's also an adjunct professor of business, law and ethics at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Industrial Administration and manages his own law practice.
— LEASE A DESK OR A WORK-ZONE on the main studio floor or loft. Presently we have some availability — come visit.
— JOIN MAKERSPACE HackPGH on the ground floor. Read more below!
— MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with hair-styling salon MOXIE CHOP STUDIO on the 2nd floor. TEXT Mark at 412.916.7313 or Haley at 724.322.8345
TO LEASE, Or have a conversation about our Uptown community Ecoinnovation District CALL DALE MCNUTT at 412-400-7154 or email dale@5thAVE-PGH.com
Located dead-center between Oakland’s university–medical district and Downtown’s cultural–corporate zone — two of Pennsylvania’s top economic generators — Uptown, as an extension of both Downtown and Oakland, is in a unique position to absorb and catalyze economic, research, and residential demands.
With 52,000 commuters each day, Uptown sits on the highest performing transit corridor in the region, with a state-of-the art $233M BRT system on the horizon.
Three anchor institutions — Duquesne University, UPMC-Mercy and PPG Paints Arena — attract 3M+ students, employees, and visitors annually for education, healthcare, sports and entertainment — hallmarks of thriving urban environments.
Access all points North, East, South and West easily. Grab the best sandwich in the city at Sam"s Market, or the deli at Merante Bros. Italian Market!
Bike along accessible river trails.
Walk to see the Pirates at PNC Park; or four blocks to PPG Paints Arena for ice hockey or a concert; hike to the Downtown Cultural District for a Gallery Crawl and across the river to the Warhol Museum. This October visit the Carnegie International in Oakland, or watch a movie at the Southside Works. Hop on a bus to visit 7 universities within a 3 mile radius including CMU and PITT, or stop by Google at Bakery Square. Take Uber to the STRIP or the new shops in Lawrenceville.
Creating quality, life-changing experiences...
...Amazon HQ2/Uptown: In Pittsburgh, an overarching schema to connect vital eco-urban assets and create urban-core density is not yet fully formed. With Amazon HQ2 is an opportunity to build smartly and with world-class design within several critical contiguous zones — all packaged in a vibrant right-sized city that is not always open to big ideas wrapped around great architectural place-making, and the psychological and brand value of doing so.
At 13,000 total sf, 1936 Fifth Avenue is host to 11,000+ sf of entrepreneurial activity spread over 4 floors. With an outdoor courtyard for working, plus garden seating, it is a unique oasis of creativity along bustling 5th Avenue.
Main Studio and Loft amenities include parking, a shared kitchen on the main floor, three scheduled conference rooms and numerous places to escape for a call — coworking includes WiFi, Flex or Dedicated tables; or work zones with multiple desks from $175, to $300, to clusters from $500 to $750+. At 4,000+ sf, 24+ work on the Loft or Main Studio floor.
A Second Floor previously occupied by Forest Devices has now been transformed into hair-styling salon, Moxy Chop Studio.
A Third Floor, live-work for streetwear DailyBreadPA, at 1,220 sf, is now transitioning to a dedicated workspace for Apollo Neurosciences — democratizing advancements in neuroscience.
The Ground Floor at 3,600 sf is home to HackPGH. With 100+ members, President Chad Elish comments, “As Pittsburgh’s oldest maker-space we have been educating, sharing resources, and helping our community grow within the maker movement for nearly a decade! From open classes to community events, we encourage fixing things instead of replacing them and finding meaningful solutions to everyday problems. HackPGH understands that making starts with the community. Sharing knowledge and skills to help each other and the community is a tenet of HackPGH.”
Working to raise $600,000 — This energetic group is ready to expand from “garage” to maker facility — more inviting to a broader public, able to function with greater capacity for production and education. Download the Pitch here.
5thAVE Studio is located in the Uptown-West Oakland Ecoinnovation District — a $1.6M planning and implementation endeavor that supports a new model of public-private partnership emphasizing innovation and deployment of district-scale best practices. Aimed to create neighborhoods of the future — places that are resilient, vibrant, resource efficient, and just. READ the Plan here.
"The result is a bold vision for Uptown where everyone is invited to come, to innovate, to build new businesses and to find a livable community to call home. The lessons learned here will shape the next generation of neighborhood plans across the city,” comments Mayor William Peduto.
Powered by five key industry sectors — Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Financial and Business Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Information Technology — Pittsburgh is propelled by 36 colleges and universities, spinning out new business and a diverse residential population.
Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Point Park University's downtown campus and Carlow University — Chatham University + Center for Women's Entrepreneurship(CWE), and the Community College of Allegheny County, among others, are within a 3 mile radius of Uptown.
The Mayor states, “The City of Pittsburgh recognizes the catalytic opportunity that exists in Uptown and the model for growth and development that the community represents.”
Uptown is Pittsburgh’s Next Great Neighborhood. Visit Uptown Partners.
One of three projects backed by a $2B investment, the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital will become a beacon for the next stage of larger economic and residential development for the Uptown community.
Projected to open in late 2022, it will position UPMC at the global forefront of rehabilitation and ophthalmic research and care. Once constructed, the 410,000 sf. tower will house nine stories of collaborative space for clinicians, researchers, educators and industry partners.
And it helps anchor an innovation corridor from Downtown–Uptown to Oakland (and the University of Pittsburgh’s burgeoning Life-Sciences community) to Carnegie Mellon University — an effort promoted by the culmination of an 18-month Brooking’s report, “Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city.” The report examines Pittsburgh’s unique opportunity to become a top global destination for technology-based economic activity and as a key part of Pittsburgh’s efforts to become a world-class innovation city.
The UPMC-Mercy project reflects the innovative and architectural aspirations of the burgeoning Uptown entrepreneurial community and its neighborhood leadership.
Clinicians and researchers at the new hospital will pursue promising new research for vision restoration and diseases of the eye, and offer technology-assisted rehabilitation services that restore mobility for patients with wide-ranging physical and cognitive challenges.
Microsoft will collaborate with UPMC in designing the ‘digital hospitals of the future’ using the cloud, artificial intelligence and research to solve problems that impede the delivery of health care services — transforming and simplifying a complex experience for both patients and clinicians.
5thAVE STUDIO thrives at the intersection of innovation and community redevelopment, emphasizing both people AND place.
The workplace design attitude is art studio- makerspace- where new business is formed at its earliest stages. Flexibility, (NoWait grew to 22), southern light from 12 ft.-high windows, visual art with cultural and historical references are all critical ingredients. Integrated with whiteboards and broadly curated tech, social, maker and media startups — it's this creativity and collaboration that jump-starts our 21st-century economy — with the flexibility to reconfigure the main floor in an afternoon, to adapt to changing conditions.
Founder Dale McNutt writes:
Creating an entrepreneurial culture starts in preschool and ends with the realization that each space we inhabit is a living environment for “making”— from Picasso’s living room, to pie-baking in the kitchen; from art studio, to research laboratory, to automated manufacturing floor — this work, whether propelled through chemistry, physics, biology, creative arts or psychology, is all about making and extending our human boundaries. AND it’s not just about STEM education. It includes quality arts education and exposure to artistic endeavors, and a strengthened personal psychology — all working together to build a broad, enlightened, inclusive and compassionate entrepreneurial culture.
Dale McNutt is Founder of StartUptown, now named Avenu; and founder of the 5thAVE STUDIO; business owner, designer/artist, and Uptown resident — he's a stakeholder and participant in the Uptown Ecoinnovation District — and a member of the CCIP Executive Management Team for the Lower Hill 28 acre development. His wife Jeanne McNutt is Executive Director of Uptown Partners.
Qualifying technology companies at StartUptown, Avenu, now 5thAVE STUDIO have accrued $3.7M+ in Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) benefits over the past 10 years through Urban Innovation21 (UI21). LEARN MORE HERE.
In August 2018, Urban Innovation21 transitioned its programs to Riverside Center for Innovation — New partnership between the organizations will provide additional opportunities for startup companies in Pittsburgh’s under-served communities.
Urban Innovation21 (UI21), a unique public-private partnership that has supported the growth of entrepreneurship within Pittsburgh’s innovation economy for more than a decade, announced that it is transitioning its inclusive innovation programs to Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI).
Since its inception more than 10 years ago, Urban Innovation21 has offered programming to support and help grow more than 150 startup companies that have established their operations within Pittsburgh’s under-served communities, including investing more than $10 million of tax credit and early-stage grant funding into these businesses and their communities. Its programs included education, mentoring, networking, and entrepreneurship support, as well as a paid internship program utilized by more than 800 students, including 40% African Americans and 60% women.
Because both organizations offer complementary programs and services within under-served communities, its leaders say that strengthening and integrating the relationships between the organizations will provide additional synergies and economies of scale.
Urban Innovation21 was one of the first US-based organizations to work under the “inclusive innovation” paradigm.
StartUptown, PA nonprofit and Federal 501c3, was born in January 2010. Throughout 2007-2009 the 1936 Fifth Avenue site had birthed co-working office space in Pittsburgh, and supported HackPGH as it opened on the ground floor.
Both endeavors brought a flurry of creative activity into Uptown and promoted the importance of an entrepreneurial/maker culture at the city core, and its potential to enliven transitional urban neighborhoods.
Throughout its 10-year history StartUptown hosted 87 companies from arts to robotics; granola-making using spices to replace sugar content, to documentary filmmakers exposing the complexities of Native American adoption in Blood Memory; medical devices, to urban clothing company DailyBreadPA (above) — data analytics to visual search. NoWait (a restaurant-wait app) grew from 4 to 22 employees in the main studio/loft, then to 60 at Revv Oakland. It sold to Yelp for $40M in 2017.
StartUptown with Alexander Denmarsh, Denmarsh Studios, with architects Thoughtful Balance developed the historic Paramount Film Exchange that opened in 2014, now host to Forest Devices (enabling faster triage for stroke patients), Birdbrain Technologies (robotics and STEM educational products), and award-winning TrademarkVision, voted best AI Business Startup in 2017 by the AIconics.
StartUptown merged with Revv Oakland in early 2017, and formed Avenu — Revv Oakland with StartUptown, created a campus of 7 entrepreneurial work sites and 48 companies employing 200+ from Uptown through Oakland. $3.7M+ in PA Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) benefits has been awarded to Avenu companies over the past 10 years in the form of grants, paid internships, and PA tax credits. Three sites are single offices: Yelp/NoWait, StitchFix, and Containership — all rising to the top of their game in diverse businesses that improve customer experience, assist in personal style choices, and link corporate “cloud” systems.
The original site at 1936 Fifth Avenue was pulled from the Avenu portfolio on June 1, 2018, by Dale McNutt, who formed 5thAVE STUDIO — host to HackPGH, two live-work companies, a medical device company, and 8 other startups or coworking teams. Our newest live-work company is hair salon startup Moxy Chop Studio.
MORE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:
Connect with our vision for an UPTOWN INNOVATION HUB: A Brief History of the visioning evolution for the Burrell Scientific site and the use of the full 6+ acre Uptown Gateway Properties as an innovation hub and academic village. This vision jumpstarts economic development at the eastern quarter of this long neglected community, helps give definition to the Ecoinnovation District, while connecting and encouraging development with Oakland university and life-science partners. At 200+ acres Uptown can extend the boundaries of “downtown” Pittsburgh with scale of building height and density at the west and east portals that most are just not imagining — clustered around a vibrant residential core. An addendum note about AMAZON HQ2 adds a bit of spice to the concept. Download the Visioning Doc here:
Our Pitch for $240,000 to Fund a Green Roof at the Historic Paramount Film Exchange — Saving 70,000+ gallons of water per year from entering the sewer system will cap the renovation of this historic community asset and aid in storm water management that’s vital to this region. Download the full story here:
Working to raise $600,000 — HackPGH is ready to expand from “garage” to maker facility — more inviting to a broader public, able to function with greater capacity for production and education. Download the full Renovation Pitch here:
Nakturnal LLC, signed the first lease with the 5th Avenue site in July 2007. Leigh Yock (above) and her team provided socially innovative event production, sponsorship and marketing services for arts and entertainment organizations. Female owned and staffed, they asked to rent space on the big studio loft during their coordination of the Uptown community’s first Sprout Fund mural.
"Nak" was four principals, and up to 12 interns each college semester. At the Wednesday night meeting were 16 females, all but one under 30 years of age — the site was baptized in a co-working feminine aura and work hours that often extended until well after midnight. Nakturnal remains active.
More recently Leigh partnered with Tom Barr, and Jeff Ryanto to operate Spirit Hall, an event space in Lawrenceville garnering a national reputation — in a former Moose Lodge, Spirit brings the community-driven ethos to a different generation through programming that entertains and inspires creativity throughout a broad population of artists, musicians, and writers. Coming full-circle, over the past three years, Leigh and her partner renovated and settled into an Uptown house on Forbes Avenue.
Below are just a few of the 86 companies who have inhabited StartUptown/Avenu, now 5thAVE STUDIO, at 1936 Fifth Avenue.
(5thAVE will continue to edit and add to this impressive list of entrepreneurs and their companies.)
— TrademarkVision, Sandra Mau—Visual search tailored for brand protection. Winner AIconics Best AI Startup 2017. Operating at Paramount/Avenu. Active.
— Birdbrain Technologies, Tom Lauwers— Robotics and STEM educational products. Operating at Paramount/Avenu. Active.
— Forest Devices, CEO Matt Kesinger—creators of ALPHASTROKE, enabling faster triage, moving stroke patients to the appropriate level of care earlier. 2018 brings an additional $2M in investment. Operating at Paramount/Avenu. Active.
— CerebroScope, led by Stephen Jones—design, build, validate, and market easy-to-use devices for monitoring a brain-damaging signal often termed brain tsunamis. Device prototype to validation trials. Active.
— Team Phenomenal Hope, previously led by resident Chris Field—TeamPH promotes ultra-endurance sports as a platform to educate and promote the need for a cure for pulmonary hypertension (PH). Active.
— Webkite, New CEO Mark Heckmann, grew monthly recurring revenues by 600% in 5 months—technology that lowers your advertising cost-per-click, increases your click-through-rate, and drives conversions. Active.
— NoWait, Robb Myer, James Belt, Richard Colvin, Luke Panza—The innovative restaurant wait list. Acquired by Yelp.
— IC Bioethics, CEO and Founder Kathy Gennuso—nailed a major contract in April 2017—LECOM their client of three years and the largest medical school in the USA, asked them to develop, run, and administer, a new Masters of Science in Biomedical Ethics. Active.
— In Medias Res, LLC (IMR), Drew Nicholas and others—nears completion of their film documentary, Blood Memory, revealing the untold history of Native American Adoption. Release in late 2018. Funded by PBC, FilmNorth and Vision Maker Media.
— Public Herald (PH), Joshua Pribanic, Melissa Troutman—a new model of investigative journalism in the public interest—stories that challenge our conventional views of economy, human rights and Democracy. Active.
— Allpoint Systems, Aaron Morris+—automation-based robotic principles and handling of 3D LiDAR point clouds. Acquired/autodesk.
— Powered Analytics, Collin Otis—a predictive analytics platform, turning existing data into a customized predictive model that plugs into existing applications. Acquired/Target Corp.
— Embedded Energy Technology, Jeff Mishler—wireless sensing for commercial and industrial clients. Acquired/Thermaxx
— Lechtzer Inc., Harold Lessure—product developers, offering consulting services to cover all aspects of specialty engineering for automated and robotics applications—detectors for IR gas sensing. Product operating in market. Active.
— Skill-Life, Felix Brandon Lloyd—Online learning tools for children, began as CentsCity, building financially healthy youth and families. Acquired by BancVue, Ltd. in 2010. Felix is now Cofounder of Zoobean, which provides provides software to help libraries and schools better engage families and facilitate reading programs for their community.
— CloudFab, Nick Pinkston+ —online access to individualized product fabrication. Helping to jumpstart the new decentralized manufacturing revolution. Acquired by VistaTek. Nick is now Co-founder with Jeremy Herrman, and CEO at Plethora—building the factory of the future in San Francisco.
— Eveos, Co-Founder, Chairman, Steven Radney—Eveos was a wellness company offering better living through better sleep—with the belief that successful chronic OSA management must balance both standard and behavioral therapies. Steven went on to Co-Found VitalClip, building tools to make it easy for you to measure and gain invaluable insights about your health. Presently he is a Sr. Producer at Lowe's Innovation Labs. Eveos and VitalClip are inactive.
— Fooala, David Chen, Todd Eichel, Zachary Cancio, and others—Instant online ordering for restaurants. At the heart of Fooala is a robust transaction network that provides convergence of consumer-facing e-commerce interfaces to restaurant point-of-sale systems through a common interface. Inactive.
— DeviceKnit, John Ganotis and Jordan Messina—a cookbook for gadgets, it's a consumer electronics content and community site focused on helping people discover new uses and connection options for their electronic devices. Inactive
— Communiteach, cultivates vibrant learning communities based on the idea that we all have something to teach, and that teaching and learning are intrinsically worthwhile experiences. Non-profit engages individuals online; for-profit corporate component (employees teaching employees) finances both. Inactive.
— Careerimp, Ayan Kishore and Mona Abdel-Halim and others—is an online community for matching job seekers to employment opportunities with greater satisfaction and intelligence. Their Resunate product revolutionizes resume submission for optimum employer response. Acquired by Chicago-based Professional Diversity Network in 2012.
— Collected, Steve Cotter, Founder and CEO—delivers contextually-relevant content from documents and presentations in your cloud storage accounts as you type. Inactive.
— Innovesca, Mary Beth Wilson, Founder—seeks to impact global nutrition through food innovation by transforming underutilized nutrient-dense plants into value-added ingredients. Inactive.
— Imagine Careers (Student Intuition), Mark Heckmann, CEO, Eric Harvey, CTO and others—a hybrid software and services talent agency for professionals in technology and business. The mission is to develop and guide top talent to discover and connect to great careers. Inactive.
MORE INFO TO COME ON THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES.
— R&R Vendors/Jayson Niba
— Studio42 Design
— Moxy Chop Studio
— Apollo Neuroscience
— Abundance Foods
— Invenium Capital/Capital Foundry, LLC
— Community Catalyst
— International Society of Sustainability Professionals
— Disruption Hawks (Illuminato Group)
— Retro Holdings Group/R&R Vendors
— Ben People's Industries
— Foundry Green Homes
— Carlos Queiros
— Stormdogs Studio
— Ezra Digital
— Zodiac Pool—Robert Blackwell
— Mirappcle—Jignesh Patel
— Pixure Book Publishing
— 5 Stone Learning
— Environmental Monitoring Technologies
— Unabridged Press
— Metafit Solutions
— The Libertus Project
— Avyayah Technologies
— Fort Pitt Web Shop
— Sane Technology
— Turnkey Taxes
— Frontier Research
— Trinculo's Attic
— Strategic Development
By October, 2007, 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh entrepreneur Nick Pinkston — building Cloudfab, to jump-start the new decentralized manufacturing revolution — rented the remainder of the 5th Avenue loft space with Nakturnal through an ad posted on Craigslist.
Nick also co-founded HackPittsburgh (now HackPGH), a tech-based educational collaborative and maker’s space, on the building’s ground floor. Through Nick’s insightful thinking across a wide range of topics, Dale McNutt was motivated to gain perspective about the scope of entrepreneurial activity in Pittsburgh just bubbling under the surface, and its potential to energize his community’s redevelopment.
At the same time (2007-2008) Innovation Works incubator AlphaLab was graduating its first class of startup businesses — and the Keystone Innovation Zone, shepherded by Duquesne University, opened to provide tech startups grant dollars, access to PA tax credits, and paid internships through the four universities in the zone. Uptown is located in the PCKIZ — a zone specifically placed to create a cluster of innovative activity in the transitioning Hill/Uptown neighborhood.
As recipient of Maker Faire Detroit Editor’s Choice Award in July 2011, HackPGH garnered a national reputation. On a Friday night, up to 25 gathered for an evening of learning and networking; or for a Thursday evening lecture; or building a project during daily open shop hours.
HackPGH leadership teams have always been dedicated/motivated to excell — many, like Nick, went on to bigger endeavors — selling CloudFab to VistaTek — he founded Plethora, a 40-person, $16M funded “factory of the future” in San Francisco, and was voted one of Forbes 30-under-30 in 2016.
Co-founder Matt Stultz is MAKE magazine’s digital fabrication and reviews editor — the bible of the maker-movement. He founded 3DPPVD and Ocean State Maker Mill; others left to work for Brooklyn’s 3D-printer company, MakerBot.
HackPGH, 100+ members strong, celebrated nine years of community engagement in March 2018. Adam Longwill cofounder of MetaMesh Wireless Communities (born within the walls of HackPGH), says: “The tools and technologies that HackPGH provided, allowed us to develop into the successful charity we are today — Meta Mesh now provides low-cost or free public WiFi to thousands of Pittsburgh residents.”
Working to raise $600,000 — This energetic group is ready to expand from “garage” to maker facility — more inviting to a broader public, able to function with greater capacity for production and education. Download the full Renovation Pitch here:
Talk to Chad Elish, (412) 219-2723 or Dale McNutt, (412) 400-7154 at 5thAVE STUDIO if you are interested in contributing!
Working to raise $600,000 — HackPGH is ready to expand from “garage” to maker facility — more inviting to a broader public, able to function with greater capacity for production and education. Download the full Renovation Pitch below:
$240,000 to Fund a Green Roof at the Historic Paramount Film Exchange — Saving 70,000+ gallons of water per year from entering the sewer system will cap the renovation of this historic community asset and aid in storm water management that’s vital to this region. Download the full story below:
UPTOWN INNOVATION HUB: A Brief History of the visioning evolution for the Burrell Scientific site and the use of the 6+ acre Uptown Gateway Properties as an innovation hub and academic village. The Vision can jumpstart economic development at the eastern quarter of this long neglected community, help give definition to the Ecoinnovation District, while connecting and encouraging development with Oakland university and life-science partners. At 200+ acres Uptown can extend the boundaries of “downtown” Pittsburgh with scale of building height and density at the west and east portals that most are just not imagining — with a note about AMAZON HQ2. Download the Visioning Doc below:
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