Our mission is to build gender and racial equity in tech and entrepreneurship by providing affordable access to high tech tools and equipment, offering workshops that prioritize the experiences of marginalized communities, and cultivating a professional support network.

 

Prototype PGH builds gender and racial equity in tech and entrepreneurship by providing affordable access to high tech tools and equipment, offering workshops that prioritize the experiences of marginalized communities, and cultivating a professional support network. We have two locations: our original location at 460 Melwood Avenue in Oakland is for co-working and select equipment use and our second location in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center (Pitt MAC) hosts our workshops and provides equipment access to a wide range of state-of-the art CNC machines.

In 2017 we received our first grant from the Sprout Fund to engage 100 women in technology workshops. Over the course of the year, we engaged over 500 women in our workshops, classes, and events. We’ve also partnered with the Mayor’s Office on Inclusive Innovation Week, hosted a residency for students from the Ontario College of Art and Design, participated in the AS220 artist residency in Rhode Island, presented at the annual Google design conference, and participated in the Full Circle nonprofit accelerator through Social Venture Partners.

In 2018 we received a grant from Google to engage 1,000 women in workshops, incubate 5 women owned businesses, and hire our first staff person. We also received a grant from the BNY Mellon Foundation to provide programming for 100 women of color to learn technology and entrepreneurial skills in partnership with Ujamaa Collective, Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project, Flower House, and A Peace of Mind. As a result of our workshops and classes we’ve seen our members getting raises, promotions, starting their own businesses, and hiring one another. For our first two years of operations, we were proudly sponsored by New Sun Rising. As of April 2019, we are an official 501(c)(3) non profit organization.