Something big is going on with small companies in our region –– to the tune of $1.7 billion worth of additional investment in Western Pennsylvania. The heroes of this story are the men and women behind these companies. Here are their stories.
 

Thanks to project sponsors: Innovation Works, Faros Properties, Found Advisors, Cohen & Grigsby, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and UPMC Enterprises.
 

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The Innovation Project: Rich Lunak

The Innovation Project: Rich Lunak

Rich Lunak is CEO of Innovation Works.
The Innovation Project: Sophia Berman and Kayla Geer

The Innovation Project: Sophia Berman and Kayla Geer

Sophia Berman is CEO and Kayla Geer is Industrial Designer for Trusst.
The Innovation Project: Jenna Knapp, Ian Rosenberger & Kelsey Halling

The Innovation Project: Jenna Knapp, Ian Rosenberger & Kelsey Halling

Jenna Knapp is Director of Production, Ian Rosenberger is Founder and CEO and Kelsey Halling is Director of Impact for Thread.
The Innovation Project: Matt Tomko

The Innovation Project: Matt Tomko

Matt Tomko works in product development for Renergé.
The Innovation Project: Doug Bernstein

The Innovation Project: Doug Bernstein

Doug Bernstein is CEO of PECA Labs Inc.
The Innovation Project: Mitch Young, Lauren Urbschat & Evan Addams

The Innovation Project: Mitch Young, Lauren Urbschat & Evan Addams

Mitch Young is National Sales Manager, Lauren Urbschat is Marketing Manager and Evan Addams is Head of Strategic Accounts for Nowait.
The Innovation Project: Avi Geller

The Innovation Project: Avi Geller

Avi Geller is CEO and Founder of Maven Machines.
The Innovation Project: Don Charlton

The Innovation Project: Don Charlton

Don Charlton is Founder and Chief Product Officer of Jazz Recruiting Software.
The Innovation Project: Matt Stewart & Justin Sabo

The Innovation Project: Matt Stewart & Justin Sabo

Matt Stewart & Justin Sabo and Cofounders of Digital Dream Labs.
The Innovation Project: Jeremy Kimmel, Ph.D

The Innovation Project: Jeremy Kimmel, Ph.D

Jeremy Kimmel, Ph.D is Vice President of New Technology for ALung Technologies.
The Innovation Project: Sonia Ben-Yehuda

The Innovation Project: Sonia Ben-Yehuda

Sonia Ben-Yehuda is President and Cofounder of medCPU.
The Innovation Project: Jim Ruiz

The Innovation Project: Jim Ruiz

Jim Ruiz is Founder and CEO of CDL Warrior.
The Innovation Project: Lisa Michaux-Smith, Jorgen Pedersen, Aaron Nicely

The Innovation Project: Lisa Michaux-Smith, Jorgen Pedersen, Aaron Nicely

Lisa Michaux-Smith is lead software engineer, Jorgen Pedersen is President and CEO and Aaron Nicely Production and Engineering Coordinator of RE².
The Innovation Project: Phil Dougherty and Norman Joyner

The Innovation Project: Phil Dougherty and Norman Joyner

Phil Dougherty is Cofounder and CEO and Norman Joyner is Cofounder and CTO of Containership.
The Innovation Project: Britta Ulm & Courtney Williamson, PH.D.

The Innovation Project: Britta Ulm & Courtney Williamson, PH.D.

Britta Ulm, is Principal Engineer and Courtney Williamson, PH.D., is CEO and founder of Abililife.