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The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is seeking a second round of creative and innovative proposals that focus on up-and-coming products and technology, community engagement, and the activation of public space in Downtown Pittsburgh. Projects will incorporate new products and technology created in Pittsburgh, whether conceptual ideas or the adaptation of products already under development. We are seeking proposals from local entrepreneurs, for-profit and non-profit organizations, startups, and small businesses that will provide the best and most high-quality and innovative approaches to activating spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh.  

In March 2016, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), supported by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and assisted by Innovation Works, launched a pilot program called BetaBurgh that awarded grants of up to $10,000 to four local organizations and companies to create projects that use their products and ideas for implementable programs to activate public spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh. More information on these projects and installations can be found at http://www.betaburgh.com/projects.html.

The PDP is releasing a second RFP for new ideas and programs to launch in the Spring/Summer of 2017. Successful demonstrations will engage with and enhance the experiences of the broader Downtown community of more than 120,000 daytime workers, millions of annual visitors, and over 12,000 residents by providing amenities and engaging audiences in public spaces with new and innovative products and ideas developed in Pittsburgh.

BetaBurgh promotes innovative ideas from the startup, entrepreneur, and small business communities in Pittsburgh, creating an opportunity to test and launch products and services within the Downtown marketplace. The program provides a platform for small businesses to establish a stronger connection to a potential customer base while creating activity in a public space Downtown. Activation of a Downtown space includes but is not limited to engaging the population through interactive tools, programs, devices, or technology, or by implementing a creative physical infrastructure of the space itself.  

Funding for 2017 projects is available!  Applications are due January 20, 2017.  ​For details on the application and to learn about past BetaBurgh projects, please visit BetaBurgh.com.

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