Co-CREATE is an annual immersive, community-based business ignition program for emerging creative companies and entrepreneurs based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Program Overview

Quarter One (September-December)
September 2016: Program Begins, Individual Planning/Goal Setting Sessions
October-December 2016: Monthly Collaboration Sessions, Business Building Seminars, Mentorship Meetings

Quarter Two (January-June)
January 2017: Group Progress Report-Out/ Demo; National Engagement Goals and Grant Allocations
February-May 2017: National Engagement Activities, Monthly Collaboration Sessions, Business Building Seminars, Mentorship Meetings

June 1, 2017: Demo Day / Exhibition at CREATE 2017 and the Three River’s Arts Festival

Program Deliverables:

Ignition Grants

Entrepreneurial Empowerment
Educational Programs
Industry Mentorship
Strategic Business Development Connections
Immersive Training Opportunties:
   WOMEN: Chatham University's Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence MyPath Opportunity
   MAKERS: COCREATE Techshop Membership Scholarship Opportunity
Co-Working Space
Shared Workspace at the Pittsburgh Technology Council
Cross-sector and Corporate Collaboration Opportunities
Meeting Space + Conference Room Use
Shared Office Resources
Community Engagement
Free Access to Creative Industry Network Events and Programming
Participation in Project Demo / Exhibition at CREATE 2017 and Three River’s Arts Festival
Relevant National Engagement Opportunity
Radio, Video, Print, Electronic and Social Media Visibility Opportunities


2016-17 Co-CREATE + Creative Industries Events

Click here to view full event listings and registration. The events below are open to the public with admission fee.

AUG 27: Small Business Basics Workshop, SCORE, Chatham University 

SEPT 21: Communicating with Clarity, Thoughtform 

SEPT 28: Think Like an Entrepreneur, by Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

OCT 5: LEGAL SERIES: Early Stage Legal Considerations for Entrepreneurs, by Reed Smith

OCT 7: Creative Clash: The Vault Recording Studio

OCT 18: PINTEREST FOR BUSINESS WORKSHOP, Chatham University Special Class ($30.00)*

OCT 19: LEGAL SERIES: Protecting your Ideas and Content: What you Need to Know about Intellectual Property, by Reed Smith

NOV 3: GROWING YOUR SALES WORKSHOP, Chatham University Special Class ($30.00)*

NOV 9: MARKETING SERIES: How Small Companies Can Build Brands without Big Budgets, by C-leveled

NOV 15: QUICKBOOKS BASICS WORKSHOP, Chatham University Special Class ($30.00)*

NOV 30: MARKETING SERIES: LinkedIn for Sales, Marketing, and Competitive Intelligence, by Dave Nelsen

DEC 7: Marketing Insights: Getting Agile with Your Data with MARC USA

DEC 14: Experimentation in Business -- Building Prototypes for Real Audiences, by MAYA Design

JAN 11: Design Matters: Intro to Design Thinking, with SUMMA

JAN 14: Small Business Basics Workshop, SCORE, by Chatham University (Repeat)

JAN 18: STORYTELLING SERIES: Visual Storytelling, by PMI

FEB 15: 5 Steps to a Simple Marketing Plan, by Prime Design

FEB 16: Creative Clash: Carnegie Museum of Art

MAR 8: Marketing Insights: Technology + Marketing, with Plus Consulting

MAR 15: STORYTELLING SERIES: Creating Motion Graphics Messaging, by RendrFX

APR 12: How to Get Rid of Presentation Anxiety for Good, with Hank Walshak

APR 19: Risky Business: Legal Tips All Small Businesses Should Know, by Lynch Law Group

MAY 3: Facilitating Collaboration and Co-Creation, with TrueFit

MAY 17: Making Google's Content Strategy Work for You, by SpaceJunk

JUNE 1: CREATE Festival, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh's Cultural District

*click here for details on Chatham University partner programs, offered at member discount to Co-CREATORS.