48 Hours Left to Apply to Thrill Mill StartUp Incubator


Have you always wanted to start a business or do you have an idea that you think might make a great business, but you aren’t sure where to start?  Then you should apply to Thrill Mill for the 2015 class.  Thrill Mill is an incubator located on Broad St. in East Liberty.  They are now accepting applications for their third class of companies.

I was part of the first Thrill Mill class and the Thrill Mill incubator has only improved.  Even though I am still not as far as I would like to be with my business, it was a great experience to learn about the startup ecosystem in Pittsburgh. The most valuable part of the Thrill Mill program for me was getting to know some of the other entrepreneurs, many who have become close friends.  If you are interested in starting a business, or think you want to start a business – I can’t say enough about how important it is to be a part of a “tribe” of like minded people.  Also, it was through Thrill Mill that I was introduced to C-leveled, a business consulting firm in Bloomfield, where I currently work helping C-leveled’s clients with social media. (If you need help with social media, marketing or a website for your business – I’d be happy to buy you a cup of coffee and chat – drop me an email lpatross-at-c-leveled.com).

Up to 20 startups will be accepted for a full year of first-class office space, funding, a depth of hands-on programming, mentorship, investors, and growth-focused partnerships.

The application is simple – just two questions – describe your idea and introduce your team.  Click here to apply.  Applications must be submitted by October 29, 2014 at 11:59pm.

You can read more about the Thrill Mill application process and some of the current companies here.  Babs Carryer @BabsCarryer who writes the blog The New Venturist is also a teacher/mentor at Thrill Mill wrote a post about her work at Thrill Mill which you can read here.

Thrill Mill Companies You Should Know About

Here are some of the companies that have been a part of the Thrill Mill incubator.  Keep an eye out for these businesses around town.

20 Events You Need to Know About – September 2014

Pittsburgh Events Listing

So much to do in this town, so little time! Here are 25 events around town.  Some are from our favorite organizations, many are new organizations hosting launch events, volunteer training and business fairs.

  1. Boundaries: A collection of photographs that explores what holds us back @ Miss L Photography – Friday, September 12 // 7pm
  2. The Pitch (Part of Thrival Festival) @ AlphaLab Gear – Saturday, September 13 // 11am-1pm // @ThrivalFestival @AlphaLabGear
  3. Pittsburgh Brown Mamas Makeup N’ Martini Launch Party @ Alloy Studios – Saturday, September 13 // 5-8pm [Congrats to Brown Mamas on being the most recent Awesome Pittsburgh grant recipiant!]
  4. Lungs Face Feet Record Release Party @ The Shop – Saturday, September 13 // 7pm
  5. MakerFest @ TechShop Pittsburgh – Sunday, September 14 // 11am-2pm // @TechShopPgh
  6. Downtown CDC Happy Hour @ Las Velas – Tuesday, September 16 // 6-8:30pm
  7. TJ Dema Poetry Reading @ City of Asylum – Tuesday, September 16 // 6-7:30pm // $Free // @cityofasylumpgh
  8. Literary Arts Boom Volunteer Training @ Union Project – Wednesday September 17 // 10-11am // @theLAB_pgh
  9. Adventure Bingo @ Harvard & Highland – Wednesday, September 17 // 8-10pm
  10. PUMP’s Volunteer Speed Dating @ Bayardstown Social Club – September 18
  11. #CNBSEEN Happy Hour @ C-leveled – September 18 // 4-7pm // @c_leveled
  12. Yelp’s ‘Burgh Bash @ Pittsburgh Public Market – Thursday, September 18 // 8-10pm
  13. MakeNight @ Pittsburgh Children’s Museum – Thursday, September 18//6:30-8:30pm //
  14. PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh 2014 @ Parking Spots around Pittbsurgh – Friday, September 19
  15. 7th Annual Challenge the Champions Gala @ Downtown Wyndham – Friday, September 19 // 6:30-9:30pm// @everychildinc
  16. PANDEMIC 3rd Saturday Edition @ Brillobox – Saturday, September 20 //9:45pm
  17. Small Business Resource Fair @ Hill House Kaufmann Center – Monday, September 22 // 4:30-7pm
  18. Adventure Bingo @ Harvard & Highland – Wednesday, September 24 // 8-10pm
  19. Wilkinsburg House & Garden Tour @ Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church – Saturday, September 27 // 10am-3pm
  20. Venture Outdoors Happy Hour @ Wigle Whiskey – Monday, September 29 // 5:30-8:30pm // @ventureoutdoors

Have an event you would like to add to this list?  Submit your event to our events calendar here.

Secrets of the City: This Sunday Take A Tour to the Top of East Liberty Presbyterian Church

One of the most interesting tours I have taken in Pittsburgh – also offers a spectacular view.  Back in June of 2012 I happened to be at East Liberty Presbyterian Church they day they were offering a tour of the entire church – all the way up to the very top.

I am sure I took some photos of East Liberty from the top of the church, but I can’t find them.  It took some digging – but I found one of the photos I tweeted from the tour…

June 1 –  Tour the Tower of East Liberty Presbyterian Church

The East Liberty Presbyterian Church tower

The East Liberty Presbyterian Church tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Sunday, June 1, 2014, East Liberty Presbyterian Church will be offering another tour of the building.

ELPC Tower Tour – June 1, 12:15pm
Do you want to scale the ELPC steeple and enjoy the tower and the view that it offers? You have an
opportunity to do so on Sun., June 1, at 12:15 pm.

Architect and ELPC Property Chairman Bruce Pollock will be our host for a climb to the top. Meet at the Hospitality Desk following our 11 am worship service. Wear slacks and comfortable shoes.
The tour will last for an hour, after which, there will be a 45-minute tour of the Sanctuary and Chapel.

Some tips for the tour:

  • Wear walking shoes – you will be walking up many steps
  • The tour starts at the Hospitality Desk – which is right inside the door on Highland Avenue.
  • Street parking is free on Sunday

If you go, please share some photos with us!

More About East Liberty – A History of the Highland Building

One of the other things I shared on twitter in June of 2012 was a link to this blog post on Building Pittsburgh about about the Highland Building, which is located directly across the street from the church.  In the past 2 years, the Highland Building has been completely renovated and is now an apartment building.

Watch the Trailers and Vote for Your Favorite Pittsburgh Film Projects

While you know that some big blockbuster movies are shot in Pittsburgh, there are quite a few Pittsburghers who are working on their own film project.  The Sprout Fund has put together a special round of grants to help some of these local filmmakers finish and promote their films.

The public is invited to watch the trailers here and vote for your favorite films.  The deadline for public voting is December 2, 2013.  (Take a minute to watch the intro video that The Sprout Fund put together for this project.  They filmed this intro at the Hollywood Theater in Dorming and it provides a nice overview of the project) [Read more…]


The Treading Art folks have put together an awesome series of events called Discover Pittsburgh.  The series kicks off this evening and runs through Monday.  If you haven’t yet been to see the Maxo Vanka murals – this is a MUST DO!!!! – Lindsay


Thursday Oct. 3rd – 


Join us for the kickoff of DISCOVER PITTSBURGH and  become enthralled by video installations from three local artists, oodle at handmade furniture (also of local origin), dance, lounge in oversized bean bags, drink, eat chocolate, and catch a gander of  Kurt Hentschlager’s riveting Hive on the second floor!

Wood Street Galleries, 3rd Floor @ 601 Wood Street – Cultural District

7-11pm // FREE

Join us at round two as we celebrate the new and old diversity of East Liberty and it’s many entrepreneurs. For the full lineup beyond pig roast, drum circles and live graffiti have a look here where you can also print out a map + itinerary!

Surrounding the intersection of Penn Ave & Highland Ave – East Liberty

12-4pm // FREE

Coming full circle we’ll explore Radiant Hall, the impressive and newly opened artist studios. Also on hand will be Morgan Erina of Broken Fences who will coo you with original tunes and covers, light brunch fare from La Gourmandine and mid-afternoon bubbly + sangria.

Radiant Hall @ 4514 Plummer St – Lawrenceville

11am-2pm // FREE


Lastly we wrap up in the wonderful community of Millvale where captivating guide Aaron Ciarkowski will give you the insiders tour of these sensational and historic murals.

St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church @ 24 Maryland Ave – Millvale

10am & 11:30am // FREE