The GAN Community


Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Date & Time

  • Sep 12th, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


$25USD through August 25th / $49USD after that.

The GAN Momentum Tour is Coming to Pittsburgh

The GAN Momentum Tour is a five-stop global tour that will focus on creating opportunities for startups to succeed and gain traction, wherever they are.


Startups think differently, act differently, and run their organizations in ways that few people will ever understand. It’s because of these differences that startups are the ones changing the landscape of the future, building the next products that we will all use and love. And, startups are the engines behind our cities. They serve an important role, creating new jobs and generating revenue—sustainable work and sustainable wages for their staff and their communities.

But, startups can’t do this alone. They need corporates that want to do business with them. They need investors that provide the necessary capital to get them off the ground. They need mentors that will coach them. And they need accelerators that will bring this support around them for a short, focused period of time.

Which is why we’re so excited to invite you to the GAN Momentum Tour, a five-stop global tour celebrating the startup that’s doing things differently. The startup that decided not to go to the big city. The startup that sees the bigger picture. The startup that’s curious and wants to learn more. The startup that sees success not as individual, but as collective. And the startup that wants to do good work and build something that actually makes a difference.

And it’s for the people who want to support those startups. Who believe in their power and potential for impact.



Leg One: North America


Our first stop, in Pittsburgh, will be hosted by GAN Accelerators AlphaLab & AlphaLab Gear.

AlphaLab is a nationally ranked software accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA. They help early-stage tech companies quickly figure out the best way to build and grow in an immersive four-month program with funding.

Founded in 2008, AlphaLab was one of the nation’s first accelerators, providing funding, mentorship, education, and network building to speed the growth of promising startups. AlphaLab Gear was designed from the ground up around the needs of hardware startups.



During our time together, we’ll lean into how a startup can raise investment capital wherever they call home, how to get revenue in places big and small, and how to create a company and culture that actually gets results—anywhere.

  1. Wednesday Evening:
    Momentum Kickoff Happy Hour
    5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
    Location: City of Asylum
    40 W. North Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  2. Thursday:
    Momentum Day
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    AlphaLab & AlphaLab Gear
    6024 Broad St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Momentum Day Agenda

9:00 a.m.
Welcome to Pittsburgh!

9:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas, president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, will discuss why startups are so important here and now.

9:30 a.m.
Startup Panel
Listen to three startups discuss why they chose to build their companies in the region and how they did it.

  • Ryan Green, Gridwise
  • Rachel Reid, Subtl Beauty
  • Lia Winter, Winter Innovations, LLC
  • Avi Gellar, Maven Machines

10:00 a.m.
Accelerator Panel
Four accelerators discuss how to scale from accelerator to exit.

  • BREW Accelerator
  • Lighthouse Labs

10:30 a.m.
Investor Presentation
Zach Malone, principal of Draper Triangle Ventures, will discuss the one thing investors want you to know about getting investment in the region.

10:50 a.m.
Corporate Presentation
How startups can work with corporations and why corporations love working with startups.

  • Priscilla Beal, Bayer
  • Monique Moffo, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs
  • Nick Florek, Relish Works
  • Eric Olson, Cargill

11:15 a.m.
Pitch Session
Regional startups pitch for a chance at GAN Ventures investment.

12:15 p.m.
Lunch (included)

1:00 p.m.
Ethics and Values for Tech Startups
Hear from leaders from the CMU CREATELab about ethics and how to incorporate them into your startup.

1:15 p.m.
Speaker: Kelly Collier
Hear from Kelly Collier, business development manager at UPMC Enterprises, about why our region is great for startups and how we can make it even better.

1:35 p.m.
Breakout Session #1

2:15 p.m.
Breakout Session #2

2:45 p.m.
Closing Conversation
This is just the beginning.

3:15–5:00 p.m.
Office Hours
Meet with the corporations, investors, and accelerators you heard from today.

4:00–6:00 p.m.
Corporate Sneak Peek
Corporates have the opportunity to meet and evaluate the latest tech startups coming out of nationally ranked GAN Accelerators.



August 25, 2019 | Half-Off Ticket Promotion Ends

August 26, 2019 | Deadline for Pitch Applications

August 28, 2019 | Promotional Rate at Hotel Indigo Expires

September 6, 2019 | Registration Deadline



Hotel recommendation:
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty
A three-minute walk from our Momentum Day venue. A limited room block has been reserved for a special rate of $99/night September 11 & 12 and $129/night September 13 & 14; book before September 3.

Click on the hotel on the map above. Select “Book Online.” Enter dates and then click “Book.”

To Join Us:

We’re excited to see you and meet you on this journey we’re all on together. Tickets are extremely limited, so register today. Simply do so here and we’ll keep you up to date on details as we have them:



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