A Decade of Resilience in Pittsburgh's Technology Sector

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A Decade of Resilience in Pittsburgh's Technology Sector

Join IW and Ernst and Young for the release of the region's most recent report of the investment deals shaping our entrepreneurship.

By Innovation Works & Ernst & Young

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Thursday, March 23 · 8 - 10:30am EDT


Alloy 26 100 South Commons #102 Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

March 23 at Alloy 26 (Northside)

8:00 a.m. FREE casual breakfast, networking

8:45 a.m. comments begin

Innovation Works (IW) and Ernst & Young LLC release the region's most recent report of the investment deals and trends shaping our entrepreneurial community. Learn how you can use the report’s data and hear about the resiliency of Pittsburgh's technology sector over the past decade.

Following a brief recap of the report, Catherine Mott of BlueTree Allied Angels will moderate a panel discussion with Joe Hipsky of iraLOGIX and Graham Rihn of RoadRunner Recycling on their experiences raising investment and what they learned - and you need to know - to sharpen your fundraising strategies.

Join us for this free event. A casual breakfast will be served before the discussion begins and more networking with investors, mentors, and corporate partners will follow.


Catherine Mott, BlueTree Allied Angels

Catherine Mott is a founding partner of BlueTree Capital Group and BlueTree Allied Angels. Previously, Catherine had founded Synergetics Sales Performance Group (formerly Strategic Sales Solutions) and Indigo Capital Development. Prior to forming her own businesses, Catherine worked 17 years in corporate banking management where she served in senior management roles for investment sales/wealth management, commercial lending, business development, and retail expansion. Today, Ms. Mott uses these experiences and her education to bring together capital and prime investment opportunities.

Joe Hipsky, iraLOGIX

Joe is an experienced leader and business builder with an affinity for driving innovation. He oversees product-market fit and corporate development initiatives. Prior to co-founding IRALOGIX, he spent more than 15 years developing growth strategies and bringing products to market for early stage technology firms as well as large financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Joe also sits on several advisory boards for emerging technology companies and is a contributing member of the Forbes Business Council.

Graham Rihn, RoadRunner Recycling

Graham Rihn is the Founder and CEO of RoadRunner Recycling, a leading provider in comprehensive sustainable waste management for enterprises and mid-market businesses. Providing the necessary vision and execution framework, Graham has bolstered the company’s continued success in its mission to reinvent recycling in the United States. Prior to creating RoadRunner Recycling, Graham served as the Co-founder and President at Sequoia Waste Solutions. Graham’s leadership has grown RoadRunner Recycling to see over $149 million in capital raised, growth to a workforce of nearly 600 employees, expansion into 22 markets, and the acquisition of waste-metering technology to assist with future improvements. In 2023, Graham was honored with Waste360's Changemaker Award, which recognizes leaders who are creating real, meaningful, positive change for the waste and recycling industry.

Presented by: Innovation Works and Ernst & Young LLP

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