MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is a unique tool for entrepreneurs that has chapters in 24 cities across the United States and abroad. Enterprise Forum has over 2,000 participants who collaborate to review one another’s business plans and ideas. The Pittsburgh chapter was established in 1987 after the original group in Massachusetts and the first few branches of the organization proved to be successful.
Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is dedicated to entrepreneurship in all industries. The Forum’s main focus is hosting events where regional entrepreneurs present their new ideas and upcoming projects. Other entrepreneurs and experts review each presentation and offer feedback and advice.
Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh offers individual, student, or corporate membership. Benefits of membership include free attendance to all Forum events–one ticket for individuals and three tickets for corporate memberships per event. Members may also receive a reduced rate to Technology Review magazine, and discounted rates for events hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Global Pittsburgh, the Product Development and Management Association, and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). Finally, members receive an invitation to pitch their ideas at Talk to the Angels, an exclusive closed-door event attended only by participants and Enterprise Forum board members and sponsors.
You do not need to be a member of Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh to participate in the majority of Forum events, but a fee of $45 per event is usually required for attendance. Students may typically attend Forum events for $20.
Some businesses become sponsors of Forum events by donating money for the season or per event. Sponsors of Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh have the opportunity to meet industry leaders, gain exposure for their businesses, and receive free event tickets. Prices for different levels of sponsorship are listed here. All sponsorship donations are tax deductible.