Work Hard Pittsburgh
Cooperative Principles Applied to the Innovation Economy
Work Hard Pittsburgh is a cooperatively owned and operated business incubator that combines media and technology services with training, sales support, and access to capital. We provide entrepreneurs with a path to start, scale, and sustain their business ventures.
We adhere to the standard cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. We are mindful of our position within the community and our responsibility to promote sustainable development, and we work with others to create a just and equitable society.
The Cooperative Solution
Our cooperatively organized business incubator solves many of the problems associated with traditional business incubation and acceleration. Through collective ownership, we ensure that risk taken by our entrepreneurs is balanced by the maximum amount of potential reward.
The Work Hard Pittsburgh community provides a structure where entrepreneurs can focus on sales and organic growth, rather than the pursuit of capital.
Entrepreneurs earn units of Work Hard Pittsburgh, LLC as they participate in our community. This empowers our members to collaborate more freely, share leads more frequently, and mitigate their own risk. Over time, members earn units in the cooperative that upon certain liquidity events have the potential to pay dividends or seed new investment vehicles that members can access.