The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association was founded in 1982 to catalyze venture investment and entrepreneurialism in Western Pennsylvania. Since then it has become the leading voice of private equity investors in the region.
Through a wide range of programs, the PVCA facilitates quality deal flow, encourages investor collaboration, and fosters important relationships with key service providers. Every major regional venture capital firm is represented in our membership, as well as numerous first-tier service providers.
Regional promotional activities include a venture fair, regular networking events, a membership directory, and award ceremonies for successful regional entrepreneurs. All these activities aim to create a positive climate for venture capital in Western Pennsylvania.
THE PVCA AT A GLANCE
Who: The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association [PVCA] is the leading voice of private equity investors in Western Pennsylvania and among the most prominent in the Mid-Atlantic region.
What: The PVCA works as an advocate for the venture capital industry and facilitates the flow of capital into promising ventures through networking luncheons, receptions, prominent events like the 3 Rivers Venture Fair and other activities that encourage discussions on topics pertaining to investment trends, financing, tax issues, IPOs and public policy issues.
Where Our focus is Western Pennsylvania but our influence has expanded nationally through the high-profile 3 Rivers Venture Fair, which attracts more than 600 attendees, including some of the nation's most prominent investors and firms.
Age: Founded in 1982
Membership: 200, including every major venture capital firm in the region, as well as private investors, top-tier service providers and leaders in economic development.
For over two decades the PVCA has celebrated local entrepreneurs with our "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Starting in 2010 we also began honouring individuals who have had a big impact on the local venture community with our "Lifetime Achievement" award. Finally in 2014 we introduced our "Emerging Leadership" award for individuals under 35 who have already had a big impact on the local venture market. The past winners of these awards are listed below.
Innovation Works/Riverfront Ventures
Blue Belt Technologies
Adams Capital Management
Rob Daley & Henry Thorne
Christine Robins, John Stivoric & Astro Teller
Body Media, Inc.
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Newlin Investment Company
Draper Triangle Ventures
Michael Bozik, M.D., Gregory Hebrank, M.D., M.B.A. & Thomas Petzinger, Jr.
|2010 Lifetime Achievement|
|James Colker - CEO Venture Fund|
|2009 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Gerald McGinnis - Respironics, Inc.|
|2008 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Pete DeComo - Renal Solutions Inc.|
|2007 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Stanley Blaylock - Medmark, a Walgreen Specialty Pharmacy|
|2006 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Roger Byford - Vocollect, Inc.|
|2005 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Lawrence Rhoades - Ex One Corporation - Extrude Hone Corp.|
|2004 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Ron Bianchini - Spinnaker Networks|
|2003 Outstanding Entrepreneurs|
|Francois Bitz, Eric Cooper, Thomas Gill & Michael Green - FORE Systems, Inc.|
|2002 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Chris Allison - Tollgrade Communications, Inc.|
|2001 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Steve Heilman - Lifecor, Inc. & Vascor, Inc.|
|2000 Outstanding Entrepreneurs|
|Sam Kinney & Glen Meakem - FreeMarkets|
|1999 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Sean McDonald - McKesson Automated Healthcare|
|1998 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Jarod Cohon - Carnegie Mellon University|
|1997 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Steve Heilman - Medrad|
|1996 Outstanding Entrepreneur|
|Don Jones - International Cybernetics|
|1995 Outstanding Entrepreneurs|
|Ashok Trivedi & Sunil Wadhwani - Mastech|