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Ascender is a vibrant hub with educational programs for entrepreneurs, mentorship, expert coaching, incubation and a collaborative coworking space that helps drive innovation and growth.

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From fledgling tech companies, healthcare innovators, and nonprofits to makers, creators, services and shops, Ascender is for Pittsburgh's entrepreneurs.

Our Values

 

Resources for Entrepreneurs

Programs. Our education series and entrepreneurial programs offer enriching opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn new content, grow their network, and receive feedback on their plans. Programs are free and open to any entrepreneur at any stage of business building. For our paying workspace members, we organize diverse events to meet their professional, social, and emotional needs. Learn More >>

Space. In some situations, the best path towards success requires physical space that an entrepreneur may not currently have available to them. Ascender offers different membership options to access our workspace. Learn More >>

Connectivity. The Ascender team leverages its relationships with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pittsburgh to pull the right folks into the conversation at the appropriate time and meaningfully support entrepreneurs on their journeys. Learn More >>

 

Our Team

NADYLI NUNEZ

Nadyli Nuñez

Executive Director

Annia Aleman

Annia Aleman

Innovation Director

Ginny Beck

Ginny Beck

Operations Manager

Sam Bender

Sam Bender

Community Operations Coordinator

Ben Rubino

Ben Rubino

Program Coordinator

Craig Markovitz

Senior Advisor

Stephan Mueller, Ascender COO

Stephan Mueller

Senior Advisor

Tammy Szijarto

Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR)

Our Board

Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala

Interim Chairman, Ascender & Managing Partner, Localize Capital Management

Mark Broadhurst

Mark Broadhurst

Chief Operating Officer, Parkhurst Dining

Dave Busch, Ascender Board

Dave Busch

CEO & Founder, Nivo1

Kevin Heher

Kevin Heher

President, Liberty Insurance Agency

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson

Global Communications Director, Philips

Justine Kasznica

Justine Kasznica

Shareholder, Babst Calland

Serge Smailbegovic

Serge Smailbegovic

Director, Corporate Services & Real Estate Sourcing, BNY Mellon

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