Sophie Burkholder

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Sophie Burkholder is Technical.ly’s reporter in Pittsburgh as of June 2021. The Pittsburgh native spent the previous five years studying bioengineering and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia, where she also interned as a reporter on the health and business desks at Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has covered the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses and startups, particularly in health and biotech, for outlets like TechCrunch. She also covered local health stories on vaccine rollout for homebound patients and the effect of opioid-related legislation for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit newsroom PublicSource.

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In a win for Pittsburgh’s growing healthcare industry, ThoroughCare closes on a $3 million Series A

4 hours ago

In a win for Pittsburgh’s growing healthcare industry, ThoroughCare closes on a $3 million Series A

The funding will enable the quickly growing company to add another 20 to 30 employees to its roster.
Argo AI is the first to launch fully driverless cars in Austin and Miami

9 hours ago

Argo AI is the first to launch fully driverless cars in Austin and Miami

The launch bodes well for a highly anticipated public offering that's expected to come later this year.
Black Tech Nation Ventures gets $2.5 million from FNB Corporation, pushing it closer to its fund goal of $50 million

May 17, 2022 12:54 pm

Black Tech Nation Ventures gets $2.5 million from FNB Corporation, pushing it closer to its fund goal of $50 million

When its fund is complete, Black Tech Nation Ventures will invest in 20-30 early stage tech startups with "diverse founding teams."
Thermal materials startup Arieca closes its $6.5 million Series A with a local lead investor

May 17, 2022 8:00 am

Thermal materials startup Arieca closes its $6.5 million Series A with a local lead investor

It's the second CMU-founded startup to secure funding in the last week, and the capital will go towards product development and manufacturing scaling.
This startup with Pittsburgh roots just walked away from Shark Tank with half a million dollars

May 16, 2022 3:23 pm

This startup with Pittsburgh roots just walked away from Shark Tank with half a million dollars

The Pittsburgh native-founded startup produces cosmetics to make men feel better in their skin.
These Pennsylvania tech companies each just got up to $100K in tax credits

May 16, 2022 7:30 am

These Pennsylvania tech companies each just got up to $100K in tax credits

The hope is that the tax benefits will encourage more residents to engage in entrepreneurial activity within R&D clusters throughout the state.
Brush your teeth in the metaverse with this new tech from CMU researchers

May 12, 2022 1:46 pm

Brush your teeth in the metaverse with this new tech from CMU researchers

A team from the university's Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute have created an ultrasound phased array to create mouth sensations in the metaverse.
Tech migration report: Pittsburgh is among the top US markets for pandemic growth

May 11, 2022 4:56 pm

Tech migration report: Pittsburgh is among the top US markets for pandemic growth

Over the past year, the city has seen a growth rate of 7.5% in tech workers, with PNC Bank as the industry's top local employer.
Gecko Robotics doubles down on Pittsburgh with its new HQ

May 11, 2022 2:28 pm

Gecko Robotics doubles down on Pittsburgh with its new HQ

The new 70,000-square-foot space includes testing and development facilities to grow the capabilities of Gecko's industrial inspection bots. The venture-backed company plans to grow headcount to 400 in the next year.
UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge returns for its 5th cycle with $300K for Pittsburgh startups

May 10, 2022 3:55 pm

UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge returns for its 5th cycle with $300K for Pittsburgh startups

This year's prize is for solutions aimed at promoting racial and economic justice in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Applications open Thursday, May 12.

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