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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Sheetz is expanding its tech office presence in Bakery Square

Oct. 15, 2021 4:27 pm

Sheetz is expanding its tech office presence in Bakery Square

The convenience store chain will occupy the full second floor of the new Bakery Square Four office, housing employees of its IT, data and innovations departments.
Pittsburgh’s VC numbers rebound in Q3, but still fall short of last year

Oct. 15, 2021 12:44 pm

Pittsburgh’s VC numbers rebound in Q3, but still fall short of last year

The region saw $121.37 million of investment into 24 deals. Despite numbers that lag behind 2020, Pittsburgh's improved third quarter saw strength from life sciences investments.
Robots on the racetrack: A team of Pitt students will compete in the first Indy Autonomous Challenge

Oct. 14, 2021 4:34 pm

Robots on the racetrack: A team of Pitt students will compete in the first Indy Autonomous Challenge

Autonomous vehicles will get their own Indy 500 at this inaugural event next weekend.
Seegrid’s new global ranking is more evidence that big success is imminent for Pittsburgh robotics

Oct. 14, 2021 3:25 pm

Seegrid’s new global ranking is more evidence that big success is imminent for Pittsburgh robotics

The homegrown robotics firm was just named the world's top autonomous mobile robot provider. The honor is "an important inflection point," VP of Product Jeff Christensen said.
RealLIST Engineers 2021: Meet 10 influential technologists building a better Pittsburgh

Oct. 13, 2021 3:29 pm

RealLIST Engineers 2021: Meet 10 influential technologists building a better Pittsburgh

These software engineers are part of the driving force behind Pittsburgh's recent tech success while also giving back to the community.
IPO roundup: These 3 tech exits will yield big gains for Pittsburgh

Oct. 12, 2021 5:33 pm

IPO roundup: These 3 tech exits will yield big gains for Pittsburgh

Following Duolingo's IPO, public offerings are on the way for Aurora and Cognition Therapeutics, and Stronghold Digital Mining launched one this week. Here's what we know so far.
Power Moves: A new CEO for a young startup and a chief commercial officer for a growing robotics firm

Oct. 11, 2021 5:21 pm

Power Moves: A new CEO for a young startup and a chief commercial officer for a growing robotics firm

Recent leadership changes and awards play a role in Pittsburgh's tech momentum this fall. Here are four key announcements to be aware of, plus two notable awards for local tech companies.
Meet the 2021 Venture for America fellows working in Pittsburgh

Oct. 11, 2021 2:38 pm

Meet the 2021 Venture for America fellows working in Pittsburgh

These six recent college grads will work at startups and growing tech companies during the two-year program.
Newly launched Mimetic brings collaboration to agtech in Western PA

Oct. 8, 2021 4:54 pm

Newly launched Mimetic brings collaboration to agtech in Western PA

This partnership between RustBuilt and KRNLS will convene farmers and technologists to bring new tech to local agriculture.
Can Pittsburgh become a life sciences hub? Here’s a list of startup resources to make it happen

Oct. 8, 2021 1:18 pm

Can Pittsburgh become a life sciences hub? Here’s a list of startup resources to make it happen

These local accelerators, networking communities and health system partnerships are helping to commercialize the medical expertise in Pittsburgh.

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