Scholar Hero has been excitedly preparing for this upcoming Thrival Innovation + Music Festival on September 7th, our first opportunity to show off some of our hard work to the Pittsburgh public. As members of the Hustle Den’s inaugural cohort, we have been invited to join other startups and entrepreneurs to talk openly to attendees and potential investors about our products and future plans.
The Origins of the Thrival Festival
The Thrival celebration is actually an annual celebration organized by Thrill Mill, Inc., featuring several musical acts and festivities, all towards raising money for The Business Bout. Thrill Mill co-founder and chairman Luke Skurman http://about.me/skurman originally came up with the idea in 2005 to strengthen the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial community and reduce the pattern for the city’s young talent to emigrate to other larger cities. Years later, it is now one of the biggest networking events in the city.
Ultimately, The Thrival Festival is meant to close out the summer strong with entertainment and connection with the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial community. There will be food and drink available for attendees as well as live-performing musical artists such as De La Soul, RJD2, and Frightening Rabbit. Proceeds will go to Thrill Mill, Inc. to further support and incubate the next cohort of brilliant entrepreneurs.
Scholar Hero’s Thrival Role
Scholar Hero will be one of the 13 Hustle Den companies to be stationed in Innovation Row at Bakery Square and delivering a brief pitch to potential investors at Google Pittsburgh. We will be showing prototypes of three products, all designed to assist scholars in creating and sharing their work:
· Amino – A document assistance service helps structure ideas and data, preventing the writer’s block that comes with “blank page syndrome”
· Synthesis – A document sharing service designed for acquiring rich community feedback.
· Fusion – A mobile solution to “crowd-reviewing,” involving a gamified, ranking system.
You can read about all of the Hustle Den companies here. http://thrillmill.com/meet-the-teams/
The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is September 7th from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. More information can be found here: http://thrivalfestival.com/about/.
Help us celebrate those that choose make a difference. As Thrill Mill co-founder and CEO Bobby Zappala said: “You can’t change the size of Pittsburgh, but you can change how people think about it.”
Nathan Repp is a writer for Scholar Hero, Inc.