Patrick J. Toomey

06/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2018 07:31

Toomey Announces Dept. of Energy Grant for Pittsburgh Business Development Nonprofit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that Pittsburgh Innovation Works is one of four organizations that has won the Department of Energy's (DOE) American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) Prize Competition. Innovation Works will receive a $150,000 grant to support collaboration between U.S. innovators who develop new energy technologies and the domestic manufacturers who produce them.

Senator Toomey and Bob Starzynski, Director of Business Development for Innovation Works, offered the following comments:

'For decades, Southwestern Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of energy innovation and manufacturing,' said Senator Toomey. 'Innovation Works was a clear choice for this award because of the firm's mission to provide local technology entrepreneurs, researchers, and small manufacturers with strategic business and direct investment services. I was happy to support Innovation Works, and am pleased that the Department of Energy saw fit to award them this grant.'

'At Innovation Works, we coach our early stage entrepreneurs to design their products for domestic manufacturing, and we help them build a strong local supply chain,' said Bob Starzynski, Director of Business Development for Innovation Works. 'We are excited to win this prize and to work with the Department of Energy to ensure that energy entrepreneurs are finding a pathway to onshore manufacturing. Senator Toomey is always a champion of Innovation Works' efforts, and we appreciate the support that he provided for this award.'

The AIM Offshore grant award is meant to coach U.S. scientists and engineers about basic manufacturing processes and product design. Senator Toomey wrote a letter in support of Innovation Works application.