Fostering the next generation of tech entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh

412Build, a new program developed by Innovation Works (Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southwestern PA) in the East Liberty area of Pittsburgh, is doing its part, encouraging teens to consider high-tech careers. The initiative instructs participants in the use of advanced manufacturing equipment, product design and the basics of starting a business.

And the impact goes beyond the enrolled young people — during each of two five-week sessions, students use their new skills to improve local neighborhoods, helping them become future leaders in their own communities.