Our Mission

FortyX80 exists to catapult the growth of entrepreneurs across southwestern Pennsylvania.

This is accomplished by strengthening the region's entrepreneurial framework through: increased access to capital, educational programming, and promoting SWPA globally as a premier location for start-ups, talent, and technology.

Partnerships with foundations, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, educational institutions, and other government and economic development entities are central to this mission.


Initial Support

FortyX80 is supported by grants made by foundations, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and seed funding from the Pittsburgh Technology Council.


We meet with Pittsburgh's growth-stage start-ups to assist in establishing connections with global funders and commercial partners.  Our Watch List is a group of innovative, investment-ready companies. For more information about joining the Watch List, please email our Executive Director, Alicia McGinnis, and introduce yourself.


Watch List


Meet Our Team


Audrey Russo 



As CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, FortyX80 was born from a need Audrey saw after years working with local tech companies – Pittsburgh entrepreneurs need someone supporting the ecosystem as a whole, especially when it comes to much-needed venture capital investment and early-stage business development. From meeting with investors to forging new partnerships, Audrey steers the FortyX80 ship in the direction of strengthening Southwest PA’s entrepreneurial community.

When she’s not busy representing the interests of regional tech entrepreneurs (a rarity), you can find her hosting entrepreneurs at her home, dining at Pittsburgh’s best restaurants, working out at the JCC, and palling around town with her infamous cockapoo, Gracie.


Alicia is an entrepreneur and angel investor, and joined Fortyx80 as Executive Director after serving as one of its founding board members.  Well aware of Pittsburgh's innovation as an investor, she envisions Fortyx80 as a vehicle for promoting this innovation to the world and influencing the region's companies ability to achieve scale.  She has invested in dozens of local companies as General Partner of Audrey's Kitchen, a spin-off of her family's legacy via Respironics.  She loves music, having founded the Center for Young Musicians, and is an avid golfer.  You can find her at work in the shared space of Alloy 26.

Alicia McGinnis

Executive Director