Category Archives: Firm News

SteelBridge Labs Expands FinTech Portfolio with Latest Company to Join The Lab, Givsum

SteelBridge Laboratories, LLC, (“The Lab”) announced today that Givsum, a comprehensive online management platform for charitable organizations, is the newest FinTech company to join The Lab. Givsum marks The Lab’s first investment into an Orange County-based startup, with plans to continue expansion into the California region through future investment.

On the Givsum platform, service clubs and non-profit organizations can manage all of their operations, activities, and campaigns in one place. By providing a simple online platform for creating fundraising pages, selling event tickets, accepting donations, managing volunteers, and tracking donor behavior, Givsum helps charitable organizations free up valuable time and resources to pursue their worthwhile missions. With the added value of having access to Givsum’s engaged community, these organizations can immediately hit the ground running on their fundraising and volunteer recruitment efforts.

“We have been impressed by Givsum’s exciting success in building a comprehensive management solution and engaged community for Rotary and Service Clubs,” said James Haluszczak, SteelBridge Labs Co-Founder and Managing Partner. “Givsum is well positioned for continued growth, and The Lab looks forward to supporting Shawn and his team execute on their market expansion strategies.”

To read the official Press Release, click here.

SteelBridge Labs Announces Successful Exit of Portfolio Company, EquityNet

SteelBridge Laboratories, LLC, (“The Lab”) a premier FinTech incubator, today announced its successful exit of portfolio company EquityNet, a recognized innovator in the crowdfunding and marketplace financing sector.

Founded in 2005, EquityNet is a leading pioneer in the investment sector for entrepreneurs and business owners with one of the largest business funding platforms. EquityNet holds many patents in the space and has helped over 100,000 individual entrepreneurs connect with investors, lenders, incubators, government support entities and other members of the entrepreneurial community. EquityNet provides access to thousands of approved, self-accredited investors and has helped entrepreneurs across North America raise over $300 million.

“We are pleased to see the culmination of EquityNet’s successful growth with the acquisition of EquityNet by a leading marketplace venture fund, which will continue to advance the ever-expanding crowdfunding market,” said Tim Haluszczak, Partner and Co-Founder of SteelBridge Labs. “The results of this investment validate our investment thesis for successfully building and exiting FinTech companies.”

To read the official Press Release, click here.

SteelBridge Labs Announces Latest Company to Join the Incubator, Community Capital Technology

SteelBridge Laboratories, LLC, (“The Lab”) announced today that Community Capital Technology, a secure, digital exchange for loan assets and portfolio analytics, is the newest FinTech company to join The Lab.

The Community Capital Technology (CCT) platform is designed exclusively to serve and empower the financial institutions focused on serving regional and local communities across the U.S. CCT provides a convenient, cost effective solution for Regional and Community Banks, Credit Unions, and CDFIs to participate in quality loan originations, post, and analyze their own assets – with the goal to maintain and improve financial strength so they can focus on better serving their clients and communities through greater capital access.

Founder & CEO of Community Capital Technology, Garrett Smith, states, “CCT is thrilled to have SteelBridge Labs as a partner as we expand our footprint and continue to scale our platform. The Lab’s deep financial technology expertise will be crucial in helping our team to deliver our best-in-class solution for portfolio management.”

To view the official Press Release, click here.

PVCA Strengthens Board with Appointment of SteelBridge Labs Managing Partner, James Haluszczak

PITTSBURGH, August 12, 2019 – The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association (PVCA) has announced the appointment of SteelBridge Labs Managing Partner, James Haluszczak, to its Board of Directors, effective September 1st. James has 20 years of experience in Financial Services operations, finance, and technology roles.

As a seasoned Fintech founder and investor, Mr. Haluszczak possesses a deep knowledge of the challenges and emerging opportunities that exist within the early-stage venture capital marketplace. He has founded and held leadership roles inside four currently operating Fintech startup companies, and he and his team have invested in over ten Fintech companies since 2016. James currently sits on the board of four companies, working closely with each company’s management team to ensure focus remains on product quality and aggressive growth.

“I am eager to work alongside my fellow PVCA Directors to position Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region as a perennial contender for venture investment dollars,” said Mr. Haluszczak. “We are seeing tremendous momentum in our region, and I look forward to helping continue that progress.”

James Haluszczak is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SteelBridge Labs, which he and his partners founded in 2016 as an investment firm investing in early-stage Fintech companies. In addition, he is the Founder and Managing Partner of SteelBridge Consulting, a boutique consultancy exclusively focused on serving as a strategic advisor to Private Equity and Venture Capital fund managers, investors, and administrators.

With the appointment of James Haluszczak, the PVCA’s Board of Directors now consists of twenty-one venture capital leaders. The PVCA works as an advocate for the venture capital industry through networking luncheons, receptions, prominent events like the 3 Rivers Venture Fair and other activities that encourage discussions on topics pertaining to investment trends, financing, tax issues, IPOs, and public policy issues.

“I look forward to supporting the PVCA in its mission of advocacy for the venture capital industry and entrepreneurialism,” said Mr. Haluszczak.



Founded in 1982, the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association (PVCA) is the leading voice of private equity investors in Western Pennsylvania and among the most prominent in the Mid-Atlantic region. Through a wide range of programs, the PVCA facilitates quality deal flow, encourages investor collaboration, and fosters important relationships with key service providers.

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SteelBridge Labs is an early-stage financial technology incubator. Organically grown from their experience as world-class management consultants at SteelBridge Consulting, the founders of SteelBridge Labs provide selected Fintech startup companies with deep industry experience that arms entrepreneurs with the appropriate tools for success.

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SteelBridge Labs Company, NuMoola, is Chosen as One of the Industry’s Brightest 100 Startups

We are thrilled to announce that one of our Portfolio Companies, NuMoola, has been chosen for the Money20/20 USA Startup Academy Class of 2018. A Money Revolution is sparked by the most innovative ideas, disruptors, and entrepreneurs who create the unimaginable to drive change. To celebrate and accelerate the potential of the next generation of startups, Money20/20 USA is recruiting 100 of the industry’s newest and brightest companies to be a part of the Money20/20 USA Startup Academy.

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SteelBridge Labs (The Lab), an early stage incubator in the FinTech space, chooses Neo4j as the database of choice for its Rapid Application Development Framework Connex Business Engine. The entire technology team at SteelBridge Labs is Neo4j certified.”Neo4j gives us the flexibility of NoSQL databases while maintaining the ACID characteristics of traditional SQL databases.