A Starting Point for Start-Ups
The direct proximity to two of Pittsburgh’s world-class education institutions and their historic collaboration creates one of the best naturally occurring innovation districts in the world. The Pittsburgh Innovation District is centered in the city’s Oakland neighborhood, centralizing Pittsburgh’s other innovation areas like Robotics Row, East Liberty, Hazelwood Green, Uptown and Downtown.
A rapidly growing innovation economy is driving a construction boom at the core of the Pittsburgh Innovation District — $3.8 billion of new real estate projects are underway in and around Oakland. These investments are shaping the future of Western Pennsylvania and providing a physical foundation to some of the most exciting and influential research on the planet.
The private and public projects underway in Oakland will deliver 1.6 million square feet of office space, at least 200,000 square feet of wet lab facilities, 714,000 square feet dedicated to research and innovation, and over 500 new hotel rooms.
And if that’s not enough — here are even more reasons why Oakland is a great home for your startup!
Centrally Located – Located centrally in urban Pittsburgh, and under 20 minutes driving from anywhere in the city.
Easily Accessible – Serviced by 20 bus routes, and easily to reach from Forbes Ave, Fifth Ave, and Interstate 376.
A Destination – With over 4 million annual tourist visits and a daily weekday population of 100,000, it’s the place to be for both work and play.
Access to Talent – Home to 40,000 students — a great source of interns and employees for any startup!
Economic Incentives – Located in the Greater Oakland Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), qualify for tax credits and grant programs.
Support Services – Ample food and coffee establishments, as well as convenience stores.
About the Pittsburgh Innovation District
The Pittsburgh Innovation District is a dynamic, dense, connective pulse of innovation rooted in the world-class research of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and UPMC, situated in the heart of Pittsburgh’s compact landscape and following in its tradition of inventive grit. The Innovation District unites vital research, talent, technology, and an entrepreneurial spirit with the support, culture, amenities, and capital that allow innovators to thrive.
Avenu is a co-working community in the Pittsburgh Innovation District. With multiple locations across Oakland and Uptonw, Avenu’s co-working spaces provide the space, culture, amenities and community that allow innovators to thrive.
Since its founding in 2012, Avenu has hosted some of the region’s most recognizable and successful startups. Economic development in the Pittsburgh Innovation District is our focus — and with companies like Ikos, Facebook and Uber already here, your neighbors are sure to inspire.