InnovatePGH is a next-generation public-private partnership built to accelerate Pittsburgh’s status as a global innovation city. The partnership is powered by a coalition of civic leaders representing the Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and regional philanthropies.




A collection of work spaces in the Pittsburgh Innovation District, Avenu is dedicated to supporting equitable business development in the city’s Oakland and Uptown neighborhoods. Avenu formed from the 2017 merger of two of Pittsburgh’s pioneering coworking accelerators, StartUptown and Revv Oakland.

Avenu currently operates the historic Paramount Film Exchange Building in Uptown and maintains a strategic marketing arrangement with the Oakland Real Estate Company’s portfolio in Oakland. In addition, Avenu is an active partner in implementing the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Plan.

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Pittsburgh Innovation District

Pittsburgh's innovation strength is defined by the unparalleled resources of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, two of the nation’s top flight research institutions, and UPMC's substantial intellectual capital. The direct proximity, and historic collaboration, of these world-class institutions creates one of the best naturally-occurring innovation districts in the world.

The Pittsburgh Innovation District is centered on Oakland, home to $1.7 billion of research and development, and bridges innovation assets in the City's central core including the Strip District, Lawrenceville, East Liberty/Bakery Square, Hazelwood Green, the South Side, Uptown, Downtown, the Northside and beyond.

Partnership Programs


University Talent Alliance

Lead Partner: Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)

The Talent Alliance creates career pathways for residents of neighborhoods adjacent to the Innovation District (Homewood, Hill District, Oakland and Uptown) at Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

The pilot initiative is a collaboration with the Community College of Allegheny County and Partner4Work and relies on partnerships with the Homewood Children’s Village and the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation.