The direct proximity to and the historic collaboration of Pittsburgh’s world-class institutions creates one of the best naturally-occurring innovation districts in the world: Oakland. 


The Pittsburgh Innovation District is centered on the Oakland neighborhood and bridges innovation assets in the City’s key neighborhoods, including the Strip District, Lawrenceville, East Liberty + Bakery Square, Hazelwood Green, the South Side, Uptown, Downtown, the North Side and beyond. 

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 provide 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 s.f. of office space, at least 200,000 s.f. of wet lab facilities, 714,000 s.f. dedicated to research and innovation, and over 500 new hotel rooms. In addition, UPMC’s three new specialty hospitals position the Pittsburgh Innovation District as a global nexus for translational science in heart and transplant, vision rehabilitation, and cancer treatment.

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Innovation Anchors


Carnegie Mellon University

A global research powerhouse, CMU is renowned for its world-class arts, business, computing, engineering, humanities, policy and science. 

  • #1 Computer Science Program in the world

  • #1 Robotics Engineering Program in the world

  • #1 Artificial Intelligence Program in the US


University of Pittsburgh

One of the oldest and most distinguished comprehensive universities in the United States, Pitt is consistently ranked among the top research universities in both domestic and international rankings.

  • Top 5 NIH Recipient

  • Top 10 Public Institution in the Country

  • Global leader in Life Science Innovation



Consistently recognized recognition as one of the nation’s top hospital systems, UPMC is a leading healthcare provider. UPMC has distinguished history of innovation and serves as the anchor clinical partner in the Pittsburgh Innovation District. UPMC also operates UPMC Enterprises, a health science entrepreneurship and investment subsidiary headquartered in Bakery Square.


A Billion Dollar R&D Hub

The Pittsburgh Innovation District generates $1.2 billion of annual research and development. This massive investment in intellectual capital manifests in several university and public/private research centers:

  • Pittsburgh Super Computing Center

  • National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

  • Advanced Robotics manufacturing Institute (ARM)

  • UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center (ITTC)

  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

  • Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance

A prestigious list of corporate innovation leaders also take advantage of Pittsburgh’s research and development strengths. The Pittsburgh Innovation District plays host to Facebook, Bosch, Uber, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Amazon, Yelp!, ANSYS, Intel, Apple, and others.


Pittsburgh's Talent

  • More than 169,000 students attend Pittsburgh’s 35 Colleges & Universities

  • 50% of graduates remain in the region

  • 41,000 degrees awarded annually

  • Pittsburgh’s 25-34 year old population grew 16% vs. national average of 9% between 2011-2016