Resources & Partners

Pittsburgh is a growing market full of resources. The following is a comprehensive list of what our region offers to entrepreneurs and CEOs alike. 



The Innovation District is powered through the following partnerships with:

  • Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA)

  • Ascender

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • The City of Pittsburgh

  • The Hillman Family Foundation

  • Idea Foundry

  • Innovation Works

  • Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG)

  • Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA)

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)


Need a spot to call home for your business? Our coworking footprint in the region continues to grow. Consider the following spots to plant your flag: 


Business Incubator / Accelerator Programs

Starting a business in our region? Lean on those that have done it before: 


Venture Capital 

If you're looking for capital to bolster your business, consider researching and engaging with the following: 

Business Resources

Find individuals that will help get your business across the finish line with guidance and network support:

THE URA of Pittsburgh

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is the City of Pittsburgh’s economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City’s tax base and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods.

The URA enables entrepreneurs to build their businesses in our region with such resources as the Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Fund (PEF) that provides financing for new and growing technology-based firms. Learn more about all of their access to capital resources here.



Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, offers a complete package of services to companies looking to locate or expand in any of the 10 southwestern Pennsylvania counties comprising the Pittsburgh region – one region of opportunity.




Pittsburgh region’s gateway for info about employers, careers, and job postings. Learn why it’s great to live, work & play in PGH! Imagine Pittsburgh is a program of the Allegheny Conference.

Vibrant Pittsburgh

With thousands of job and career opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region, many companies need help developing a diverse workforce. Through collaboration with and support of human resource departments, corporate recruiters, professional organizations and non-profits, Vibrant Pittsburgh is committed to bringing the best talent on earth to our region.


PIttsburgh Central KIZ
(through Urban Innovation 21)

The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, government agencies and community organizations, collaborating to enable the neighborhoods in central Pittsburgh to realize their potential within the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.

PCKIZ orchestrates a combination of tax incentives, entrepreneurial resources, educational and internship programs, networking events, and technology showcases. Its goal is to multiply technology and economic development activities, creating economic sustainability and transforming central Pittsburgh into a vibrant community.