Why the Pittsburgh Innovation District?

Our Differentiating Factor:

Most cities have one research institution.
We have two — and they’re located within one square mile of each other.

The University of Pittsburgh, a global leader in life science innovation and one of the top 10 public institutions in the country, sits just next door to Carnegie Mellon University, the number one university in the world for both computer science and robotics engineering.

Not only are they situated geographically close together, they even work together.

 A Billion Dollar R&D Hub

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

  • 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

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


  • More than 169,000 students attend Pittsburgh’s 35 colleges and universities

  • 50% of graduates remain in the region

  • 41,000 degrees are awarded annually

  • Pittsburgh’s 25 to 34-year-old population grew 16% from 2011 to 2016, versus a national average of 9%