There’s a very supportive atmosphere in Pittsburgh. Everyone we meet is willing to help us and give us advice. You don’t find that in other cities. We can also afford to operate here on a much lower budget, which is making our job a lot easier.
-Matt Wilkinson, Shoefitr
Pittsburgh is a great place to seek investment. Recently it has been named:
- Building Momentum – Ernst & Young, Innovation Works
- Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments – Mashable
- 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business – Kiplinger
- Fastest Growing Regions for Venture Capital Investment – NVCA
- Pittsburgh startups catch eyes, pockets of venture capitalists - TribLive.com
- Entrepreneurs get more than a fair shot in Pittsburgh, study finds – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- Why we put Drive Capital in the Midwest – Mark Kvamme drivecapital.com
Our region’s 2012 VC investment increased by 18.1%, well above the national average. Local and national investors are attracted to our region because of our strong universities, developing technology and commercializing research.
As home to over a dozen world-class universities including technical institutions like Carnegie Mellon (#3 in the World for App Developers) and research behemoths like the University of Pittsburgh, you won’t have to go far to find gifted employees. This city’s ability to attract top-talent from around the world is why tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Intel have set up offices here (and why you should too).
Affordable, High-Quality of Living
Pittsburgh’s low-cost of living gives you the unique opportunity to live a startup lifestyle, without a startup budget. Our region’s affordability combined with its low crime rates, arts and leisure activities, job opportunities, and income growth consistently earn it high marks on national and international surveys:
- 10 Cities Where You’re Most Likely to Achieve the American Dream – PolicyMic
- Best Place to Live in the U.S. – Economist Intelligence Unit
- The Economist Names Pittsburgh the Most Livable City (on the mainland) again – NEXTpittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is a vibrant ecosystem for high tech companies – Network World
- Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live – New York Times
See what Forbes has to say about the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial renaissance.
Arts & Leisure
Pittsburgh may be a mid-sized city, but our cultural attractions rival most major ones. In fact, we have more cultural institutions per capita than any other city in the country. We are home to over 20 museums, and have our own opera, ballet company, and symphony (not to mention a few fairly well-known sports teams).
If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, we’ve got you covered too. Pittsburgh has dozens of parks, biking trails, hiking paths, and is one of the best cities for kayaking.
And hardware enthusiasts will be happy to know that we are home to the newest TechShop.
AlphaLab’s Home in the South Side
Our 5,000 square foot facility is located in South Side’s Carson Street, a cultural hub known for its galleries, live music, theaters, and thriving nightlife. Our space is convenient to get to by major bus lines and is centrally located so that you’re just minutes from downtown, university campuses, and within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, and other startup companies.