Home to hundreds of bridges and steel-related businesses, Pittsburgh is also a hotbed of robotics and Artificial intelligence companies!

Building Companies in Steel City

Pittsburgh has a vast array of technology companies that are driving big developments in business software, cybersecurity, pharmaceuticals, retail, and autonomous vehicle technology. The city is also emerging as a hotbed of innovation for robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning due to Carnegie Mellon University’s role in the ecosystem.

The city balances its booming tech growth with a resolution to create economy opportunity for everyone. For example, the EcoInnovation District is an area dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices, and inclusive job growth. The redevelopment is improving the environment while expanding job growth. Pittsburgh is proud of their inclusive innovation efforts that span public, private, and non sector collaboration with hundreds of local and national partners.

Beyond the growing startup ecosystem, Pittsburgh is a booming health and fitness scene with 12,000 acres of parks that feature trails and other activities throughout the year. In addition, Pittsburgh boasts one of the strongest foodie scenes in the country. Whether it is french fries on sandwiches or Heinz ketchup on just about everything, Fellows enjoy exploring the city’s urban forest and delicious eats!

VFA Pittsburgh By The Numbers

25 Fellows

Since VFA's arrival in 2015

17 Company Partners

Have hired Fellows

2 Fellow-Founded Companies

Based in Pittsburgh

What Fellows Love about Pittsburgh

What Fellows Love about Pittsburgh

Liam McFadden '18

“The diversity of the neighborhoods; each one has such a different vibe that makes you feel like you’re in a different town altogether. And there’s so much going on in each one!”

Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:

Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:

Jordan Robarge '15, Founder at Revival Chili

Jordan Robarge, a 2015 Fellow, completed his Fellowship in Pittsburgh where he worked at Thrill Mill, an organization that supports early-stage startups across all industries and growth models in the Pittsburgh region.

After his Fellowship, he launched Revival Chili in the spring of 2017. Serving chili from a trailer, the company hires men and women in need of a fair chance at work but currently face barriers to employment, such as homelessness, previous incarceration, and lack of experience.

In January 2019 Jordan bought Nancy’s Diner as the business has expanded,  and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

Jordan’s thoughts on VFA? “I am so grateful I was able to get into VFA and that led me down the path I am on now!”

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