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The Birthplace of AI

Pittsburgh is shaping the future of what’s next in AI: software, hardware, robotics and machine learning.

“Pittsburgh is one of the core centers of talent right now for this industry.”

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– STERLING ANDERSON
CO-FOUNDER, AURORA INNOVATION

THE ECOSYSTEM

Pittsburgh is home to Carnegie Mellon University: the birthplace of AI

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#1

U.S. AI grad program

$141M

Annual computer & information science R&D. 3rd highest in the U.S.

1st

AI undergrad program

477

AI grad degrees awarded by CMU in the past five years

TALENT

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88

Universities & post-secondary CTE institutions

20.7%

Growth of tech talent pool past 5 years to 45,440

23,150

Computer support database and systems employees; average wage $65,333*

12,000

Tech degrees & certificates awarded annually

13,890

Software developers and programmers; average wage $88,282 USD*

3,250

Computer and information systems managers; average wage $143,720*

*Employee numbers and average wages in AI-related positions based on 2018 data.

StartUp
Culture

400

Accelerators, educational organizations & ecosystem leaders

13

AI-supporting accelerators & incubators

139

Unique regional startups attracted $3B in funding in 2019 (7x increase since 2010)

Key Investments

Nov 2017 Petuum

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150 New Jobs

70-person AI company raised $93M in Series B funding with plans to expand its team to 200 employees and build an internal sales and marketing team.

Nov 2017 Petuum

Feb 2018 Amazon

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125 New Jobs

Opened tech office in 2017 and plans to expand their workforce to 100 employees with a focus on Alexa voice technology and machine learning.

Feb 2018 Amazon

May 2018 Facebook AI Lab

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$15,000,000 Capital Investment

Two of Carnegie Mellon’s top AI + robotics researchers now lead Facebook’s newest AI lab in Pittsburgh on the university’s campus.

May 2018 Facebook AI Lab

Jun 2018 Bosch

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20 New Jobs

Partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to launch the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) Research Lab. Plan to build a team of up to 20 AI experts and invest $8M+ in CMU research through 2023.

Jun 2018 Bosch

Nov 2018 Voci Technologies

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50 New Jobs

Speech-to-text startup raised $8M in Series B funding, moved to an 11,000-square-foot facility in the Strip District and doubled its staff in 2019. Recently acquired for $59M by Medallia.

Nov 2018 Voci Technologies

Dec 2018 U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force

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10 New Jobs

U.S. Army established its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force at Carnegie Mellon University; the task force consists of 20 people between Pittsburgh and D.C.

Dec 2018 U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force

Jan 2019 Ready AI

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4 New Jobs

The first teacher-friendly K-12 AI education startup launched in Pittsburgh in 2019. Owned and operated by Andrew Chen and WholeRen, another Pittsburgh-based education company.

Jan 2019 Ready AI

Apr 2019 Fortive

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6 New Jobs

Washington state-based industrial company set up an AI and data analytics center, also known as “The Fort,” in Pittsburgh after purchasing Industrial Scientific earlier in 2017.

Apr 2019 Fortive

Jun 2019 Edge Case Research

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Lawrenceville-based Edge Case Research announces seed round of $7 million in investment funding towards an intelligent safety assessment platform for autonomous vehicle software that operates at the speed of modern machine learning development.

Jun 2019 Edge Case Research

Jan 2020 LegalSifter, Inc.

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Pittsburgh-based legal service AI startup will double its office space to nearly 3,500 square feet by 2022 to accommodate its growing team.

Jan 2020 LegalSifter, Inc.

AI STARTUP ECOSYSTEM SUPPORT

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Innovation Works

One of the most active early stage investors in the U.S. with startup support programs and two nationally ranked accelerators – AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear – that help software and hardware startups get off the ground.

Pittsburgh Technology Council

Supports the region’s technology-based companies with business development, talent retention, government relations and visibility services.

InnovatePGH

A public/private partnership focused on accelerating the status of Pittsburgh as a global innovation city and supporting the Innovation District of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Robotics Network

Founded in 2018 by robotics company leaders with the mission of accelerating robotics and AI adoption by bridging the Pittsburgh robotics community with the world.

ai success

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Joint Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh R&D Center

Received $5 million National Science Foundation grant in June 2020 to build Neocortex, a revolutionary AI supercomputer

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Petuum

Developer of a machine learning platform for companies to apply AI solutions across industries

Founded in 2016 and won $108 million in private equity funding within two years.

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Facebook

Entered Pittsburgh in 2014 with acquisition of Oculus

Expanded into a 150,000-SF building in early 2020 to accommodate up to 500 employees.

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SAP

Entered Pittsburgh in 2012 with acquisition of Ariba and Smart Ops

Moved into a new $72 million regional headquarters and nearly doubled its regional employment to 1,000

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Kyle Chintalapalli
Vice President, Business & Economic Development