If list fatigue were an actual condition, Pittsburgh would currently be suffering from it. The city has graced numerous rankings touting its love of beer, coffee and food, and as a great place to live on a budget. Now another national publication, Inc. magazine, has once again pointed the spotlight at Pittsburgh, this time as a hub for entrepreneurs.
Pittsburgh topped Inc.’s list of 6 Best Cities to Start a Business Right Now, beating out four domestic cities and one international location. The rating was based on a number of factors, including the ability to attract young professionals and access to investors and large companies.
“There is an unprecedented revitalization going on in the city driven by universities and talented workforce, making Pittsburgh one of the country’s greatest innovation hubs,” writes author Jeff Barrett, going on to cite its role as “the breeding ground for autonomous vehicle technology.”
He also applauds the city’s efforts to foster an environment where Google, Uber and Amazon can move in and tap into talent pools created by Carnegie Mellon University, which produces students skilled in growing fields such as robotics and machine learning.
The honor hardly seems surprising considering the city’s continued efforts to boost its startup ecosystem. The City of Pittsburgh launched programs like PGH Lab, which encourages companies to further develop their early-stage technologies, and there are certainly enough incubators, competitions and pitch contests to keep entrepreneurs working and connecting.
If you need more evidence of the city’s commitment, the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum will host an awards show recognizing corporations that support local startups. Among the nominees is the regional supermarket chain Giant Eagle, which had a hand in the success of PHRQL (pronounced Freckle), a company that designs technology and tools for dieticians.
See the complete 6 Best Cities to Start a Business Right Now list below:
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Indianapolis, IN
- Providence, RI
- Columbus, OH
- Charleston, SC
- Chiang Mai, Thailand