What is THRIVAL InnovatioN?

Thrival Innovation is one of two key components (Thrival Innovation and Thrival Music) of the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, hosted every September in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Thrival Innovation addresses key challenges and opportunities relevant to our local, national, and international ecosystems. It is part platform and part convening power.

As a platform, Thrival Innovation offers unique, accessible, and thought-provoking programming that draws inspiration from Pittsburgh's fast-evolving startup landscape. It celebrates new ideas and examines pressing trends and developments.

As a convening power, Thrival Innovation brings together industry experts, creatives, entrepreneurs, and the generally curious from around the world to explore pressing issues that affect us all. 

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A Community of Ideas

Thrival Innovation has welcomed thousands of attendees and partnered with hundreds of organizations since its founding in 2013. Each year, new themes and subject matter emerge that are relevant to innovation ecosystems around the world.

A Space for Thought Leadership

In 2016, Thrival hosted a New York Times bestselling author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the inspiration leader behind the award-winning film Concussion, a teenage wunderkind inventor, creative place makers, rogue doctors, music pioneers, startup founders, and community storytellers over the course of multiple days. Altogether, Thrival Innovation included 30+ programs and over 100 speakers.

A Platform for Innovators 

New ideas — and people who come up with them — flourish at Thrival Innovation through a celebration free thinking, open discourse, and practical skill development and acquisition. While certain areas on the United States have laid claim as "innovation hubs," Pittsburgh has emerged as a powerful player in the innovation space, and welcomes a community of stakeholders participating in unique, relevant programming.