April 5 & 6, 2016

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, PA

April 5 & 6, 2016

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, PA



Big Changes in 2016!

The growth and impact of the 3 Rivers Venture Fair (3RVF) since its debut in 2002 has truly been remarkable and a testament to the need for an event of this caliber in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Million Raised


Presentations Given


2014 Presenting Companies Raised Money

One of the factors behind the continued growth of the 3RVF, however, is that we strive to keep it fresh and dynamic with an influx of new elements. In fact, 2016 will usher in a new era as the 3RVF returns for the 10th time.

Ultimately, the goal of the 3RVF is to unite promising, capital-seeking companies and the investors who can fund them. With that in mind, we're proud to introduce the biggest change for this year.

The Fair was excellent! It offered a terrific mix of companies of all sorts, service providers and capital sources. And the networking opportunities were excellent as well. One of the reasons to attend the Fair is to see folks you need to see all gathered in one spot. The 3RVF makes that easy. I will be there the next time!

Tom Penn - MVP Capital Partners

Since the Fair's debut in 2002, the cornerstone of the event has been the company presentations - where capital-raising entrepreneurs were given eight minutes to pitch their investment prospects to attending venture capitalists and private investors.

We are doing away with the presentations this year in favor of a format called Venture Connection. Investors will host tables to meet with groups of entrepreneurs that have been matched with them based on capital needs, industry and other key criteria. With two, two-hour Venture Connection sessions and 20 minute table meetings, investors have the potential to meet with 12-48 capital-seeking, well-screened entrepreneurs.

We are proud to announce we have selected 126 entrepreneurs to participate in our inaugural Venture Connection. Click here to see the full list of entrepreneurs.

Our roster of participating investors is quickly growing. If you are an accredited investor who is interested in participating please visit the following link to register: www.3rvf.com/register?type=investor.


The 3 Rivers Venture Fair is presented by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and is managed by the organization’s president, co-chairs and planning committees. It is a cooperative effort among many organizations and volunteers.

The PVCA would like to thank the Event Management for their leadership and significant contribution of their time and talents to the 3RVF.

Ned Renzi
Partner - Birchmere Ventures

Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer - UPMC

Kelly Szejko
President - PVCA

The 3RVF was a great way for us to get in front of real investors and advisers that were serious about making lasting connections. We look forward to working with them years to come.

Tom Galluzzo - IAM Robotics


Tentative Agenda - Subject to Change

11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Registration, Exhibits & Attendee Lounge Open
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Venture Connection Luncheon
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Venture Connection Round #1
3:00 - 4:45 pm
University Technology Showcase
5:00 - 5:30 pm
Session #1 - Behind the Deal Session #2 - Meet the Investors
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cocktail Reception
5:45 - 7:00 pm
Pitchburgh - Hosted by the PVCA Emerging Leaders Board
7:00 am - 2:45 pm
Registration, Exhibits & Attendee Lounge Open
7:15 - 8:15 am
Breakfast & Keynote - Robert Scoble
8:30 - 9:00 am
Session #3 - Attracting National Investors
8:30 - 11:00 am
Venture Connection Round #2
9:10 - 9:40 am
Session #4 - Accelerating Your Company
9:50 - 10:20 am
Session #5 - What does it take to Raise Millions for a Medical Device from Angel Investors
10:30 - 11:00 am
Session #6 - Building a Unicorn
11:10 - 11:40 am
Session #7 - Building a (Tech) Company Without
Venture Financing
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Session #8 - A Presentation to Myself 5 Years Ago: Lessons from a Failed Start-up and 2 Years in Silicon Valley
12:30 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 1:10 pm
"Snapshot of Pittsburgh's Technology Investment Landscape"
  • Lynette Horrell, Ernst & Young
  • Rich Lunak, Innovation Works
1:10 - 1:15 pm
3RVF Co-Chair Awards Presentation
1:15 - 1:20 pm
Announcement of "Pitchburgh" Winner
1:20 - 1:30 pm
Presentation of "Impact Award" to Rich Lunak by Ron Bianchini
1:30 - 1:35 pm
Bill Lucas - Junior Achievement
1:35 - 2:15 pm
Keynote: Rasu Shrestha - UPMC
2:15 - 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks & Charity Raffle
Restricted to Pre-Selected Entrepreneurs & Investors


The Hyatt Place Pittsburgh - North Shore

Please Book by 3/28/2016

Located in North Shore and less than a quarter mile from downtown Pittsburgh, the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore hotel is centrally located to popular area attractions such as the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and the Rivers Casino. The 3RVF has arranged a room block for the night of April 5th at the rate of $149.

The dates set for the room block are 4/4 - 4/6. If your travel dates are outside of this, the link will not work.

Book your Room

I frequently attend venture conferences, and the 3RVF is without question one of the best ones I’ve seen. The presenting companies were well-screened, investable opportunities led by capable entrepreneurs. The crowd the Fair draws – from investors to services providers to industry experts – makes for valuable networking.

Charlie Crawford - Chrysalis Ventures


Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?
Contact our Offices at: (412) 228-5885 | kelly@thepvca.org

This is Just the Beginning!

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