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3 rivers venture fair

Where Great Investors Find Exceptional Ventures

APRIL 2 & 3, 2019

Omni William Penn Hotel | Pittsburgh, PA

Venture Connection brings together capital-seeking entrepreneurs & investors through our unique algorithm.

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"The 3RVF provided a very productive two days ... to meet many potential co-investors, service providers, deal flow sources and, of course, lots of great startups."
~ Stephen Socolof, Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures, Murray Hill, NJ

The 3 Rivers Venture Fair is the premier venture conference in the Ohio Valley region. Every 18 months, thousands of investors, entrepreneurs & top-tier service providers from around the world gather in Pittsburgh for this two-day meeting of ideas & money.

As a testament to the Fair's success, we have hit some impressive milestones:

raised by 3RVF participating companies
Venture Connection meetings since 2016
of 3RVF participating companies attract capital

This is just the start, with Pittsburgh on the rise as a leading innovation hub, the 3RVF will only continue to grow. The 3RVF is expected to attract 1,000+ investors & innovators from across the country, we hope you will be counted among them.


The 3 Rivers Venture Fair is presented by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and is managed by the organization’s president, co-chairs and 200+ planning committee members. The 3RVF would like to thank our Co-Chairs for their leadership and significant contribution of their time and talents.


Tentative agenda. Subject to change.

Tuesday, April 2nd

8:45 am - 12:30 pm

William Penn & Three Rivers Ballrooms on the Lower Level

Venture Connection Registration & Check-in
Doors open to VC Registrants only

9:45 am - 12:45 pm

William Penn & Three Rivers Ballrooms on the Lower Level

For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

12:00 - 7:00 pm

17th Floor

General Registration, Attendee Lounge & Exhibits

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Grand Ballroom, 17th Floor

2:40 - 3:25 pm

Monongahela Room,
17th Floor

3:35 - 4:20 pm

Monongahela Room,
17th Floor

4:30 - 5:15 pm

Monongahela Room,
17th Floor

5:15 - 7:00 pm

Grand Ballroom, 17th Floor

3RVF Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 3rd

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

17th Floor

General Registration, Attendee Lounge & Exhibits

8:30 - 9:30 am

Grand Ballroom, 17th Floor

Breakfast & Keynote

8:30 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 9:30 am

9:30 am

William Penn & Three Rivers Ballrooms on the Lower Level

Venture Connection Check-in
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

9:45 am - 12:05 pm

William Penn & Three Rivers Ballrooms on the Lower Level

For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

10:00 - 10:45 am

Monongahela Room,
17th Floor

Session 4: "AI and Machine Learning: Powering the Next Wave of Industry Innovations"

11:00 - 11:45 am

Monongahela Room,
17th Floor

12:05 - 2:00 pm

Grand Ballroom, 17th Floor

Closing Lunch

12:05 - 12:45 pm


12:45 - 12:55 pm

Co-Chair Awards Presentation

12:55 - 1:00 pm

Charity Presentation

1:00 - 1:35 pm

1:35 - 2:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Charity Raffle

Venture Connection is the event at the center of the 3 Rivers Venture Fair. In this exciting format, investors host tables to meet with groups of entrepreneurs that have been matched with them based on capital needs, industry and other key criteria. Each session will be broken into 20 minute segments giving each investor the chance to meet with up to 36 well-screened, capital-seeking entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs must apply to participate in Venture Connection. These applications are then reviewed by our Selection Committee to ensure that Venture Connection will be a quality showcase of promising technology ventures.

Entrepreneurs will be given time to give an elevator pitch to the investors. Investors will then share more about what they look for in prospects and discuss their respective funds and investment strategies. If there is a connection, private one-on-one meetings can be scheduled.

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If you have any further questions about participating in Venture Connection, please contact us at: information@3rvf.com | (412) 228-5826.

New for 2019!

As a continuation of our collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University & the University of Pittsburgh, the 3RVF is proud to announce the University Enterprise Lab.

In the Lab, spinout companies from various universities will be matched with professionals who work in their industry. The startups will give their pitch to the attendees seated with them, and the rest of the time in the lab will be spent workshopping their pitch and getting to know these experienced professionals.

This exciting new format allows our attendees to meet these bright minds and hear the very latest that our universities have to offer. It also gives participating entrepreneurs feedback that is invaluable to companies.

Unfortunately, seats for the UEL are sold out at this time. You're still welcome to attend lunch, but we can no longer seat you with our spin-out entrepreneurs.


Hotel rooms are available on sight at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Our room block offers the discounted rate of $189/night and expires March 22nd.

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, without their generous support the 3RVF would not happen.

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Contact our offices for more information: (412) 228-5885 | kelly@thepvca.org