What began as a backyard barbecue to raise money for the startup community has evolved into an exciting festival of music and innovation.
The first of potentially many THRIVAL Innovation and Music Festivals
gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 7th
at Bakery Square.
A hot ticket for the end of summer, the event is two in one. The afternoon innovation showcase--which is free--will feature “Pit Talks” with speakers, educational workshops and an “Innovation Row,” presenting some of the most exciting new startups in the region.
’s Hustle Den in East Liberty will put its companies in the spotlight as they pitch their businesses before regional and national investors in the Google office.
The music festival kicks off at 5 p.m. at Bakery Square II, featuring performances by several acclaimed national groups including De La Soul, RJD2, Frightened Rabbit and local acts Formula 412, to name but a few.
General admission tickets to the music festival are $20. (A VIP $100 ticket includes free parking, complimentary beer and food.) As in the past, proceeds benefit Thrill Mill, the nonprofit now running what was formerly the Baller BBQ and Business Bout competition for up-and-coming startups in Pittsburgh.
“It’s all about Pittsburgh and making the concept bigger and better,” says Luke Skurman, founder of College Prowler and a board member of Thrill Mill. “We want to make it a celebration of entrepreneurship in the region.”
The event is presented by PNC Bank and powered by Thrill Mill, Inc. and the Pittsburgh Global Shapers Hub.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Luke Skurman, Thrill Mill