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First Pittsburgh Startup Weekend Civic will take place in Allentown in Sept.


Work Hard Pittsburgh, formerly The Hardware Store, will host Pittsburgh’s first Startup Weekend Civic (SWCivicPGH) event, connecting more than 150 entrepreneurs, designers, and computer programmers to create companies that solve problems for this region’s government and community development sectors.

The event will connect entrepreneurs with Pittsburgh-centric ideas with regional experts for a weekend of intense, hands-on, solution-based startup development. The first of its kind, SWCivicPGH is partnering with New Sun Rising for the high-impact weekend scheduled for September 18-20 in various locations throughout Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.

Participants will pitch their ideas, form strategy and development teams, and create a business plan and/or product for solving a local issue. At the end of the weekend, teams will present their results to a panel of entrepreneurial and civic leaders to gather valuable feedback.

Work Hard Pittsburgh, a Pittsburgh-based community of freelance digital workers and business incubator, has seen explosive growth in the past year, expanding services that broaden the company’s footprint in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by creating a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem for the region.

Josh Lucas, founder of Work Hard Pittsburgh, said, “Startup Weekend Civic is an opportunity to highlight a rapidly changing neighborhood and to demonstrate the unique economic opportunities Allentown offers.”

Modeled after the successful global grassroots development movement, Startup Weekend, SWCivicPGH focuses on entrepreneurs who want to use big city data to propel our region forward or solve problems in our communities to create a more equitable and livable city.

“That’s part of the vision for how entrepreneurs can engage with their neighbors,” Mr. Lucas said.

“Solutions coming out of this event will not only create economic impact, but will strengthen the fabric of our communities. New Sun Rising provides services to over 50 social entrepreneurs through MODE workshops every year,” Scott Wolovich, executive director of New Sun Rising, said. “We look forward to helping the participants in Startup Weekend Civic ignite their ideas.”

For more than ten years, NSR has provided assistance to social enterprises and creative projects engaged in their communities. Mr. Wolovich said, “Entrepreneurs are increasingly aware that solving social challenges are also opportunities to build viable enterprises. It’s great to see so much energy around an event that can create both financial and social impact for our region.”

To register for SWCivicPGH, visit the Eventbrite page ( The registration fee is $99. The deadline for registration is September 17.


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