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Allentown latest site for Launch MODE impact incubator

 

New Sun Rising(NSR) is partnering with Work Hard Pittsburgh for the city's first Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh (#SWCivicPGH) event, connecting more than 150 entrepreneurs, designers, and computer programmers to create companies that solve problems for the region's government and community development sectors.

New Sun Rising has selected Allentown as their newest location to host a Launch MODE impact incubator.

Launch Hilltop, an intensive 12-month program, provides concept owners with direct support through a professional development curriculum, business planning, and impact funding. Entrepreneurs with community and government solutions can apply for residency in the Launch Hilltop: Civic Enterprise Incubator through an open call for applications this fall.

"Allentown, particularly the business corridor along Warrington Avenue, is re-emerging as a hub for the surrounding communities including segments of Beltzhoover, Knoxville, Mt. Washington and the Slopes. The arrival of New Sun Rising is a welcome addition to the continued revitalization," said Jamil Bey, founder and president of Pittsburgh Works. "A commitment to community processes that engage residents across this larger geography will be key for setting an agenda for social sustainability and equity."

The second Pittsburgh neighborhood to be chosen to host a New Sun Rising Launch MODE incubator, Allentown has a diverse set of stakeholders creating a unified vision for revitalization. New Sun Rising(NSR) is partnering with Work Hard Pittsburgh for the city's first Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh (#SWCivicPGH) event, connecting more than 150 entrepreneurs, designers, and computer programmers to create companies that solve problems for the region's government and community development sectors.

"There is an undeniable energy for inclusive, sustainable revitalization in the Allentown business district. This vision focuses on progressive initiatives for resident engagement and social enterprise development. We're excited to collaborate with community leaders and build opportunity through NSR's Launch MODE programming," said New Sun Rising Executive Director Scott Wolovich.

Following Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh, project leaders and those interested in learning more about starting a social enterprise or innovative nonprofit are encouraged to apply for the Launch Hilltop: Civic Enterprise Incubator beginning September 21. Up to 10 project owners in any stage of development from concept to early implementation will be granted residency in the program.

"East Warrington Avenue in Allentown is home to several new business ventures, and with the support of NSR and opportunities made available through the Hilltop Alliance's Business District Revitalization Program, we believe businesses in Allentown, both old and new, will have the tools needed to grow and succeed" Siena Kane, the Hilltop Alliance's Allentown business district manager, said.

New Sun Rising MODE programs are made possible through the support of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Neighborhood Allies, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

For more information and to apply to Startup Weekend Civic, visit http://www.newsunrising.org/ignite-mode/.

 

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