Community Based Entrepreneurship

The region’s economic transformation has not benefitted all communities. Despite our success, poverty exists throughout the region. This contrast can most readily be seen in Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods where high-income communities are directly adjacent to very low-income communities. Our goal is to create a cluster of successful businesses owned by residents of underserved communities that are connected and profiting from our region’s prosperity.

  • Urban Innovation21 works with hundreds of community-based entrepreneurs each year
  • Through its community-based grant competitions Urban Innovation21 screens and provides approximately 30 of the most promising community-based businesses with wrap around services
  • Successful Entrepreneurs are connected with contracts with small and large anchors.

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Hill District Grant Competition

This initiative aims to promote business development in the Hill District by providing business guidance and capital through a grant competition. This initiative is open to businesses located or owned by residents of the Hill District.

View Past Winners, here.


Homewood Grant Competition

This initiative aims to assist a wide range of entrepreneurs who reside and/or operate a small for-profit business in Homewood. This competition is open to businesses in the startup stage and also to established businesses. We aim to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and strong in the Homewood community.

View Past Winners, here.