Urban Entrepreneurship ProgramThe Institute has a special commitment to helping businesses located in inner city neighborhoods succeed. The Urban Entrepreneurship Program promotes the establishment, growth and long-term success of businesses in Pittsburgh’s inner city neighborhoods through one-on-one consulting, mentoring start-up and emerging business workshops,

The bi-annual Make It Happen: Urban Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh conferences and the nine-month Urban Power to Prosper SM certificate program provide additional value to urban entrepreneurs involved with the Institute.

The Urban Power to Prosper SM certificate program is open to businesses located in a Pittsburgh inner city neighborhood, or a nearby community who have been in business for a minimum of three years, have at least one full time employee and at a minimum of $300,000 in revenue. The program provides a focused approach for urban business owners to sustain and grow their businesses.

Topics include:

  • Capital and Financial Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sales Strategies
  • Access to New Markets
  • Managing Human Resources

Urban Entrepreneurship Program in the News

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/13/12, Pitt program designed to give urban entrepreneurs the skills to succeed

American Entrepreneur Radio, Taking Off the Start-Up Training Wheels: Keeping the Momentum as your Business Matures

KDKA, Taking Your Business to the Next Level with Pitt’s Urban Power to Prosper


For more information on the Urban Entrepreneurship Programcontact director Rhonda Carson Leach at rcleach@innovation.pitt.edu or call 412-648-1544.

Underwriting graciously provided by:
Tucker Arensberg
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