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Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program (UCEP)

Thriving communities are built on the restaurants, shops, professional services, and other local businesses that make up those neighborhoods. UCEP is a resource for those business owners.

Frequently Asked Questions


What qualifications do I need to be accepted to Community Power to Prosper?

Although applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the Community Power to Prosper program typically looks for business owners that:

  • Have been in business for a minimum of two years
  • Have at least one full time employee other than themselves
  • Are looking for new ways to sustain and grow their business

Questions regarding your individual status can be directed to Nicole Hudson, UCEP Senior Program Manager, at 412-648-1545 or nhudson@innovation.pitt.edu.


How do I apply?

Community Power to Prosper registration typically opens in March and runs through mid-June. The UCEP team reserves the right to cap the class at a set number so applying at one’s earliest ability is encouraged. An application for Community Power to Prosper can be found here. Questions regarding eligibility and more can be directed to Nicole Hudson, UCEP Senior Program Manager, at 412-648-1545 or nhudson@innovation.pitt.edu.


How long does the program take? How long is each session?

Over the course of the six-month program that runs July through December, Community Power to Prosper classes are held once every other week. Each class is held from 8AM-10AM at the Community Engagement Center – Homewood. Enrollees are expected to attend every class. UCEP staff reserves the right to revoke enrollment if a participant’s absence or engagement becomes an issue.