Urban Innovation21 Awards $120,000 in Grants to Winners of 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition

--Non-Profit Focuses Awards on Revitalization of Homewood and Hill District … [Read more...]


Press Release Buhl Foundation, Faros Properties, Comcast and Urban Innovation21 bring resources, … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Reports 2016’s Tax Credit Awards and Internship Success

The Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credits program is one of the largest unencumbered sources of … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 & Kiva Pittsburgh Join Forces to Provide Greater Access to Capital for Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs

MEDIA ADVISORY Urban Innovation21 & Kiva Pittsburgh Join Forces to Provide Greater Access to … [Read more...]

La Dorita and Urban Innovation21 Team Up To Assist Food Entrepreneurs and their businesses.


How Philanthropies Can Advance Racial and Economic Equity in America’s Cities

Now more than ever, the traditional approaches to economic development are simply not working for … [Read more...]

Reinventing The American City: Steel Town Forges A New Future

Pittsburgh was named as one of the most livable cities in the United States by the Intelligence Unit … [Read more...]

Society Men’s Grooming Lounge offers a setting that’s a cut above

“The barber shop, historically, has been a place where people can come in, hear the news, and feel … [Read more...]

30 Neighbors, 30 Days

In partnership with Welcoming Pittsburgh, NEXTpittsburgh will feature some of the diverse people who … [Read more...]

Inspire Speakers Series with Jeremy Rifkin and William Generett Jr. [VIDEO]

Watch the full-length video of Green Building Alliance and p4 Pittsburgh Present: Envisioning a … [Read more...]

‘Inclusion or Illusion’ Attitude Key To Diversifying Pittsburgh

“What I love about this city is when we figure out that ‘why’ [as it relates to race and diversity], … [Read more...]

WQED Remake Learning: Citizen Science Lab [VIDEO]

What resources are available to schools, home schoolers, kids and just regular folks who don't have … [Read more...]

Waste Knotz, Want Knotz

Everything else will fall into place, and when the chips fall, Blackwell may or may not be the … [Read more...]

‘Structural barriers’ thwart black men in Pittsburgh, report finds

“We need to be bold, to take risks and not just work around the edges,” said panelist William … [Read more...]

La Dorita: A Kitchen Share with some Swag

The shared kitchen space is a concept that builds both small business and community. Read More … [Read more...]

City launches push for inclusion, innovation

After more than a year of roundtables, surveys and analysis, the City of Pittsburgh on Tuesday … [Read more...]

Pilot program assisting urban small businesses with web presence wraps up in East Liberty

A unique program launched by the City of Pittsburgh, Google and other partners to help neighborhood … [Read more...]

Bio Lab Opening in Downtown Pittsburgh

Making mushrooms that glow in the dark? A new community lab opened its doors Downtown on Thursday … [Read more...]

Nearly $1M raised to fund Duquesne, Urban Innovation21 community lab

Nearly $1 million in foundation and in-kind contributions have been raised to support a community … [Read more...]

Here’s to These Attackers of Inequality

Last week, Next City CEO Tom Dallessio wrote about the radical decision for the Ford Foundation to … [Read more...]

Leaders convene at CEO workshop in Pittsburgh to tackle inequality

You don’t have to look any further than Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., to see what happens when broad … [Read more...]

Artists and Entrepreneurs Share Strategies for Innovation

A traveling team of thinkers, artists and executives arrives in Pittsburgh this week in search of … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 and Reed Smith Legal Project Helps Businesses Grow In Pittsburgh’s Underserved Neighborhoods

The term pro bono legal service generally carries with it the thought of civil and criminal justice, … [Read more...]

Creating change for Homewood–Brushton businesses

The Homewood community has become known as an area of crime and despair to some. But for those who … [Read more...]

Q + A with Bill Generett, Jr of Urban Innovation21

In 1989, when Bill Generett, Jr. left his Point Breeze home for Morehouse College in Atlanta, he … [Read more...]

The Citizen Science Lab featured on the Sunday Business Page

The Citizen Science Lab: A hands-on laboratory where inquisitive minds and science-enthusiasts can … [Read more...]

Homewood-Brushton Business Association Elects Founding Board Members and Officers

Homewood-Brushton Business Association (HBBA) came to fruition based on the results of a business … [Read more...]

See which local startups are getting Keystone Innovation Zone tax credits

More than $17 million in tax credits are going to about 200 Pennsylvania companies under the … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 working toward innovation and growth in all neighborhoods “There are too many people who never recovered.”

"I used to ride my bicycle on these streets," Bill Generett says, glancing out the car window. In … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21’s President and CEO William Generett Jr. Appointed to Serve as a Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Urban Innovation21 President & CEO William Generett Jr. has been selected to serve on the … [Read more...]

Innovesca, recipient of $25K grant from Urban Innovation21 shares future plans

On a Clarion County farm north of Pittsburgh grows a small plot of a plant vying for shelf space in … [Read more...]

Internships offering firms untapped talent

The staff at Urban Innovation21 saw a fundamental flaw in Pittsburgh’s employment pipeline: … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh medical brace entrepreneur Kelly Collier earns recognition

After a year when ActivAided Orthotics founder Kelly Collier grew the medical brace business from a … [Read more...]

Strength Begets Strength in Startup Pittsburgh

Much like Detroit, Pittsburgh is an historic industrial city. And like Detroit again, when American … [Read more...]

“Rise of the Rest” tour puts spotlight on Pittsburgh region’s startups

A movement to spotlight the nation of innovators that exists — sometimes unrecognized — between New … [Read more...]

Rise of the Rest with Steve Case

Across America, vibrant startup communities are gaining momentum. We believe entrepreneurs and their … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Celebrates the Start of the Region’s Largest and Most Diverse Summer Innovation Economy Internship Program

As the largest and most diverse innovation economy based internship program in the region, Urban … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 announces the issuance of $150,000 for the 2014 winners of the Hill District and Homewood Small Business “Inclusive Innovation” Grant Competition in our region’s communities

Today, Urban Innovation21 and its public-private partners announced the winners of the “Inclusive … [Read more...]

Duquesne, Urban Innovation21 to launch Pittsburgh’s first maker lab

Duquesne University announced Monday that it is partnering with Urban Innovation 21 to establish … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh pilot program to help finance entrepreneurs morphs into Kiva City

After years of juggling clients in her home-based hair salon around a corporate job, in 2012, Tracy … [Read more...]

Kiva City Pittsburgh aims to lend to 100 entrepreneurs within first year

Kiva City Pittsburgh formally launches Thursday morning, almost three years after Kiva City, a … [Read more...]

A Homewood based STEM daycare that is a national model for innovative child learning

When she was 7 years old, all Shimira Williams wanted for Christmas was Legos. Read More … [Read more...]

Tech tyros get $1.3 mil in tax credit funding

While Urban Innovation21 President and CEO Bill Generett was pleased to recently hear of a project … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Announces Recipients of Tax Credits for High Growth Companies in our Region

Each year the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Ben Franklin … [Read more...]

Reed Smith works pro bono to aid urban startup coalition

An effort to connect entrepreneurs from the area’s most distressed communities with some of the most … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 and Reed Smith Collaborate to Provide Pro Bono Legal Representation to Community-Based Entrepreneurs from the Hill District, Homewood and other Pittsburgh Communities

When Reed Smith partner Matthew Mohn saw a video at the Allegheny Conference's annual meeting … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Adds to its team - Max Miller to Fill the Executive Vice President Position

Urban Innovation21 is excited to announce that Max Miller has joined the Urban Innovation21 team as … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 interns featured in Pittsburgh Promise magazine (ideapod)

Some students believe that in order to have a successful career, the only skills they need are the … [Read more...]

See how the Sisters of Mercy and community centric philanthropy is transforming the Hill District

Members of the McAuley Ministries Board outline this foundation's grantmaking priorities, grantee … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Partners with Reed Smith to do Pro Bono Work with Entrepreneurs in the Community

Global law firm Reed Smith is teaming up with Urban Innovation21 to provide a suite of pro-bono … [Read more...]

The Homewood Senior Station Small Business Grant Program

Operation Better Block and Urban Innovation21 are seeking proposals from entrepreneurs wishing to … [Read more...]

Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence named Kiva Zip trustee

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh has been named a … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Prepares College Students for Work World

Most high school graduates attend college with the goal to study hard, to successfully graduate and … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Concluding Summer 2013 Internship Event Video

What William Generett, Jr. J.D. does is hard work. But it reflects the American entrepreneurial … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 receives a grant from McAuley Ministries to continue its inclusive innovation work in the Greater Hill District

McAuley Ministries said it has awarded 19 grants totaling $1.2 million to 17 nonprofits in the Hill … [Read more...]

Urban Wealth Building & Entrepreneurship Program

Are you interested in starting or growing your small business? Do you have a particular skill or … [Read more...]

Co-working Space Available in the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone

With a startup or freelance work, it’s often hard to find a place to work beyond the home. There’s … [Read more...]

SPUR Business Celebrates One Year Anniversary

This time last year in Pittsburgh (July 2012), now disgraced Nate Harper was still our highly … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Celebrates Conclusion of the Region’s Largest and Most Diverse Summer Innovation Economy Internship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pittsburgh, August 7, 2013 Urban Innovation21 Celebrates Conclusion of … [Read more...]

Launch PGH Announced by City of Pittsburgh URA

Mayor Ravenstahl Announces New Website to Connect Entrepreneurs With Opportunities to Help Launch … [Read more...]

Homewood entrepreneurs awarded business grants

In November of 2012 the staff of Urban Innovation21 introduced to the Homewood-Brushton community … [Read more...]


Just because they didn’t win last season, you wouldn’t dare to call the six-time Super Bowl champion … [Read more...]

Episode 15 – Featuring Harish Saluja & Bill Generett

Raja talks with Harish Saluja, an Indian filmmaker now living in Pittsburgh, about his role as … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 CEO Recognized with Regional Award

Urban Innovation21 CEO Bill Generett, Jr. has been named a finalist for the Ernst and Young … [Read more...]

Millennials will reinvent charity

(CNN) -- My niece Sarah is one of the do-gooders with an entrepreneurial bent who's blurring … [Read more...]

New initiative provides internship opportunities for local students

Thanks to a new initiative from Urban Innovation21, more than 60 local students will gain valuable … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Provides Internships for Pittsburgh Promise Scholars Together with Alcoa Foundation and UPMC

Urban Innovation21 is providing paid internships for more than 60 local college students this … [Read more...]

Cultivating new leaders / Getting to know you, Pleased to meet you

Pittsburgh can be a hard town to break into. Granted, it's not Vermont where one has to be third … [Read more...]

Cultivating new leaders / Getting to know you, Pleased to meet you

Pittsburgh can be a hard town to break into. Granted, it's not Vermont where one has to be third … [Read more...]

Bill Generett / Urban Innovation21, CEO

The Hill District has never made the top 10 list of up and coming technology innovation … [Read more...]

Believing in something nobody else can see: A YNPN Pgh Mentor-Mentee Experience

The article below was written by YNPN Pgh mentee participant, Shawn Coleman, of the YNPN Mentorship … [Read more...]

$100K goes to 7 Pittsburgh startups

Seven Pittsburgh-area startups operating in redeveloping neighborhoods are receiving grants from the … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Announces Winners of $100K Grant Competition for Tech Startups, Supports Point Park University’s First Tech Spinout

Urban Innovation is boosting the local economy by awarding $275K in grants to small businesses this … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Launches New Business Resource

Urban Innovation21 added a new feature to its website. This tool will give you full access to the … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 highlighted in Kaufman Foundation’s Spotlight of Pittsburgh Entreprenuerial Scene

Thirty years ago, Pittsburgh was given up for dead. City leaders realized that if the town were ever … [Read more...]

PCKIZ Company Launches EthAssist™

PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Institute of Consultative Bioethics (ICB), a Pittsburgh-based technology … [Read more...]

Duquesne University Receives $500,000 RACP Grant for Law Clinic Site

The Duquesne University School of Law has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Redevelopment … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21; “Hola Pittsburgh”; Supercomputers on “Our Region’s Business”

Urban Innovation21 recently announced the first 20 companies to receive seed grants and business … [Read more...]

Our Region’s Business-Interview

Bill Flannigan interviews William Generett and the winner of the Hill District Grant … [Read more...]

Grant competition participants receive funding

Urban Innovation21 president and CEO William Generett Jr., J.D. and Kimberly L. Slater-Wood, … [Read more...]

Hill District entrepreneurs receive boost from Urban Innovation21; CMU awards seven startups

Twenty businesses and entrepreneurs in the Hill District are among the first recipients of funding … [Read more...]

Forum to tackle retaining tech talent meets in Pittsburgh

With the region churning out tech talent by the thousands each semester, it would seem local … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Awards $50K, Hosts Event for Participants of Hill District Businesses Grant Competition

An awards ceremony to announce the winners of the Urban Innovation21 grant competition for Hill … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 aids Homewood businesses

Earlier this month Urban Innovation21 announced a third round of grants for small businesses in … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh’s Path to Inclusive Innovation

For good reasons, the term "innovation economy" isn't usually associated with many entrepreneurship … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Boosts Entrepreneurship in Underserved Communities; Awards $250K to Small Businesses

Urban Innovation21 announces a $100,000 grant competition to assist business creation and growth in … [Read more...]

Engineering Management Student Interning for Innovative 3D Tech Company

Meet Fenil Patel: Summer and Fall intern with PCKIZ innovative start-up, AllPoint Systems. Read … [Read more...]

RiverCity Java giving Pittsburgh’s Uptown positive jolt

It’s been about two years since Uptown has had a coffee shop. Read More >   … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 in Homewood

Bill Generett Jr., J.D. remembers Homewood as a thriving community. Speaking to an audience of … [Read more...]

Internships: Your dress rehearsal before showtime

Everyone who has performed in a play or concert knows the importance of a dress rehearsal. (Pages … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Meets With Homewood Business Owners

As Hurricane Sandy plunged the northeastern U.S. into a climate disaster, Bill Generett Jr. … [Read more...]

Youth philanthropists challenge youth entrepreneurs: start Hill District businesses

"There's a lot of negativity displayed in the media toward the Hill District youth, and I wanted to … [Read more...]

Supporting the Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh region is one of 20 areas across the country to have recently secured a federal … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21, Partners with Google for Entrepreneurs Week in Pittsburgh

Google for Entrepreneurs week is September 23-29, 2012. Read More > … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21, Connecting Startups to Underserved Communities: “Pivoting a City: Can Startups Help More Than Themselves?”

Pittsburgh has proven fertile soil for new companies, but the startup mentality may meet its match … [Read more...]

Google here, Google there, Google is everywhere

In case you missed it, September 23-29 was Google for Entrepreneur week; 28 teams in different … [Read more...]

Hill District businesses to compete for grant money

Urban Innovation21 is making up to $50,000 in grants available exclusively to assist Hill District … [Read more...]

New partnership gives Hill District entrepreneurs a boost

After more than 14 years of protecting One Hope Square in the Hill District, security officer … [Read more...]

Urban Innovation21 Announces Grant Competition for Hill District Based Businesses, Becomes a Kiva Trustee

Urban Innovation21 has launched its first grant competition to assist Hill District community-based … [Read more...]

Grant program to benefit Hill District businesses

Urban Innovation21 is kicking off a grant program to assist entrepreneurs in the Hill … [Read more...]