The region’s economic transformation has not benefited 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.
Urban Innovation21 promotes an inclusive innovation economy to increase regional competitiveness and sustainability. By leveraging the needs and talents of entrepreneurs with the intellectual, human and financial resources of our partner institutions, we make successful connections with powerful results. 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.
Through Inclusive Innovation Community Based Business Grant Competitions Urban Innovation21 aims to improve the economic mobility of residents and entrepreneurs by connecting them to opportunities in our growing innovation economy or adding value to its ecosystems. Our grants aim to enable the following:
- Widespread opportunities for wealth creation and protection;
- Opportunities to start or grow businesses;
- Opportunities to create jobs that provide family sustaining wages;
- Increased access to opportunities that permit residents to get ahead.