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New Sun Rising opens Food Hub Incubator: Launch Millvale!

Pittsburgh, PA, October 6, 2015 – New Sun Rising (NSR), an organization empowering creative projects in the Pittsburgh region through fiscal sponsorship, mentoring, and community building, is launching its first of three community-based incubators. Each incubation hub is designed to promote the success of resident teams, as well impact the community in which the hub is situated. Teams chosen to take part in NSR’s year-long residency are provided with expert-led, community-driven programming designed to move ideas toward impact. Millvale is host to Pittsburgh’s first-of-its-kind social impact incubator: Launch MODE. The activity of the fresh food hub aims to increase local production, distribution, and access in a community identified as a food desert. With a strategic EcoDistricts plan, bolstered by the Millvale Community Library, Millvale Borough Development Corporation, and Millvale Borough Council, the town is now a growing hub for community-led food security initiatives. Launch Millvale has a three-level approach to its programming: individual team success through business model planning and funding strategies; teams developing a cohort to improve food system models; and engagement as a food hub in their home community of Millvale. New Sun Rising Program Manager, Brian Wolovich of Millvale said, “the participating food enterprises were selected based on their abilities, ideas, and their authentic interest in activating Millvale’s community-based vision for addressing its own lack of food security.” Ten teams developing food-based social impact projects will call the Millvale Food Hub home for the next year: Creative Culinary, Farm Truck Foods, The Gardens of Millvale, 4th River Ferments, Millvale Fresh Food Hub, Sprezzatura, Steel City Soils, Three Rivers Grown, Tupelo Honey Teas, and the creation of...

Come Out & Play Festival begins national expansion in Pittsburgh

WHO/WHAT: Come Out & Play Pittsburgh presented by City of Play When: September 18-19, 2015 Where: Schenley Plaza Cost: $10 suggested donation per day of play On September 18th and 19th, the nation’s premier festival of new games will come to Pittsburgh for a weekend of city-size fun. Founded in New York City 10 years ago, the Come Out & Play festival brings play back to the real-world by showcasing the best new street and live-action games from around the world. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the festival is expanding nationally, beginning with Come Out & Play Pittsburgh. Come Out & Play Pittsburgh is a two-day, donation-based festival of games that turns the city into a playground for grown-ups. The festival will feature brand-new sports, street games, and social games on Friday September 18th and Saturday September 19th in Schenley Plaza and surrounding areas of Oakland. Tickets and more information about the festival area available at This year’s featured games include: Circle Rules Football, an incredible new sport with a circular field and a yoga ball; Scattershot, a video game hundreds of people can play at once; Nashville, a real-world wild-west dueling game played with a deck of cards, Counter Squirt, a late-night live-action squirt gun battle throughout the streets of Oakland, and many, many more great new games. Of the opportunity to bring Come Out & Play to Pittsburgh, festival co-founder Nick Fortungo stated, “Come Out & Play is very excited to make our first move to expand beyond New York and San Francisco in Pittsburgh. City of Play has been a terrific partner of CO&P NYC for many years, and...

Black Girls Do Bike

Black Girls Do Bike: Pittsburgh was created with the goal of growing and supporting a community of local women who share a passion for cycling. Cycling improves mental and physical health and we desire to share those benefits with women who are backbone of our community. Our efforts go into organizing regular bike rides, promoting skill sharing, and adding a minority voice to the Pittsburgh bike community.  BGDB: Pittsburgh quickly fell in love with the idea of becoming a non-profit organization and the doors such a move could potentially open.  We quickly realized, however, that with limited resources, individual non-profit status would have to be pushed out of the short-term plan and moved to the long term.  Fiscal sponsorship seemed like the next logical step. We hoped that fiscal sponsorship would make valuable connections, mentoring and free us up to focus on achieving our mission.  We also hoped to gain access to local and national grants that seemed to be aimed right at our intersection of minority health and community building. We reached out to NSR hoping they would be a great fit. Our fiscal sponsorship with NSR has been nothing short of amazing. New Sun Rising assigned an advisor who jumped right in and took a personal interest in learning our vision and helping us achieve a successful launch. Not long after that we secured our first grant from The Sprout Fund and we were off and running. We quickly realized how freeing it was to plan events and make new contacts knowing we have the backing of the team at NSR. Dan S. is always a simple...

Kiva City PIttsburgh is Celebrating an important milestone!

Kiva City Pittsburgh is currently looking for its 100th borrower! Thus far, the local initiative of Kiva, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, has worked with Pittsburgh business owners ranging from restaurant owners to administrative workers, helping them to fund 96 loans totaling more than $440,000, with another 3 loans crowdfunding currently. In honor of their growth and success, Kiva City Pittsburgh borrowers, trustees, lenders, and supporters are gathering tonight at the Pittsburgh Public Market, a market and incubator for small businesses, for a summer celebration and pop-up market. Eighteen (18) small business owners who have utilized Kiva Zip to get a microloan will be sharing their stories, selling products and offering samples. Kiva ( is the world’s first and largest crowdfunding platform for social good. A nonprofit organization, Kiva aims to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty and expand economic opportunity. Since 2005, Kiva and its growing global community of 1.3 million lenders have crowdfunded more than $740 million in microloans to over 1.7 million entrepreneurs in 85 countries, with a 99% repayment rate. Kiva Zip ( is a crowdfunding platform that enables business owners to obtain 0% interest small business loans based on the character and potential of the business owner, rather than traditional financial criteria. Each loan is crowdfunded by hundreds of lenders from the business owner’s own community and around the world.  Kiva City Pittsburgh is the local initiative to connect business owners and lenders via Kiva Zip. Jonny Price, Senior Director of Kiva U.S., said, “Thanks to the launch of Kiva City Pittsburgh in March 2014 and Philadelphia in December, Pennsylvania is now the...

New Sun Rising Introduces Launch Hilltop: an incubation program for Civic Enterprise

PITTSBURGH, August 12, 2015 — New Sun Rising selects Allentown as their newest location to host a Launch MODE impact incubator in the Hilltop communities of Pittsburgh. Launch Hilltop is an intensive 12-month program, providing concept owners with direct support through a professional development curriculum, business planning, and impact funding. Entrepreneurs with community and government solutions can apply for residency in the Launch Hilltop: Civic Enterprise Incubator through an open call for applications this Fall.   Jamil Bey, Founder and President of Pittsburgh Works, said, “Allentown, particularly the business corridor along Warrington Ave., is re-emerging as a hub for the surrounding communities including segments of Beltzhoover, Knoxville, Mt. Washington and the Slopes. The arrival of New Sun Rising is a welcome addition to the continued revitalization. A commitment to community processes that engage residents across this larger geography will be key for setting an agenda for social sustainability and equity.”   The second Pittsburgh neighborhood to be chosen to host a New Sun Rising Launch MODE incubator, Allentown has a diverse set of stakeholders creating a unified vision for revitalization. New Sun Rising (NSR) is partnering with Work Hard Pittsburgh for the City’s first Startup Weekend Civic Pittsburgh (#SWCivicPGH) event, connecting more than 150 entrepreneurs, designers, and computer programmers to create companies that solve problems for this region’s government and community development sectors.   New Sun Rising Executive Director Scott Wolovich said, “There is an undeniable energy for inclusive, sustainable revitalization in the Allentown business district. This vision focuses on progressive initiatives for resident engagement and social enterprise development. We’re excited to collaborate with community leaders and build opportunity...

Work Hard Pittsburgh Launches First Startup Weekend Civic with New Sun Rising

A weekend of entrepreneurial development offering hands-on mentorship for social innovators PITTSBURGH, July 20, 2015 — Work Hard Pittsburgh, formerly The Hardware Store, presents Pittsburgh’s first Startup Weekend Civic (SWCivicPGH) event, connecting more than 150 entrepreneurs, designers, and computer programmers to create companies that solve problems for this region’s government and community development sectors. The event will connect entrepreneurs with Pittsburgh-centric ideas with regional experts for a weekend of intense, hands-on, solution-based startup development. The first of its kind, SWCivicPGH is partnering with New Sun Rising for the high-impact weekend scheduled for September 18 through September 20 in various locations throughout Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood, including RE360 Real Estate Development. Participants will pitch their ideas, form strategy and development teams, and create a business plan and/or product for solving a local issue. At the end of the weekend, teams will present their results to a panel of entrepreneurial and civic leaders to gather valuable feedback. Work Hard Pittsburgh, a Pittsburgh-based community of freelance digital workers and business incubator, has seen explosive growth in the past year, expanding services that broaden the company’s footprint in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by creating a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem for the region. Josh Lucas, Founder of Work Hard Pittsburgh, said, “Startup Weekend Civic is an opportunity to highlight a rapidly changing neighborhood and to demonstrate the unique economic opportunities Allentown offers.” Modeled after the successful global grassroots development movement, Startup Weekend, SWCivicPGH focuses on entrepreneurs who want to use big city data to propel our region forward or solve problems in our communities to create a more equitable and livable city. Lucas said, “That’s...


 PITTSBURGH, PA — New Sun Rising, an organization empowering creative projects in the Pittsburgh region through fiscal sponsorship, mentoring and community building, is launching the arts MODE fellowship. ‘arts MODE’ will ignite artists to launch and grow their artform in communities across Pittsburgh. On July 15th from 6-8pm, we invite you to celebrate with us as we launch arts MODE @ Wigle Whisky Barrelhouse on the Northside (1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh). Come meet New Sun Rising’s staff and board members, socialize & network with other creatives, and learn more about future programming for arts MODE. A portion of the drink sales will help support the work of New Sun Rising. “We believe that creatives have the opportunity to impact their local community if given the tools to do so.  ‘arts MODE’ provides professional development, a sense of tribe and community, and access to resources to develop an individual’s or group’s sustainability. The workshops focus on individual goals, as well as a monthly topic. Our program seeks artists and creatives looking to become community builders-at whatever level the individual or organization is in currently,” Dan Stiker, Director of Fiscal Sponsorship + arts MODE. “New Sun Rising was born out of the desire to support local leaders with a vision for positive social change. For the past decade we have supported grass-roots community projects operating at the intersection of arts, social enterprise, and citizen engagement working to activate a community vision. These passionate, creative, visionary people simply need a framework, encouragement and resources like arts MODE to be more sustainable and grow their impact” Scott Wolovich, New Sun Rising Co-Founder...

New Sun Rising Introduces Launch Millvale

PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2015 — New Sun Rising selects Millvale as the first community chosen to host a novel incubation program for social enterprises in Pittsburgh. Launch MODE, an intensive 12-month program provides project owners with a learning curriculum, direct support, industry expertise, impact fundraising, and strategic development of their business model. Project owners with solutions in the food system can apply for residency in the Launch Millvale: Food Enterprise Incubator through August 9, 2015.   Millvale Borough Development Corporation President, Tina Walker said, “There has been a lack of local fresh food producers and businesses in neighborhoods such as Millvale for far too long. Thanks to the Millvale Borough Development Corporation teaming up with NSR, that void will be changing in the very near future.  NSR has begun the process by initiating their food enterprise incubator program in Millvale to give those food businesses and producers a fighting chance at success…including Millvale’s own fresh food hub that is anticipated to open sometime this fall.”   The first Pittsburgh neighborhood to be chosen to host a New Sun Rising Launch MODE incubator, Millvale has a unified vision for becoming a fresh food hub. The EcoDistricts community planning process brought together citizens, neighborhood organizations, businesses, and local government to build the community’s capacity to catalyze renewal.   New Sun Rising Executive Director Scott Wolovich said, “We’re looking for fresh ideas in all areas of the food system: production, delivery, education, justice, and advocacy. Growth of these enterprises and nonprofits are essential to neighborhood vitality. By focusing on financially sustainable models and greater local impact, we’re helping leaders and communities succeed.”  ...

Join us at an Info Session for launch Millvale: Food Enterprise Incubator

Come to one of our open info sessions to learn about NSR’s food enterprise incubator program! Already decided your concept is a good fit for us? Apply now   Wednesday, July 22nd from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at Farm Truck Foods mobile grocer in Millvale with free Tea from Healcrest Urban Farm and honey sticks from Apoidea Apiary! To request additional information or schedule a meeting with our team, contact...

NSR sponsors Propelle’s early-summer garden party for women entrepreneurs at Healcrest Urban Farm

  LET’S HAVE FUN ON THE FARM! Propelle is teaming up with Healcrest Urban Farm, The Sprout Fund, and New Sun Rising to throw an early-summer garden party for women entrepreneurs! Tuesday June 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM With tents, twinkling lights, greenhouse and garden tours, local farm fresh tidbits and specialty drinks made from Healcrest’s own line of herbal teas, shrubs, and tea pops this is sure to be the networking event of the summer. The focus for the evening will be women entrepreneurs seeking funding opportunities, resources, incubation & investment. Speakers will include Dana Launius and Maria Graziani of Healcrest Urban Farm and a representative from the Sprout Fund. What you’ll discover: Funding opportunities and options in Pittsburgh. What funders are specifically looking for. What will set your funding application apart from the crowd. What Maria and Dana have learned from 5+ years of working with funders. There will also be funding information on hand from New Sun Rising. Get your tickets today and invite your favorite woman entrepreneurs (and future entrepreneurs) to join you for a very special and informative evening. This event is 21+...

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