Launch Hilltop: Impact Incubator
A 12 month program for social enterprises and creative projects to research, test, and implement plans to activate their local community.
Launch Hilltop is an inspiration dojo, where a collective of passionate, driven entrepreneurs challenge perceptions to drive personal and community change
Building Community Equity
EQUITY CAFES are conversations where residents discover their community, dream their future, and design initiatives to create their own destiny. Local residents are encouraged to lend their voices and energy over free lunch at an upcoming Equity Cafe:
- DISCOVERY: Saturday June 18, 2016 – Story and photos by Storyburgh
- DREAM/DESIGN: July 16, 2016 – graphic illustration by Emily Marko
- DESTINY: August 27, 2016 at Academy PGH, 753 East Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
RSVP with Jorinda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Teams
Epicast is a digital content based network with a strong focus on podcasts, photos, and video. We plan to expand our video services production and build focus on becoming a “multi channel network” via Youtube, and network creative video makers, artists, and musicians in the same way we’ve done with podcasts, appealing to those that crave visual entertainment.
pAge Drinking Paper was created to make and distribute the silver nanoparticle (AgNP) filter papers (pAges) invented by Dr. Theresa Dankovich to the 663 million people in the world who lack access to clean drinking water. We aspire to create a point-of-use AgNP filter paper at a price point – < 10 cents per paper – that is universally acceptable to the poorest of the poor.
The Hilltop Men’s Group is a organization on a mission to reclaim our streets, restore our community pride and repair the damage that was done by years of disinvestment and neglect. We seek to provide healthy alternatives to the destructive behaviors that harm the community. Our approach to healing the neighborhoods is through educational, spiritual, and economic empowerment. We provide programming that encourages responsible entrepreneurism with a focus on the community.
Why the Hilltop?
New Sun Rising’s impact incubator supports social innovators from around the Pittsburgh region. Following a neighborhood discussion and assessment with multiple stakeholders, we selected the Hilltop anchored by the Allentown business district as our second Launch MODE community. A number of Hilltop based organizations are committed to promoting inclusive neighborhood redevelopment, such as Work Hard Pittsburgh, the Hilltop Alliance, Pgh Works, and others. New Sun Rising is excited to work closely with these partners and the 10 Launch Hilltop teams over the next twelve months and translate their success into positive opportunity and change for the community.