PITTSBURGH, PA –  New Sun Rising (NSR), an organization empowering socially impactful organizations in the Pittsburgh region through training, resources, and connections, is pleased to partner with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce for Launch Wilkinsburg, an incubator program designed to help project and business owners develop vibrancy and economic opportunity in the community.

Launch Wilkinsburg is a collaborative 12-month program providing structured learning, access to consultants and professional services, connections with partners, funding opportunities, and a physical space to help social entrepreneurs get organized and grow. Additionally, startup businesses and projects in the Launch Wilkinsburg hub will help to activate the community’s shared vision by working with the community and for the community.

Each incubation hub is designed to promote the success of resident teams, as well supporting social and economic impact goals of community stakeholders. 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. The focus of the Launch Wilkinsburg incubator was co-created through surveys, review of local community plans, and an interactive public workshop. Areas of priority identified by stakeholders include community engagement, arts and culture, vacant properties and lots, Main St development, and more.

“Through our successful pilot year launching place-based incubators in Millvale, the Hilltop, and Northside, we helped 50 new projects and businesses launch and grow in their communities.”, said Scott Wolovich, Executive Director of New Sun Rising. “A crucial aspect of the program is implementing the program with local leaders. Our partnership with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce and hiring of Admintrinsic as the Cluster Manager, are evidence of a commitment to develop both economic opportunity and intellectual capital within the neighborhoods we serve. Together, our work will activate the self-identified priorities of community members, while inspiring creativity, fostering innovation, and strengthening networks within Wilkinsburg.”

As a legacy business owner and President of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce, Yvonne James has a unique perspective on the emerging energy in the community. “I believe now is a great time to invest in Wilkinsburg. As we watch our community revitalize it is exciting to see a new generation of folks “reinventing” our business district while still preserving our beautiful architecture and realize small walkable business districts are the new norm and are anxious to be a part of this great affordable change.”

“Small businesses are the backbone of the community. When they thrive, so do the residents.”, according to Marita Garrett, Partner at Adminstrinsic and Launch Wilkinsburg Cluster Manager . “I am enthusiastic to partner with New Sun Rising on Launch Wilkinsburg, because it provides a much needed support to those who are looking for the first step to turn their idea into a business or travel down the path of entrepreneurship. This program will help to empower the participants to grow their community project or business idea, which essentially helps grow our community”.

Interested  business and community project leaders are encouraged to review the program offerings and apply for acceptance into the year long program before the deadline on Wednesday January 18th at 11:59 PM. To learn more about Launch Wilkinsburg and submit an application, please visit www.newsunrising.org/launch-wilkinsburg.

The Launch Wilkinsburg incubator is made possible in partnership with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

Inquiries should be directed to scott@www.newsunrising.org


New Sun Rising (NSR) empowers innovative organizations that create economic opportunity, solve social challenges, and strengthen the vibrancy of place. We serve as educator, resource provider, connector, and activator of neighborhood-scale innovation. Our focus is on underserved communities and how equitable growth strategies can be utilized for economic and social development.