Launch Wilkinsburg supports the equitable development of a vibrant community through social business development, nonprofit project incubation, and community engagement. The program began with local stakeholder research and discussions to determine the community values and priorities for development.
The Ignite workshop brought together over 30 startup leaders and mentors to further their plans, strategic connections, and identify resources. The collaborative 12 month incubator program helps emerging entrepreneurs through the difficult path of getting started, building a tribe of support, and launching meaningful solutions to directly impact the Wilkinsburg community.
Launch Wilkinsburg is committed to equitable community development and implemented in partnership with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce. In order to determine which areas of impact are top priority, we reviewed community planning documents, surveyed stakeholders through our Vibrancy Index, and held an interactive public forum.
Through this feedback, the identified priorities for development include:
- Community Awareness + Engagement
- Arts + Culture
- Vacant Properties + Lots
- Main Street Business Development
- Safety + Crime Reduction
- Environmental Sustainability
- Public Spaces