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Urban Innovation21 (UI21) has announced their 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition. Urban Innovation21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. This public-private partnership promotes connections between underserved communities and our city’s Innovation Economy in order to help ensure that all communities benefit from Pittsburgh’s economic transformation. This will be the fourth year for the competition.

They’ve changed up the program this year by streamlining it to serve both Hill District and Homewood business owners and entrepreneurs. Participants must either reside in or operate a business in either of these two communities. Competition categories include both startup and existing businesses.

$50,000 in awards will be available to Hill District entrepreneurs and business owners and $100,000 in awards will be available to those in Homewood. Additionally, competition participants will be eligible to receive business development assistance through UI21’s wrap around services which include pro bono legal support, access to capital, and ongoing business education seminars. Participants will need to attend a series of business education workshops and one-on-one sessions.

If you’re interested in competing in this program, there are two orientation sessions that will feature a panel of past winners, mentors, and partners. They will advise you on their competition experience and how to best prepare your submission.

You can find out much more information and register to attend an orientation session here.

UI21’s Grant Competition Orientation Session 1
When: Thursday, September 8th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

UI21’s Grant Competition Orientation Session 2
When: Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: CCAC Homewood-Brushton Center, 701 N. Homewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208