Urban Innovation21 Reports 2016’s Tax Credit Awards and Internship Success

The Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credits program is one of the largest unencumbered sources of financial support for high growth startup companies in the state of PA. There are 29 KIZs in the State of PA.  The companies that are awarded KIZ tax credits are able to exchange those credits for cash.   There are 2 KIZs in Pittsburgh, the Greater Oakland KIZ, which is run by the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone Program (PCKIZ), which is managed by Urban Innovation21.   Urban Innovation21 is a public-private partnership comprised of institutions of higher education institutions, businesses,...

Urban Innovation21 & Kiva Pittsburgh Join Forces to Provide Greater Access to Capital for Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs

MEDIA ADVISORY Urban Innovation21 & Kiva Pittsburgh Join Forces to Provide Greater Access to Capital for Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs As a result of a $300,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Urban Innovation21 and Kiva Pittsburgh have formed a partnership that will expand access to capital for Pittsburgh start-up businesses and experienced entrepreneurs who have difficulty securing traditional funding. Urban Innovation21 has been helping business owners in Pittsburgh to obtain Kiva crowdfunded loans as a Kiva Trustee since 2013. Bill Generett, Urban Innovation21 President and CEO, says, “I have seen firsthand the impact that a flexible Kiva loan can have...

La Dorita and Urban Innovation21 Team Up To Assist Food Entrepreneurs and their businesses.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  MEDIA ADVISORY   LA DORITA AND URBAN INNOVATION21 TEAM UP TO ASSIST FOOD ENTREPRENEURS AND ADVANCE THEIR BUSINESSES   With funds provided by a $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Urban Innovation21 has joined forces with La Dorita, LLC to provide opportunities for aspiring business owners from underserved communities to break into the food industry. La Dorita was founded in 2009 by Josephine and Gaston Oría. They provide low cost access to a licensed kitchen and professional grade equipment in Sharpsburg, PA.  Also as the makers of La Dorita Dulce de...