PITTSBURGH, PA (November 2, 2018) A new pop-up incubator space for minority and women-owned businesses is planned to open in East Liberty early November. Gallery on Penn (5935 Penn Avenue) crafted through Catapult: Start-up to Storefront will host its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on November 2, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Catapult: Start-up to Storefront started earlier this year with the aim to help local and minority-owned business gain from the current neighborhood revitalization in East Liberty. The program was designed and funded by the Urban Redevelopment Authority MWBE Program and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Larimer Consensus Group, Circles Greater Pittsburgh, East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI), Paramount Co-Op, and Neighborhood Allies serving as a generous sponsor and financial contributor.
“It is projects and collaborations like this, that are creating incubator spaces like Gallery on Penn that increase the opportunity of minority and women-owned business across the City. This space will serve as the first stop on their way to creating a new small business here in Pittsburgh.,” said Mayor William Peduto.
Support from ELDI will allow Catapult to rent Gallery on Penn at a reduced rate for the next 12 months. Circles Greater Pittsburgh will be doing fundraising to assist in covering the cost.
The businesses and Entrepreneurs participating in Gallery on Penn are:
CobblerWorld – Terina Hicks
Naptural Beauty Supply LLC. – LaShesia Holliday
360 Café LLC – Tyleda Worou
Kin of Duncan Apparel – Jasmine Duncan and Jazmiere Bates
TLC Libations – Diane and Erika Turner
IMIHI Designs – Alexis Cathie
The companies using and testing their new products will do so with provided access to mentorship, continuing education, and other support. The end goal is to prepare the businesses for potential opportunities in future spaces in the East End.