Building a Startup Zone in the Southern Alleghenies

The Right Here. Right Now. Thought Leader Summit on Entrepreneurship

It was a day of thought-provoking, inspiring presentations focused on entrepreneurship. Keynote speaker Chris Heivly shared his lessons on startup success. Mr. Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer.” He was a co-founder of MapQuest and currently serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast.

Any community of any size has the potential to be a great startup zone.”

–Chris Heivly, Co-founder of MapQuest, TechStars, a managing director of The Startup Factory

National and local experts also explored ideas about how to turn The Alleghenies into the next great startup zone during two insightful Roundtables. Successful entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur Coaches from Startup Alleghenies  answered questions at the networking cocktail reception at the close the day.

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ABOUT STARTUP ALLEGHENIES

Startup Alleghenies is on a mission to bring greater economic vitality to the region by creating an ecosystem for success that recruits and supports entrepreneurs. Launched in June 2017 by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs are mentored by coaches who provide 360 support to help them navigate a vast network of partners at economic development groups, private organizations, investors and universities–all working together to bring talent, new businesses, and jobs to the region.

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FACTS AND FIGURES

Highlights about our 117 newly enrolled and active Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs in Blair, Cambria, and Somerset Counties.

What kind of business are they creating?

Where are the entrepreneurs coming from?

“I think we’ve probably hit peak Silicon Valley, and we need to figure out ways to have a more diverse, inclusive economy. We want the rust belt to become the startup belt.”

–AOL Founder and Revolution CEO Steve Case, November 2017 on CNBC (see video)