Building a Startup Zone in the Southern Alleghenies

Startup Alleghenies Celebrates World Entrepreneurs’ Day with More than 200 Entrepreneurs

Since launching a little over a year ago in June 2017, Startup Alleghenies has registered 211 entrepreneurs, with 142 of them taking the next step of enrolling with a Startup Alleghenies Coach to bring their big ideas to market.

“We just completed a report at the close of our first year to see how well we achieved our primary goals of identifying, recruiting and supporting entrepreneurs in the three counties we serve,” said Director of Business-Development, Debbi Prosser,” and we’re off to a great start again this year having just registered five more entrepreneurs.”

The report, issued in conjunction with World Entrepreneur’s Day, also provides information about areas in which the enrolled entrepreneurs have chosen to launch their businesses, as well as their current “life stage.”

Startup Alleghenies also played a key role in the creation of nine co-working spaces in the Alleghenies designed specifically for entrepreneurs, to provide the physical resources needed to launch their business. These spaces also provide an excellent environment for collaboration and networking.

In Johnstown the spaces that are part of the Startup Alleghenies ecosystem include: the JARI Center for Business Development (, 814 WORX (, BOTTLE WORKS (, Center for Metal Arts (, Field to Fork Agricultural Incubator (, and scheduled to open soon, Creator Square ( ). Catalyst Space(, The Hite Family Launchbox for Innovation ( are located in Altoona, with the newest addition, Uptown Works ( located in Somerset, Pa.

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About World Entrepreneurs’ Day |   #TWENTYFIRSTAUGUST

World Entrepreneurs’ Day, celebrated on August 21, 2018, was created by the Alliance of International Business Associations ( to create awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation throughout the world.


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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Our Entrepreneurs

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Sarah | The Clay Cup
Jeremy & Jennifer | Press Bistro
Mark | Mark Albert Boots
Dave | Wrivo, LLC
Mike | InnoH20 Solutions
John | EMG Brands


Startup Alleghenies is celebrating its first year. Here are the highlights about our 211 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)