Building a Startup Zone in the Southern Alleghenies

Entrepreneurship is alive and growing…

Change is brewing. A business idea is coming that has the power to transform one life, maybe two, maybe 10,000. An idea that will reinvent an industry, awaken an old factory, a street corner or an entire community. That’s why Startup Alleghenies was created. Working with our ecosystem of committed partners, we help aspiring entrepreneurs get the information, tools, resources and connections to move their ideas from vision to market.

Our community is behind us, too. Because in the Southern Alleghenies we decide our own destiny. We believe that startup zones and economic success stories aren’t just headquartered in Silicon Valley, DC or across the globe. It can start right here, right now.

Be a part of change.

Right Here. Right Now. Thought Leader Summit on Entrepreneurship

The Southern Alleghenies: The Next Great Startup Zone

APRIL 30, 2018 @ Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Free Event

Join us for a day of thought-provoking presentations on entrepreneurship in the Southern Alleghenies. Keynoter Chris Heivly, one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies, will share his lessons on startup success.


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.


Whether you’re starting a business or just thinking about it, a member of the media, an investor, or someone who cares about our region, learn more about what’s going on to revitalize our region’s reputation as a startupzone. Sign up to receive the latest insider information.

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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)
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