Checking in with Mt. Airy's Immigrant Innovation Hub - Generocity Philly

People

Dec. 9, 2016 11:08 am

Checking in with Mt. Airy’s Immigrant Innovation Hub

The entrepreneurship center for Philadelphia immigrants has been open for just about a year, and through it, Mt. Airy USA has learned — and accomplished — a lot.

Sarajane Blair and Brad Copeland of Mt. Airy USA.

(Screenshot via Vimeo)

Around the Corner” is a PhillyCAM show that offers local social impact leaders the opportunity to share what impact their work is having on the Philadelphia area. 


Almost a year ago, community development corporation Mt. Airy USA launched the Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub — the Knight Cities Challenge winner that aimed to be an immigrant-centered, place-based solution to economic development.

Immigrants aspiring to start their own businesses could come to the Northwest neighborhood to learn business basics in a cohort of likeminded peers with access to funding. Since it opened in February, the Hub has hosted 39 app developers, food service providers and others — including, surprisingly, a few collaborative businesses that have resulted from relationships formed at the Hub.

Generocity Editor Julie Zeglen checked in with Managing Director Sarajane Blair and Executive Director Brad Copeland on “Around the Corner” to hear about what they’ve learned and how they’ve pivoted to better serve the immigrant entrepreneur population.

Watch on Vimeo

PhillyCAM is Comcast channel 66/966 HD/967 and Verizon FIOS channel 29/30 in Philadelphia.

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

From our Partners

St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children is focused on feeding refugee and immigrant populations affected by COVID-19

The memo barring immigrants from being included in the Census is ‘further motivation to be counted’

Al igual que las organizaciones cambian el modelo de promotora para lidiar con COVID-19, las fundaciones cambian su patrocinio

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Motivadas y ambiciosas: Estas estudiantes de Kensington Health Sciences Academy están listas para el futuro

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Inc.

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Apply Now
Philadelphia (or remotely)

Philadelphia Association of CDCs

Programs Assistant

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Public Health Management Corporation

Web-Focused Graphic Designer

Apply Now

As nonprofits using the promotora model pivot due to COVID-19, so do their funders

Estos promotores luchan por la justicia para sus comunidades, incluso durante la pandemia

Masks are a barrier to contagion, but can also be a new barrier for immigrants

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Driven and ambitious: Kensington Health Sciences Academy students ready themselves for the future

Philadelphia, PA

Starfinder Foundation

Executive Director

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Executive Director

Apply Now
Harrisburg

Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools

Executive Director

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity