Three companies rose to the top during the second of three planned Big Idea Contests in the PA Wilds region. One thing they all share: A commitment to community and doing good, whether that's through a piece of handmade art, a cup of coffee, or a software program.
The second of three planned Big Idea Contests in this vast, beautiful region is accepting applications, and there's a whole network of people working hard to make sure local innovators earn a shot at the $50,000 prize.
A group of artists has transformed an organic farm in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania into a community hub and performance space, welcoming visitors for workshops, live theater, and lessons about climate change.
Two innovative companies emerged victorious from the pitch competition, earning an infusion of cash to build their businesses. The winners represent very different sectors, demonstrating the dynamicism of the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
A changing world pushed this arts campus towards its own evolution, inspiring the team to focus on accessibility and the outdoors. The annual Spring Iron Pour and Forge Festival, a celebration of local blacksmithing, is happening on April 30.
Whether you're a gardener with an herbal remedy, a woodworker with a brilliant flooring solution, or a scientist with an accidental discovery, transforming an idea into a business is a major challenge. Fortunately, if you live in the PA Wilds, you don't have to do it alone — there is a wealth of funding and support, if you know where to look.
A circular economy would let us use, collect, sort, and recycle or repurpose everyday materials on a large scale, replacing the world of single-use items, from food containers to this season’s fashions to demolished buildings. A new nonprofit organization is tackling this "big, hairy, audacious goal."