Throughout the year New Sun Rising, an organization that provides support for inspired community leaders so their innovative solutions can go from idea to impact, holds its Ignite MODE programs, a program for budding social entrepreneurs to get hands-on, real time mentorship to help shape their project and community.

Ron frequently mentors participants to help them shape their ideas for inclusive entrepreneurship, a nonprofit volunteer time bank, a skateboarding school and youth leadership program, locally made fashion, and many other initiatives, into start-up community based businesses integrating a social mission.

Programs are active in McKee’s Rocks, Millvale, Pittsburgh’s North Side and Hilltop neighborhoods, and Wilkinsburg.

The MODE’s run in cycles, and anyone is eligible to apply, so if you have an idea that needs some intensive expert advice you can apply soon on New Sun Rising’s page.


The goal of Ignite is to help you rapidly move from idea to impact by skill sharing and solution mapping with experts that span the business and nonprofit fields. Over 150 people have benefitted from the support of 80 mentors through Ignite workshops in their neighborhood. Ignite participants get organized, connected, and inspired.


The collaborative 12-month program guides socially-minded entrepreneurs along the path of getting started, building a tribe of support, and launching meaningful solutions.

Participants receive education and training to strengthen their plan with a diverse team of experts, get connected with peer and professional networks, and be prepared to access funding.

Launch incubators activate a community’s shared vision, by working both with the community and for community. We help social businesses and projects engage with communities that share their values and priorities, building solutions with impact that lasts.


Grow services support established organizations at the intersection of social challenge and entrepreneurial solution. Our team is diverse in expertise and background, serving as a unique design lab to overcome client challenges. We co-develop social enterprises, promote civic technology transfer, and support real estate projects to foster connectivity, local ownership, and collective impact.