Celebrating 20 Years in '23!
Originally founded as the Urban Reach Institute for Student Enterprises in November 2003, we are celebrating 20 years as a forward-thinking economic development organization headquartered in Northeast Hartford's Promise Zone.
Inclusive + Innovative + Impactful
As the only urban technology and entrepreneurship incubator in New England for urban youth and their families, we are proudly a multi-cultural, multi-generational, youth-centered, and expert-led community nonprofit organization.
Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success
Our award-winning business and entrepreneurship programs give underserved individuals, especially youth and young adults, a voice and a platform to make their dreams a reality and to make a difference in the world.
Originally founded as Urban Reach Institute for Student Enterprises in Bloomfield, CT more than 20 years ago, we're now known simply as 'URISE.'
URISE moved to Hartford, CT and our program was featured in the Hartford Courant: "Lesson 1: How To Be Your Own Boss."
URISE launched "Urban Tekk," a digital media and technology-focused social enterprise .
URISE hosted the first ever Youth Business Summit (YBS) at the Hartford Public Library in Downtown Hartford. Nearly 100 aspiring young leaders, entrepreneurs and adults attended.
Event Sponsor: Fairview Capital
URISE held our first ever "Youth Pitch Competition" for youth and teens in middle-school and high school to earn cash prizes.
Event Sponsor: West Indian Foundation
We opened the doors to the Business Resource + Innovation Center (The BRIC).
Sponsors: City of Hartford DCYR, Hartford UNITY