Founded in 2002, Idea Foundry is a Pittsburgh-based, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to creating living-wage, high-opportunity jobs. We do this by investing in and working alongside entrepreneurs to transform innovative business ideas into viable commercial activities and leveraging global programs to attract talent, capital and business to our region. With over 200 companies and projects in our portfolio that have generated over $1B in direct economic impact, Idea Foundry is a regional pioneer in hands-on business development, technology transfer, and global efforts.
Are you just starting out with an idea or company that uses innovation to drive impact? Idea Foundry looks for ideas and businesses which can be built at the intersection of innovation and impact. Our Accelerator program offers hands-on, individualized attention, business model development assistance, incubation services, and investment to bring your business to the next level.
Through Idea Foundry’s 15 years of experience, we provide expert assistance to each company, making our investment much more than financial, and helping companies to avoid setbacks before they reach them. Participants can receive up to $10,000 in investment funding, expert advice, and the potential opportunity for increased funding in the Idea Transformation Fellowship program.
Applications for the Accelerator program are open and accepted on a rolling basis.