Global Connections

Building bridges the world over

Fostering connections across the globe widens perspectives, increases creativity and collaboration, and enables local innovation to address global challenges. Attracting global talent and capital to our region supports Pittsburgh as a global hub.  Our services are adapted to support economic development in the local region and the development of innovation and societal impact across the globe.

Bridge for Ideas

Growth in innovation and talent transfer must start with a conversation. Idea Foundry actively hosts international visitors for meetings and Fellowships through programs such as the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, American Councils Professional Fellows Program, and others. It is through these initial connections that we have identified similar challenges and solutions across the globe and many of our larger projects have developed.

Bridge for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Impact Globalizer Program

The Impact Globalizer porgram assists entrepreneurs who are interested in globalizing their product/service and/or specifically interested in exploring the U.S. market. It can serve as the first step towards Soft Landings in Pittsburgh. Our team conducts the market discovery work to help the entrepreneurial team identify and validate if there is a U.S. market niche for their innovation or service as well as assess opportunities for technology, product, or process transfer and distribution.

For more information on this program, please email

Virtual Acceleration

Idea Foundry offers a virtual version of our 3 month  Impact Innovations Accelerator program for foreign businesses. This program offers individualized services to prepare entrepreneurs to meet the standards and levels of development expected in U.S. entrepreneurial ecosystems and to attract investment within the U.S. or globally. Idea Foundry has specialized in hands-on acceleration and business development services for over 15 years and supported over 200 companies.  

  For more information on this program, please contact

Soft Landings Program

Pittsburgh is a very attractive place for business, with a strong education system generating a quality talent pool, growing innovation ecosystem and low cost of living. Idea Foundry’s Soft Landings program offers a wide range of customized services to assist in the process of relocating, launching, or opening a new U.S. company from foreign innovation in Pittsburgh. Services include assistance in team development and recruitment, meeting regulations and legal requirements, finding accommodations in Pittsburgh, local marketing and business development, translation and interpretation services for select languages, acculturation to American business culture, and much more. This program length is dependent on the scope of work and type of business but ranges from 6 months – 1 year.

To request more information on these services, please email

Innovation Bridge Program – Chile & Pittsburgh

The Innovation Bridge Program between Chile and Pittsburgh is a 2019 program by Idea Foundry open to young Chilean innovators and professionals. It includes a 2 week trip to Pittsburgh, USA in April 2019 to meet counterparts in the U.S. and work with the Idea Foundry team to identify and create collaborative partnerships, projects, business ventures and transactions in the areas of environment and sustainability, food and agriculture, and mining.

For more information visit the Innovation Bridge Program page.

Bridge for Tourism, Study, and Investment in Pittsburgh

Idea Foundry partnered with VisitPittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance to create an initiative, FriendlyPittsburgh, which supports and facilitates education, tourism, business, and investment in Western Pennsylvania to the Chinese market. Additionally, FriendlyPittsburgh has a very successful Chinese social media account which offers Pittsburgh news, events, and interviews catered and translated for the Chinese community in Pittsburgh.

Idea Foundry owns and operates the Pittsburgh Regional Investment Center(PRIC), focused on bringing investments from around the world to Pittsburgh-based projects.The PRIC offers investment opportunities to foreign investors seeking permanent residency in the United States.

Where are Our Global Connections?

Click on the pins for more information on our connection with each country.