Social Enterprise on the Foundry Floor
As the first and only of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, InterSector is an accelerator that gives hands-on, individual attention and investment to develop triple bottom line ideas that restore environments, better human lives, create jobs, and strengthen the global economy. We test your idea’s ability to meet the challenges of starting and running a business that balances the well-being of people, planet and profit equally. Our portfolio companies work to stop human trafficking, develop biofuels, turn trash into fabric, improve business communications, and create access to healthy foods, to name a few.
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InterSector, a program of Idea Foundry, funds and guides the creation of early stage social enterprise companies who develop innovative, efficient, market-based solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. We help entrepreneurs take the first steps toward building the foundations of scalable businesses that create social good and profit, by helping them prove their concept and validate their business model. InterSector operates out of Pittsburgh, PA, and is expanding its services globally through projects in China and Mexico.
InterSector is helping to generate the next wave of social enterprise companies creating sustainable economic opportunity in Western Pennsylvania and measurable social change locally and globally. We aim to increase the number of high-impact,socially-responsible businesses operating in Western Pennsylvania, and extend the reach of this business model throughout Pittsburgh and beyond, because we believe business for good is the future.
InterSector was created to address the city’s growing entrepreneurial interest in creating businesses with a social and environmental mission. We’ve seen the number of social enterprise applications more than double since founding the InterSector Accelerator in 2012, and each year we select 10 entrepreneurs to work with. InterSector adds value to the local economy by supporting social entrepreneurs who are reinventing the principles of for-profit business to solve and prevent environmental and social problems while creating profit and economic opportunity for all involved stakeholders.
See how our companies are nurturing capitalism for the common good.