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Idea Foundry invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs to transform innovative business ideas into viable commercial activities and leverages global programs to attract talent, capital, and business to the Pittsburgh region.

Local business acceleration

Idea Foundry creates jobs in the Pittsburgh region by supporting innovation-based businesses through its Impact Innovations Programs as well as immigrant- and minority-run businesses through its Equitable Entrepreneurship Program. Its investment vehicles and industry expertise allows entrepreneurs to develop and scale ideas into enterprises.

Global connections and innovations

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 the region supports Pittsburgh as a global hub. Idea Foundry supports economic development in the local region and societal impact across the globe.

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Recent posts

Team Spotlight: Jay Murray

We are bringing back the team spotlight with Jay Murray, Entrepreneurial Program Manager at Idea Foundry as well as CEO of Solinius, a public benefit corporation developing and distributing energy management and solar technologies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Idea Foundry kicks off textile industry innovation project with Economic Development Board Mauritius

Idea Foundry began work last month with the Economic Development Board Mauritius, the primary economic development agency of the African nation, to develop a plan to bring innovative solutions to their textile industry.

Idea Foundry Receives Designation as Soft Landings Site from InBIA

This month, Idea Foundry was selected as a designated Soft Landings Site by the InBIA, a global nonprofit organization that has supported entrepreneurial organizations for more than 30 years.

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