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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

Kimche & Mend the Gap Partner to Reduce the Achievement Gap in Schools

Pittsburgh-based Mend the Gap and Santiago-Chile-based Kimche partner to bring the Kimche technology platform to U.S. schools to help teachers manage student performance and identify risks and factors which can affect student performance in the classroom.

Team Spotlight: Jason Jones

This summer we are going to spend some time highlighting our team, their accomplishments, and simply what makes them cool people to work with. We are starting with Jason Jones, our Director of Entrepreneurship, who leads our Equitable Entrepreneurship program as well as spearheads efforts to conduct community outreach, partner with community groups, and identify new forms of funding for underserved entrepreneurs.

Innovation Bridge Program Recap

Highlights from Idea Foundry's first Innovation Bridge Program and the expriences of the 11 Chilean particpants during the two week program in Pittsburgh

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