Idea Foundry has been active in connecting Pittsburgh with the globe for the last decade, with efforts that range from organizing and hosting immersive business exchanges for international entrepreneurs, offering U.S. market identification and Soft Landings services, facilitating Foreign Direct Investment, facilitating international academic talent to U.S. schools, and connecting individuals through authentic media to foster collaboration.

IGNITE Program

Format: Virtual

Duration: typically 6 weeks

Suitable Companies: Idea to Early-stage startups

Idea Foundry Services: group educational sessions, individualized mentorship/support 

Idea Foundry Investment: N/A

Program Fee: $1,000 USD

Impact Innovations - Global Companies

Format: Virtual

Duration: 3-6 months

Target: Revenue-Generating, Innovation-Based, Impact-Driven Startups

Idea Foundry Services: Individualized Mentorship/Support, Personalized Workplan Completion (business services valued at $10,000-$15,000)

Idea Foundry Investment: up to $10,000

Loan Total: $10,000 - $25,000 *this includes cash investment and services

Soft Landings Services (Explore, Navigate, Landing)

Format: Virtual / Mix

Duration: 2 months - 1 yr

Target: Mid-stage startups → revenue-generating, innovation-based, demonstrated social or environmental impact, interest in scaling to U.S. market

Idea Foundry Services: individualized mentorship/support, personalized work-plan (see program page for details), connections in Pittsburgh ecosystem

Idea Foundry Investment: N/A

Program Fee: $6,000+

Global Innovation Bridge

Format: Virtual or In-Person

Duration: 10 days - 2 weeks

Target: Early to mid-stage startups →  innovation-based, demonstrated social or environmental impact, interest in exploring U.S. market

Idea Foundry Services: group educational sessions, individualized mentorship/support, connections to Pittsburgh ecosystem

Idea Foundry Investment: N/A

Program Fee: varies based on program length, format, focus areas

View and download our 2019 Global Initiatives Report to see our previous efforts→

Our Global Reach

Click the play button to view the interactive map and select pins to view our projects and connections.

Our Global News

Global Initiatives

FriendlyPittsburgh

FriendlyPittsburgh is a non-profit marketing program that promotes tourism, business, education and innovation in Greater Pittsburgh Area to China through local partnerships and activities.

Pittsburgh Regional Investment Center

Idea Foundry owns and operates the Pittsburgh Regional Investment Center (PRIC), focused on bringing investments from around the world to Pittsburgh-based projects. Contact us with all inquires.

International Visitors

Idea Foundry regularly welcomes visitors from around the world.