Global Innovation Bridge

Global Innovation Bridges are competitive programs open to entrepreneurs and professionals. Participants travel to Pittsburgh to meet with U.S.-based counterparts and work with the Idea Foundry team to identify and create collaborative and customized partnerships, projects, and business ventures.
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The objective of the Global Innovation Bridge Program is to catalyze innovation adoption, transfer, and impact by directly developing innovator-innovator, innovator-business, and business-business collaborations.

 Prior to the creation of each program, Idea Foundry seeks institutional partners outside the U.S. to determine focus areas and criteria to develop a unique program which matches the priorities of the foreign city/country and Pittsburgh. Together with our in-country partner, Idea Foundry conducts a competitive application and evaluation process to select applicants.

What does the program include?

1. Organization of group and individual meetings with Pittsburgh stakeholders including entrepreneurs, university faculty, industry leaders, and more based on the interest areas of the participants

2. Collaborative work-space in Idea Foundry’s office for the length of the program, as a home base to meet, work together, or handle daily work individually. 

3. Individualized guidance from the Idea Foundry team to help you grow your impact and support international innovation exchange and collaboration

4. Cultural and language immersion in the U.S. through group tours and participation in networking and cultural activities.

5. Optional arrangement of program accommodations in hotels and Homestays with local Pittsburgh families through our local partners.

Why Pittsburgh?

Between its steel city history and flourishing innovation ecosystem today, Pittsburgh offers a glimpse of real American culture as well as a unique culture all of its own. It is the home of renowned universities, the birthplace of disruptive startups and technologies, and offices of tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber, as well as many cultural amenities including museums, parks, theaters, and diverse neighborhoods with cultures all their own.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

1. Entrepreneurs and professionals representing established companies that demonstrate innovation at their core.

2. Participants should have concrete goals to expand opportunities for collaboration and partnership in Pittsburgh that will generate impact in their home country, Pittsburgh or both.

3. Participants must have a professional proficiency in English in order to participant in group and individual meetings with Pittsburgh stakeholders during the trip.

4. Applicants must be willing and able to travel to Pittsburgh for the length of the program and work within the guidelines of the program for the length of the program.

Additional more specific requirements or focus areas will be included in each specific program announcement

Focus areas

Idea Foundry's portfolio focuses on impact. Our focus areas have evolved with the changing needs and priorities of the region. While the innovations and businesses we work with address specific and often complex problems, they create an impact in areas which are basic societal or environmental necessities.

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How to apply

Applications for this program are by invitation only. We encourage interested parties to reach out and have meetings with our team.

GIBPs are developed through the support of in-country partners such as government entities, accelerators, and foundations. The application requirements and processes are created in collaboration with our partners, and differ from program to program. There are currently no open calls for Global Innovation Bridge Programs. Future program announcements will be found on this page.

If you are interested in partnering with Idea Foundry to develop a Global Innovation Bridge Program for entrepreneurs in your organization or region, please get in touch with our Global Engagement Manager via