Impact Globalizer - Navigate

The Navigate level of the Impact Globalizer helps foreign companies take a deeper dive into business model adaptations to best serve the U.S. market to avoid setbacks and unnecessary costs.
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After validating market potential, this tier of services support established foreign companies in assessing business model adaptations to enter the U.S. market. We take a deeper approach to help you determine what kind of presence in the U.S. is the best fit for your company and avoid setbacks and unforeseen costs.  A program fee of $15,000 covers our team's research and consultation. The Navigate level is the second of 3 tiers of services which comprise the Impact Globalizer program; for information on the other tiers visit the Explore and Soft Landings pages.

Program Advantages:

A) Virtual support from Idea Foundry's Pittsburgh-based team during the three month program, connections to Idea Foundry's business network, and continuing opportunity to apply for other Idea Foundry programs

B) Business model adaptations assessment and consultation, customized to the needs and industry of each company, including:

- exploration and presentation of business pathways, regulations, licenses, import and export requirements, and more

- connections to business and immigration lawyers if applicable

- identification of potential risks, challenges, and costs associated with an expansion into the U.S. market

C) By the end of the program, companies will have an understanding of how their current business model fits into the U.S. ecosystem and what adaptations may help penetrate the U.S. market.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Company must be registered outside of the U.S.
  2. It must be established and revenue generating.
  3. It should be based from an innovative solution, either through a disruptive methodology, process, or technology.
  4. Applicants should be able to demonstrate its impact, whether it be socially, environmentally, or through job creation on a local and/or global scale.
  5. Idea Foundry’s primary focus areas include life sciences and healthcare, environment, education, energy, safety and security, agriculture, and advanced/emerging technologies.
  6. The Impact Globalizer program includes 3 tiers of services, participants may apply to participate in all 3 tiers, but it is not required.

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.
  1. Idea Foundry accepts inquiries for all levels of the Impact Globalizer Program on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  2. Please contact us at with a brief description of your idea and needs. Our staff will get back to you to see if the program is a good fit for you.
  3. Applications are accepted through our online application form. Click on the button below to view the application and apply.
  4. At the present time, Idea Foundry can only receive applications and inquiries in English, Mandarin, and Spanish.
  5. The Idea Foundry team will get back to you within approximately 2 weeks regarding next steps.