Impact Innovations - Global Companies

Idea Foundry now offers its flagship acceleration and investment model for international companies. This up-to-6-month program includes completion of a personalized work plan to bring your company to its next milestone as well as cash investment for select companies.
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Through the Impact Innovations program, participants work with the Idea Foundry team for a period of up to 6 months, depending on the maturity of the idea or company, to accelerate the process towards launch or growth. The Impact Innovations program for international companies includes 2 tracks: Capital & Services or Services-Only. 


Capital & Services Track:

This program offers Idea Foundry's time-tested combination of hands-on, individualized business development services and cash investment. Business development services include the completion of a personalized work plan, with weekly or bi-weekly progress meetings with the Idea Foundry team. Work plans typically consist of 2-3 main projects, in line with the priorities and needs of the company. The Idea Foundry team acts as an extension of the entrepreneurial team, conducting hands-on research and projects, which could include competitive analysis, product roadmaps, U.S. market exploration, analysis of sales channels, and pricing analysis, among others. The services of the work plan are valued at $15,000 which forms part of the overall loan.

The capital track includes up to an additional $10,000 in cash investment to provide participating companies some financial flexibility in implementing their growth plans. This amount and the value of the services are combined into a total loan of up to $25,000 USD.

Services-Only Track:

This program is a prudent option for less-mature companies which may not pass due diligence requirements for investment by a U.S. entity. Additionally, companies seeking quality business development services, but without the need of cash investment, can reduce their overall loan amount by choosing the Services-Only track.

This track includes the same individualized business development services mentioned above, without the additional cash investment. The total loan for this track will be $15,000 USD.

Our loans are entrepreneur-friendly, with agreements tied to the business entity, without collateral or personal guarantees. We know that it is risky to work with startups, and we are just as committed to the business's success as another team member. For more information about loan terms, please reach out to info@ideafoundry.org.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Companies must be officially registered outside of the U.S.
  2. While we do not have a specific revenue minimum for this program, part of our due diligence process includes the evaluation of financial status to estimate possible growth during the following 5 years. Participating companies must be currently generating revenue and financially stable/sustainable.
  3. Companies must be based in an innovation, through a disruptive methodology, process, or technology.
  4. Companies must be able to demonstrate that their solution generates a positive social or environmental impact
  5. A professional level of English is necessary to communicate with Idea Foundry staff. If you believe that language may be a barrier for your ability to participate in the program, please email info@ideafoundry.org and we will work with you to accommodate your needs to the fullest extent possible.


Additional Characteristics (Not Required)

  1. Interest in expanding to the U.S. market and/or prior market research on the U.S.
  2. Innovation within one of Idea Foundry's historic focus areas: education technology, environmental innovation, affordable housing solutions, life sciences and health.

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.

Idea Foundry accepts inquiries on a rolling basis throughout the year.

As a first step, please contact us at info@ideafoundry.org 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.

We will then direct you to our online application form. After applying, the Idea Foundry team will get back to you within approximately 2 weeks regarding next steps.