Soft Landings

The Soft Landings Program assists a foreign innovation in relocating, launching, or opening a new U.S. company in Pittsburgh.

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Idea Foundry has developed a “Soft Landings” program to assist in the process of relocating, launching, or opening a new U.S. company from foreign innovation in Pittsburgh. Through Idea Foundry’s leadership an extensive network of relationships and resources exist to support a wide range of service offerings completely tailored to the needs of the business, and program length ranges from 6 months - 1 year. The needs of each business opportunity are very diverse, but services which can be included in this program include:

Idea Foundry was designated as an InBIA Soft Landing site in August 2019

1. Assistance with accommodations for Working in Pittsburgh

  • Assistance with finding housing accommodations in Pittsburgh, both temporary and permanent, through our partners

2. Assistance with Legal Requirements for Working in Pittsburgh

  • Connections to an immigration and/or business lawyer for help with immigration, visa applications, and/or entity registration
  • Assistance on legal documentation, local regulation compliance, IP protection, obtaining government licenses, etc.
  • Guidance on import and export processes

3. Assistance in Team development and recruitment

4. Assistance in American Acculturation and Acclamation

  • Translation and interpretation services (for select languages)
  • Access to resources for immigrants including language training, professional networking, support services, and more
  • Guidance on American culture and business practices

5. Business Development & Expansion Services

  • Assistance in local marketing, branding and social media.
  • Connections to Idea Foundry’s network of business professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers
  • General business strategy and market acces from Idea Foundry, with over 16 years’ experience commercializing innovation and supporting business growth in the region

Focus areas

Since inception, Idea Foundry has been operating a unique Accelerator model which is today encompassed under the Impact Innovations and Equitable Entrepreneurship brands. 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 necessities.

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Eligibility requirements

  1. Foreign businesses must be established and revenue generating
  2. Demonstrate U.S. market validation, either through proof of market studies, MoUs from potential customers, or through successful completion of Idea Foundry’s other global programs
  3. Demonstrate an innovative solution, either through a disruptive methodology, process, or technology
  4. Have the potential to generate jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania, both through employment of citizens from the region and transfer of foreign staff to the area.
  5. Idea Foundry’s primary focus areas include life sciences and healthcare, environment, education, energy, safety and security, agriculture, and advanced technologies, but other areas will be evaluated as well.

How to apply

We are currently not accepting applications for this program. Nevertheless, we encourage interested parties to reach out and have meetings with our team in the meantime.
  1. Idea Foundry accepts inquiries for the Soft Landings 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. Then, you can apply online using the link below.

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