Programs & Initiatives

Idea Foundry offers its business acceleration services to companies both local and abroad. We also have a number of initiatives designed to foster global connections.

Programs for local companies

Equitable Entrepreneurship Program

The EE Program supports immigrant and minority led small businesses and startups through personalized investment and services.

Impact Innovations Accelerator

The Impact Innovations Accelerator transforms business ideas into fundable startups which generate positive societal impact through the disruptive nature of innovation.

Impact Innovations Fellowship

The Impact Innovation Transformation Fellowship Program is designed for early stage companies which generate impact through the disruptive nature of innovation to actuate growth and prepare startups for continuing investment.

Programs for foreign companies

Impact Globalizer Program

Impact Globalizer is a 2 month virtual program for established foreign startups interested in exploring the U.S. market.

Virtual Acceleration

Our Virtual Acceleration program helps startups reach the standards needed to attract U.S. or international investment opportunities.

Soft Landings

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

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.

Global initiatives

Educational outreach in Vietnam

We are expanding our education program to Vietnam. Please download our brochure for more information.

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.


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.

International Visitors

Idea Foundry regularly welcomes visitors from around the world.