About Us

Innovation Works is dedicated to making Southwestern Pennsylvania a centerfor innovative startups and tech investors from around the country.

“IW helped us develop strategies for sales, financing and positioning. Their financial support and organizational backing is a validation that encourages potential investors to take a serious look.”

Angela Kennedy,
CEO, Carnegie Speech

Investing in the Region's Vitality

Innovation Works plays a vital role in Southwestern PA's technology economy. We invest capital, business expertise and other resources into high-potential companies with the greatest likelihood for regional economic impact.

IW is the single largest investor in seed-stage companies in this region and one of the most active in the country.


We've invested $73.9M in more than 335 technology startups. Those companies have been a magnet for creating thousands of new jobs and attracting follow-on capital to the region—over $1.9 billion since our seed fund began in 1999. For the past decade's metrics of success, please see the IW 2016 Community Report.



Our team is seasoned, having worked with thousands of startups over many years. And our experience is real-world. We’re former CEOs, technology industry veterans and early-stage experts who have walked in the shoes of the company founders we advise.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Innovation Works is part of a statewide network that brings together the best of Pennsylvania’s talent, ideas and technologies to serve as a catalyst for advancing the state’s knowledge-based economy.


Innovation Works values diversity in its programs and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to submit applications or business plans for consideration.

Innovation Works is the Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southwestern PA and is supported by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Nova Tower 2
Two Allegheny Center, Ste. 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
P: 412.681.1520