Funding for Entrepreneurs

As one of the most active seed-stage investors in the U.S., Innovation Works (IW) fuels growth across a range of technology sectors in Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA). Our philosophy is straightforward: We welcome entrepreneurs who have breakthrough, market-driven technologies, with the likelihood of creating high-quality companies and jobs in SWPA. If that sounds like your company, we invite you to review the checklist below and complete an online questionnaire to help us get to know you better.

At a basic level, start-up companies that engage with IW should meet certain criteria, including:

  • Being U.S.-owned
  • Being located in or willing to relocate its headquarters or primary operations to SWPA
  • Employing fewer than 50 people
  • Developing a proprietary technology in an area such as: life sciences (medical devices and biotechnology), information technology (hardware, software, internet infrastructure) that addresses high-potential emerging and growing markets
  • Having a clear and compelling value proposition in a viable market
  • Having strategy to achieve full-scale commercialization
  • Being entrepreneurs and leaders who possess passion, a willingness to accept coaching,a dedication to the commercial success of the company, and have a desire to grow and prosper in the SWPA region

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.

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