Innovation Works

Providing the resources you need.

Early-Stage Investment

We invest early across all stages ranging from accelerator/pre-seed through seed and venture stage investments. Since 1999, we have invested over $78M in 370+ companies across these stages, resulting in 57 exits and $2.1B+ in follow-on investment. Innovation Works has been recognized as the most active early-stage investor in Pennsylvania.


Entrepreneurs connected into a supportive community have a much better chance at succeeding. Our innovation network is a community of over 370 industry, service and academic partners working together to provide you with the resources you need to solve problems faster on the way to your big breakthrough.


Our team of entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors are dedicated to helping our companies align their plans to market realities. Through 1:1 meetings, group sessions, and online tools, we provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge, inspiration, and guidance they need to move forward.

Future Funding

Companies often require multiple rounds of funding to grow and achieve their goals. At Innovation Works not only do we have the ability to participate in follow on rounds. We also leverage our investor networks to help you find the capital you need for growth stage rounds.

Our programs are designed to enable and accelerate growth.

AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, and AlphaLab Health

Innovation Works runs three exciting accelerators that help software (AlphaLab), hardware (AlphaLab Gear), and life science (AlphaLab Health) startups. Our immersive, cohort-based programs challenge companies to test and iterate quickly on product, customer acquisition strategies to demonstrate the proof that customers and investors require. Top companies that got their initial start at AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear include JazzHR, NoWait (acquired by Yelp), Shoefitr (acquired by Amazon) and Trusst Lingerie.

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Seed Funding

Innovation Works’ seed fund can also invest in early-stage technology companies, across software, hardware, and life sciences, that have demonstrated product-market validation in high-opportunity markets. As one of the most active early-stage investors in the US, our seed fund makes 10-12 new investments a year out of the hundreds of companies that formally seek our funding.

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Startable Pittsburgh is a free, eight-week summer program that trains the next generation of innovators, thinkers, and makers. Students age 16 and older develop, design, prototype, build, brand, market and sell products of their own creation. The teens are led by experts and partner with local retailers, learning valuable skills each step of the way.

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We Can Help You Get to the Next Stage

No matter your stage, we have the resources and programs to help your startup technology company. Learn more about our resources and how you can engage with us.

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