Innovation Works

Providing the tools you need to reach your next big milestone.

Early-Stage Investment

We invest across all stages of a startup continuum, ranging from accelerator 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 is the most active early-stage investor in Pennsylvania.


Our team of former CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors are dedicated to helping our founders navigate the commercial world. Through a series of online tools, events and work sessions, we provide entrepreneurs with the skills, expertise, inspiration and guidance they need to help move them forward.


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.

Future Funding

The greatest companies may need a longer timeframe in order to grow and make their impact on the world. At Innovation Works, we don’t just focus on funding the early “proof of product” stages of your idea, but we also help you find the capital you need when you begin to scale up to commercial production.

Our programs are designed to enable and accelerate growth.

Seed Funding

Innovation Works makes direct investments into Pennsylvania’s promising, early-stage technology companies that are focused on high-opportunity markets. Over the past 15 years, our Seed Fund has become the most active early-stage technology investor in southwestern Pennsylvania, investing over $78 million in over 370+ companies that have gone on to raise more than $2.1 billion of follow-on funding.

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AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear Accelerators

Innovation Works has two nationally ranked accelerator programs, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear that are among the first of their kind and charter members of the Global Accelerator Network. Together, they have become a hub of the startup hardware and software communities, providing the best combination of software and hardware capabilities under one roof.

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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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Start Working On Your Idea

No matter where you are in your process, our programs are designed to adapt to your needs and help you succeed. Take the first step toward transforming your bright idea into the next big thing and apply today.

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