Can business be a force for good? We know it can.
As the first and only of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, the InterSector Accelerator program at Idea Foundry provides hands-on help and funding to develop your business ideas that restore environments, better human lives, create jobs, and strengthen our economy. Our portfolio companies are working to stop human trafficking, reclaim vacant land, design small business communications, and improve access to healthy foods, to name a few.
Building off 13 years of experience, we use research-based best practices and time-tested tools developed by Idea Foundry to work with ten social entrepreneurs a year. Our one-on-one, rigorous proof-of-concept lab tests your idea’s ability to meet the challenges of starting and running a business that balances the well-being of people, planet and profit equally. During your time here, we position you for potential graduation into Idea Foundry’s main Transformation Fellowship Program for further investment and development.
Hear it from our companies
“The InterSector Accelerator provided in three months what might have been accomplished in a year. You prevented costly mistakes, offered valuable start-up funding, but most of all, you provided me with confidence that I am making the best decisions for my business.” – SEED Aquaponics
“The InterSector program as a whole was very organized and planned out which in comparison to other programs we have participated in was a huge plus. It was great to put time into competitive landscape and talk through everything in terms of goals, timelines, and projections.” – Fittsburgh
On the Foundry Floor
Frequently Asked Questions
I have not formed a business, I just have a great idea that I think will change the world! Am I too early to apply?
How much time do I need to commit to the InterSector Accelerator, and what does participation entail?
InterSector’s Vision + Mission
InterSector is helping to generate the next wave of social enterprise companies creating sustainable economic opportunity in Western Pennsylvania and measurable social change locally and globally. We aim to increase the number of socially-responsible businesses operating in Western Pennsylvania, and extend the reach of this business model throughout Pittsburgh and beyond, because we believe business for good is the future.
InterSector, a program of Idea Foundry, funds and guides the creation of early stage social enterprise companies who develop efficient, market-based solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. We help entrepreneurs take the first steps toward building the foundations of a business that creates social good and profit, by helping them prove their concept and validate their business model. InterSector operates out of Pittsburgh, PA, and is expanding its services globally through projects in China and Mexico.
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