Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Greenlighting Startups and CMU Portugal present: An International Showcase
Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 4:00 pm Networking Reception GHC 4405
5:00 pm Showcase kick-off in Rashid Auditorium (GHC 4401)
Location: Rashid Auditorium, Gates-Hillman
Get a glimpse of the international entrepreneur-ship scene with presentations by early-stage growth companies seeking partnerships in the United States.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Six CMU Portugal Companies will be showcasing their startup companies.
In July 2011, Carnegie Mellon Portugal and UTEN Portugal programs established a pilot Entrepreneurship in Residence program (EIR). The EIR consists of five Portuguese companies including Dognaedis, TreatU, FeedZai, ObservIT, and faces.in. The purpose of the EIR is to help Portuguese companies enter the U.S. market. The EIR consist of a seven month period of one-on-one workshops, training and consultation sessions with various mentors from Carnegie Mellon University.
Over the seven month period, the EIR is broken down into three Phases. Phases I and II prepares the companies to develop pitches to potential investors and customers, provides information on topics such as knowing your market and competition, university relationships, differentiation and segmentation, and partnerships for development and distribution. Phase III consists of the Portuguese companies traveling to Pittsburgh, PA to participate in a “Business Week” which allow them the opportunity to make their pitch to potential clients, customers and investors. Additionally, the Portuguese businesses will be paired with specific U.S. companies of interest to discuss potential business options as it relates to sales, customers and investment.
Phase III is tentatively planned for February 2012.
A flyer for the event can be downloaded here.