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Carnegie Mellon mentors confirmed for CMU Portugal’s inRes 2017 Workshops

The workshops with invited experts of the 2017 edition of inRes, CMU Portugal Program’s Accelerator, start this Thursday, July 6, in Portugal
Carnegie Mellon mentors confirmed for CMU Portugal’s inRes 2017 Workshops
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and founder and former president of startup company NoWait, recently acquired by Yelp, Robb Myer ; Kit Needham, also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CMU and Associate Director of the “Project Olympus” accelerator; Tara Brandstad , from CMU’s Center for Technology Transfer and Business Creation (CTTEC); and Reed McManigle , Mentor in Residence and Senior Manager of Business Development and Licensing at CMU’s CTTEC are the university’s experienced mentors confirmed for the 2017 edition of inRes, Carnegie Mellon Portugal (CMU Portugal) Program’s Accelerator.

This year’s selected teams Connect Robotics – Drone2.Me ; Partida, Lagarta, Fugida ; Tourinsta – Swipe your way; and VR2Market will participate in CMU Portugal’s inRes, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, and have the opportunity to go through this business acceleration experience in Portugal and in the United States of America.

In Portugal, the initiative will run in the cities of Porto and Lisbon, with workshops with two CMU experienced mentors in July and August, and the coordinators of the initiative, João Claro , national director of the CMU Portugal Program, and Alípio Torre , also from CMU Portugal.

The 2017 inRes workshops with invited experts start this Thursday and Friday, July 6-7, at Porto Business School, in Porto, with Robb Myer . Kit Needham will be working with the teams on July 25-24 and August 24-25 in Porto and in Lisbon. The core team of experts from CMU, also includes the Executive Director of the Swartz Center of Entrepreneurship, Dave Mawhinney , who has been with the inRes program since its beginning.

The second phase of the program is a seven-week immersion in the United States, first in Pittsburgh and then in Silicon Valley. This is an intensive phase of validation of the business model, tuning of technological solutions and contacts with companies and investors.

João Claro , national director of the CMU Portugal Program, highlights the network of contacts that inRes allows the teams to develop, as a “decisive value added, given that these almost two months of contacts with specialists, mentors, potential users, customers and investors, have many positive consequences for the projects, as we have seen in previous editions”.

The four teams selected for the 4th edition of inRes are:

Connect Robotics – Drone2.Me – Drone delivery service, which includes a standalone air traffic management technology for drones. Eduardo Mendes, Raphael Stanzani, and João Lima are the team behind this idea, which is currently incubating at UPTEC.

Partida, Lagarta, Fugida – Digital games to develop mathematical skills. An idea from Rita Quintela and Sara Martinho.

Tourinsta – Swipe your way – App that uses the best Instagram photos next to a specific geolocation to improve the tourist experience. This startup from Braga was founded by Luca Sanfelici and Tainara Freitas.

VR2Market – Development of solutions, with real time mobile data collection and monitoring of physiological, environmental and geolocation data that support an informed decision making process, to increase operational efficiency and reduce health risk (short and long term) of first responders, such as firemen, police, lifeguards, etc. This solution, being customizable, can be extended to other professions of risk (in the sectors of Oil & Gas, Aviation, Army, etc.). Representing the project, with connection to U. Porto and INESC TEC, are Rui Rosas and Duarte Dias.

July 2017

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