inRes 2015: Structure and Schedule 

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inRes will have a preparation period in Portugal, followed by a seven-week immersion in Pittsburgh, in the U.S., and will close with a final presentation of the results back in Portugal. The immersion will be provided to two team members for each entrepreneurial team, who will do the immersion together with the selected team members from other entrepreneurial teams, collaborating in some activities, and working individually and/or with distance support in others. 

Phase 1. Preparation in Portugal 


inRes starts with a Preparation phase in Portugal, from June to September, 2015, in which the teams will work together with inRes experts to: assess and improve their product/service and business concepts to a point that will allow them to take full advantage of the immersion; prepare their pitches for the multiple situations of communication that they will face throughout the immersion; develop a customized and detailed outlook and plan for the immersion in Pittsburgh, anchored at CMU.

Schedule of the Preparation Phase (Portugal) 
Sessions  June 26-27, 2015
July 14-15, 2015
PBS, Porto
July 28-29, 2015
Aug 31-Sept 1, 2015
 IPN, Coimbra
Lecturers &
Guest Speakers
João Claro & Alípio Torre
(CMU Portugal)
Dave Mawhinney
Tara Branstad
João Claro (CMU Portugal)
& Guest Speaker 
Program Overview   Customer Develpment   Financial Analysis
Art of Pitching   Value Proposition   Venture Deals
Strategic Assessment   Market Research   CMU Ecosystem
Pitching   Communication Skills   Immersion Outlook and Planning



  • Kick-Off Meeting

The kick-off meeting will be, first of all, an opportunity for everyone in the initiative to get acquainted. The meeting will be used to discuss logistics, provide an overview of the months ahead, meet teams with similar experiences, and discuss the basics of defining, assessing and communicating needs, customers, markets, and products/services.

  • Seminars

The preparation sessions in Portugal will include seminars on topics relevant for technology commercialization and the management of early stage high-tech new ventures. Examples of topics that may be covered include product/service value propositions, market and competitive assessment, technology assessment, intellectual property management, operations and distribution, strategic assessment, financials, funding, and legal aspects, among others.

  • One-on-One Meetings

The sessions in Portugal will also include one-on-one meetings with the Portuguese team running inRes, as well as visiting CMU and Pittsburgh experts. In these meetings, the teams will receive specific feedback on the work that they are carrying out, including the information they are collecting, strategic input on the project, and orientations for future work. 

Phase 2. Immersion in Pittsburgh


The seven-week immersion period in Pittsburgh, in the U.S., anchored at CMU, will start in September, 2015, and consists of three interconnected streams of work: networking and business development, internship at an accelerator, and a training program. 

inRes 2015 Immersion Phase Streams of Work   

Networking and Business Development 

The inRes teams will participate in events and activities, and work with their mentors, to: iterate, validate and enrich their product/service and business concepts; develop a portfolio of contacts with future potential customers, suppliers and partners; and identify and engage advisors. 

During the immersion period in Pittsburgh, anchored at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), inRes teams will be engaged in a variety of activities including networking and business development, participating in an internship at a selected accelerator and a variety of training programs. The networking and business development module will be constructed by a variety of components. Networking will consist of active engagement with the mentors and faculty, as well as experts within and throughout the Pittsburgh community. Networking sessions will be implemented through one-on-one interactions in group settings within the community and the ecosystem of the university. Additionally, various networking events such as luncheons and/or dinners, and existing events that generally occur within the community, will be offered to the participants.

The business development module will be implemented through a series of workshops and seminars developed for inRes, as well as general workshops and seminars that currently exist within the CMU environment. For example, there will be opportunities to interact with various experts in areas such as legal, marketing, sales, and technology. These experts will provide general information, as well as more specific information relevant for startups operating in the region of Pittsburgh region.

Internship at an Accelerator 

Each inRes team will do an internship at an accelerator in Pittsburgh that fits its technology and application focus, to work side by side with local startups, and learn from sharing problems and solutions, in particular regarding the managerial challenges in leading early stage high-tech startups. 

This experience will provide moments for engagement with other businesses within the Pittsburgh region, allow the inRes teams to be immersed in the culture of the accelerator, provide occasions to conduct business, and allow engagement with all the activities that occur within the accelerator.

Training Program 

The inRes teams will meet as a group for classroom-based activities, including: periodic meetings with mentors and/or faculty members to share, discuss, contextualize and learn from their progress; and workshops and seminars focused on topics in managerial capability development for early stage high-tech startups (pitching, customer development, hiring and developing a team, operations, budgeting and funding, building and leading a board, personal management, among others).

The training program aspect was designed to provide an environment of continual growth and information sharing through classes and workshops. These classes and workshops will be a mixture of activities of existing programs and some specifically designed for the inRes teams. For example, the participants will be exposed to existing classes that are taking place in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Tepper School of Business. More specifically, participants will be exposed to a series of CONNECT and Start Smart classes that are designed to educate and inform entrepreneurs on key topics related to starting a business, such as: developing financial models, human resources management, developing teams, customer development, and legal concerns.

Phase 3. Closing Session 

A public final session, when the inRes teams return to Portugal after the immersion, will provide an opportunity for showcasing the projects and the results achieved through their participation in inRes. The public final session is going to be held in December, 2015.