3rd edition of inRes – Carnegie
Mellon Portugal Program’s Very Early Stage Acceleration Program
Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program Sends Four Entrepreneurial Teams to United States
The 2016 edition of inRes, the business
acceleration initiative of the CMU Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação
para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, will take four teams of entrepreneurs to the
United States, in a seven-week immersion period. Based on the Carnegie Mellon
University (CMU) Pittsburgh campus, the visit will focus on the participants’
training and the adjustment of business and product/service concepts.
The first phase of this business accelerating
program took place in Portugal and the teams All in Surf, Helppier, Smart Insole and Tactile Wireless Evolution (TWEvo) are already in the United States.
Until the end of October, in addition to several seminars, workshops and hands-on
sessions, the participants will have the opportunity to take part in international
conferences and important events, which will allow them to greatly enhance
their visibility and networking skills.
Beyond the Pittsburgh experience, the entrepreneurs
will have the opportunity to return to the United States for a week-long
immersion in the Silicon Valley ecosystem, in a program that will take place next
For All in Surf, created by Márcio
Borgonovo-Santos, during this immersion period in the United States, they
expect to be able to develop their entrepreneurial skills and amplify their
contact network. "Forcibly, we want to step out of our comfort zone to
absorb the north American culture and break into the business world," he
says. All in Surf focuses on sports with a gliding-on-water component and
applies their optimizing technology to improve performance, using several
metrics. Whether targeting the improvement of materials, equipment or training techniques,
All in Surf always strives to improve the sporting experience.
"The inRes program has done a great job elevating
Helppier. Our expectations are very high since it is an excellent opportunity
to explore new markets related to customer care and to meet a unique networking
ecosystem, with experts, investors and potential customers in the United
States. We believe this program will bring valuable ideas, feedback and
knowledge for the growth and internationalization of our business.
"Daniela Lopes and Marco Garcia are participants from Helppier, that is
developing an online software service that allows you to create interactive
aids for web sites or web apps in a short period of time.
To Carlos Ribeiro and Eduardo Castañeda, from TWEvo, "the CMU immersion is an
unique opportunity to discuss the project in this entrepreneurial ecosystem.
With this community’s support we hope to find the partners we need to succeed."
A video streaming system for drones, that improves the transmission’s speed and
quality, is being developed by this team.
Smart Insole is working on a flexible insole fitted with
sensors that allows it to adapt to any type of footwear, according to the
user's needs. "Our expectation is to evolve. We’re eager to show our
product, but even more eager to reflect in it all of the feedback we receive
from the people we’ll come into contact with," states Pedro Lopes and João
To João Claro, National Director of the CMU
Portugal Program and inRes coordinator, this is a "unique opportunity to
be able to dive in the largest cluster of the world's leading technology
industries, with some of the largest companies and investors. These entrepreneurs
create a valuable network and gain access to experts and mentors, potential
users, customers or partners who are often decisive in setting a successful
course for startups, products and services. "
This year, inRes expert team has relied on the
contribution of Robb Myer, the resident Carnegie Mellon University entrepreneur,
also founder and former president of the successful startup NoWait. Robb Myer
has been a mentor for dozens of teams and has extensive business experience in
In addition to João Claro and Robb Myer, among the
experts involved in this third edition, we highlight Dave Mawhinney, recently
nominated executive director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship; Needham
Kit, of the "Project Olympus" accelerator; and Tara Branstad and Reed
McManigle, of CMU’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation.
CMU Portugal Program - inRes
abreviation for “Entrepreneurship
is a business acceleration program in the Information and Communication
Technologies field that includes a first phase of training in Portugal,
followed by two months of immersion in Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon
inRes is an initiative promoted by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded
by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and supported by the
Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (CRUP), in partnership with
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) and INESC TEC.