Welcome to the Spring, 2012 semester

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:13

There are a number of events relevant to the entrepreneurial community coming up soon. See below for details:

Date: Jan 25, 2012
Time: 5:30-8pm,
Location: The Library Bar, 2302 East Carson Street, 2nd Floor

This TiE Mixer also includes a Silent Auction: Bid on an opportunity for a one-to-one POWER LUNCH with a local VC or Angel Investor (lunch paid for by the VC or Angel!):
--Lunch with Joel Adams, Adams Capital Management, at Ditka's
--Lunch with Ed Engler and Steve Robinson, Pittsburgh Equity Partners, at Willow
--Lunch with Ned Renzi, Birchmere Ventures, at Atria's Murraysville
--Lunch with Sunil Wadhwani, iGate and Angel Investor, at Nevillewood

Free hors' d'oeuvres. Cash bar. Advance registration required. Limited to the first 100 registrations.
Register/Join TiE using the registration link on the event page: http://pittsburgh.tie.org/event/43/tie-pittsburgh-members-only-mixer
Project Olympus is organizing "STARTING A BUSINESS WITH AN F-1 STUDENT VISA"

The following people will be presenting the session:
-- Linda Gentile, Director, OIE
-- Sheila Velez, Director, Immigration Law Clinic, Pitt Law
-- Larry Lebowitz, Immigration Practice Group, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
-- David Kalson, Emerging Business Practice, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

Time: 5:30 pm, February 1, 2012
Place: NSH 3305

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to cleah@cs.cmu.edu
Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF) Applications Due 1/31. All CMU graduates from the past five years are eligible. Selected companies will receive $50,000 from the OFEF and must raise an additional $50,000 matching investment to be eligible. In addition to financial support, OFEF recipients also gain access to other funding sources, receive personalized mentoring, an invitation to attend an annual OFEF business conference and receive legal and accounting support for their start-ups.

Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: room 151, Posner Hall
RSVP to Giselle Marino in advance.

Watch an experienced student pitch and have your own pitch and pitch deck be critiqued by former Cross-Campus Venture Competition judges, Chris Cynkar, adjunct professor and founder and president of Swisshelm Park Investors, and Frank Demmler, adjunct professor and vice president of entrepreneurial services at Innovation Works. Find out exactly what judges are looking for!

Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Alpha Lab

An open forum connecting Pittsburgh entrepreneurs with Pittsburgh corporations.

Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Rashid Auditorium, Gates-Hillman Complex

Six CMU Portugal Companies will be showcasing their startup companies.

* $$$ Thousands in Cash Prizes and In-Kind Corporate Legal Services – awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
* Receive feedback on your pitch from experienced entrepreneurs and investors
* Meet & interact with student peers who are also passionate about entrepreneurship
* No business plan or executive summary required!
* Free lunch – for real!

Register today! The registration and Venture Questions are due on Sunday, January 29th by 11:59pm EST. Please contact Giselle Marino with any questions.
Additionally: "There is another session that is being held on Feb 22 at Pitt called an ‘Immigration Workshop’. This is a complimentary session, not a duplicate. Our session is focused on start-ups – either foreign students who want to start a business while still a student and students who want to join a start-up team, either as a potential employee or as a founder. Since they don’t have work permits and can’t be paid, this helps to walk them through their options. The Feb 22 Workshop is more broadly focused. It covers working for established employers (who can afford to pay the required salaries) and the processes and requirements for getting temporary work visas, green cards, and tax issues. We will certainly encourage students who attend our session to attend the Feb 22 event if they want to learn more about other options." -- from Project Olympus.

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