Austin: The New Gateway for International Startups
Friday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
More than forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. Foreign entrepreneurs started thirty-three percent of US venture-backed companies between 2006 and 2012 that went public. There has never been a better time for foreign-born entrepreneurs to consider moving to and launching their startups in the US. Especially in Austin.
Austin, TX has all the qualities that foreign entrepreneurs crave – lovely weather, relatively low cost of living, friendly experts willing to share advice, angel investors, and great music and food!
In our panel session, you'll hear from actual foreign entrepreneurs who have chosen Austin as their startup launchpad, built their companies and achieved funding. Listen to their stories, challenges, and extraordinary outcomes and realize how small a world it really is.
Dr. Ann-Christine Langselius
CEO/ Co-Founder & Co-Inventor
Miraculum Applications Inc
CEO & Co-Founder
George Koutitas (PhD) is a serial entrepreneur and academic working on smart grids and wireless networks. George is the CEO and cofounder of Gridmates, the first cloud platform for peer to peer ene...Show the rest
George Koutitas (PhD) is a serial entrepreneur and academic working on smart grids and wireless networks. George is the CEO and cofounder of Gridmates, the first cloud platform for peer to peer energy sharing.
His vision is to change the way people think about and interact with energy!
George holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.Sc. degree (with Distinction) in Mobile and Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, UK and a PhD under EPSRC scholarship from Centre for Communications Systems Research, UK. George was funded for his post doc research in Smart Grids from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly. George contributed on the development of novel postgraduate programs at the International Hellenic University introducing interdisciplinary modules in the area of Green ICT.Hide the rest
Co-founder / CEO
prüf technologies inc
Jean has 30 years experience in starting technology companies through to IPO and successful exit. He was Finalist for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He received MacWorld Magazine “World Cl...Show the rest
Jean has 30 years experience in starting technology companies through to IPO and successful exit. He was Finalist for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He received MacWorld Magazine “World Class” Outstanding Achievement Award for personal contribution to Macintosh platform along with CTO of Apple Computer. His last startup was the fastest growing company in Austin in 2010 as per Austin Business Journal’s annual Fast 50 awards. He moved Metrowerks to Austin in 1994 when it has less than 25 –staff and sold it to Motorola in 1999 for $100M when it had 250 staff. His latest company, RAIN Innovation Partners LLC is based in Austin, NYC, London and Toronto and helps companies innovate in finance and financial technology. His latest mandate was to develop and execute a financing plan for a Bitcoin mining company which is a leader in the incredibly fast growing Bitcoin ecosystem.Hide the rest