CRDF Global, represented by Innovation and Solutions Programs, will be featured as one of the sponsors of the 9th Annual Global Technology Symposium (GTS) taking place in Silicon Valley, CA from March 28-30, 2012. CRDF Global has a long-term relationship with the GTS, and has witnessed this former boutique Russia-focused event becoming a leading information-exchange and networking platform, bringing together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, business experts and representatives of government economic development agencies from the United States, Russia and other emerging economies. CRDF Global’s name and logo will be prominently featured alongside other sponsors, such as RUSNANO, Skolkovo Foundation, Russian Venture Company, VTB Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Microsoft, IBM and others.
The CRDF Global Technology Entrepreneurship Development Program (TEDP) is also bringing four of its grantees – emerging technology entrepreneurs – to participate at the Symposium, which will be a starting point of their 11-day learning journey to the United States. After attending GTS, CRDF Global grantees will travel to Austin, TX for an action-packed four-day program that will include a 3D Startup Boot camp (http://3daystartup.org), personalized workshop and one-on-one mentoring by the University of Texas at Austin IC² Institute team.
The Travel Grant Program will culminate in a three-day program in the Washington, DC metro area where Russian entrepreneurs will participate in the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) event and site visits to International Incubator at the University of Maryland, the Emerging Technologies Center in Baltimore, MD and visit several local technology start-up companies.
The four travel grant program participants are winners of a CRDF Global business plan competition held during a October 2011 workshop in Moscow. This workshop was organized in partnership with the Fund for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE) and the Skolkovo Foundation Energy Efficiency Cluster.
The goals of the TEDP Travel Grant Programs are to: a) increase entrepreneurs’ chances for success in commercializing market-ready technologies; b) facilitate linkages with the U.S. business and investment communities; and c) foster learning and entrepreneurial development through personal experience.
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