Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MIT Enterprise Forum Event to Focus on Helping Entrepreneurs & Startups Compete in a Global Economy

The MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh in collaboration with GlobalPittsburgh will host a March 20 discussion for entrepreneurs and investors on how to make business models more globally competitive by leveraging the internet, supply chains and distribution channels.

Titled "It’s a Global Economy: Can Your Business Compete?",  the event will be moderated by GlobalPittsburgh Board Chair Michael J. Malloy, Managing Partner/Senior Advisor with Business Beyond Borders.

Michael J. Malloy
"Today’s entrepreneurs have to be globally-minded," Malloy said. "We need to think about the international dimension in our business models and market segments."

Panelists for the event are:
- Kirk Botula, CEO, CMMI Institute
- Michael Elchik, CEO,
- Udi Hershkovich, VP of Business Development, Safaba
- David Palmer, CEO Rewyndr, Bossa Nova Robotics

"Even if you just do business locally, you are subject to the crosswinds of a globalized marketplace through international competition, partnerships, markets, and events that will impact your business here," the MIT Forum said in announcing the event. "Attendees will hear from local companies who lead with this global perspective."

Participation and involvement in the MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is open to any member of the entrepreneurial community and attracts executives, business leaders, venture capitalists, industry experts and service organizations.

The event will take place Thursday, March 20 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Registration is free for MIT EFP members, $45 for general admission, $20 for students, $25 for GlobalPittsburgh members by selecting "Pre-Approved Group Discount" upon registration. Register online at

Applicants are also being sought to make 90-second “elevator pitches” on this topic, which will allow them to gain exposure, get feedback and connections for their company. To apply to make a pitch to this expert panel, visit

"The 21st Century global message is really about how to conceive and to execute your business model with awareness of global customers, partners, employees, and competitors," Malloy said. "This event is a great opportunity to talk with entrepreneurs making this happen in Pittsburgh with their successful companies."

The MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is a networking organization for entrepreneurs, investors and experts, producing an entrepreneurship event series in Pittsburgh focused on building a platform for networking, knowledge sharing and wealth creation for entrepreneurs from all industries. MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is one of 29 global chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum. For more information, visit

The MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors consists of 24 members including leaders from the business and academic communities in the region.

Source: MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh

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