International news, June 2018

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June 05, 2018
UTD students help Japanese companies research local market
The Mayor’s Office of International Business and the Jindal School of Management's Global Development Initiative at the University of Texas at Dallas placed twenty student interns at five foreign companies this past semester to assist with market research aimed at establishing those companies initial operations in Richardson. Two of the students participated in a multi-group project researching market opportunities for small Japanese businesses. Some talented UTD students impressed their Japanese clients so much, they’ve been asked to work as interns this summer.
“The chamber’s International Concierge program helps companies soft land in Richardson,” said Mike Skelton, vice president of the Mayor’s Office of International Business. “The goal of this project was to help identify market potential for the companies’ products as a first step.”
“After the initial research, the students made presentations to three of the company presidents in Richardson. The companies were so impressed by the information presented that they asked a student from each team to go to Japan and spend more hands-on time with them,” said Mike. “The students then will come back and help identify specific customers that will allow them to enter the U.S. market.”
Projects like this helped Richardson win fDi Magazine's "Best of the Best" soft landing programs globally last year.
Japan-Texas Economic Summit
Mike Skelton recently attended the Japan-Texas Economic Summit. Skelton represented Richardson at the event that brought together business leaders, investors, state and local officials and economic development organizations from across Texas and Japan
US Ignite update
UTD research professor Marjorie Zielke and a company founded by computer science senior Ashlesha Nesarikar have both won the city of Richardson’s Smart Gigabit Communities development challenge.
The challenge is part of US Ignite’s encouragement for participating cities to create Smart City applications addressing community issues such as public safety, transportation and health care.
Zielke and Plano Intelligence Inc. (PI) each received $5,000 for winning the proposal portion of the challenge. Both will be eligible for a second grant of the same amount when they demonstrate a developed prototype of their application within six months.
Read more here. 
Michael Skelton, Vice President, International Business Development
(972) 792-2812