UTD students help attract international companies, receive overseas internships

UTD students help attract international companies and receive overseas internships
After a successful inauguration year, an international program sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of International Business and the Jindal School of Management's Global Development Initiative at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is kicking off year 2.
This semester, students are researching four Japanese companies and one Finnish company by assisting with market research aimed at establishing those companies’ initial operations in Richardson.
Last year, two of the students participated in a multi-group project researching market opportunities for small Japanese businesses. Three talented UTD students impressed their Japanese clients so much, they worked for the companies as interns.
“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 helped 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.
US Ignite update
Two local high-tech projects, which won prizes as part of the US Ignite program, have moved to the next step in the program.
UTD research professor Marjorie Zielke and a company founded by UTD computer-science senior Ashlesha Nesarikar 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 have completed the final phase to develop a prototype, so they received an additional $5,000. They will demonstrate their winning apps April 1-4 at US Ignite’s Application Summit in Denver.