History of the Program
- Private venture formed 2015, origin in MIT program sponsored by Portugal
- Headquartered in Kendall Square, US
- Densest entrepreneurial square kilometer in the world
- Seasoned team has 100+ years in helping international entities develop US footholds
- Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investments
- Building Global Innovators™ (EU venture competition, Portugal)
- Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia)
Luis Barros, Leading Business Ventures (LBV)
Christa Bleyleben, MassGlobal Partners
Christa Bleyleben is the Founder and Managing Partner of MassGlobal Partners LLC, an international strategy and tactical advisory firm, helping innovative companies to internationalize their businesses. Christa brings more than 25 years of experience in building global relationships – working in executive management roles in both the public as well as private sector. In her prior career, Christa was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI), and President of the Massachusetts International Trade Council (MITCI). Previously, Christa was a Managing Director at Banc of America Securities LLC, with overall responsibility to manage the bank’s relationships with the world’s top 250 financial institutions.
Christa serves on the management team of BostonLanding.US and is an advisor to ‘Global Emerging LLC’, which offers market entry and finance platforms for American and European companies wishing to enter the Greater China markets. She also is a coach and mentor to several start-up companies and closely collaborated with MIT’s entrepreneurship training ‘eTeams ‘ program, which preceded the current ‘kTeams’ program. Christa holds an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics & Business and attended executive programs at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago) & Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (N.H.).
José Estabil, ITH and Franklin Waverley, LLC
José Estabil is Managing Director of ITH, and Principal of Franklin Waverley, LLC. He brings 20+ years of experience in translating technology into high growth businesses with cumulative $1B market impact. He is currently developing a network of innovation centers in the US and European technology hubs on behalf of ITH, a new early stage venture fund. He held leadership roles at IBM (copper wires/industry standard), KLA-Tencor (ellipsometry/industry standard), Schlumberger (Acq. AMAT), and ArcticSand (Acq. Murata).
His portfolio of international entrepreneurial activities includes projects in Mexico (IADB), Cuba (Miami Dade College), Portugal (MIT), Italy (TT Ventures), and Japan (Schlumberger: ACQ Applied Materials). José was part of the MIT team that established the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology -‐a graduate school the size of Cal Tech-‐in Moscow, Russia, where he became Dean of International Research. Jose volunteers extensively for organizations that create leadership opportunities, including Miami Dade College’s Idea Center Board of Advisors and Vertex Corporation External Diversity Advisory Council. José earned his Sc. B. and Sc. M. in Physics from Brown University, where he is a Trustee and is Vice Chair of Brown Corporation Governance Committee.
Jos Scheffelaar, Launch in US Alliance
Jos Scheffelaar is a European entrepreneur who moved to Boston more than 20 years ago after working in High Tech in several countries in Europe and in Asia. Building on his international skills and experience, and his extensive personal network, he co-founded Launch in US Alliance, a company helping European entrepreneurs launch their business in the U.S.
Jos is frequently invited by international organizations as guest lecturer to give his unique European perspective on American entrepreneurship and U.S. market entry for international companies. He is active in Boston’s entrepreneurial community, and acts as a judge and mentor in venture competitions. He is involved in the national programs of several European nations promoting entrepreneurship, and has been invited times to moderate panels about international collaboration at major Life Sciences conferences such as BIO 2012 and AdvaMed 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands.