IBC Events

Recent Events

International Trade and Development

Ms. Hiromi Iriyama, GSPIA 2005

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
3 p.m.–4 p.m.
4130 Posvar Hall

Ms. Hiromi Iriyama spoke about her work with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo, Japan. In her current role, Ms. Iriyama consults on procurement supervision for projects funded by Japanese Official Development Assistance Loans. Ms. Iriyama also has significant financial experience in corporate and investment banking, including with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ms. Iriyama shared insights from her current work as well as her international career path, which has taken her to the United States, Vietnam, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, France, Germany, and beyond.

This event was co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and made possible with support from the International Business Center, the MBA Office, the University of Pittsburgh Japan Studies Speaker Series, and the Asian Studies Center.

Entrepreneurship in Japan

Dr. Akie Iriyama, Katz Ph.D 2008

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
5 p.m.–7 p.m.
University Club, 3rd Floor, Conference Room A
Reception to follow the presentation.

Dr. Akie Iriyama, Associate Professor at Waseda University, Graduate School of Business and Finance, Tokyo, Japan, spoke about entrepreneurship in Japan. Dr. Iriyama has worked as a business consultant and industry economist including building corporate, market, and global strategies for Japanese automotive manufactures. Clients have included Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

Dr. Iriyama previously presented to students during the 2018 Japan Global Research Practicum.

This event was made possible with support from the International Business Center, the MBA Office, the University of Pittsburgh Japan Studies Speaker Series, and the Asian Studies Center.

TiE-Pittsburgh's 5th Annual Start-up & BMR Showcase

The International Business Center was pleased to again host the annual TiE-Pittsburgh Start-up and BMR Showcase.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.


TiE-Pittsburgh’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring to positively affect the growth and prosperity of our region. For early stage entrepreneurs, getting a new company off the ground and into the market is an exciting but often daunting challenge. TiE-Pittsburgh is presenting its second annual innovative competition for entrepreneurs. Ten finalists will participate. Each finalist will present a three minute pitch to the audience and panel of judges. The judges may ask questions for two additional minutes. The top three companies will be measured on their presentation content & style, responses to questioning, and the showcase of their product. The top three companies will receive awards to promote and cultivate their start-ups. The judges and mentor panel will be comprised of TiE-Pittsburgh Charter Members and prominent business leaders. 

Company Applicant Criteria

  • Accomplished start-up company leaders with passion
  • Great Idea (must have a compelling value proposition)
  • Big Market (some level of validation)
  • Not looking for proven product or service; it is understood that many applicants will be early-stage companies with (as yet unresolved) technology risk
  • May have identified trial customers or confirmed trial customers
  • Pre-Series A (may have raised modest amounts of capital from angels or other sources)