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Lithuanian entrepreneurs to work in Akron Global Business Accelerator

10/10/2014

City’s deputy mayor calls development ‘international bridge’

Two entrepreneurs from Lithuania will be working in the Akron Global Business Accelerator in the next month to explore getting the medical devices they helped develop ready for distribution in the U.S. marketplace.

Sam DeShazior, Akron’s deputy mayor of economic development, introduced the entrepreneurs, Christina Liese and Maurius Gadaukis, during Monday’s council meeting.

Liese has developed new dental bone grafting material, while Gadaukis has created a device for the blind and visually impaired.

DeShazior said this is part of an international bridge between Akron and Lithuania.

Ingrida Bublys, a consul general for the Republic of Lithuania, said during the council meeting that she is “overjoyed” by the cooperation and hopes her country can fill the accelerator with entrepreneurs developing new technology and looking to market it in the United States.

DeShazior said the Lithuanian government had a competition among its entrepreneurs and the “grand prize was to come to Akron.”

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