These have included missions to:
- Slush, the globally renowned startup event held in Helsinki.
- BIO-Europe, the largest biotechnology partnering conference held in Europe.
- Berlin, Paris and Madrid as part of the #LondonIsOpen campaign.
- Lille, for a B2B retailtech mission aimed at fostering new partnerships.
- Vienna, opening the door for high-growth life sciences and fintech partnerships.
- Madrid, a key hub for consumer technology and a gateway to Latin America.
- Frankfurt and Hamburg, exploring opportunities for collaboration in the fintech, cyber and creative sectors.
- Paris, as part of the Female Founders initiative and in support of the #BehindEveryGreatCity equality campaign.
- Lisbon, for the exclusive Web Summit, 2019.
What happens on a mission?
Companies are given unique access to on-the-ground stakeholders who can make the difference when it comes to international expansion. Typically, there’s an opportunity to network with local leaders, politicians and startups as well as sector experts and major corporates (past missions have included meetings with Telefónica, Deutsche Bank and Decathlon).
We’ve explored a diverse range of topics, from raising investment to developing new networks and identifying new customers.
Each mission is led by either a dedicated Trade Manager, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London or Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Chair of London & Partners. It’s usually attended by one or more of the programme’s partners. Companies benefit from the unique experiences and knowledge they bring to the mission.