These have included missions to:
- Silicon Valley and San Francisco, as part of the Female Founders initiative, where business leaders met senior representatives from a wide range of companies.
- ASU GSV summit – the “must-attend event for education technology investors” according to the New York Times.
- Chicago and New York, with tech companies looking to secure extra investment and opportunities in the US market.
- Boston – aimed at forging stronger trade links for life sciences companies.
- Seattle and Vancouver, meeting with counterparts and exploring potential partnerships.
- Atlanta, where companies attended the first FinTech South conference.
- Toronto and Chicago, exploring opportunities in the edtech sector.
- Nashville, aimed at creative and healthtech companies.
- Los Angeles, a creative mission that involved meeting with some of the city’s most innovative companies.
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 Facebook, LinkedIn and Silicon Valley Bank).
There’s a diverse range of topics to explore, 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 and is usually attended by one or more of the programme’s partners. Companies benefit from the unique experiences and knowledge they bring to the mission.