North America missions

North America missions
Since 2016, the Mayor’s International Business Programme has taken companies from a diverse range of sectors to key industry events and cities across North America.

These have included missions to:

  • Tech mission to San Francisco and Seattle – find out which companies took part.
  • Fintech mission to Toronto – find out which companies took part.
  • 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.
  • San Francisco and Seattle, a disruptive tech mission in partnership with GBx.
  • Virtual Trade Mission to New York City, 2020 - Find out what happened on the programme's first ever virtual trade mission.
  • Virtual Trade Mission to Los Angeles, 2020 - London's most creative companies met with key decision-makers from the Hollywood movie studios.
  • Fintech Trade Mission – Around North America in 4 days
  • Cybersecurity Mission to North America - London's most innovative cybersecurity companies gain a better understanding of the North American Market.
  • Digital Health Virtual Trade Mission to North America - London-based AI and DATA companies virtually meet key players in the industry.
  • REACH (Race, Equity & Cultural Heritage) Mission to North America - A diversity, equity and inclusion mission for UK scaleups from London and Greater Manchester.
  • Proptech Virtual Trade Mission to North America - London-based scaleups in planning, real estate and construction space explore market fit.

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.

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