So we’re taking 35 of the UK’s digital/tech companies over to the US to get into the vibe over there and hopefully do some business. Specifically this is the “Digital Mission” – a kind of trade mission, but with more sex appeal – to Austin, Texas for the South by South West Interactive (SXSWi) conference from 12-18 March this year. Established in 1994, SXSWi is now a byword for emerging media and an amazing networking opportunity for these companies. The Digital Mission is organised by digital networking community, Chinwag, on behalf of UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) and the participating companies will get some instruction on extending their business to the US, and showcasing the “BritPack” scene at with a “Great British Breakfast” for 300 delegates during the conference. The event follows the Digital Mission to New York in September 2008 – also organised by Chinwag for the UKTI, and supported by TechCrunch UK.
The 35 successful companies were selected from over 100 entries by an advisory board consisting of Mike Butcher, TechCrunch UK Editor (me); Herb Kim, Codeworks CEO; and Sarbjit Bakhshi, Head of Information & Technology Group, UKTI. Official sponsors Sun Startup Essentials and legal experts, Winston & Strawn; and technical development experts, Core Objects.
More information about each company can be seen on the Digital Mission website but here they are for your delectation. Congrats to all for being selected: