Webmission is back and it's worth considering

Three years ago WebMission was more than a simple trade mission taking Internet entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley. It ended up creating a great gel in the UK startup scene. Well it’s back and thanks to TechCrunch we’ve negotiated an extended deadline for companies to apply for Web Mission 2011 until Friday 21st January.

This year they are aiming at “Web Economy” startups in mobile, social, semantic and real-time web; Cloud2; social gaming; and 3-D/RealVR environments.

Here’s the info:

The top 20 judged UK Web technology companies will travel to San Francisco March 5th – 11th 2011, following on from the Game Developers Conference and leading on to SXSW, to explore opportunities for growth with key investors, potential partners and customers, media and other stakeholders in Silicon Valley.

Applicant companies will be assessed on their ability to do meaningful business in the US; from setting up office, to finding funding, to extending their network and developing sustainable transatlantic relationships. The companies will also be assessed on their business viability and the strength of the management team. The final selection will be balanced to form a mix of companies that show the breadth of what the UK has to offer in this space. In a very few cases, some criteria may be relaxed for younger companies presenting particularly innovative ideas.

WebMission11 is run by Polecat in collaboration with Oli Barrett from the Co-sponsorship Agency, Scott Cain from the Long Run Venture, the Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade & Investment, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and TechCrunch.

For more information on WebMisison11, please contact mission@meaningmine.com or check out click here to apply.

“The WebMission represents an amazing opportunity for the best of entrepreneurial UK Talent to visit Silicon Valley and learn for themselves the differences that make the US a breeding ground for innovation and, more importantly, successful execution of ideas”

– Michael Birch, Co Founder, Bebo