Virgin Atlantic U.S. Commercial Service Welsh Development Agency Greater Washington Board of Trade's International Gateway Oury Clark Greenberg Traurig LLP Trade Partners UK Greater Baltimore Technology Council Greater Washington Initiative Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Sonic The North of England London First Centre SEEDA Invest-UK TradeBuilders International Gateway DC Tech

United Kingdom-United States
Virtual Trade Mission
September 23 to October 11, 2002

The Opportunity: International Business Networking Via the Internet and Video Conferencing - A "Virtual Trade Mission" between the UK and the US will be hosted over the Internet from September 23 to October 11. This will be the first Internet-based trade mission between the two countries, and will provide companies, governments, and organizations an efficient and cost-effective opportunity to network and collaborate on securing critical technology solutions.—Press Release

What Is a Virtual Trade Mission? - A Virtual Trade Mission is a facilitated online networking event that enables participating companies to find and develop business relationships with potential buyers, suppliers, partners, distributors, investors, etc. It also incorporates video conferencing and other business-facilitation technologies.

What Are the Benefits? - Participants can post information and questions for other participants as frequently as desired online for approximately 3 weeks. In addition, participants have access to:

Why Do Companies Register? - For a Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu partner based in North America, it was to save travel time to India, until he knew he had found a good potential partner. EDS and Lockheed Martin used a mission to identify cutting-edge security technologies in Israel and the US. Gannett based in the US participated to better understand wireless trends in Europe. Participant Testimonials

What Types of Organizations are Invited to Apply? - Corporations and government agencies selected to participate will offer and/or need one or more of the following:

Who Will Be Participating? - Representative examples of participating companies include:

Dates - Key target dates are:

Cost - $395 USD, or approximately £260 GBP, billed for payment via credit card AFTER application has been approved.

US Organizers - Greater Washington Board of Trade's International Gateway and the Greater Washington Initiative, U.S. Commercial Service, Washington DC Technology Council, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), British-American Business Association, Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and TradeBuilders, Inc.

UK Organizers - Invest UK, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Trade Partners UK, London First Centre, The North of England, and the Welsh Development Agency

Corporate Sponsors - Virgin Atlantic, Sonic Telecom, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Oury Clark

Contact - For information about this initiative and sponsorship opportunities, please contact TradeBuilders at evazquez@tradebuilders.com, or Invest UK at dave.feldman@fco.gov.uk. Thank you.

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