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Going Global: International Spotlight Session – AUSTIN

April 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Manchester-Austin: International Spotlight Session.

About this Event

As part of Digital Cities Festival, we will be shining a light on major tech cities around the world, exploring their links with Manchester and hearing from both sides about the current trends, opportunities and incentives to consider when looking at expanding into the market.


2 mins Introduction to Going Global international spotlight session by The Growth Company
7 mins Overview of Manchester economy and tech ecosystem by MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency
7 mins Overview of Austin economy and tech ecosystem by the Austin Chamber of Commerce
20 mins Panel discussion looking at the strengths and opportunities between the two cities with the relevant inward investment agency and success stories from a business who has respectively expanded in those cities
5 mins + Q&A

Why attend?

You will get to hear from both cities’ experts and directly from businesses who have successfully expanded in those two markets. You will benefit from getting direct insights on potential opportunities and how best to approach these new markets as you’re looking to expand internationally.


Jeff Bowcock, International Trade Development Manager, The Growth Company (Host)
Hannah Tracey, Head of Business Development – Creative Digital & Tech, MIDAS
Leigh Christie, Senior Vice President – Global Technology and Innovation, Austin Chamber of Commerce
Amber Gunst, CEO, Austin Technology Council
Lara Purser, Vice Consul and Trade and Investment Officer for Tech/Creative Media Sectors, Department for International Trade
Alice Smith, Principal Lead Consultant, Oscar Technology


April 20, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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