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Startup Global

The Startup Global initiative aims to be a nexus between entrepreneurial innovation and government resources.

  • Are you a startup looking to expand your business?
  • An investor interested in growing your returns?
  • An incubator, accelerator or academic institution intent on producing successful entrepreneurs?

We would like to hear from you.

Startups are critical to the American economy. They create jobs, spur innovation, and foster the entrepreneurial spirit that has set the United States apart for centuries. And a global focus, as with other U.S. companies with tradable products and services, can help ensure the growth and competitiveness of U.S. startups. That’s why the U.S. Government wants to make sure American startups have knowledge of, access to, and benefit from existing government resources aimed at realizing international opportunities.

Charged with carrying out the President’s goals of supporting more U.S. exports of goods and services, the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce is in the process of developing a new initiative called “Startup Global” to do just this. As the Administration’s primary mechanism to coordinate among trade agencies and set trade promotion and policy priorities, the NEI Office/Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat is uniquely positioned to lead this initiative.

Many current U.S. Government efforts focus on boosting exports by small-to-medium-sized enterprises, which account for 98 percent of U.S. exporters. These resources can also provide a foundation for startups to see the value in international opportunities.

Design Workshop

Startup Global is aimed at increasing awareness of global opportunities among startups, targeting federal government resources to help start-up exporters, and developing strategic partnerships with stakeholders in the startup community. To ensure that this initiative is optimally conceptualized and executed, we would like to have an iterative, open dialogue with stakeholders and entrepreneurs in the startup community about the form it should take.

This conversation will be kicked off in the form of a design workshop on May 2nd, 2014 at the White House. The Startup Global design workshop will bring together approximately forty representatives from the public and private sectors, including relevant players in the startup community (i.e. incubators/accelerators, VCs, entrepreneurs, etc.) and U.S. Government officials representing relevant resources. Through this workshop, participants will provide input on a number of elements of Startup Global, including:

  • How can we develop an effective trade promotion/education initiative;
  • What resources would be most helpful to startups, as well understanding the stages and industry verticals of startups best suited to take advantage of these resources;
  • What types of partnerships would concretely advance this initiative, and what would a “partnership” actually mean; and
  • What are potential metrics for benchmarking Startup Global’s success.

As this program continues to evolve, the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, located at the International Trade Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce, would like to have an open dialogue with stakeholders and entrepreneurs in the startup community. If you would like to submit input about the Startup Global initiative, please email StartupGlobal@trade.gov.


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