The first Startup Community Leaders Mission is scheduled to the USA for 29 January – 5 February 2017. The objective of this mission is to explore different models and programs that are providing support to startups, to build global awareness, to discover international best practices, to learn about the latest trends, and to build strong global connections to better support the startups in our local communities back home.
During the mission we will meet with fellow startup community leaders, including mentors, managers and staff from accelerators, co-working spaces, tech hubs, meetup groups, and other startup support organisations. We will also connect with the Australian ex-pat community.
The mission is targeting startup community/ecosystem leaders, including those who run or work in startup hubs, accelerator programs, incubators, and startup co-working spaces, or those leading and running startup related meet-up groups, investor groups, or student startup clubs, as well as mentors and advisors in the startup ecosystem, and innovation policy decision makers.
Everyone is to make their own way to arrive Denver Colorado on Sunday 29 January. We stay in Denver for 3 days, including 1 day in Boulder. Then we will move as a group to San Francisco (airport transfers and domestic airfare included) where we will spend 4 nights. The mission formally ends on Sunday 5 February, but participants are welcome to stay on longer in San Francisco.
The mission price includes all the following:
Participants must arrange and pay for their own international flights to and from the USA. The mission finishes in San Francisco on Sunday 5 February, and participants are to arrange their own return flights or onward travel (or extend their stay in San Francisco or join our Investor Mission the following week). Participants must also cover any other personal costs or out-of-pocket expenses including all other meals, incidentals, visas, passports, travel insurance, equipment, entertainment, and all other personal expenditure.
The total mission price per participant is $6,000 (Australian dollars, excluding GST). Note that this excludes international airfares. Any profits from the mission go towards sponsoring participants on the annual Youth Mission.
Register via this link here. Note that the current prices are valid until 30 November. A deposit of $1000 (ex gst) is required to reserve your place on the mission, and full payment of the balance of the mission price is required within 30 days (because we need to pre-pay the mission costs to secure these prices).
The schedule is currently being drafted, and meetings are yet to be arranged. The schedule will be updated closer to the mission depending on the availability of key contacts. Participants who register early are invited to provide input to shape the agenda of meetings, as we like to tailor missions specifically to the attendees.
All profits from this mission (plus our other Investor, Corporate and Startup Missions) contributes to funding our annual Youth Mission, where we take 20 high-achieving, technically savvy youths (18-29) on a sponsored two-week mission to Silicon Valley to expose, infect, and inspire them to be Australia’s next generation of future globally successful tech entrepreneurs. Included in the ticket price for this mission is an element of sponsorship to contribute to the cost of sending one participant on this important annual Youth Mission.