The third annual Startup Community Leaders Mission to the USA is taking place 10-17 March 2018. 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 from across Australia and New Zealand, 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.
The Queensland Government is funding 12 participants onto the mission. If you are a Queensland-based startup community leader then you can apply for a scholarship to participate in the mission.
Everyone is to make their own way to arrive in Colorado on Sunday 10 March. We stay in Colorado for 3 nights. 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 17 March, but participants are welcome to stay on longer in San Francisco or arrange their own onwards travel.
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 17 March, and participants are to arrange their own return flights or onward travel. 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.
A deposit of $1000 (ex gst) is required to reserve your place on the mission, and the balance of the mission price can be paid off in regular monthly payments if needed (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.