Inaugural Australia United States Business Week
The inaugural Australia United State Business Week (AUSBW) was held in six key cities across the United States – Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco – from 16 to 26 February 2016.
The Australian Government’s premier program of business events directed towards strengthening the country’s commercial ties with the United States, AUSBW promoted US investment across a number of the key sectors in Australian business and familiarised US investors about Australia’s capabilities. There were 90 events, 14 site visits, 150 expert speakers and engagement with US stakeholders at industry summits, market briefings and round tables.
Part of a series of recent successful Australia Week trade missions and promotional events – including missions to China, India and Indonesia – AUSBW was led by Australia’s new Minister for Trade and Investment, Steven Ciobo.
High level ministerial support included Australia’s Special Envoy for Trade, Andrew Robb; the Minister for Health, Ageing and Sport, Sussan Ley; Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Josh Frydenberg; the Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy; and the Minister for International Education and Tourism, Richard Colbeck.
Over 230 Australian delegates
AUSBW was attended by over 230 Australian delegates from 199 companies representing agribusiness and food, digital technology, medical technology, resources and energy, and tourism.
These multiple events gave delegates the chance to inform US investors and potential collaborators directly about opportunities in Australia and learn more about the US market. Discussions included innovation, the disruptive economy and new technology and investment trends across the digital ICT, cyber security, agricultural technology and medical device sectors.
The first of the Australian Government’s ‘Landing Pads’ was also launched in San Francisco during AUSBW. Part of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, Landing Pads are a program designed to help Australian entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market.
Landing Pads ‘will provide Australian tech startups with a collaborative workspace, allowing them to pursue international opportunities,’ said Minister Ciobo.
Administered by Austrade, Landing Pads will be established in five global innovation hubs, including Shanghai and Tel Aviv 2016. For more information on and to apply for the Landing Pads program, visit www.australiaunlimited.com/Landing-Pads