Innovators are supposed to think outside the box. But today’s innovators also need to think outside the country. The brightest minds, the most compelling technologies, and the best market opportunities are not always in your backyard. South Korea led the world in 100Mbit broadband adoption. The same with Europe and smart cards. And many regard Israel today as the world’s cyber security leader. And that’s just three examples.
So where in the world are today’s most disruptive innovations? How can U.S.-based startups succeed in offshore markets — or recruit the best offshore talent? And where are the hidden opportunities and obstacles for growing your startup outside the U.S.?
We’ll find out Tuesday, December 8th, from a panel of international tech players — deal makers, consulate professionals, and founders of small local tech companies with true international presence. Think you know what’s the next big thing coming at you from over the horizon? Our December Innovation Series event may surprise you.
Brittany McDonough, Manager of Business Development, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOTI). MOTI is the Commonwealth’s primary international business development agency charged with promoting trade and investment with global partners in Massachusetts and around the world. Its mission is to foster successful international collaborations and partnerships essential to bringing new economic opportunities and investments to the Commonwealth. Brittany specializes in international entrepreneurship and supports cluster development in the clean energy, technology and financial services industries. Prior to MOITI, she served as executive assistant to the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel.
Dr. Felix Moesner, Swiss Consul & CEO, Consulate of Switzerland. Established as the world’s first “Science Consulate” in 2000, swissnex Boston is part of a global network in San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004), China (2007), India (2009) and Brazil (2013) and an outpost in New York City. Formerly, Felix was Head of the Science and Technology at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo, promoting Swiss S&T and Education in Japan and interfacing between Swiss and Japanese governments, universities, R&D institutions and companies. Since 2005, he also held the presidency of the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle in Tokyo and now in Boston.
Ralph Verrilli, Managing Director, Madision Park Group, Former Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer & VP of Operations at VISTAGY Inc., a worldwide leader in enterprise design and manufacturing software for the aerospace, automotive, marine and wind energy markets. Ralph led VISTAGY’s global expansion by establishing operations, sales and services in England, France, Russia, China and Japan. In 2012 he and his executive team sold VISTAGY to Siemens in a strategic sale for 5+ times revenue. After the acquisition he led the successful integration of VISTAGY’s operations and personnel into the Siemens PLM software business segment.
Thierry Weissenburger, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada. Thierry leads the Consulate commercial team in support of Canadian businesses in the New England market. The Consulate services range from helping Canadian companies accessing the customers, financing, technologies and people they need in order to grow their business as well as supporting US companies wishing to invest and expand business in Canada. Before coming to Boston during summer 2012, Thierry carried the same responsibilities in San Francisco/ Silicon Valley for the past 5 years.
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