International Trade Newsletter | Events and Opportunities

2018 is set to continue where 2017 left off with a number of delegations available for UK tech companies looking to grow their international presence.

Notably, techUK is pleased to support the Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to India which will take in WCIT India 2018 in Hyderabad, as part of NASSCOM's ILF 2018 Conference. The Mission will also visit Bangalore and Mumbai (optional). Places are still available and SME’s can apply for a £1500 ERDF grant towards their costs of participating. The agenda is action packed and includes visits to the major Indian system integrators. Should you wish to join this or the other delegations listed, please get in touch.

If you are planning on expanding internationally, you may also be able to access DIT export grants with GTM Global. GTM Global works in association with techUK, DIT and Newable to provide mentoring, advice and guidance for scale-up UK tech and digital business owners looking to expand globally.

Funding is available for digital brands with a turnover between £5 to 40m, exporting currently to no more than six markets. Funding applications close March 2018, so early expressions of interest are advised. To find out more and to check your business qualifies, email

As 2018 gets in to full swing, should you have any ideas or suggestions on how to engage with techUK’s International Trade programme, please do get in contact.
All the best

Simon Spier | Head of International Trade
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International Insights

ICYMI: CEO Julian David Looks Back on Tech in 2017
In his round-up of key moments in tech in 2017, techUK CEO Julian David highlights that tech is now, more than ever, the centre of gravity for public policy and debate.

CES 2018: What Were the Lessons Learned?
The techUK Pavilion at CES18 was a destination point for media, investors, buyers and businesses as a result of our partnership with the Department for International Trade. techUK’s Paul Hide provides a summary of CES18 and opportunities for next year.

Digital Health Exchange Between Denmark and the UK
An event focusing on Digital Health organised by The Department for International Trade and the Science & Innovation Network at the British Embassy in Copenhagen.

Jacqueline de Rojas Awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Tech
techUK president amongst several tech innovators recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Events and Opportunities

Webinar Exploring Chile's Tech Opportunity
The British Chilean Chamber of Commerce is working with InvestChile (the national FDI bureau) and ChileTec (the Technological Industry Association in Chile) to run a webinar about the opportunities that Chile can offer UK digital tech firms. They will also have a case study from a successful joint venture between a Chilean company and a foreign company which now works across the region.
31 January, Webinar

techUK Delegation - WCIT India 2018
techUK is pleased to support the Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to India which will take in WCIT India 2018 in Hyderabad as part of NASSCOM's ILF 2018 Conference. SME’s can apply for a £1,500 ERDF grant towards their costs of participating.
19 – 21 February 2018, Hyderbad, India

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning International Expansion – Free Mentoring Workshop
Are you a business selling products and services that utilize AI/ML and looking to expand internationally in 2018? Register for a free, two-hour, one-to-one mentoring workshop session with international expansion experts.
19 February, Silicon Valley Bank, London

Going to Market in the USA? Free Mentoring Workshop
Register for a free one-to-one two-hour mentoring workshop covering compliance / entry requirements, IP, GDPR, grants and aid, investment, resources and funding, UK and overseas accounting & taxation issues, marketing, routes to market, channel partners, logistics and technology providers, advertising and PR, access to governmental and trade bodies, location (virtual or physical) and workforce skills.
21 February, Silicon Valley Bank, London

Exploring Cyber Security Opportunities with INDRA
The Department for International Trade Spain is recruiting UK cyber security companies interested in partnering with the Spanish company INDRA to win business in the UK and beyond. Attend this Meet the Partner event which will consist of a series of presentations to set the scene.
22 February, techUK, London

Seminar: Cyber Security and Data Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Multiple export opportunities exist for UK cyber security and data protection companies to do business with public, private and third sector organisations across sub-Saharan Africa. This evening seminar, with a panel of expert speakers, will aim to increase the knowledge base of UK tech companies on how to expand and do business in sub-Saharan Africa by exploring key opportunities, and also the legal, regulatory and risk challenges facing companies.
5 March, techUK, London

Smart City Summit & Expo
The Smart City Summit & Expo is a premier forum & expo in Asia-Pacific with more than 25,000 professional from businesses, academia and government officials. During the event, you will be able to meet potential partners and project owners, not only from Taiwan but also from around the Asia.
27-30 March, Taipai, Taiwan

SME Mission to Japan ICT Week
Join the EU-Japan Centre mission to Japan Tech Week. Exhibit at the show. Gain knowledge about the ICT market structure, sector analysis, business policy.
Identify relevant key contacts (decision makers, R&D centres, business partners).
Establish relationships with potential partners (trade and technology).
Benefit from face-to-face meetings leading to possible business opportunities.
8-11 May, Tokyo, Japan

Support Available to Extend Your Global Reach
Extend Your Global Reach (EYGR) is a new and innovative package of support that is assisting SMEs from the South West to enter new, high growth export markets. EYGR is delivered by Business West and funded by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Department for International Trade (DIT) and all Local Enterprise Partnerships across the region.

Full Programme of International Trade Events and Opportunities
Please click the above link for the full programme of techUK's events and opportunities, including chances to participate in DIT supported pavilions at international exhibitions.

Nominations Open - Great British Scaleup Programme March 2018
We are delighted to announce the third TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme will be held at techUK on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March 2018.

The Great British Scaleup programme is a closed-door, 90-minute workshop session with TechMarketView analysts and executive advisors from ScaleUp Group.
The workshop will assess your company’s potential and scalability using the ScaleUp Growth Index®, a proprietary scorecard which identifies areas of your business that might be an inhibitor to achieving extraordinary growth. The ScaleUp Growth Index® gets you better prepared to undertake the next stage of your scale-up journey. You can use the Index to compare yourself with peers and track your progress as you implement your plans.

For more information contact and read more here.



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