United States

Program

Entrepreneurship

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Details

This inaugural 2-month programme, starting virtually and culminating with an in-person visit to NYC, will focus on scaling a tech business & raising VC funding in the US. Recognising the barriers Black tech founders face accessing venture capital, this programme will seek to elevate the selected participant’s profiles to NYC based investors & the wider NYC tech community.

The virtual  program includes;

  • Founder meet & greet happy hour
  • US Pitch Training, including individualized feedback sessions to tailor your pitch for the NYC market
  • Educational sessions on scaling a tech business in the US

In-person visit to NYC focused on:

  • Exposing the founders to over 100 NYC & US based VCs via direct outreach, 1-2-1 meetings, panel sessions, and a capstone pitch night
  • Engaging with US corporates looking to procure tech solutions via office visits, 1-2-1 meetings, and a capstone pitch night
  • Developing a network of US mentors, including UK company representatives living in NYC, Black founders from the NY area, and ecosystem partners who support international companies launching in the US

Criteria

They are looking for Black founders or co-founders of UK headquartered tech companies who are:

  • Established & successful in the UK market
  • Aiming to launch & grow in the US as part of their business plan with a US market relevant product or service
  • Exploring raising growth capital in the next 12-24 months
  • Specifically interested in developing NYC investor & business connections and learning how to succeed in the US market
  • Enthusiastic about the programme and willing to actively participate with their fellow cohort members & external contacts
  • In tech subsectors such as: B2B tech, SaaS platforms, data analytics, AI/ML, HRTech, AdTech, Retail Tech, PropTech, FinTech, RegTech, Legal Tech, Wellness Tech 

Benefits

  • Th program focus on scaling a tech business & raising VC funding in the US and ecognising the barriers Black tech founders face accessing venture capital

About Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade. The Department for International Trade is a United Kingdom government department responsible for striking and extending trade agreements between the United Kingdom and foreign countries, as well as for encouraging foreign investment and export trade.