Startup Global Seattle at Microsoft

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

Microsoft Westlake

320 Westlake Ave N
Seattle WA


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Wednesday, May 25 from 9:00am – 1:30pm | Microsoft Westlake Offices, Seattle, WA

Join Microsoft Accelerator Seattle, the Global Innovation Forum, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Silicon Valley Bank for a forum to explore the opportunities and challenges for startups and small businesses in the global marketplace and to discover resources to help your globally-minded business succeed.

Startup, corporate and government leaders will discuss —

  • How local startups are engaging globally and the challenges they face along the way;
  • How to identify and access U.S. Government and private sector resources to reach new markets;
  • How digital services and e-commerce-based businesses can gain exposure and traction abroad; and
  • How to protect your intellectual property globally and navigate foreign regulations;


9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome and goals Jake Colvin, Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum; Tim Enger, Business Manager, Microsoft Ventures; Diane Mooney, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Seattle

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM The opportunity: Local startups in the global marketplace Daniela Braga, Co-Founder, President and Chief Scientist at DefinedCrowd; Michelyn Caldwell, Owner, NB Products, Inc.; Matt Oppenheimer, Co-Founder and CEO, Remitly; Jon Roskill, CEO, Acumatica

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Navigating international compliance and protecting IP Stevan Mitchell, Director, Office of Intellectual Property Rights, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA); Jeremy Snodgrass, Attorney, IP Licensing, Microsoft; Georges H.G. Yates, Partner and Firmwide Chair, International Practice, Perkins Coie

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Succeeding in the global digital economy and global e-commerce James Bledsoe, Deputy Director, eCommerce Innovation Lab; Rotem Hershko, Head of LaunchPad Global Markets, Amazon; Terry Romero, Outreach Lead for Food and Crafts, Kickstarter; Dr. Bill Mitchell, Founder, PicoBrew

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and discussion Finding help: Understanding how to access the resources to reach new markets Wistar Kay, Business Development Manager, Washington State Department of Commerce; Minh Le, Market Manager – Washington & Western Canada, Silicon Valley Bank; Diane Mooney, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Seattle

1:00 – 1:15 PM Key takeaways Led by Stevan Mitchell, ITA, and Jake Colvin, Global Innovation Forum 

This off-the-record event is free and open to globally-minded entrepreneurs, investors and community partners. Space is limited.  A light lunch will be provided.

RSVP using the form below to secure your participation.

Questions? Contact Kaveri Marathe, Deputy Director, Global Innovation Forum, at kaveri /at/ globalinnovationforum /dot/ com.

This event is in support of the Commerce Department’s Startup Global initiative, an effort to help more startup firms think global from the earliest stages of a company’s growth.