Startup Global Washington DC

Thursday, April 2, 2015    
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


1133 15th St NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC
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On April 2, 2015 the Global Innovation Forum participated in a seminar hosted by 1776 as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Startup Global initiative.  The Global Innovation Forum is a partner of the U.S. Commerce Department to accelerate the Startup Global initiative, an effort by Commerce Secretary Pritzker to help more firms think global from the earliest stages of a company’s growth.

Startup Global Seminar Agenda

April 2, 2015

9:00 – 9:15 AM
Welcome Remarks – Goals for the Day

Marcus Jadotte, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Panel: Startups Breaking into International Markets – The Path(s) to Making International Sales

Moderator: Brandon Pollak, Director, Global Affairs, 1776

John Gossart – Ridescout
Kathleen Hale – Rebel Desk
Patrick Pirodi – Wireless Registry

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

10:20 AM – 11:15 AM
Panel: Federal Resources to Go Global and Grow

Moderator: Ashley Zuelke, Senior Advisor for Export Policy, Promotion and Strategy, U.S. Department of Commerce

Cary Ingram, Senior International Trade Specialist
Information Technologies Team | International Trade Administration
Topic: How Global-Ready Startups Can Use Federal Resources to Ignite Growth

Sandra Collazo, Senior International Trade Specialist
Northern Virginia and DC U.S. Export Assistance Center
International Trade Administration | U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Topic: Commercial Service Programs for Exporters – Identifying Markets and Buyers

Jonathan Brady, International Trade Manager
ExportDC | DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
Topic: Local Resources (Grant awards for DC-based exporters)

William (Bill) Houck, Regional Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Office of International Trade | U.S. Small Business Administration
Topic: U.S. Government Export Finance Programs (SBA and ExIm Bank)

11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
Panel: Protecting IP and Navigating International Partnerships and Regulations

Moderator: Todd Elmer, Chief Communications Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Susan Anthony, Acting Director of the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA)
Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) | U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Topic: U.S. Government Resources to Protect IP – & Top Intellectual Property Mistakes of Small Businesses (and how to avoid them)

Thaddeus J. Burns, Sr. Counsel
Intellectual Property and Trade
Topic: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property on a Global Basis

Giovanna M. Cinelli, Attorney
Dentons US LLP
Topic: Legal Considerations for International Business: Partner (agent/distributor/rep, licensing and joint venture) Agreements & Dispute Avoidance and Resolution)

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Networking Lunch & Conversation

Featuring Usman Ahmed, Policy Counsel, eBay, Inc.
In conversation with Jake Colvin, Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Key Takeaways

Moderated by:
Brandon Pollak, Director, Global Affairs, 1776
Jake Colvin, Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum
Ashley Zuelke, Senior Advisor for Export Policy, Promotion and Strategy,  U.S. Department of Commerce