GIF Hosts Global Startups, Diplomats, and Corporate Executives in Austin During SXSW 2016

Mar 15, 2016

Austin, TX – On March 13, the NFTC’s Global Innovation Forum hosted a taco brunch and discussion among international startup, business and policy communities about how global trade policies are affecting entrepreneurs around the globe. The off-the-record discussion featured interventions from senior leaders at the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, the event’s sponsors, Capital One, EY, Intuit and Lyft, and a number of globally-minded startup founders. In total, over 18 countries were represented at the brunch.

GIF’s Executive Director Jake Colvin moderated the conversation which covered a range of issues, from immigration policy around worker visas, open access to internet and free data flows, and the role governments can play in creating an enabling environment for startup growth.
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About the Global Innovation Forum

The Global Innovation Forum (GIF) is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of the policy foundations that underpin the ability of startups, researchers, universities, NGOs and companies of all sizes to innovate and engage globally in the digital age. Through public forums, private workshops and online activities, GIF connects innovative business, startup, university and development communities to explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the international marketplace and the impact that public policies can have on global innovation. GIF is a project of the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation.