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CEE to NYC: apply now for a business development trip to New York

For the first time ever, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is focusing on CEE-based entrepreneurs. From May 6-8 the NYCEDC, in partnership with iCatapult and STARTeurope, is hosting delegates for the 3-day Word to NYC (W2NYC) program.

The Big Apple’s tech scene is undisputedly thriving. Just yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg announced the “We Are Made in NY” campaign to celebrate and support the growing tech sector in NYC.  There are more than 900 tech startups based in NYC. Venture Capital deals for tech companies in NYC rose 32% between 2007 and 2011. 2012 was also remarkable year for the City, a PivCo. report details that there were 100 deals for privately held tech companies with a total value of $8.3 billion.

To sustain this growth the New York City Economic Development Corporation aims to help international entrepreneurs and business executives start their US expansion in NYC by hosting participants through a portfolio of programs including World to NYC. W2NYC is an intense 3-day long educational program filled with multiple networking events, panel discussions, and company tours. The purpose is to initiate contact with the NYC startup scene and to help the participants build the necessary business network for a US expansion.

After Latin America, London, China and Singapore, NYCEDC is now turning its attention to the Central and Eastern European region. Inclusively held from May 6-8th, 2013 (Monday through Wednesday) the program timing allows sufficient time during the rest of the week for participating companies to schedule their own business meetings in the City.

If you ever thought about expanding your business in the US you better hurry and apply now through NYCEDC’s “TakeTheInterview” application process. Be aware this program is targeted for companies who are serious about expanding globally.

"Applicants will have to convince the judges delegated by the organisers about the seriousness of their intents. It is important, that the teams have a clear perspective and a well defined aim of what they want to achieve in New York. Applicants will have to convey their commitment during the video interview" - said Csongor Bias, buzz engineer at iCatapult.

There are no program fees, however travel and accommodation costs have to be covered by the participants. To learn more about the NYC tech scene, check out the broadcast of Social Media Week’s panel between NY-based VCs, entrepreneurs and industry experts discussing the future of NYC’s tech scene streaming live this Thursday, February 21st from 9:30-11am EST.

Both co-organizers, iCatapult and STARTeurope already started the recruitment process. If you have any question about the program or the application process, feel free to contact them directly.