The purpose of the visit
City of Kristiansand in cooperation with Vest-Agder county council, Aust-Agder country council and Global Center of Expertise NODE invite businesses, start ups, consultants, banks and finance to take advantage of the exciting possibilities to be explored in the city of Austin in Texas. Austin can be a test bed for your company to succeed. Austin is ranked as one of best US cities for foreign investors seeking U.S. bases of operations. The purpose is to listen, learn, discuss with peers, introduce local start ups, innovative projects and initiatives to relevant contacts in the Austin area.
City of Kristiansand and the Agder Region would like to help companies achieve success through actively making representations to overseas contacts, investors, buyers or trading partners and cities and regions, organising key meetings and missions, showcasing our region and products to overseas buyers, investors, technology partners or academia.
Start ups, businesses, tech companies, manufacturing companies, clusters, innovation centers, banks and finance institutions, consultants or public authorities and policy makers.
What to do and who will we meet
We will have meetings with Austin Greater Chamber of Commerce, City of Austin, incubators and innovation centers. One of them being Capital Factory, Austin's Center of Gravity for Entrepreneurs. Kahoot!, from Oslo, was the first company to join Capital Factory's International program. We plan to organize events for pitching of start ups or business ideas from Agder to invited guests and time for networking with peers from Austin.
We plan for meetings with interesting businesses with HQs in Austin like National Instruments, IBM Research, Silicon Labs, Whole Foods and not to forget South by southwest(SXSW). Key topics are:
5G Wireless using MIMO, Internet of Thing (IoT), scientific breakthroughs that transform industry and societies, next generation microcontrollers and sensors, The power of connectivity in healthcare etc.
Travel information and registration
26th April: Departure from Kristiansand airport, Kjevik. Arrival in Houston. Bus transportation to Austin. The whole group have hotel accommodation in the same hotel in Austin from Wednesday April 26th until Saturday 29th April .
29th April: departure from Austin by bus to Houston. Hotel accommodation will be organised for all.
Information in norwegian is available here.