Wanna go to the Web 2.0 Expo in New York or SXSW Interactive?

It’s official and finally I can talk about it! Chinwag has teamed up with the UKTI to take UK digital SMEs on trade missions to New York and Austin, Texas coinciding with two of the world’s most celebrated web events – the Web 2.0 Expo and SXSW Interactive.

The NYC mission coinciding with the Web 2.0 Expo runs 14-19 September 2008.

The Austin, Texas mission to SXSW Interactive runs 13-17 March 2009.

For the New York 'Digital Mission', up to 25 small-to-medium-sized UK companies will be selected from all entries received. With the closing date looming on 23rd July, there’s only two weeks in which to enter your company...

So if you want to go market your digital business in NYC, amid the melting pot of business and innovation at the Web 2.0 Expo, check out the criteria on the Digital Mission page, and sign-up for more info now!

In turn, if it’s the prospect of landing slap-bang in the middle of SXSW Interactive that fires you up, with its hundreds of conference sessions and keynotes, fringe events and legendary night-time party scene, then sign-up for the mission to Austin, Texas in March 2009.

All in, we’re taking 40 companies over to Austin, with special business events and meetings added onto the huge array of SXSW-related action. And if you haven’t been to SXSW before, you’re in for a treat. I’ve been for the last three years and can vouch that the reality actually lives up to the hype.

The NYC closing date is Wednesday 23rd July - so critical I told you twice ;-) - and entrants for it and the Austin mission will be judged by a panel of digital industry experts and commentators, including Mike Butcher of TechCrunch UK and Herb Kim of north east business innovation network Codeworks.

Companies will pay for their travel and expenses, but Chinwag and the UKTI will make all the travel and hotel arrangements and organise the itinerary for each company – including one-to-one meetings and networking events – in addition to publicising the venture and participants.

You can sign-up to register for entry to the selection process (and we'll get back in touch with you within three days), or just to get regular updates and info here:

I'm chuffed to bits we're going to be helping UK companies in this way. It's going to be an amazing experience for everyone involved!


Sounds good!

I'm planning on going to SXSW in '09, i'm more of a freelancer, though I do run my own small company while also studying Music at Uni. Bizzare combination right? Hopefully see you guys down there! Lau