International entrepreneurs check out San Jose for business prospects, sites
U.S. Commerce Department program follows CES attendance by businesss group
Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce program Select/USA Tech, OED hosted a full day of presentations, discussions and tours for a group of 40 international business owners interested in U.S. opportunities for their businesses, specifically the Bay Area. The group was part of an international delegation that capped off their visit to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a two-day orientation to the Bay Area.
The group, with representatives from Nigeria, New Zealand, Taiwan and many other countries, had a day in San Francisco before their San Jose orientation, where they learned about real estate opportunities in the city, got a thorough introduction to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, got an insider’s look at what venture capital investors are looking for, and toured Jabil’s Blue Sky Lab and Common Grounds co-working space.Joe Hedges, OED’s International Programs Manager, hosted the event and Vice Mayor Chappie Jones welcomed the guests to City Hall. Chris Burton provided an overview of San Jose’s evolution from farm town to center of silicon manufacturing to the thriving urban center for the South Bay. The substantive presentations included:
- Incubators, Labs, Commercial & Co-Working Options – Matthew Taylor, SVP, CBRE
- Intellectual Property Rights Protection & Enforcement – Molly Kocialski, Regional Director, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Rocky Mountain Region
- What Makes Silicon Valley Unique – Dr. Richard Dasher, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
- A Venture Capitalists’ Perspective –Vijay Rajendran, Director of Innovation and Partnerships, 500 Startups
- Executive Education in Silicon Valley – Gabriela Zelaya, Global Education Team Leader, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration; Dr. Robert Brancatelli, Senior Associate Director, Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Executive Center, Leavey School of Business; and Lydia Chan, Manager, Business Development & External Relations, San Jose State University
Following this full program the group left to tour Jabil’s Blue Sky Center to see innovative advanced manufacturing in action, and were hosted by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines at a reception at Common Grounds, a recent addition to San Jose’s co-working venues.
A video of the event is available on YouTube.