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Move over San Francisco: Why Austin is your ideal US landing spot

Austin: it's the live music capital of the world and it's an acceleration hub for business. But does it live up to the hype?


Friday 28 May
11:00am - 12:00pm


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TechWeek NZ Austin

What's it all about?

Silicon Valley is fantastic--but it's far from the only option for a strong US launch. In addition to being one of the fastest growing cities in the US and the "music capital of the world," Austin has a thriving startup ecosystem, great business incentives, and tacos that will make you blush. 

Changes in the US have been catalyzed by the pandemic with no sign of slowing down, placing cities like Austin at the forefront of opportunities to get to market faster, with less cost-of-entry than launch points like San Francisco and New York. A city that couldn't be more different than the rest of Texas, Austin is unparalleled in both business and livability. 

We'll share anecdotes and resources to get you thinking about another (better) city for your company's US presence--and, if asked nicely, we might even part with the secrets for true Texan tacos. 


Who should attend? 

◈ Anyone who is curious about the hottest new startup ecosystem in the US

◈ Kiwis wanting to expand their network and get the insider's scoop into events like SXSW


➩11:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Keynote with interesting insights and resources open to Kiwis from abroad

➩11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Roundtable conversation with economic and policy leaders



◈ Elizabeth Jennings | Principal, Venture Atlas Labs & Board of Directors, SWAN Impact Network

Greg Pogue | Deputy Executive Director, Senior Research Scientist at the IC^2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin

◈ James Chen | Director of Asia and the Pacific, Office of the Governor, State of Texas


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✉ Drop the host an email at --or join the live chat for Q&A.

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Elizabeth Jennings

Principal, Intl Commercialization; Board of Directors, SWAN Impact Network

Elizabeth Jennings leads US-based Venture Atlas Labs for healthcare commercialization and serves on the Board of Directors for SWAN Impact Network and the Texas Global Health Security Innovation Consortium. She is a frequent global speaker, practical advisor, and renowned palliative gardener.


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