DENVER — On April 6, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) kicks-off its spring Global Landing Program (GLP) for Australian and New Zealand firms interested in expanding their operations in the U.S. via Denver. The program runs through May 25 and is facilitated by DEDO’s Global Business Development team, responsible for promoting Denver on the international stage, and the World Trade Center Denver.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock is set to kick-off the program’s opening session, which is open to the general public, and will be joined by Evan Johns, Consul - Australian General Consulate, Los Angeles, and by New Zealand Consul General Jeremy Clarke-Watson.
“Denver’s welcoming economic environment is a valuable asset that allows people to instantly feel at home and a part of our community and will play an important role in our local economic recovery,” Mayor Hancock said. “I experienced a similar welcoming sentiment during our economic development mission to Australia and New Zealand in 2019, and look forward to showing the same hospitality as we welcome these business leaders virtually to our city.”
The Denver Global Landing Pad is a business acceleration and soft-landing program for scaling foreign companies that DEDO has offered since 2019, but for the first time the program focuses on a geographic world region. The new cohort comes on the heels of past participants’ combined success that has raised venture capital of over $30 million, and whose operations will spark high-earning wage jobs in Denver.
Denver continues to welcome international businesses to our city, which contributes to diversity of thought, new perspectives being woven into our community mix and new economic opportunities. Denver’s central geographic location, mountain time zone, well-balanced lifestyle and talented workforce attract companies from around the world to land and grow.
“It’s exciting to see Denver’s reputation as a dynamic destination from which to establish business operations spread on a global scale,” said Deborah Cameron, Denver Chief Business Development Officer. “The high caliber companies participating this year’s GLP reflect the strong ties our city has with other countries and demonstrates the appeal our market has in attracting diverse firms and industries.”
GLP participating companies will enter on a seven-week intense learning experience that will include presentations and workshops with some of Denver’s most prominent business executives, government officials, education, finance, and legal professionals. The Global Landing Pad also provides networking opportunities with resident experts on Denver’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and facilitates a funding pitching discussion with venture capitalists.
DEDO will still offer its annual GLP program open to companies from all international markets from August 31-September 28 to coincide with the start of Denver Startup Week.
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