The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) is offering an exciting opportunity for up to 10 Western Australian (WA) startups/scaleups to participate in a virtual trade mission for London Tech Week (LTW) in September 2020.

LTW is the largest technology festival in Europe, in 2019 it attracted over 58,000 attendees from 95 countries across 300 events. This year, over 95 per cent of the festival will feature virtual events.

Entrepreneurial and innovative WA businesses will benefit from the virtual trade mission by engaging with experts, investors and fellow tech founders on the UK tech ecosystem and opportunities in the market.

Participants will join a series of LTW webinars arranged by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) from 7-10 September. This will be followed by bespoke online sessions from 15-17 September for WA participants delivered by Newfound, specialists in supporting market entry, expansion and hiring for tech companies in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The bespoke sessions will feature workshops on fundraising, building traction and growing revenue, and branding; roundtables on getting boots on the ground and engaging with large corporates; and a panel and pitch session with venture capital firms and investors.

Applications are now open for WA startups/scaleups seeking entry into the UK, Europe’s top tech nation and third in the world for tech investment (Tech Nation, Tech Nation Report 2020, March 2020).

Eligibility and conditions of award

Applicants must be:

  • over 18 years of age
  • a resident of WA and have a registered ABN with a main business location in WA
  • willing to commit to the entire program during the scheduled dates below
  • willing to pro-actively share learnings from the program with the WA startup/scaleup community and via social media
  • willing to complete a short post-program report to provide feedback to JTSI.

Application process and important dates

Please note that successful applicants will need to be available to participate between 2pm-6pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) on the dates highlighted.

21 August 2020

Applicants to submit their application forms via the Newfound website no later than 5pm AWST

26 August 2020

Successful applicants to be notified on or before this date

3 September 2020

Successful applicants to attend a pre-program briefing session at JTSI

7-9 September 2020

Successful applicants to participate in DIT LTW webinars

10 September 2020

Successful applicants to participate in Tech Australia event

 15-17 September 2020 Successful applicants to participate in the department's virtual trade mission 

1 October 2020

Successful applicants to attend a post-program briefing session at JTSI