Boris Johnson invites “best of British” tech start-ups on US trade mission

Gojimo, Digital Shadows, and ShowMyHomework among companies participating in Great Tech Expedition 2014 to Chicago, Boston and New York

17 “best of British” technology start-ups are this week taking part in the Great Tech Expedition 2014; Boris Johnson’s latest export initiative to help early-stage UK tech and EdTech businesses explore commercial opportunities in the US.

Funded by the mayor of London’s export team, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the European Regional Development Fund, the trade mission; which began on October 5, will take the start-ups to Chicago, Boston and New York.

Aiming to help the companies build relationships with US firms and investors, the 17 tech start-ups chosen for the Expedition are:

  • Gojimo
  • ShowMyHomework
  • RefMe
  • Knomio
  • Century
  • Digital Shadows
  • Paperfold
  • Wazoku
  • Screendragon
  • ReadyCache
  • Rezonence
  • Natterbox
  • AltViz
  • Kusiri
  • FinGenius
  • GOAL Group
  • Decibel Insight

The programme follows recent findings from the ‘BIS is Great’ campaign and Ibis Capital which identified technology, EdTech in particular, as a “major growth area” for the UK economy.

Commenting on the Great Tech Expedition 2014, Boris Johnson, said: “London’s innovative approach to the tech sector is the envy of start-ups the world over.

“We are a city packed with entrepreneurs who are experts in their field and my commitment to them is to provide whatever assistance I can to set them on the path towards international success. The opportunities that this whirlwind tour presents will convert into dollars for the companies and regeneration, jobs and growth back home in London.”

Gojimo CEO and co-founder, George Burgess – a young entrepreneur to watch in 2014, continued:

“Our hope is to forge new relationships with US-based partners and also strengthen our existing partnerships. We’ll be meeting with educational publishers and local school districts as well as US-based EdTech start-ups. It’s a privilege to travel with such an impressive array of British start-ups; this really is a Great Tech Expedition!”

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