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Pittsburgh Tech Mission to the UK
October 6-11, 2019

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The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), British Airways, and The Pittsburgh Technology Council are proud to announce an inward mission to the UK on October 6 – 11, 2019.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, August 18, 2019

This mission will offer representatives from up to 10 Pittsburgh-area headquartered tech scale-ups the opportunity to explore the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem via a 5-day program.

The mission will be designed to help companies understand the UK & European markets, support their international growth plans, and develop their global networks and contacts. The program will include visits to the UK’s top tech hubs, including London, Bristol, Manchester, and Cardiff, culminating in a special day with a team from Hangar 51, the tech accelerator of IAG, British Airways’ parent company. More details will be announced as soon as the agenda has been confirmed.

Previous missions have seen companies learn how to set up an office in the UK, visit corporate accelerators, network with the UK offices of US companies, discover university partnership opportunities, meet with UK tech ecosystem influencers, and more.

Ideal candidates are senior leaders of Pittsburgh-area headquartered tech scale-ups who:

  • Have at least 15 full-time employees globally
  • Are actively thinking about international expansion as part of their overarching growth strategy
  • Have indicated interest in establishing a physical UK office with full-time employees within the next 3 years
  • Are interested in developing UK networks and business connections
  • Have raised some form of VC funding (preferred)
  • Female and minority-identifying representatives are encouraged to apply

To help us qualify applicants for the mission and to tailor a high-impact program, please fill in the application as completely as possible. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 18, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance onto the mission shortly after the deadline.

What is provided?

  • Roundtrip airfare for participants on a British Airways non-stop flight from Pittsburgh to London Heathrow
  • Pre-arranged mission program
  • Evening networking receptions
  • Food & drink during portions of the program
  • Hotel discounts

What is not covered?

  • Hotel costs
  • Train fare
  • Meals
  • Incidentals

Any questions, please contact Ashley Stearns at ashley.stearns@mobile.trade.gov.uk


The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialized government department with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy. Learn more about our export and investment services at great.gov.uk.


British Airways is the UK's largest international airline offering 45 million customers a year quality, choice and convenience. Its principal place of business is London, with a significant presence at Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports. British Airways’ main home at Heathrow is Terminal 5, regularly voted the world's best airport terminal in international passenger surveys. Operating one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks, together with its joint business agreement, codeshare and franchise partners, British Airways flies to more than 200 destinations in almost 80 countries, on a fleet of nearly 300 aircraft. The airline is investing $8.2bn over the next five years in new aircraft, new cabins, new lounges, new food and new technology – including industry-leading WiFi. British Airways is a founding member of the airline alliance oneworld, which serves some 1,000 destinations across the globe.


The Pittsburgh Technology Council can help your tech company succeed through a proven platform of Business Development, Talent Retention, Government Relations and Visibility Services. Companies at all growth stages use the Pittsburgh Technology Council to build new business, connect to capital, grow a workforce and make headlines. For more on the council’s membership benefits and how to join, click here.

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