Outbound Delegations

Oslo, Norway

Dates: May 26-30

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To grow synergies and movement around social innovation by positioning Austin as the Social Good Capital in the USA. Austin has more non-profits per capita than any other city in the southwest U.S. and increasing density of social good for-profit entities. At the Oslo Freedom Forum Austin social impact companies will be introduced to impact investors, human rights activists, digital creators, and government entities on the global stage.

Austin will be the first city in the world to bring a delegation of social impact companies en mass to this invitation-only event, Oslo Freedom Forum. 

Objectives and Opportunities 

  1. Business development
  2. One-on-one business meetings
  3. Introductions to high ranking government officials and business leaders of Norway and visiting Norway
  4. Target industries: 

    1. Edtech
    2. DemocracyTech
    3. LBGT businesses, 
    4. Advanced Technology (Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Open Data companies, Decentralized technologies)

Oslo and Freedom Forum High Points

- Small, intimate circle of events between human rights activists, impact investors, and creators
- 10th year for City of Oslo to host Oslo Freedom Forum
- Nobel Peace Prize originatos
- Ranked 8 in the world according to World Bank “Ease of Doing Business” Report
- European Commission named Oslo “Green Capital” of Europe
- By 2025, City of Oslo government will eliminate non-electric vehicles from Oslo streets

Pune, India


Dates: September 22-29

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To develop relationships with Pune, India at the commercial, municipal, and citizen levels. The participating businesses engage with peer businesses, channel partners, and potential acquisition or investment companies. The delegation arrives just as Ganesh Chaturthi ends and affords the delegation to experience some of Pune culture by night and nearby historical sites.


  1. Business development
  2. One-on-one business meetings
  3. Introductions to high ranking government officials and business leaders in India
  4. Target industries:
    1. Bio/Life Sciences - Fitness/health-tech, robotics, mental health, prosthetics
    2. Smart Cities Technologies - IoT, clean energy/renewables, zero waste  

Pune High Points

- 6 million person population
- Named 1 of 100 Smart Cities in India
- “Oxford of India”: more universities per capita than any other city in India
- One of the fastest growing cities in Asia; doubling every 25 years like Austin
- USA Patents & Trademarks recognized and protected
- Home to Sunburn Music Festival; one of the largest in the world with avg 300k attendees each year
- Talented workforce; almost 50/50 ratio of men to women in STEM education
- Average age of Punaites is 24