2017 Summit Agenda


Texas-EU Business Summit 2017
Access to Trade, Investment & Innovation


***Please note all times are approximates***


7:00 – 8:00                Breakfast & Summit Registration

8:00 – 8:25               Opening & Welcome Remarks

8:25 – 8:55                Brexit and Beyond

8:55 – 9:05                A Texas Welcome

  9:05 – 9:50              Cultivating Commercialization in EU Countries

Explore Europe’s vibrant business districts and accelerators and you will see why five of the world’s top ten most innovative nations are in this region.  Focused initiatives, which are designed to expand the number and quality of scalable ventures, provide Texas companies with ideal connections to the best European products, processes, services, and business.

9:50 – 10:15             Nxtport: The Digital Port of Antwerp and Why is Matters Globally (Ships, Bits and Bytes)

10:15 – 10:35           Break/Networking

10:35 – 11:20            Industry Speaks

Take a deeper dive into the experiences shared by representatives of companies which are already conducting business in Europe. By learning more about these best practices for market entry, Texas companies will be better prepared for a successful launch

11:20 – 12:10            EU Market Access: Opportunities in Eastern Europe

The dynamic economies of Eastern Europe are filled with emergent business opportunities, offer highly cost-competitive skilled work forces, and provide ideal locations from which to access European, African, and Eurasian markets

12:10 – 1:25               Lunch/Networking

 1:30 – 2:30               Digitization and the Business Impact on the US-EU Growth

With the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and the connection of devices and sensors to the internet, the ability to take this information and drive business value has become critical to growth and competitive success.  This interactive panel will discuss the business impact of this explosion of information on global business.

2:30 – 3:15                Cultural Competency and International Collaboration 2020

What skills will companies need to work successfully with international counterparts—now and in the future? New organizational models will require strong global relationships. European & US industry leaders highlight certain skills as increasingly important for businesspeople applying cultural knowledge in rapidly shifting landscapes. An expert panel will discuss the evolution of cultural competency.

3:15 – 4:00                EU Market Access Opportunities in Western Europe

The nations at the traditional commercial, financial, and industrial heart of Europe offer access to more than 100 million affluent and tech savvy consumers.   Texas corporate leaders may realize competitive advantage and capitalize on the growth taking place in these mature markets.

4:30 – 6:00               Post- Event Reception
                                    Hosted at Consulate General of Ireland – 515 Congress Ave #1720, Austin, TX