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June 2018

Consumer Product Showcase Pitch Event


The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade is a partner organization with SKU, the premiere accelerator for the growing consumer products (CPG) industry. Seven amazing startups and their 60 Mentors have been hard at work preparing the SKU 6 companies to scale. We’re excited to celebrate their progress and listen to their visions for the path ahead. SKU companies will take the stage to tell their brand stories and make time afterward to meet and greet interested investors and community…

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  • 25th June 2018 - Monday
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CANCELED: Mexico’s Perspective on NAFTA Negotiations

DUE TO A FAMILY MEDICAL EMERGENCY, OUR SPEAKER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO AUSTIN   The World Affairs Council of Austin in collaboration with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, and the Texas Camino Real District Export Council, presents an exclusive executive briefing on the NAFTA negotiations featuring Guillermo Malpica Soto, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office in the Ministry of Economy at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. Mr. Malpica will…

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July 2018

International Business Coalition Meeting

The International Business Coalition (IBC) strives to develop international business in central Texas, focusing its efforts on: Attracting foreign direct investment; Encouraging international business relocation to central Texas; and Promoting international trade among central Texas businesses. This regular meeting of the Central Texas International Business Coalition will include global trade updates. With gratitude to our partner and host:   ______________________________________________________________   Please follow and like us:

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Austria to Austin Entrepreneur Welcome Reception

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin, the Office of Science and Technology Austria, and participants of 3 Day Startup’s Austria to Austin program, as they elaborate on their startups and how they hope to become innovation bridges between the U.S.A. and Austria! Expect: – young internationally minded Austrian entrepreneurs; – elevator pitches from industry experts; – delicious Austrian food and drink! REGISTER HERE During their time in Austin, the student entrepreneurs will gain exposure to one of the most…

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August 2018

Doing Business in Japan

$5 – $10

Experience Japan at the Oita Japan Festival!   You won’t want to miss the “Doing Business in Japan” seminar (from 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm and if you miss the first one, it will be repeated from 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm) during the Festival (which runs from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm).  Texas exported over $6 billion in goods and services to Japan.  Japan is also a top five export market for central Texas companies.  Be sure to attend this…

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Stop Fakes IPR Protection Conference


American companies lose over $600 billion annually due to theft of intellectual property.  If you want to learn more about how to protect against piracy of technology and theft of trade secrets, join the World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade, along with experts and attorneys from the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offer this one-day seminar on how companies and individuals can protect and enforce intellectual property…

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September 2018

  • 26th September 2018 - Wednesday
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Japan – Texas BizMatch Launch

The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade has established a partnership with J-GoodTech, a division of Japan’s Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation (SMRJ).  The partnership is specially tailored to connect Texan companies to potential customers and partners in Japan.  J-GoodTech is comprised of approximately 8,100 qualified Japanese SME members. This business matchmaking launch event will include representatives of at least 20 Japanese companies seeking Texan partners. Throughout the summer of 2018, the Center…

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October 2018

Third Annual Texas-Latin America Business Summit

The World Affairs Council of Austin will present the Texas-Latin America Business Summit on Thursday, October 4th.  The Summit brings trade promotion experts and business decision-makers together for panels and meetings.  The event is a unique face-to-face opportunity for Austin corporate representatives to make connections and learn about current inbound and outbound business opportunities with Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Guatemala, and other nations. Over the last decade, the region experienced a deep economic and social transformation, which lifted millions out of poverty…

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America’s Enormous Debt – Symptom of a Broken Political System

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to feature Paul Stebbins, of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Campaign to Fix the Debt.   Mr. Stebbins is a founder and former CEO of World Fuel Services, a Fortune 100 Company. Mr. Stebbins’ commentary will focus on the fiscal and political environment and how it has never been more perilous.  Trillion dollar deficits are set to return within the next two years with our already record high national…

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November 2018

Yemen: Failed State and Dire Tragedy

Yemen is another front that openly exhibits Iran-Saudi Arabia geopolitical rivalry. History has come full circle: Yemen has become to Saudi Arabia what Vietnam was to the United States. How did Yemen get to this point? The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to have David Oualaalou (pronounced Walalou, known also as Dr. O) discuss the situation in Yemen and its impact on the Middle East. Dr. David Oualaalou is an international geopolitical consultant, global speaker, award winning educator,…

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