Digital Mission New York 2014 (Social Media Week)
Digital Misson NYC is back! A group of the leading digital startups and agencies will head across the Atlantic for a specially-tailored programme coinciding with Social Media Week New York (17-21 Feb).
The programme builds on five years of Digital Missions to New York working with local entrepreneurs, agencies, influencers and practitioners to create a cracking programme inculding masterclasses, briefings, company visits, VIP reception with the British Consulate and access to the best of Social Media Week NYC.
The trip is designed for fast-growing UK firms in the digital and agency sector focusing on media, marketing, advertising, real-time bidding, big data, app development, analytics, professional services (design/technical/UX/game development) any suppliers to the marketers in agencies and major brands.
What Does the Digital Mission NYC Include?
With a packed schedule & a cracking line up of activities costing from just £699+VAT (qualifying London-based SMEs can apply for a £500 grant through UKTI London), the trip will include:
Digital Mission Exclusives
- Pre-mission briefing in the UK including a Pitch workshop session
- Marketing & PR before, during and after the Mission
- Co-working / Incubator Tours
- Company Visits
- 'Doing Business in the USA' masterclass: legal, tax, industry trends & real-life stories from successful ex-pats
- Investment Roundtable
- VIP reception hosted by the British Consulate in NYC
- More to be announced soon
Social Media Week NYC Insider Pass (worth $399)
- Unlimited access to all SMW official events at the Highline Stages (all sessions, keynotes and masterclasses)
- Invitations to SMWNYC VIP Opening and Closing Parties
Social Media Week NYC
The mission coincides with Social Media Week NYC (SMWNYC), allowing companies to explore the hundreds of events, covering extensive topics along the vein of social media throughout the week - meaning there'll always be something going on!
As a Digital Mission delegate, you'll get a Social Media Week Insider Pass providing unlimited access to all SMW official events at the Highline Stages(including all sessions, keynotes and masterclasses) plus the legendary SMWNYC Opening and Closing parties.
Keynote speakers include billionaire AOL co-founder & Chair of Startup America,Steve Case, Upworthy CEO, Eli Pariser, renowned Internet researcher, Danah Boyd, Buzzfeed CEO, Jonah Peretti, John Borthwick CEO of Betaworks, Meetup CEO,Scott Heiferman and noted author Douglas Rushkoff amongst many others.
And that’s just scratching the surface, there’s a whole host of great speakers from companies including MTV, L’Oreal, Huffington Post, Zynga, New York Times, Mindshare, PHD, Nokia amongst many others.
With over 150 events, there will be lots to keep you busy, from masterclasses with the masters to collaborative workshops designed to help engage and connect with like-minded others, it's the perfect backdrop for the Digital Mission.
How Much Does it Cost?
This Mission will be operating a tiered cost system, so pricing will depend on your company type / size as below:
Start-ups, SME's & Academics
To qualify as a start-up or SME, your company must have less than 250 employees and less than €50m turnover. Academic staff must be able to prove their credentials.
- £699 for the first 5 companies confirmed
- £999 for those confirmed after that
Agencies & Larger Companies
An agency is broadly defined as a business that delivers services for creative and technical development. Larger Companies are those that have more than 250 employees and/or have more than €50m turnover.
- £899 for the first 5 companies confirmed
- £1,599 for those confirmed after that
Observer slots are strictly limited and give the chance for companies and organisations that support digital firms in their objectives e.g. lawyers, accountants to take part in the mission. Observers spend the full week with the mission companies, participate in the events, but are not invited to pitch or present.
£1,999 per delegate
- All of the above costs include one delegate per company and exclude VAT, travel & accommodation costs.
- There will be a small charge for extra delegates at £299 per person.
- Contribution to costs must be paid in full to confirm a place on the Digital Mission
- Paying by debit/credit card or Paypal will incur a £40 booking fee.
- Companies are responsible for their own travel insurance and ESTA
- Details of the activities during the Digital Mission are subject to change
We have partnered with Abbotts Travel for the Digital Mission.
Abbotts Travel can provide a range of solutions for all budgets and take care of any required aspects of your travel arrangements, from flights, transfers, hotel accommodation and visa advice, to booking additional trips and journeys within the US.
We will shortly be confirming a couple of preferential and convenient hotel options, please do consider booking as soon as possible as it is a very busy time.
There are various flight options available depending on individual needs, flexibility and length of stay.
Abbotts can be contacted at chinwagabbottstravel [dot] com or on a dedicated Chinwag phone number 020 8518 8370 where Julian Abbott, Sharron Roat and the team will be happy to assist with your requirements.
UKTI London has made available a limited number of grants for companies taking part in the mission. Applications can be made through Chinwag who will help with the paperwork and liaise with UKTI London once your company has been accepted onto the mission. The £500 grants are paid retrospectively as a refund towards travel and accommodation expenses.
Fill in this form to apply to be on the mission. Applications are now closed!
One of the Chinwag team will be in touch within a few days of receiving your application.
Testimonials from the DM to NYC 2013
"Chinwag's visit to NYC was a superbly executed, cost effective and fast-paced program to learn about what to do and what not to do when setting up in NYC, as well as meet contacts that could help facilitate the move. I would strongly recommend the trip. Thanks to Sam, Fran and the rest of their team for an excellent and informative week."
"I had a great experience on the 2013 Digital Mission to New York. Well done Sam, Francesca and Team Chinwag for organising a productive yet enjoyable programme of events!"
"Digital Mission 2013 is incredibly good value, is immaculately run and gave us an a months worth of insight in a week. This is the best way to evaluate new markets I have found bar none."
"Chinwag's team masterfully organised this digital mission to NYC, mixing exclusive mission activities with Insider access to Social Media Week events, topping it off with curly wurlys at their British Pub Quiz. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and came away with more good insights and advice about the US market, and enjoying the flexibility to develop US partner opportunities and meet up with VCs."
"I can't recommend the Digital Mission highly enough. I made some great contacts and met a great crowd on the trip."
"The Digital Mission to New York was a super productive and insightful week. I don't think I've met so many new people in such a short space of time since Freshers' Week at University! Big thanks to Chinwag for putting together a great schedule of content, speakers and company visits."