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Startup Global presented by U.S. Commercial Service

Entrepreneurs, business, and government discuss the need for startups to develop international strategies and how to go global! Resources to help businesses expand internationally will be discussed.

Schedule Overview:

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Coffee and registration

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speakers Include:

  • Carey Arun - US Commercial Service
  • Deb Tillett - Emerging Technology Center (ETC)
  • International Trade Adminstration
  • Jake Colvin - Global Innovation Forum
  • Mike Gill – Maryland Secretary of State

2:00 PM -3:00 PM: The opportunity: Local startups in the global marketplace

Panelists Include:

  • Sanjay Kalasa – Adashi,
  • Christina Caraballo – Audacious Inquiry
  • David Tohn – BTS Software
  • Moderated by Claire Pillsbury – GIF.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Navigating international compliance and protecting IP

Panelists Include:

  • Corinne Militello – Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Alissa Starzak – Cloudflare
  • Wesley Muller – Under Armour

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Finding help: Understanding how to access the resources to reach new markets

Panelists Include:

  • Signe Pringle – Maryland Department of Commerce Office of International Investment and Trade
  • Valerie Chua – Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Matthew Stanton – Under Armor
  • Moderated by Colleen Fisher – US Commercial Service.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Happy Hour and Networking Reception

Networking Participants Include:

  • Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
  • Baltimore Sisters State Committee
  • Downtown Baltimore Partnership
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Maryland – DC District Export Council
  • Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Maryland Tech Council
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, Center for Global Business
  • US Commercial Service / US Export Assistance Center Baltimore
  • And More!

Networking Reception Sponsored by: International Trade Administrion, Global Innovation Forum, Start Up Grind , US Commercial Service, ETC and Technical.ly.

About Startup Global:

The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce launched Startup Global in February 2015 to provide focused assistance and information to early-stage companies by building partnerships in the United States unparalleled incubators and accelerators, which are key centers of gravity and trusted advisers in the startup ecosystem. Startup Global produces educational seminars in partnership with local incubators and accelerators to cover the most pressing issues startups face in the global business environment.

ETC (Emerging Technology Centers)
101 N. Haven St. 21224
Suite 301
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  • Carey Arun

    Carey Arun

    Carey Arun is a Foreign Service Office with the US Department of Commerce - US Commercial Service.

  • Colleen Fisher

    Colleen Fisher

    Colleen Fisher is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service’s U.S. Export Assistance Center

  • David Tohn

    David Tohn

    David Tohn is the Chief Executive Officer at BTS Software Solutions (BTS-S2) in Columbia, Maryland as

  • Signe Pringle

    Signe Pringle

    As a Managing Director of the Office of International Investment and Trade at Maryland Department

  • Sanjay Kalasa

    Sanjay Kalasa

    Sanjay is the president of Adashi Systems, a Baltimore-based software company which gives public safety

  • Claire Pillsbury

    Claire Pillsbury

    Claire Pillsbury is Deputy Director for the Global Innovation Forum, a nonprofit that connects

  • Christina Caraballo

    Christina Caraballo

    Christina is a Director at Audacious Inquiry, a health information technology and policy company

  • Wesley Muller

    Wesley Muller

    Wesley Muller is a patent attorney with more than fifteen years of intellectual property experience

  • Valerie Chua

    Valerie Chua

    Valerie is currently the Regional Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB)

  • Matthew  Stanton

    Matthew Stanton

    Matt Stanton has over 20 years of experience in directing public policy for elected officials,

  • Alissa Starzak

    Alissa Starzak

    Alissa Starzak is the Head of Public Policy at Cloudflare, a web performance and security company

  • Mike Gill

    Mike Gill

    Secretary Mike Gill is a business leader with four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, a

  • Corinne Militello

    Corinne Militello

    Corinne Militello advises on trademarks and copyrights, advertising, and internet issues, as well as

  • Jake Colvin

    Jake Colvin

    As Executive Director of the National Foreign Trade Council's Global Innovation Forum, Jake engages


  • U.S. Commercial Services
  • ETC (Emerging Technology Centers)
  • Baltimore Sister Cities
  • Maryland Sister States

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