Although Misio roots began in Australia we have always maintained a global first strategy to help companies all over the world. Being invited by Investment NSW to join 25 other leading Australia Climate Tech companies on the 2022 US trade mission, arranged by Climate Salad, was an amazing opportunity.
In October 2022, Misio joined 25 other leading Climate Tech companies and headed to San Francisco to meet with leading companies, supporters, attend the Verge22 sustainability conference to build a commercial bridge and establish new partnerships.
Led by Climate Salad and supported by mentors, coaches, Aussie VC firms and Investment NSW, the Australian delegation comprised of leaders from the Australian Climate tech startup and scale-up community with the objective to promote and support the economic opportunities in both Australia and the U.S.
Misio had the pleasure of attending facilitated meetings with several U.S. leading companies including:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) Startup Hub, for bay area startups looking to integrate Amazon Web Services (AWS) into their business operations and co-work with likeminded entrepreneurs.
- Cooley, a global law firm which provides legal advice and services to high growth companies, including those seeking to enter the U.S. market.
- Stanford University, a global leading sustainability research institute and global provider of education, to learn about the new sustainability school and the research being undertaken to advance sustainability and carbon reduction technologies.
- Silicon Valley Bank, a premier venture capital and banking provider for startup companies, to discuss financial services for companies looking for venture capital in both countries.
- Australia Startup Hub, a newly launched San Francisco–based facility that connects Australians with networks of startup founders and mentors, investors, companies and accelerators to develop opportunities in the U.S.
The Trade Mission finished with a visit to Verge22, one of the world‘s most progressive conferences on sustainability and over 3 days we enjoyed sharing Australia‘s experiences and advanced innovation in the area of sustainability and innovation advancing Australian IP to a global customer base.
With thousands of attendees and over 200+ exhibitors, we enjoyed our conversations with over 60+ leaders from multiple industries including: The Climate Pledge, Water.org, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Alphabet and many others.
The Australian Trade Mission was tremendously successful; it provided an opportunity for the Australian government to gain valuable insights into the U.S. economy and interact with some of the leading companies in the world. It allowed the development of meaningful economic partnerships and opened the door to further collaboration between the two countries.
Through the week of meeting leaders and talking about how Australian companies can advance onto the global scale it was clear that there are significant opportunities in the U.S. for Australian companies. With the Inflation Reduction Act in effect providing funding to accelerate the transition to a renewable future, never has there been a time to accelerate innovation across the globe.
So here they are, our top 5 takeaways:
- The global economy needs to global solutions to solve biggest climate change problems
- Large companies are ready to support the adoption of new innovative technologies
- Global Collaboration is the most important factor in turning ideas into practical solutions at scale
- The U.S. although a larger market that Australia shares the same problems and needs solutions that ensure the challenge of building a sustainable future
- There is significant momentum in the sustainability industry across the world and it is clear that a race has begun to accelerate positive change.
In conclusion, Misio would like to thank all the people, mentors and sponsors who helped to bring the Trade Mission together with special mentions to the team at Climate Salad, Investment NSW, Amazon AWS, Lasya Rao, Mick Liubinskas, Charlotte Connell, Olivia Utharntharm, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Molitor and Lisa Fedorenko.