As he did last year, Paul will be speaking during the Oracle portion of this year’s Web Mission, which runs March 28-April 3.
What is Web Mission? Glad you asked, from the about:
Web Mission is organized Bronwyn Kunhardt and James Lawn from the market intelligence company Polecat (www.polecatting.com) and by serial entrepreneur, Oli Barrett. Each year, Web Mission seeks to introduce 20 of the best Web 2.0 companies to the many inspiring people and supportive Web 2.0 networks which exist in Silicon Valley. The aim is to support the companies to:
- Facilitate meetings with local investors
- Meet and mingle with Silicon Valley movers and shakers relevant to their organization and growth plans
- Discuss their business with leading journalists
- Spend quality time with like-minded people on the web scene
- Explore how to succeed in the US market
The successful companies are short-listed by judges such as Doug Richard, Mike Butcher from TechCrunch and with input from the Web Mission sponsors. The sponsors include technology companies, media companies, financial and legal organizations. They are complemented by a host of Partners who provide specialist support to the event.
Oh yeah, these companies are UK-based, and this is a trade mission of sorts, backed by the UK government to help incubate UK technology startups. Apparently, the event is backed by British politicos, and the companies will enjoy an evening at the British Consulate in San Francisco, among other things.
But wait, there’s more.
The agenda is packed. The lucky company reps leave the UK on March 28 and return on April 4. In between, they’ll be visiting Oracle on April 1 to hear Paul and a host of other Oracle people chat, and they’ll be at the Web 2.0 Expo on April 2.
Looking at the agenda makes me tired. The days are fully booked, and by the end, these people will be stuffed full of entrepreneurial advice and information. Sounds like a valuable, but potentially exhausting trip. Then again, these are startup people, so they’re used to burning the candle at both ends.
Who are these lucky companies?
Here’s a checklist of the companies who are attending Web Mission 2009.
Two alumni from Web Mission 2008