Partnership Opportunity Delegations
Facilitating opportunities and connecting dots
“We’re going to create an environment where people can easily form personal relationships and broad networks with people from every background and every expertise. We’re also going to help them with the training and support that they need to turn their ideas into businesses, and then to bring them to scale.”
-Secretary Kerry, October 11, 2013
Some of the best ideas are created when different combinations of people are placed in new surroundings and given the opportunity to meet, share ideas, and collaborate on projects of mutual interest.
When an entrepreneur and an investor from two distant parts of the world have the chance to connect in person, or when a philanthropist can learn about the work of a local organization first-hand, there come about opportunities for collaboration that can generate economic value, accelerate development, and deliver social benefits to communities.
Through the Partnership Opportunity Delegations (PODs), the U.S. Department of State and like-minded partners will bring together government, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropy, academics, faith-based organizations, and the private sector to make exciting new connections and open new markets. These delegations will help to cultivate and enable partnership opportunities in communities of mutual interests.
Starting in January 2014, the Secretary’s Global Partnerships Office will lead a series of delegations of entrepreneurs and investors to visit countries and regions of interest. At each location, delegations will meet with local political, business, and thought leaders to discuss partnership opportunities focused on investment and economic development. These exchanges aim to provide unique insight and networks, highlight potential areas for investment, and inspire collaboration that will bring innovations to market.
Delegations will consist of eight to ten investors and “serial” entrepreneurs who will visit target countries for three to four days where they will meet with key partners from the country and the region. The program will include a tour of local startups and established businesses, networking sessions between delegates and entrepreneurs, and roundtable conversations that enable delegates to meet with established business leaders and local financing bodies to discuss the local and regional ecosystems for entrepreneurship and angel investing.
POD Delegates will have the opportunity to:
For more information on the PODs and partnering with the State Department, please contact the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org.