Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 16, 2013


Entrepreneurs and business leaders from 29 countries will travel to the United States from September 14 through October 5 as participants in “A New Beginning” exchange, a special initiative of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Established in response to President Barack Obama’s April 2010 Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, the exchange creates connections between international businesses and highlights the variety of markets served by successful entrepreneurs, both in the United States and abroad. Alumni of the exchange return to their countries with new ideas for collaboration, growing their businesses, and accessing markets.

During their three-week visit, the participants will meet with leading American entrepreneurs, business executives, and government officials in Washington, Denver, Portland, Dallas, and New York. Since the initiative launched in 2010, private sector partner Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a network of 9,000 business owners in 40 countries, has engaged participants in interactive activities across the U.S. and introduced the entrepreneurs to their U.S. counterparts for dynamic discussions of challenges and ideas for growth.

Entrepreneurs participating in this year’s program will arrive from Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, South Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

For further information, please contact eca-press@state.gov.



PRN: 2013/1123