WebMission 2011.

WebMission 2011.

March 08, 2011 12:47 ET

WebMission 2011 Brings the UK's Top "Web Technology" Companies to Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - This week, a select group of the UK's most successful and promising web technology companies are visiting Silicon Valley and San Francisco as part of Web Mission 2011. The 18 companies are staying in the US between March 5th – 11th to participate in a range of activities, including developing business relationships and investment collaborations, as well as building partnerships and meeting with stakeholders. Companies who have attended the previous two Web Missions have raised over $60 million in private finance to date.

The companies selected for Web Mission 2011 produce, and are developing, a wide range of web technologies, from Crisp Thinking, which uses behavioral analysis to stop cyber bullying, to BraveNewTalent, the next generation of online recruiting that harnesses the power of social media to build communities of potential employees and employers. Others include: ParcelGenie.com, a service that allows users to send real gifts to friends on social networks without needing to know the shipping address; BookingBug's online system that allows users to book services for everything from a yoga class while on vacation to a neighborhood restaurant at home; and PeerIndex's tool that measures your online "social capital." 

Web Mission 2011 gives the entrepreneurs of these growing companies, already highly successful in the UK, the opportunity to engage with top US technology businesses, as well as meet with stakeholders, investors and potential business partners.

The mission companies represent the very best of the UK's internet economy, which, if it were a separate sector, would be the UK's fifth largest.

The mission is made possible by a range of public sector and private sponsors including the Technology Strategy Board, a UK government agency that promotes and supports research into technology with the belief that innovation gives companies a competitive edge and a springboard into the global marketplace. Additional sponsors include UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), which aims to add value to the UK economy by helping business succeed internationally, and international law firm Orrick's Emerging Companies Group. The mission is also supported and delivered by partners Polecat, the Co-Sponsorship Agency, and The Long Run Venture

The full list of participating companies can be found in the editors' notes below and at the Web Mission's website: www.webmission.co.uk.

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