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About the trade mission

Invest Northern Ireland is planning a trade mission to explore the vast opportunities the US and Canada have to offer businesses from Northern Ireland in September 2024. 
Offering companies an exciting programme of export-led activity including 1:1 and group meetings with potential customers and partners, the mission will be led by Economy Minister Conor Murphy.   

Why Chicago? 

  • Chicago has a diverse economy, the third-largest GDP in the US and is home to 30+ Fortune 500 companies, including Walgreens, Caterpillar, State Farm Insurance, Allstate, Northern Trust, and Aon. 
  • Chicago has the third highest employment in the finance and insurance sector. The region's economic diversity and need for financial products has evolved fintech into one of Chicago's fastest growing tech verticals.  
  • The region is also a leader in food & drink manufacturing, innovation & technology, life sciences and transport and logistics 

Why Toronto? 

  • The Toronto region is a global economic powerhouse, with the most diverse economy in North America 
  • Toronto is a vital financial and technological hub, boasting the third-largest tech sector in North America 
  • The region is also a leader in sectors such as food processing, financial services, energy, and life and health sciences.  Additional, sector strengths include manufacturing, digital, and research and development. 

Who should consider attending the trade mission?

The trade mission is suitable for: 

  • Innovative businesses within who wish to gain access to the North American and or Canadian market
  • Businesses established in market who wish to increase export sales in the region
  • Businesses offering innovative technology-led solutions in fintech, cybersecurity, AI, smart cities, cleantech, healthcare and food technology.


£500 + VAT

Interested in participating in the trade mission?

To find out if you can participate, check your eligibility.

Is your business eligible?

Answer the following questions to find out if you can apply.

Q1 - Is your business currently based in Northern Ireland?
Q2 - Can your product or service be sold to customers outside Northern Ireland?
Q3 - Are you an existing Invest Northern Ireland customer?

It is critical to understand any regulatory, compliance, and procedural issues that might affect your product or service in your target market.

A rule or regulation could stop you exporting, therefore it makes sense to find out before you spend any time or money exploring your export options.

Based on your answers your business is eligible to apply for this event.

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Considering doing business with Northern Ireland? Find out more about Northern Ireland’s highly skilled talent, excellent infrastructure, competitive costs, and supportive, business-friendly environment – see Why Northern Ireland?

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