News from our Berlin office

Fairfax County in the spotlight at trade workshop in Munich

FCEDA Europe Director Markus van Tilburg spoke at a German American Trade Association (GATA) workshop in Munich on November 6. Thanks to the participation of renowned German companies, GATA’s U.S. seminars, now in their 16th year, help companies to gather information on entering the U.S. market with their first sales operation, production facility or other U.S.-related business activities.

Van Tilburg spoke in front of around 30 participants about site selection in the U.S. and promoted Fairfax County as the prime location for starting a first U.S. business.

Markus van Tilburg, FCEDA Europe, speaking at German American Trade Association (GATA) workshop. (photo credit: FCEDA)

FCEDA joins the ICT & Digital Business Association of Berlin and Brandenburg (SIBB)

FCEDA recently joined the ICT & Digital Business Association of Berlin and Brandenburg (SIBB) as a new member. As the need for digitalization of business processes is increasing, the SIBB association helps industries keep current by promoting cooperation, expansion and the internationalization of the regional digital economy. SIBB’s membership base consists of more than 250 companies, including prominent industry professionals in the IT industry, reflecting the entire spectrum of the industry, including:

  • international tech-companies
  • IT service and software providers
  • telecommunication companies
  • start-ups
  • e-commerce businesses
  • universities and research institutions

FCEDA’s membership will increase its access to growing German tech companies and enable it to hold a prominent role in U.S.-related events.

Left to right: René Ebert, Managing Director bei SIBB e.V., Jatinder Kaur Khosla, Markus van Tilburg, Marzena Modrzejewska, Project Manager International (photo credit: FCEDA)

FCEDA lights up Startupnight Berlin 2019

FCEDA Europe Director Markus van Tilburg participated at the “Berlin Startupnight” on September 6.  The event took place at four different locations across the Berlin city center: at the Sparkasse Atrium, Deutsche Telekom’s Representative Office, Drive Volkswagen Group Forum and Microsoft Atrium.

Startupnight is one of Europe’s largest startup events, during which start-up founders present their concepts to corporates, investors and potential customers. More than 5,000 participants and 250 startups from around the world in the category’s mobility, energy, communication, AI, VR, AR, health and fintech were present.

Startupnight was a great opportunity for the FCEDA to hold meetings with promising German start-ups and gather valuable information on the newest developments in their respective industries.

Startupnight Berlin (photo credit: FCEDA)

FCEDA was the one to watch at the One Conference

FCEDA Europe Director Markus van Tilburg participated at the One Conference for the cybersecurity industry on October 1 and 2. Hosted by The Netherlands since 2013, the event provided the opportunity to meet key players, discuss the latest developments, share knowledge and to pitch FCEDA’s value proposition to target companies.

For many people from the technical cyber security community, the One Conference is a “must-visit” event. FCEDA Europe organized two days of meetings with promising cybersecurity companies to discuss their U.S. market-entry strategies.

FCEDA at The One Conference at The Hague (photo credit: FCEDA)

FCEDA had a full day of meetings with Cyber Security Companies at IT-SA Nuremberg 2019

Another important cyber-focused event is IT Security Expo and Congress (IT-SA). This year it was held October 8-10 in Nuremberg. According to IT-SA, 15,632 international trade visitors toured the exhibition that showcased more than 750 exhibitors from 25 countries. FCEDA Europe Director Markus van Tilburg held several meetings with companies attending the show.

The show featured around 350 forum presentations and 30 sessions at the accompanying congress. The events enabled visitors to gain information on all aspects of information security and data protection.

Van Tilburg met with representatives of companies that already invested in Fairfax County and also held a series of meetings with staff from companies that are planning to set up locations in the U.S.

Dutch company Spaces opens its 2nd location in Fairfax County

Amsterdam-based Spaces, which provides shared-office space options, recently opened its second Fairfax County location, this one at The Boro in the Tysons area of the county.

The company, which already has a location in the Reston area, works with entrepreneurs and larger business customers alike to offer short- and long-term office space. An IWG company, Spaces has more than 3,000 locations globally including several in the Washington, D.C., area.

FCEDA is delighted that Spaces continues to expand in our region as it caters to the innovative and entrepreneurial members in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County celebrates “First 100” employers as best workplaces for commuters

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized a record number of 17 employers that have taken steps to be named a Best Workplace for Commuters in 2019. The addition of these new employers strengthens Fairfax County’s position as the national leader with a total of 109 Best Workplaces for Employers designees since 2010.

Tobii Pro, which is based out of Sweden, and SAP NS2, a subsidiary of Germany’s SAP, were two of the 17 companies recognized this year.