Trade Mission to San Francisco

Information and Eligibility Requirements

2023 Climate Salad Trade Mission to San Francisco
Information and Eligibility Requirements

Applications are now open - click here to apply
Key Dates
  • Applications open: 28 August, 2023
  • Applications Close: 11 September 2023 11:59pm AEST
  • Offers made: Friday 15 September 2023
  • Pre-trip market intelligence workshops: Up to three 1hr sessions in October
  • In-country dates: 22-27 October 2023
    Founders are encouraged to arrive earlier or stay beyond the trade mission week to leverage in-country meetings and connections
About the Mission

Queensland Government and Climate Salad are partnering to take up to 10 Queensland climate tech companies to San Francisco and Verge Climate Tech Event in October 2023 as part of the Building Queensland's Climate Tech Industry project.With the support of the Climate Salad team, experienced mentors and industry experts, you'll have the resources and guidance you need to navigate new markets and drive growth.Climate Salad's San Francisco International Trade Mission includes a week of in-country networking, introductions and information sessions for high-potential Australian climate tech ventures interested in expanding to the US. The program gives you tailored customer introductions and mentorship, and the opportunity to exhibit and participate in Verge Climate Tech Event.

Pre-Market Intelligence and Mentoring
  • Flexible program components that won't distract from running your business.
  • Pre-trip mentoring opportunities with market specialists
  • Practical market intelligence workshops on how to scale to the US
In-Country Program and Support
  • Climate Salad team support while in-country
  • Demo and network in San Francisco and Silicon Valley during Verge Climate Tech Event
  • Core relationships with fellow cohort founders
  • Introductions to Climate Salad's US networks of industry leaders, mentors and investors

Who is This For?

Queensland founders of a startup or scaleup business with the following requirements:

  • You can commit to the dates 22-27 October 2023
  • You are able and willing to travel to San Francisco during the key dates
  • Have headquarters in Queensland
  • Be export-capable and export-ready
  • Be prepared to adapt the product or service for the new market
  • Be flexible regarding the market-entry method
  • Have resources to support marketing and development for a new market
  • You understand how attendance and collaboration opportunities during the trade mission matches the stage you are at in progressing your innovative solution; or will build capability or enable innovation participation in your region, community or industry sector
  • Your attendance and collaboration opportunities at the event will support your contribution to building Queensland’s innovation community
Eligibility Requirements

You must:
  • Be the founder or a senior leader of a climate tech business headquartered in Queensland as of August 2023
    Climate tech is defined as a “scaleable tech-enabled product (hardware or software) that helps solve climate or environmental problems”
  • Have an employee number between 3 and 300 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Have a website featuring the product or service
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Submit only one application per ABN
  • You can commit to travel to San Francisco during the key dates 22-27 October 2023
  • You are able and willing to cover your own travel costs during the program
  • You can attend virtual pre-trip market intelligence workshops during October
Applications are now open until Monday 11 September 2023 at 11:59pm AEST - click here to apply.

‍If you have any other questions that haven’t been answered here or would like to chat through the application process or program, please email

‍Privacy Statement
Information supplied will be used by Climate Salad staff, approved assessors and delivery partners to evaluate program eligibility. Information will not be shared beyond this group and will remain confidential at all times.Applicants should note that successful applicants, agreed outcomes, and the level of funding awarded may be published by the Queensland Government. Some information may be used to promote funded projects. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third party without your consent, unless required by law or for the purposes of the Information Privacy Act 2009.For audit purposes, the Queensland Government is required to retain the applications and other supplied supporting material. The provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 apply to documents in the possession of the Queensland Government.

    Climate Salad Vision and Mission

    We see a world where Australian climate tech startups create an outsized global impact.
    By 2030, we will help 1,000 climate tech companies with 10 reaching global scale.