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Application Information and Process

June 1-3, 2020 | Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

Application Information and Process

Reason for the application process

Space is limited and demand is expected to be high. Applications are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and to ensure that admission will not adversely impact U.S. Interests. Applications are accepted based on the overall balance of attendees with respect to the source market and participant type.

Registration Deadline

Apply early and take advantage of the super early bird registration rate.

Super Early Bird Rate of US$825: Apply by 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 31, 2018
Early Bird Rate of US$925: Apply by 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Regular Rate of US$975: Begins March 1, 2019

Registration will stay open until the Investment Summit reaches capacity, or until 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 24, 2019. It is highly recommended to apply to attend as soon as possible.

Name changes are not permitted onsite. All attendee substitutions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 24, 2019 and must be from the same company.

Application process

Step 1: Prepare

Before starting the process, please review the questions listed in “What to Know Before Applying.”

Step 2: Apply

Application to Attend

Step 3: Stay Informed

Applicants will receive a confirmation email indicating their application has been received. The email will provide instructions to access the application system and check the acceptance status.

Notifications of approval, denial, or waitlist status will occur within 15 business days of applying, after initial notifications are sent.

Step 4: Payment

Applications are final once payment is received.

Credit Card

A credit card number can be provided during the application process. The form of payment will be held and only processed once the application is approved and accepted.

Check or Money Order

Applicants who select to pay via check have four weeks from the acceptance date but no later than May 24, 2019 for their payment to be received and processed.

If payment is not received within the stated time, the applicant risks losing his/her space in the application queue.

Once applicants have been approved and payment has been received, they will receive an invoice with their confirmation letter.

Early payment is highly recommended. Hotel accommodations are only available to applicants who have been approved and have paid for their registration fee.

Step 5: Book a Hotel Room

SelectUSA has confirmed a block of rooms at the Washington Hilton and neighboring hotels specifically for approved applicants.

Upon acceptance and receipt of payment, applicants will receive information on how to book a hotel room under the SelectUSA room block.

Hotel and Travel Information

Step 6: Matchmaking

Matchmaking questions will be asked during the application process that will feed into matchmaking profiles. Accepted attendees will receive instructions on using the matchmaking system during the Investment Summit. Matchmaking will begin Spring 2019.

Matchmaking Information

What to know before applying

Applicants must be prepared to answer the following questions during the application process. Once the process has started, applicants can pause and complete the application on a later date. Only completed applications will be reviewed for approval.

  • Organization name (English) – Organization name in English.
  • Organization name (Native/Local) – Organization name in the local language of the applicant’s parent company, with no abbreviations.
  • Company registration/license number – Company’s registration or local equivalent number, if available.
  • Organization year of establishment (YYYY)
  • Market of parent organization – The market in which company/parent organization is located.
  • Number of employees in organization
  • Estimated annual sales of parent company (U.S. Dollars)
  • Organizational website address (URL)
  • Organizational mission statement – A detailed organizational description (200 characters or less).

Cost to Attend

Apply early and take advantage of the super early bird registration rate.

Super Early Bird Rate of US$825: Apply by 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, December 31, 2018
Early Bird Rate of US$925: Apply by 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Regular Rate of US$975: Begins March 1, 2019

Fee Includes

  • Remarks from high-profile CEOs and senior U.S. government leaders, along with panel discussions on the latest investment trends.
  • Access to 30+ breakout sessions and workshops with more in-depth and practical information about investment opportunities and resources.
  • Networking opportunities and one-on-one meetings through an online matchmaking system that is easily accessible via your smart device or your computer.
  • Access to the attendee database with the ability to communicate with attendees inside the matchmaking platform.
  • Access to the exhibition hall floor highlighting exhibits from U.S. state, regional, and local economic development organizations – the people who directly facilitate and incentivize investment.
  • The U.S. government investment resource center, offering opportunities to speak directly with experts on a wide range of policy and regulatory issues.
  • Breakfast and lunch each day, coffee breaks, and two networking receptions.

Booking a hotel room

It Pays to Book Directly within the Room Block at the Washington Hilton! Book Early Before Rooms Sell Out!

Hotel booking is only available to approved and paid attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors who have cleared the application process. Approved attendees will receive an email indicating they have been approved to attend. The email will include instructions to log in to the registration system to make a hotel reservation.

SelectUSA has confirmed a room block within the host hotel and neighboring hotels for approved attendees. Please call the number below, not the hotel, for questions or reservations.

Questions about Hotel Bookings
(800) 424-5249 (United States)
+1 (847) 996-5829 (International)

Hotel and Travel Information


Applicants may be placed on a waitlist or denied due to space limitations or based on other criteria.

Appeals Process

Applicants who have been placed on a waitlist or denied acceptance due to a perceived mistake, space limitations, or other criteria may appeal the decision by following the process below.

Send Appeal to:SUSASummitVetting@trade.gov
Appeal Subject Line: “APPEAL” must be the first word in the subject line.

Appeals must include the following information, based on application type. All applicants should include detailed documentation to support their appeal.

  • International Firms – Detailed plans for investment in the United States or plans to explore investment opportunities.
  • Service Providers – Anticipated role as a service provider, including the specific services that would be provided to assist EDOs or international companies to facilitate foreign direct investment in the United States.
  • Media – Detailed information on the scope, reach, and readership/viewership of your media outlet; also, it should include reference to prior reporting on investment or other related topics.
  • Sponsors – Detailed background of the organization, including company executives, and clear explanation of motivations for sponsoring the SelectUSA Investment Summit.
  • International Trade Associations – Detailed information on how the association helps organizations that are seeking to invest in the United States.

Cancellation & refund policy

Registration Cancellation

  • All cancellation requests must be received in writing and sent to SelectUSA@experient-inc.com.
  • Cancellation requests received by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 3, 2019, will be refunded, minus a US$125 admin fee. Cancellation requests received after 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 3, 2019, will not receive a refund. Credit card refunds will be processed within two weeks of receipt. Check refunds will be processed four weeks after the conference ends.
  • If an applicant’s U.S. visa is denied, the US$125 admin fee will apply at all times.
  • Name substitutions are allowed until 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 24, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT. New names must be vetted before a final registration is confirmed.

Housing Cancellations

  • Cancellations prior to 45 days (April 26, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT) will not be charged a cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations within 44 days (April 27, 2019) will be charged one night’s room and tax.
  • Name substitutions are allowed with the hotel, but the new substitute must be from the same company / organization. New names must be vetted and approved by SelectUSA.

Media Cancellations

  • Vetted registrants in the media category are exempted from cancellation fees.

Visa Process

A visa may be required prior to traveling to the United States.


Other Information

  • Travelers using the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel.
  • It is strongly advised for all applicants to be knowledgeable about visa requirements and to apply for a visa or ESTA, as soon as possible.

Visa Invitation

  • Information for visa requests will be provided during the registration application process.
  • Once an application is approved a visa letter is generated and emailed to the email address provided during the registration process.

Simulataneous interpretation

  • Plenary/General Session – SelectUSA will provide simultaneous interpretation for all plenary/general sessions in Arabic, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Other languages are not guaranteed.
  • Academy, Breakout Sessions and Matchmaking – There will be no interpretation provided for the Academy, breakout sessions, or matchmaking meetings.
  • Personal Interpreter – Applicants may bring their own personal interpreter, but the interpreter must apply, register and pay to attend. Interpreters will have access to all programming which will enable them to accompany their executive during the event.


Our Customer Service Team is ready to help. E-mail your questions to – SelectUSA@experient-inc.com or call toll-free:

United States: 800-424-5249
International: 847-996-5829

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