2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit
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June 7-11, 2021

2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. The Investment Summit plays a vital role in attracting and facilitating business investment and job creation by raising awareness about the wide range of investment opportunities in the United States and enabling necessary direct connections between investors and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs).

Each Investment Summit focuses on the U.S. investment environment, industry trends, and new opportunities. Additionally, the Investment Summit features senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders.

The virtual 2021 Investment Summit, will maintain the core principles of the annual event and will incorporate similar themes and fundamental concepts. The event will feature 100+ virtual sessions, a virtual exhibition hall with EDOs and service providers, and a robust networking platform where participants can make the connections they need to push their investments forward.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit draws more than 3,000 attendees. Historically, the Investment Summit attracts more than 1,200 business investors from approximately 80 international markets who join economic developers from almost all U.S. states and territories. In 2019, nearly $100 million in new investment projects were announced at the event.

The 2021 Investment Summit agenda will highlight a robust SelectUSA Tech program, Industry Spotlights, and a dynamic mobile networking app. Topics ranging from infrastructure to workforce development will once again feature prominent industry experts and government officials. In short: You don't want to miss it. Stay tuned for updates and sign up for the latest information!

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Who should apply?

Representatives from the following types of organizations will significantly benefit from attending the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit:
  • Investors, including representatives of international businesses of all sizes, that are seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States;
  • Representatives of U.S. economic development organizations;
  • Representatives from U.S. state and local governments; and
  • Advisors, service providers, companies, chambers of commerce, and associations facilitating FDI into the United States.

Why apply?


The United States is a land of diverse opportunities; our consumer market, our workers, our technology, and our resources are vast and varied. This diversity means there are opportunities for start-ups, medium-sized enterprises, and multinational companies.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is a time-saving mechanism for investors who are interested in establishing or expanding operations in the United States. Take advantage of these opportunities:
  • Connect - Connect virtually with fellow investors, service providers, and government officials, who may share tools, tricks of the trade, and lessons learned about investing in the United States.
  • Network - Set up virtual meetings with fellow investors, economic development professionals, service providers, and government leaders from across the United States through our online networking platform.
  • Learn - Learn more about how, where, and why to invest in the United States with the most robust content available. Hear about innovative resources and incentives directly from federal, state, and local officials.

"The access that companies have at the [Investment] Summit to the highest level of the federal government, plus all of the state and local agencies, for us it was an unparalleled opportunity to access all of the people in one place that we need to make our transition to the U.S. easier."
– International Investor

Economic Development Organizations (EDOs)

The Investment Summit is the primary event where U.S. economic development organizations can meet over 1,000 investors who are seeking to establish or expand their business operations in the United States. Take advantage of these opportunities:
  • Connect - Connect with other economic developers, service providers, and government officials who may share tools and information to help you attract more investment locally.
  • Network - Set up meetings with potential investors through our online networking platform.
  • Learn - Learn about the latest investment trends and resources to help you more effectively reach investors.
  • Promotion - Showcase the advantages of your location in the virtual exhibition hall.

"SelectUSA 2019 was great in the sense that the quality of businesses that attended were outstanding. We are already witnessing outcomes from the [Investment] Summit. We have one business that has signed a lease and plans to invest up to $1 million within the next 12 months."
– Economic Development Organization

How to Apply

Demand to attend is high, and space in many targeted sessions will be limited. All those who wish to attend the SelectUSA Investment Summit must apply. Qualified applications will be accepted based on the overall balance of attendees with respect to the source market and participant type.

Agenda Overview

The official agenda will feature the SelectUSA Investment Academy, plenary sessions, and networking events.

SelectUSA Investment Summit

The 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit will feature five days of main stage and Investment Academy session programming.

The main stage will showcase high-profile CEOs, senior executives, and U.S. government leaders who set the tone for business trends and investment policies in the United States.

The SelectUSA Investment Academy is comprised of sessions designed explicitly for investors and economic development organization (EDO) representatives who want to gain actionable insight into the U.S. investment environment. Focused, thematic sessions featuring government and industry expert practitioners provide companies with practical tools and strategies for all stages of the investment process and provide EDOs with resources and best practices for FDI attraction.

View the Investment Summit Agenda

SelectUSA Tech Spotlight

Early-stage and startup tech companies from across the world will have the opportunity to virtually exhibit their products and tell their stories. In addition to virtual exhibiting, approved startups will have the opportunity to apply to give a 4-minute virtual pitch in front of a panel of judges made up of venture capitalists, corporate investors, and representatives of the startup ecosystem across the United States.

Select Global Women in Tech

Select Global Women in Tech aims to support female founders, entrepreneurs, and executives in the technology sector in their efforts to open or expand business operations in the United States. SelectUSA Global Women in Tech will promote American competitiveness and technology leadership by attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in emerging technology sectors and spur economic growth and innovation in the United States, thereby creating high-value US jobs and simultaneously supporting female entrepreneurs around the world.

Select Global Women in Tech Mentorship Network
The virtual mentorship platform will match female entrepreneurs from overseas with US-based mentors (to include entrepreneurs in residence at universities, lawyers, venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate executives, and female founders). Select Global Women in Tech trainings and workshops on tools to overcome the unique challenges female entrepreneurs face in fundraising, scaling, and promoting their businesses in the United States will be available virtually for members of the network.

Female founders of international tech companies that meet the SelectUSA Tech eligibility criteria will have the opportunity to join the Select Global Women in Tech Mentorship Network, a unique networking and mentorship opportunity which formally launches during the 2021 Investment Summit. Mentees will be paired with an experienced, successful mentor who can assist them in developing and executing a market entry strategy, as well as facing other obstacles to growing one’s business.

Exhibition Hall

The virtual exhibition hall at the SelectUSA Investment Summit highlights U.S. state, territorial, tribal, regional, and local EDOs with opportunities for international investors. Additionally, the virtual exhibition hall will host service providers who can provide valuable insights and guidance to international investors seeking opportunities inside the United States.

Industry Road Trip

SelectUSA will host a virtual Industry Road Trip around the United States at the 2021 Investment Summit. The Industry Road Trip will feature approved exhibitors and sponsors who will share in-depth information on local industry clusters.

For exhibitors - depending on the exhibitor package, approved exhibitors may select one or two industries from SelectUSA defined list of industries to be featured as part of the Industry Road Trip. Participating exhibitors must produce and submit a short (max. 2 min) recording by May 12, 2021. The industry video will be available on the Virtual Platform during the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit.
Sponsoring organizations may choose to produce and submit more than one industry video.

For investors - this Industry Road Trip will help you to connect with local economic developers, business leaders, and experts while exploring promising investment opportunities in some of the most dynamic industries in the United States.

Participation details for participating exhibitors can be found in your exhibitor portal.


Will there be foreign language interpretation or translation at the Investment Summit?
Yes, we will provide interpretation or translation of virtual sessions in the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

May I request the assistance of an interpreter for my meetings?
SelectUSA does not provide interpretation outside of the main agenda sessions.

Can I bring my own interpreter?
Yes, you may register your own interpreter, but you will have to pay for their registration fee. All interpreters must go through the vetting process, and once approved, will have access to all programming.