Join us for a panel discussion on what it takes to succeed in US-expansion. A group of five foreign entrepreneurs will come together to discuss their journey towards expanding in the States and building their businesses as global entrepreneurs. Together, they will share their stories, offer their insights, and provide an understanding of the cultural nuances that make US business expansion a challenge -- and an opportunity -- worth pursuing. If you’re an entrepreneur from another country and/or you know someone who is, this is the panel for them. Admission is free & complimentary food & drink will be provided. Food provided by Shake Shack.

Meet Our Panelists:

Bas Offers, COO, and co-founder of and ReviMedia is an online media entrepreneur at the forefront of groundbreaking lead gen technology development and online marketing concept design. With over 10 years of experience in developing global direct and mobile marketing campaigns in New York City, he is a specialist in performance-based marketing. Originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bas moved to New York in 2007 to manage the marketing department at 2waytraffic mobile USA where he was responsible for devising online and mobile marketing strategies, as well as managing multi-million dollar marketing budgets. In 2010, Bas co-founded ReviMedia based on the idea of developing a revolutionary lead generation platform which automates and optimizes performance-based marketing processes, leading to overall higher lead quality and improved efficiency in the online lead generation space. In 2016, Bas launched, a comprehensive customer generation platform to automate and manage lead generation activities.

Rocco Alberto Baldassarre is an Italian digital marketing consultant and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the youngest Google Partners All-Stars Winner at the age of 24 and as the founder of Zebra Advertisement, the award-winning and global leader in online advertising. Baldassare is also known for winning Microsoft MVP Award and being classified as 30 Under 30 on Forbes for the class of 2018. In 2011, Rocco founded Zebra Advertisement in Miami, Florida. This new agency focuses on digital marketing with clients such as Facebook, Google, Yellow Pages, Thomson Reuters, and over 6,000 businesses from over 36 countries.

Bo Nielsen is 49 years old and recently expanded his company AutoRemind from Denmark to the US. Bo is a serial entrepreneur within software companies. He has a formal education in computer science and wrote a series of computer games in the late 80s before moving on to help LEGO go into the digital age up through the 90s. The last 18 years Bo has established various companies and later focused on Healthcare IT with his company AutoRemind.

Andy Kay, a Brit, describes himself as an unconditional Francophile. After 4 years in the Cadbury finance team in the UK, then a stint as a management controller for L'Oreal UK, he moved to Paris, France to work on the development of innocent smoothies there. He then worked for the Agrial food co-operative as their CFO in the UK, before returning to France as General Manager of Vita Coco. At the end of 2017, Andy rejoined the Agrial co-operative as their CFO for Manzana Products Co, Inc, their organic apple business based in California.

Kanako Kakihara, as a CEO, manages National Alliance New York LLC which offers interior design-built and expanding to NY services for mainly Japanese clients and those who are interested in Japanese design and customer services. She has various related licenses such as an NYS certified interior designer, an NYC DOB expeditor, and an NYC General Contractor and is a certified Goldman Sacks 10,000 small business owner.

Moderated by Steve Maggi, U.S. immigration attorney focused on business & investor visas and helping foreign entrepreneurs launch US companies which create U.S. jobs.

This event is supported by NEULAND ALLIANCE, which helps global entrepreneurs expand into the US market by providing comprehensive support services, including strategic consultation & project planning, as well as access to legal, accounting, and other market-entry professionals.