NYC Immersion Program is designed for Australian businesses that are ready to expand into the US, with New York as their market entry point. The fully curated program offers a maximum of 15 carefully selected companies the opportunity to prepare for and be connected with providers across Australia and USA to facilitate a successful USA launch.

This program has been specifically designed for Women in Tech, or companies which have strong evidence of diversity policies.

FD Global Connections and Tyro FinTech Hub will conduct these workshops with experts in scaling internationally and learn from companies who have successfully entered the USA market.

Lab1492, in partnership with FD Global Connections, has designed a fully curated week of presentations and individual meetings for each participating company. Participants can expect personal introductions to trusted professional service firms, investors and potential clients.


To support participants after their return to Australia, they will be required to present their US market strategies to an audience of international C-Suite experts. Each participant is also matched to a mentor to support their ongoing USA market entry.


  1. Can demonstrate strong diversity practices and policies
  2. Ready to scale-up into US, or have already started to scale
  3. Earning revenue
  4. Seeking investment in New York
  5. Require Sales/Lead Generation
  6. Connections to trusted Professional Services firms

Note: when we review applications, we take into consideration your whole business; ie even if you don’t meet 1 element of our criteria, this does not mean you won’t be accepted.  We encourage all companies to apply which are ready to scale.

Key Dates

Application Phase

  1. Monday 22nd January 2018 – Applications Open*
  2. Thursday 29th March 2018 – Applications Close

Places on the program are limited – and applications are accepted as they are received. It is highly recommended to apply early so your business doesn’t miss out.

*Applicants must submit their pitch deck and sales presentation as part of the process. These will be reviewed by Lab1492 and feedback provided to ensure they are ready for the program. Each application will be assessed within 1 week of applying.

Program Phase

  1. Week of 23rd April – Company Discovery with Lab1492 & FD Global
  2. Wednesday 2nd May – Scale-UP workshop (Sydney)
  3. Week of 14th May – 17th May – Immerse New York (New York)
  4. Wednesday 6th June – The Future is USA workshop (Sydney)
  5. Wednesday 6th June – NYC Immersion Program Mixer Event (Sydney)


How do I apply?

You can apply by filling out this form.

Who are the Partners involved in the Program?

FD Global Connections has partnered with the following organisations in Sydney and New York.

Tyro Fintech Hub

(https://tyrofintechhub.com/ ) is an independent co-working space and incubator that caters to up to 150 entrepreneurs in Sydney, Australia. Since the Hub opened in 2015, its members have raised $40-50 million, with support from the Hub’s staff. The Hub is known for being highly entrepreneur-centric, its motto being by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.


http://www.lab1492.com/  based in New York City, was formed by seasoned executives with diverse international backgrounds and business experience who have worked with leading Fortune 100 companies as well as early-stage startups. Lab1492 fast tracks US market entry in a highly successful and cost effective manner.

Qantas Business Rewards

 http://salesnews.qantas.com/public/m/fdglobal As a participant in the NYC Immersion Program, Qantas Business Rewards is offering free membership, access to discounted flights, savings on top of your frequent flyer points and credits. A dedicated Qantas Account Manger will be available to assist you with all of your domestic and international bookings.

This program is supported by the Australian Government: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Are accomodation, airfares and meals included in the program fee?

Airfares and accommodation are additional expenses, however, Qantas Business Rewards (QBR) is a partner on the program. Successful applicants will be connected with a dedicated QBR Account Manager to assist in booking your flights. Some meals are provided in Sydney and New York. http://salesnews.qantas.com/public/m/fdglobal

Also see Q&A #13 – Grants.

How many places are available in the program?

There is a maximum number of 7 individual spaces available. Each company is to nominate 1 employee to participate.

When can I apply?

Applications open from Monday 22 January 2018 and close on 2nd April.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

FD Global Connections and Tyro FinTech Hub will review each application as they are submitted. Feedback will be provided to each applicant within one week of their submission whether or not they have been accepted into the program.

I don't live in Sydney, do I have to attend the workshops?

Yes. It is mandatory for all participants to attend all workshops in the program in Sydney and New York.


For interstate companies, Qantas Business Rewards (QBR) will have a dedicated Account Manager to assist with booking flights.

Am I guaranteed that I will receive investment from Investors I meet in New York?


Am I guaranteed to sign up any of the clients I meet during the program?


Who organises USA Visa's and Travel Insurance?

Participants are responsible for ensuring they organise the following:

  • Travel insurance to the USA
  • Relevant Visa’s to travel to the USA.
What else do I need to know?

FD Global Connections, Tyro FinTech Hub, Qantas Business Rewards and Lab1492 have partnered to deliver this program to Australia’s best companies with strong diversity policies. We do not:

  • Own Intellectual Property of any participants. All Intellectual Property developed by the applicants is retained by each respective applicant


  • Guarantee the ultimate success of each participants entry into the USA market.
Are there any Grants available to assist me financially with the program?

Participants are encouraged to investigate the following grant:





I'm interested but my business isn't quite ready. What can I do?

You can register your interest in future programs here.