Entering Europe

  • Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm
    How quickly a product enters the market can make or break your business. This session will address when a company should enter the international market place as well as what should be included in the due-diligence process. The speaker will try to address a variety of issues from R&D collaborations to IP migration, partnering, an overview of tax considerations and faster market entry.

    International Launch:
    When is the right time to enter the international market?

    IP migration


    Douglas Karl Ebert, Senior Advisor Americas, GZA (Greater Zurich Area)

    As Senior Advisor Americas for GZA ( Greater Zurich Area), Mr. Ebert has over 25 years of experience in the field of international economic development, workforce development and trans‑national business recruitment. Mr. Ebert’s career includes extensive work in direct foreign investment promotion, relocation advisement and long-range strategic planning for multinational corporate clients, SMEs and startups, governmental organizations, and NGOs. Mr. Ebert brings extensive foreign direct investment expertise and multidisciplinary relationships to GZA. He has deep networks in the life sciences, ICT, micro and nanotechnology, environmental and cleantech, consumer goods, automotive and aerospace industries.

    Functional activity has included advising multi-nationals, SMEs and technology start-ups in the areas of site-selection, relocation, and research facilities for projects in manufacturing, R&D, Headquarters, backend finance and treasury. Regions represented include GZA (Greater Zurich Area), GGBa (Greater Geneva Bern area) DEWS (Development Economic Western Switzerland) , ISPAT (Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey – Prime Ministry of Turkey) as well as several North American regions in an informal capacity. For each of these regions, Mr. Ebert has implemented a “systematic approach” to successfully attract a variety of projects from supply chain management and logistics centers to R&D projects and research centers as well as manufacturing, financial and headquarters projects.

    Prior to his work in economic development, Mr. Ebert specialized in work-force development and was Vice President of Consulting and Client Services for an international outplacement firm. He had oversight for 50 offices nationwide where he developed and implemented career training programs for senior level executives, mid-level managers and general workforce employees.

    Member: The World Future Society, SCIP (Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals) Swiss American Business Association, EACC(European American Chamber of Commerce) and KWTC-Kentucky WorldTrade Association. Frequent speaker at Seminars, Trade Association Events and Multiplier (networking) Business Forums.

  • AG
    Greater Zurich Area AG
    • The Greater Zurich Area is Switzerland’s economic center, not least thanks to the strong presence of international companies, which profit from a remarkably favorable combination of prime location factors here. Outstanding infrastructure at a superbly central location in Europe, attractive taxation and interesting tax models, easy recruitment of skilled and exceedingly productive workers, access to leading academic and research institutions and to key technologies of the future - all this, coupled with a quality of life that is unmatched worldwide, creates the best possible conditions for your long-term business success.