May marked a significant milestone in our internationalization journey as we successfully organized the inaugural business matchmaking mission of our Furniture Go International project, aimed supporting SMEs in expanding into third markets.

The mission was driven by ambitious goals: forging connections between European and North American companies, identifying synergistic business opportunities, drawing inspiration from foreign markets and collaborative success stories, and refining new services to support SMEs’ internationalization efforts.

I’m delighted to confirm that we achieved our ambitious objectives on multiple fronts. Our understanding of both markets has grown substantially, and the interactions during the mission have provided invaluable inspiration as we pursue further exploration of our aspirations in third markets.

What are the highlights of the USA mission?

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Another exciting session was the Panel discussion with industry professionals, during which Luc Massaux (The Switzer Group), Jarvis Wong (Jarvis Studio), Malcolm Baker (Evensonbest), Chris Ressa (Design Lines) and Stefan Minovici (The Romanian American Business Council) – provided examples of European companies who have managed to accommodate the US market. The professionals also answered questions from the attendees.

NETWORKING was one of the main stars of the event, and those who came prepared to have genuine conversations with the present companies and organizations, surely identified opportunities and/or gained valuable relationships.

We gained INSPIRATION from some of the most interesting showrooms we have visited. We especially enjoyed our visit to the New York Design Center – Housing over 100 showrooms, NYDC serves as New York’s destination for designers across the US and beyond.

What are the highlights of the Canadian mission?

The mission to Canada was very dynamic, a characteristic that greatly defines the market, as we’ve found out during the 2 days event. We are deeply grateful for the support of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto, together with the Canadian Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event in their home – at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre. With the support of Trevor Kruse – Interior Designers of Canada, our ambassador for the FGOI consortium in Canada, all the planning led to a successful event.

Important highlights:

After a warm welcome from Ms. Eva Libs Bartonova, Head of Trade and Investment at The Czech Consulate General in Toronto, and from Ms. Sonya Rosenwirth from the Canadian Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, we moved through a dynamic presentation session from a variety of representatives from the furniture industry – gaining insights on the furniture market from a cross-sectoral perspective: industry representatives, public administration and the university:


The missions not only facilitated networking and knowledge exchange but also provided inspiration through visits to influential showrooms like the New York Design Center. The experience gained during these missions will undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing efforts of supporting SMEs in expanding into third markets and refining services to enhance internationalization endeavors.

As we reflect on the successful outcomes of these missions, we are encouraged to continue building alliances, opening markets, and empowering SMEs in their internationalization journey. The Furniture Go International project has taken significant strides forward, and we look forward to the continued growth and success of European businesses in these markets and beyond.

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