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Achieving Growth.

The Global Development Initiative - Building the Bridge between Academics and International Business

The Global Development Initiative (GDI) is a collaboration between the City of Richardson, Texas, United States and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce/Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) and the Center for Global Business, part of the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas. The program is dedicated to supporting participating international small and medium enterprises (SMEs) already established in their home countries as they develop their United States market entry strategy, establishing their United States headquarters in the city of Richardson, Texas.

The GDI Partners


The Center for Global Business, Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas is located in Richardson, Texas. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is a Carnegie R1 classification (Doctoral Universities - very high research activity) with over 140 degree programs and more than 5,000 international students, from over 100 countries


The City of Richardson - designated by the State of Texas at the "International Business Capital of North Texas"


The Richardson Chamber of Commerce, 5 Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce serving the needs of the Richardson, Texas business community


The Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), a partnership between the City of Richardson and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce managing the economic development for the City of Richardson, Texas


The Richardson Innovation Quarter ("Richardson IQ" - "The IQ") is an amenity rich environment where start-ups and scale-ups can collaborate and thrive; and where nearby college graduates come to live, work, and invent

The GDI Program accepts pre-qualified companies from countries outside the United States that are interested in entering the United States market and setting up their United States operations in Richardson, Texas

Each semester (Spring: January-May & Fall: August-December) companies are selected based on their qualifications

Learn more about the qualifications and application process on the "Companies" page