Eleven of the UK’s top digital companies have been selected to join the UK Trade and Investment‘s Digital Mission to Washington DC, from the 11th to the 15th of July.

Entering its seventh year, the trade mission is designed to help UK-based digital firms build their business in the US. This will be the first time the trip has taken place in Washington DC.

It will also be the first digital mission to focus on digital government, open data and the use of technology for social innovation meeting. The week-long trip will take the UK firms to meet with seven major US federal agencies including senior staff from the State Department and the White House, as well as key influencers from Washington’s digital sector.

The companies include tools for online collaboration, public sector customer service, dating for social entrepreneurs, innovative mobile payment technology and engagement through social media, video, film and Q&A sites.

The 11 Digital Mission companies are: AMEE UK, Anywhere.me, CarbonCulture, Firmstep, Huddle, Locality, Open Cinema, Our Say, Public-i Group, Waspit and WebsEdge. Company descriptions and contact details are available on the Digital Mission website, as is the agenda for the trip.

Sam Michel, CEO of the trip organizers Chinwag, said:

“The Digital Mission to Washington is the first to focus on digital government. We’re delighted with the range of companies joining the mission, demonstrating the strength and depth of the UK’s skills in this sector. The chance to build connections in Washington DC at a time when digital technology and social media are so important in the public sector.”

We reported on the digital mission last year which took place in New York, and one of the companies in attendance was Lingo24, a UK-based online translation company. Founder and Managing Director Christian Arno said: “The week was intense – and the start was particularly tough as you had to deal with jetlag and the time difference. But we got a lot out of it – we won several clients, got some top PR coverage, and learned a lot from the other participants. I felt we killed several birds with the stone that is the Digital Mission to NYC.”