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CommonwealthFirst is CWEIC's flagship initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs have been selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions are provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

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Open Data Institute

The Open Data Institute (ODI) connects, equips and inspires people around the world to innovate with data. It is independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan, and was founded in 2012 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

From its headquarters in London and via its global network of startups, members and nodes, the ODI works with government, commercial and third-sector organisations looking to explore the possibilities of data. It offers advisory services, training, research, technical development and events focused on data-driven innovation.

Since its inception, the ODI has actively reached 2.7 million people worldwide, trained more than 5,300 people and convened a collaborative global network of more than 1,400 members. It has unlocked over £50m in direct commercial value and inward investments for the UK, and international value created by stimulating data-driven innovation around the world.

Following a keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Malta in November 2015 and the suggestion of a Commonwealth Open Data Partnership, CommonwealthFirst will work with the ODI to expand upon a number of exciting projects in countries including Mexico, Malaysia and Tanzania and encourage data-driven innovation across the Commonwealth.