"Startup America" Starts Up
BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 31 2011
The Obama White House is today kicking off "Startup America," campaign that the White House says is intended to advance the future-winning goals Obama detailed in his State of the Union address last Tuesday by, says the White House in a release, "promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country with new initiatives to help encourage private sector investment in job-creating startups, accelerate research, and address barriers to success for entrepreneurs and small businesses." Politico's Morning Tech highlights the complementary effort being run outside government:
A key part of today’s announcement is the formal unveiling of the Startup America Partnership, an independent campaign to be chaired by famed AOL-er Steve Case, with Kauffman Foundation Prez and CEO Carl Schramm as a founding board member. Both will lead an effort that’s designed to mobilize the private sector following the president’s SOTU address, which heavily emphasized U.S. competitiveness and innovation. According to a W.H. official, the Partnership already has key commitments from companies like Intel, HP, IBM, Facebook and others to boost support and investment in start-up companies.
More on the "Startup America Partnership" here. The kick-off event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House proper will be livestreamed on White House Live, starting at 11 a.m. EST.