WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2013) - Washington, D.C.'s startup community will have a new epicenter with the launch of 1776, a major initiative focused on helping entrepreneurs seeking to solve the country's biggest problems. Located just blocks from the White House, 1776 will be a comprehensive initiative to convene and accelerate startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique.
1776 is co-founded and led by Evan Burfield, Chair of Startup DC, and Donna Harris, who will transition from her role as Managing Director at Startup America.
"Washington is one of the most powerful cities on earth, and it has the potential to become an incredible nerve center for startups seeking to tackle big national challenges like education and healthcare," said Donna Harris. "1776 will be a single rallying point to tie startups into the region's significant wealth, expertise, and extraordinary advocacy community, and will create a global brand for what makes the DC community unique."
"1776 is a fantastic example of the entire community rallying around a very bold idea that taps the unique assets of the community rather than replicating what others have done," said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. "I couldn't be more thrilled that Donna, who was the architect and leader of our National Regions Initiative, and Evan will now focus their expertise on making this bold vision a reality in DC."
Details of the 1776 initiative will be outlined during a press conference and open house on Wednesday, February 6th, at 10:30am at the 1776 Campus, which is located at 1133 15th Street, NW, 12th floor, in Washington DC. There, Donna Harris and Evan Burfield will be joined by Washington DC's Mayor Vincent Gray, Scott Case, a number of notable national figures from the entrepreneur community and Administration officials. More information can be found at www.1776dc.com.
"Our goal is to build an explosive entrepreneurial economy based on the assets unique to Washington, DC," said Evan Burfield, co-founder of 1776. "1776 will have a number of strategies to help the hottest startups in the world -- the ones with the bold ideas for tackling the big problems -- to navigate regulatory minefields, develop scalable business models, and drive revenue."
The launch of 1776 comes in tandem with Startup America Partnership's second anniversary on Thursday, January 31st. In recognition of the milestone, Startup America will convene regional champions from DC and across the country at the White House next week to discuss strategies for accelerating the development of local startup ecosystems. These regional champions will discuss the unique challenges they face in their home states and the best practices for increasing the network density needed for a successful startup ecosystem. The event will be followed by a private reception for startups and administration officials at 1776. For more information visit www.s.co.
About the Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership is a growing national movement of thousands of founders, experts and resources providing startups access to the corporations, investors, and services they need to grow and succeed. Launched at the White House in early 2011, the Partnership brings together startups and local champions from around the country focused on creating successful networks for young, high-growth companies to thrive. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are its founding partners. American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., Microsoft and NYSE Euronext are corporate sponsors. The Partnership will identify, measure and report on the effectiveness of cross-sector collaboration in support of entrepreneurial ventures and its effect on job creation and growth. For more information on the Partnership, visit www.s.co and follow us at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica