SOURCE: Startup America Partnership

Startup America Partnership

February 23, 2012 11:18 ET

American Airlines Becomes Startup America Sponsor

American Airlines Provides Flights for Startup Region Leaders to Attend Summit at University of Miami

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 23, 2012) - Entrepreneurial leaders from eighteen different states gathered today in Miami for the second quarterly Startup America Regional Summit. The Startup America Partnership's newest corporate sponsor, American Airlines, provided flights for many of the participants, who will meet to share their respective regional successes, learn about best practices for building local support, and broaden their networks. The invitation-only Summit is being hosted by the Startup Florida team at the University of Miami. More than 60 founders, successful entrepreneurs, established business leaders and government officials participated.

"Strong Startup Regions are critical to ensuring that amazing startups across the country have the network and support they need to grow," said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. "We're extremely excited to welcome American Airlines as our newest sponsor, and to immediately see their commitment to startups through their collaboration on the Regional Summit."

Announcing its sponsorship at the meeting, American Airlines will provide support and strategic resources to help the Partnership maximize the success of America's startups.
The airline joins the Partnership's two founding sponsors, the Case Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, and four corporate sponsors: American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft. In addition to being a sponsor, American Airlines is providing thousands of registered Startup America Firms with access to flights and travel reward opportunities through Business ExtrAA®, American's business-to-business loyalty program. To learn more about this no-cost program, visit aa.com/business.

"American Airlines is excited to be a sponsor of the Startup America Partnership," said Daniel Roose, American's Director of Small and Midsize Enterprise Loyalty. "We share the organization's passion for empowering entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Startups play an integral role in fostering innovation, job creation and driving economic growth in their local communities as well as on a broader national level, so we are committed to helping accelerate this process."

Young companies throughout the U.S. should register now with the Startup America Partnership in order connect to their local Startup Regions and access resources from dozens of partners based on their specific needs, stage of growth, and location. For a full list of Startup Regions and to join Startup America today, please visit www.s.co.

For details to enroll, visit www.aa.com/business.

About the Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in response to President Obama's call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The Partnership is bringing together an alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are founding partners. America Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft are 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.

Contact Information

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    Chris Roche
    Startup America Partnership
    202-419-3153
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