SOURCE: RISE Global

June 29, 2011 20:07 ET

RISE Global Unveils New York City 2012 Expansion Plans

Country's Largest Entrepreneurship-Focused Conference Will Expand Beyond Austin Through a Partnership With The Argus Group

AUSTIN, TX and CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2011) - RISE Global, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs, today announced in a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (www.clintonglobalinitiative.org) that it has partnered with The Argus Group to launch RISE Week New York City in Spring 2012.

New York is the first of a number of cities anticipated to join Austin, Texas in hosting their own RISE Week events as the conference seeks to expand.

First held in Austin, Texas in 2007, RISE Week is one of the first attendee-organized conferences of its kind. The community of entrepreneurs it serves develops and leads the RISE Week agenda, and its free sessions are independently organized, peer-led, limited to 25 participants and take place in venues throughout the host city. RISE Week's non-traditional format has made it the country's fastest-growing and largest conference for entrepreneurs, and each year, the event connects thousands of aspiring, new and established entrepreneurs in all industries with tools, resources, information and connections to help them start and grow their businesses.

"In just five years, RISE Week has proven a powerful model for connecting entrepreneurs with resources and with one another," said RISE Co-Creator Bertrand Sosa. "In the midst of an economic recovery that everyone agrees relies on entrepreneurship and innovation to sustain it, we want to do our part by sharing RISE Week with other communities. We're thrilled New York City is the first, and we are fully committed to President Clinton's call for action to focus on how to create more jobs in America."

RISE Global targeted New York City as its first location outside Austin, Texas because of the diversity, scale, and attention it represents across small, medium, and large business communities globally. The Argus Group, a prominent marketing firm with a reputation for producing world-class events, will serve as the lead partner and will work closely with RISE Global to execute RISE Week in New York, and work actively with other strategic partners to support the effort.

"New York City is the geographic center of many of our nation's most vital economic sectors, and our state and city leaders recently committed publicly to positioning our city to lead the innovation economy. So it's a great time to get RISE Week New York City off the ground," said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO, The Argus Group.

"Much like how RISE Week relies on the entrepreneurs it serves to lead a successful event each year, the successful expansion of RISE Week to other cities relies on the leadership of respected community partners like The Argus Group," said Georgia Thomsen, RISE Global Executive Director. "We couldn't imagine a partner better equipped to tap into the city's entrepreneurial energy, and we can't wait to see RISE Week New York City take shape."

Roy Sosa and Bertrand Sosa, brothers and accomplished Austin entrepreneurs, created RISE Week in 2007. Thanks to its unique format featuring small, peer-led sessions, RISE Week has grown from 40 sessions filling 500 seats during its first year, to over 350 sessions and events filling over 3,500 seats in 2011.

For more information, visit www.riseglobal.org, or follow RISE Global on Facebook and Twitter.

About RISE Global
RISE, a Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs, is a non-profit program dedicated to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs. Created originally in 2007 as a week-long, free "un-conference" for and by entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas, RISE has grown into an ongoing year-round program that leverages its proprietary web interface to provide one-of-a-kind resources and experiences to entrepreneurs worldwide. RISE is a program of the MPOWER Foundation, a 501(c)(3) operating philanthropic foundation affiliated with MPOWER Ventures and MPOWER Labs. The country's fastest growing entrepreneurship event, RISE Week is an annual conference series that provides a forum for entrepreneurs to connect and exchange ideas that inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. Each year, thousands of entrepreneurs gather to participate in hundreds of sessions hosted by successful business leaders throughout the Greater Austin area. Unlike a traditional conference, RISE is a non-profit event with no cost to participate, and sessions are independently organized, peer-led and limited to 25 participants. For more information, to register or to volunteer to host a session, or to learn how to host RISE Week in your city, visit www.riseglobal.org.

About The Argus Group
The Argus Group is a premier full service strategic marketing agency that partners with clients to deliver inspired ideas and flawless execution. The Argus Group works with revered sport and entertainment brands and properties, legendary venues, government agencies, and municipalities providing a wide range of services and expertise in business advisory, marketing, sponsorship sales and activation, event development and production, and live television specials.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings, which take place in New York each September, have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, along with heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place September 19-22 in New York City. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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