WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jan 31, 2012) - Today, on the one year anniversary of the Startup America Partnership, nine new Startup America Regions are launching and fourteen events are taking place throughout the country to celebrate young companies and galvanize the startup ecosystems throughout America. Nearly 4,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and officials will congregate at events from Honolulu and St. Louis to Chicago and Providence to showcase their local startups.
"The Startup America Partnership has made great strides in its first year, and we're appreciative of everybody who has stepped forward to help," said Steve Case, chairman of the Startup America Partnership. "We're celebrating an important milestone today, but more importantly, celebrating the entrepreneurs who will create the next generation of great American companies."
Now launched in 17 different states, Startup Regions are led by local entrepreneurs focused on making their region a great place to start and grow a company. They are meant to be community-driven and inclusive initiatives. The Regions enable the entire community to recognize the importance of startups to their economy, rally together around the Startup America principles, identify "big ideas" that can truly drive change, and celebrate their own entrepreneurs as American heroes.
"What better way to spend our one year anniversary than to bring together the amazing entrepreneurs that are starting and growing companies throughout the United States," said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. "We're incredibly excited by how far we've come in the past year, and we can't wait to see what the Startup Regions accomplish in 2012."
Today's anniversary events range in theme, structure and content, based on the focus of each region and its local audience. They vary from a state-wide startup fair in Iowa to an "Ideas Summit" in DC and an intimate fireside chat with board member Tory Burch in Boston. Startup America Chairman Steve Case will join US CTO Aneesh Chopra at Startup Virginia's breakfast meeting, while CEO Scott Case will provide the keynote at the National Anniversary event taking place with Startup Illinois in Chicago. Meanwhile, Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, will join Startup America board member Pamela Contag and Dell's Entrepreneur in Residence Ingrid Vanderveldt in Nashville for a full day of programming focused on female entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurship. The full list of events can be viewed here.
Since the announcement of the Partnership at the White House one year ago today, the organization has:
- Secured over $1.2 Billion in private sector commitments from more than 50 partners to provide valuable resources to young companies with high growth potential.
- Helped launch Startup America Regions in 17 different states across the country.
- Supported thousands of startups through the Startup America platform with resources, connections, programming and unique opportunities.
- Brought the national spotlight to many startups through unique celebratory events and opportunities.
- Convened a board of iconic entrepreneurs to provide strategic guidance to the Partnership.
Startup Regions now include: Startup Colorado, Startup Connecticut, Startup DC, Startup Florida, Startup Hawaii, Startup Illinois, Startup Iowa, Startup Kansas, Startup Massachusetts, Startup Michigan, Startup Missouri, Startup Nebraska, Startup Rhode Island, Startup Tennessee, Startup Texas, Startup Vermont and Startup Virginia.
Young companies in these regions and throughout the United States should register now in order to access a personalized online dashboard, with which they can connect to resources and find the most relevant offerings based on their specific needs, stage of growth, and location. They also have access to an exclusive online community of other founders and startup team members where they can interact with Partnership representatives, share best practices and support their fellow entrepreneurs.
Those unable to attend a local event can view a live stream of the National Anniversary event in Chicago by clicking here. For more information on the Startup America Partnership, please visit www.startupamericapartnership.org.
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. 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.startupamericapartnership.org and follow at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica.