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Startup America Partnership

December 13, 2011 16:00 ET

StartupIowa Is Eighth Region to Join National Startup America Partnership

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2011) - With the official launch today of StartupIowa, the state becomes the eighth region to join the Startup America Partnership, a national effort dedicated to helping startups grow in order to jumpstart job creation throughout the country. Christian Renaud, Principal, StartupCity Des Moines, made the announcement after a ribbon-cutting event for StartupCity Des Moines, a new incubator for technology startups.

"StartupIowa gathers a multitude of resources under a single umbrella for more effective delivery to entrepreneurs and the startup community," Renaud said.

There is no single director for StartupIowa, nor is it a non-profit or for-profit group. Rather, it is a combination of people and organizations from the entrepreneurial ecosystem around the state. StartupIowa does not aim to create new organizations or programs, but rather to highlight the wealth of existing programs and organizations and help connect entrepreneurs with those resources.

Beyond companies and entrepreneurs themselves, StartupIowa will include entrepreneurs and companies across the state, as well as representatives from schools, undergraduate, graduate and community colleges; the various research institutions within nationally recognized universities; intrapreneurial employees within small and large businesses; as well as factions of government at the municipal, regional, state and federal level.

Iowa joins seven other regions -- Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas -- in the Startup America Partnership. Officially initiated during the ThincIowa conference in late October, StartupIowa officially launches today and plans to accelerate its growth in 2012.

For more information, and to register as a Startup America Firm, go to www.startupia.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.

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