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White House White Board Looks at Startup America

on August 08, 2011 Source: Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

Once or twice in the past we have pointed to the “White House White Board,” a quirky feature on used to illustrate (and simplify) whatever it is the administration wants to talk about. Recently, it marked the first 180 days of Startup America with a self-conducted progress report on administration commitments to improve the environment for high-growth entrepreneurship. That list covers five main categories:

  • Unlocking Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
  • Connecting Mentors to Entrepreneurs
  • Reducing Barriers and Making Government Work for Entrepreneurs
  • Accelerating Innovation from Lab to Market
  • Unleashing Market Opportunities

Highlighted commitments include: SBA launching two $1 billion initiatives for “impact investing” and early-stage seed financing; a new mentorship program for clean energy startups; changes intended to empower immigrant entrepreneurs; and, the launching of the National Science Foundation’s new ‘Innovation Corps.’

Meanwhile, it also trumpeted private sector commitments secured through Startup America, a partnership made possible by seed funding from the Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation.

Chief Economist Austin Goolsby uses the White Board to walk through the basics of Startup America.

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