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Startup America Partnership
Accelerating High-Growth Entrepreneurship
Launched on January 31, 2011 at the White House, the Startup America Partnership is a coalition of major corporations, advisors, funders, service providers and mentors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs. The Partnership’s work aims to help entrepreneurs create and scale companies as a critical component of the nation’s job growth and global competitiveness strategy, while celebrating entrepreneurship as a core American value. Steve Case chairs the partnership and the Ewing Marion Kauffman and Case foundations are founding partners, providing initial funding and strategic guidance.
The Partnership’s work is rooted in the belief that accelerating high-growth entrepreneurship is critical to re-igniting America’s economic engine. According to research by the Kauffman Foundation, firms less than five years old are responsible for all net job creation in the past thirty years—more than 40 million jobs. Research is clear that younger, smaller firms are the key drivers of economic growth, making it imperative to make a significant and concerted effort to help bolster their success.
Celebrating entrepreneurs as innovators, job creators and community builders
At the Case Foundation, we firmly believe that an entrepreneurial spirit and approach is critical for anyone who wishes to solve complex social challenges. That’s why we have and continue to support double-bottom-line businesses, social enterprises, and the intermediaries that help them.
We’re strong believers in creating powerful partnerships and building vibrant networks to produce the greatest social return on investment. That’s why the Case Foundation is excited to play a role in the Startup America Partnership, which will find and nurture new companies that will create jobs, develop innovative social solutions, and give back to the communities they serve.
The Startup America Partnership: Moving UP
On May 23, 2013, it was announced that the Startup America Partnership is joining forces with Startup Weekend to create UP Global, a combined organization dedicated to empowering the entrepreneurial community and building networks that drive collaboration and strengthen entrepreneurs worldwide. Together we will offer startups at every stage (from idea to IPO) programs and expertise to continue to advance ecosystems and build a truly national startup network with deep roots in communities. Read more about the partnership here.