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Today is a big day for the Startup America Partnership – and for entrepreneurs all across the country looking for immediate resources to grow and create jobs.
The Startup America Partnership just launched its new online network, where U.S. entrepreneurs can establish free membership profiles and unlock resources from over 25 companies – from free software to free business filing to steeply discounted computer hardware. The total value of these resources is over $730 million and climbing, as more and more companies join the Partnership in a coordinated private-sector movement to fuel job creation.
This movement was born in response to President Obama’s call to action for the private sector to accelerate the success of U.S. entrepreneurs, who create the overwhelming majority of new jobs in every corner of this country. The Startup America Partnership is independent of the Federal government, and is run by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.
The Obama Administration is committed to doing its part to help America’s entrepreneurs succeed. As part of the White House-led Startup America campaign, agencies across the Federal government are rolling out new efforts to increase access to capital, cut red tape, and accelerate innovation.
And now the President has called on Congress to do even more. The American Jobs Act includes a wide range of measures that will fuel innovation and entrepreneurship by further unleashing access to capital for high-growth companies – and by cutting taxes for America’s small and growing businesses.
But the private sector can also play a critical role in our national effort to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship across the Nation. That’s why the Startup America Partnership is mobilizing the expertise and resources of the private sector, with the goal of promoting the growth of at least 100,000 entrepreneurs over the next three years.
So are you starting up, ramping up, or speeding up? Are you looking for talent, services, expertise, customers, or capital? Wherever you are across the country, the Startup America Partnership is open for business.
Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Policy at OSTP
Doug Rand is Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director at OSTP