Six months ago, we joined together at the White House in a room packed full of entrepreneurs, to celebrate the launch of Startup America. In President Obama’s words, “Startup America [is] a national campaign to help win the future by knocking down barriers in the path of men and women in every corner of this country hoping to take a chance, follow a dream, and start a business.”
Throughout this Administration, we understand that young companies are responsible for virtually all new job growth across the U.S., and we are committed to accelerating entrepreneurial success. So what has the Obama Administration accomplished over the past 180 days since launching the Startup America initiative?
This is not a job for government alone. In response to the President’s call to action to join this effort, the new Startup America Partnership, an independent private-sector alliance, has already mobilized more than $400 million in private-sector commitments to provide products, services, mentorship and funding to scale and grow tens of thousands of U.S. startups over the next three years.
This is just the beginning of an all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure that America remains the greatest place on earth to start and grow a new company. Tomorrow, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDirector Alejandro Mayorkas and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness will highlight steps the Administration is taking to ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world to invest their talents, skills, and ideas to grow our economy and create American jobs – watch it live.
Of course, policy pronouncements are one thing – what does all of this mean to actual startups? Over the next week, the White House blog will highlight how these Startup America policy initiatives have made a difference for real entrepreneurs who are taking bold risks and creating jobs across the country.
Karen Mills is Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Aneesh Chopra is U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Associate Director for Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy