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U.S. Chamber Expands Programs for Young Entrepreneurs

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 7:00pm

Initiative Complements White House’s ‘Startup America’ Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a $1 million expansion of its K-12, college, and post-graduate entrepreneurship education efforts. The Chamber’s programs will bolster the private sector component of the White House’s new “Startup America” initiative, a national campaign to promote entrepreneurship.

“All of America’s businesses started as an idea—an idea brought to reality by hard working entrepreneurs,” said Stan Anderson, managing director for the U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise, who attended today’s launch of ‘Startup America’ at the White House. “These are the dreamers and the innovators that are the foundation of our economy. This campaign will help the innovators, thinkers, and doers of tomorrow continue building the American Dream.”

The Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise and the National Chamber Foundation will invest more than $1 million during 2011 in K-12, college, and post-graduate entrepreneurial education by forming new partnerships with Students in Free Enterprise and the Kairos Society and expanding existing partnerships with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and Junior Achievement. This includes:

  • Students in Free Enterprise – targeting 50 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) campuses (one per state) to work with local chambers of commerce to create projects promoting entrepreneurship, culminating in an American Free Enterprise Impact Report.
  • Kairos Society – sponsoring the 50 most innovative student startups, and to be announced in February at the Kairos Global Summit, to give a voice to the world’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C. so they can more easily navigate the hurdles of getting a business up and running.
  • Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour – reaching more than 50 college campuses to communicate the benefits of free enterprise and inspire the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
  • Junior Achievement Partnership – commissioning a nationwide survey—the first of its kind—to measure high school students’ knowledge of the free enterprise system.

The Campaign for Free Enterprise is committed to protecting and encouraging entrepreneurship. Our campaign is a non-partisan effort to raise the awareness of the American public to the values of a strong free enterprise system, of which entrepreneurship is a critical part.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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