America21 - Changing the economic narrative


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The America21 Project is dedicated to changing the economic narrative across urban America, developing inclusive economic strategies and connecting economically disconnected sectors to regional innovation clusters from the pipeline of STEM education to the productivity of high-growth entrepreneurship.

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America21 - Changing the economic narrative

  1. 1. WHAT IS Changing the Economic Narrative America21 seeks to catalyze a new economic movement by transforming 20th century economic narratives thatThe America21 Project? pervade disconnected sectors of urban regions into awareness of, and engagement with, the 21st century global Innovation Economy and set the tone for new inclusive economic policies. Promoting Inclusive Competitiveness America21 seeks to infuse and inculcate the language and strategies of Inclusive Competitiveness among thought leadership, which ensures multi-generational investment that equips all of our nation’s human assets to contribute to the global economic competitiveness of America throughout the 21st century. Connecting the Disconnected America21 is a national nonprofit intermediary that connects 20th century communities to 21st century regional innovation clusters across the urban landscape, from the Pipeline of STEM Education to the Productivity of High-Growth Entrepreneurship.
  2. 2. Since 1980, nearly allWho’s JOB is net new jobs are theit to create result of fast-growing young companies —more JOBS? start-ups fueled by risk capital investments. Kauffman Foundation In 2011, roughly 70,000 companies received more than $52B in funding from angels and venture capitalists. Center for Venture Research Minorities comprise just 7% of entrepreneurs seeking funding and only 4% of angel investors, but represent 36% of the population … and growing.
  3. 3. How are most Today’s economic paradigm is a fast- paced, knowledge-based, tech-driven U.S. jobs global Innovation Economy comprised of three core components:created in the21st century? STEM Education & Workforce Development (science, technology, engineering & math) Entrepreneurship, especially HIGH-GROWTH Access to Capital & Capital Formation (angel investors, venture capital and public-private partnerships) 1.9 million Black-owned businesses produced LESS than 1% GDP in 2007. More than 1.8 million of those businesses were sole proprietors with ZERO employees.
  4. 4. Who willcreate jobs in the future? 64% of Hispanic and 63% of Black Americans ages 18-34 want to start their own businesses. Only 5% own a business. Kauffman Foundation Unemployment among youth is 22%. For Black youth it’s 45%.
  5. 5. What is the Changing the Narrative Blogging, interviews and columnsAmerica21 Articles in national publications Seminars & Workshops Conference programming at journalists conventionsapproach? Development of minority media entrepreneur workshops Strategic relationships across media industry Development of STEM-focused programs Relationship with White House HBCU Initiative Promoting Inclusive Competitiveness Alliance with Nortech in Cleveland, OH Relationship with Jumpstart America Planning Committee member, SBIR conference, Portland, OR Relationships with SBA, NIH, NSF, EDA Relationships with regional, local governments (OH, OR, PA, D.C.) Connecting the Disconnected Development of STEM-focused programs, Philadelphia, PA Development of Urban Innovation Roundtable, Portland, OR Startup Funding Panel / Leadership Luncheon, Philadelphia, PA Leadership Discussion on Entrepreneurship, Univ of Portland, OR Seminars, speaking engagements (AL, D.C., PA, OR, OH, MI) Gathering of Angels Summit (Rutgers Univ. Newark, NJ) Partnership with Black Ivy Alumni League Partnership with NBDPA Partnership with Black professional STEM associations
  6. 6. HBCU STARTUP INITIATIVE From Pipeline to Productivity Seminar Innovators Pitching Funding Series Workshop Clinic StartupsCultivating a culture of innovationAn initiative of The America21 Project currently under development
  7. 7. What am I doing tocreate more JOBS? Johnathan Holifield, Esq. America21 Co-founder Chief Strategist & Evangelist Chad Womack, Ph.D. America21 Co-founder Managing Director Mike Green America21 Co-founder Communications Director Contact America21: 541-730-2164