The America21 Project - Changing the Economic Narrative


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The America21 Project is a national nonprofit dedicated to changing the economic narrative across Black and Urban America.

America21 promotes an Inclusive Competitiveness economic strategy in a fast-paced, knowledge-based, tech-driven global innovation economy.

America21 promotes an economic framework from the pipeline of education to the productivity of entrepreneurship based on three core pillars of the Innovation Economy:

STEM Education
(science, technology, engineering and math)

High-Growth Entrepreneurship

Access to Capital and Capital Formation

America21 seeks to connect economically disconnected communities and sectors with regional innovation clusters to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the nation by investing in all of America's talent pools.

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The America21 Project - 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 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 (Success: Rutgers Univ. / Nov 2011) Partnership with Black Ivy Alumni League Partnership with NBDPA Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference (Cleveland)
  6. 6. Cultivating a culture of innovationMay 21-22, 2012Cleveland, Ohio
  7. 7. Attendee TestimonialsIt was an honor to be involved in the nation’s first Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference.America21 and BioEnterprise put together an amazing conference with excellent speakers and thought provoking content. The conference outlined the challengesand opportunities that the minority biomedical community has in areas such as capital access, opportunity access and research dollar access and offered concreteideas on how to make progress against these issues.I hope this is the first of many of these conference during which we will be able to mark our progress against these challenges.Paul CohnVice President and Regional DirectorThe Ohio Capital Fund***The first Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference (MBEC) created an environment where minorities, especially African-Americans in science and math,could network. I had a chance to meet distinguished minority physicians and entrepreneurs that were willing and eager to discuss their career paths and insights insecuring resources and funds to start a business.Networking with colleagues of the same interest, along with the multiple panel discussions, was a great success for the first annual MBEC. This platform will be atremendous asset in helping integrate minority science and technology businesses in the future.Nyoka LovelaceWeatherhead School of ManagementCase Western Reserve University***The Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference can provide a road map for youth to find their way into the field of science and technology. I can see greatpotential within the Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference potentially making Cleveland the Mecca of the world within the Science and BiomedicalSpace.Craig Brown, Ph.D.National Vice PresidentNBDPA*** Click for More About the MBEC
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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 Pipeline to Productivity STEM Education • High-Growth Entrepreneurship • Access to Capital Contact America21: 541-730-2164 Contact America21 today to see how you can support efforts to advance a 21st century inclusive economic framework that benefits all Americans.