About The BICI

THE BICI MISSION STATEMENT

The Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative is a national information platform that catalyzes and fosters collaborative solutions-based approaches to 21st century community economic development. Our platform seeks to:

  • Change the economic narrative across America’s underrepresented populations and both urban and rural regions
  • Promote Inclusive Competitiveness policy and strategies that result in job growth, wealth creation and increased regional economic competitiveness
  • Connect economically disconnected communities to local innovation ecosystems and opportunity

Supported by three essential pillars of innovation:

  • STEM Education and Workforce Development
  • Access to Capital and Capital Formation
  • High-Growth Entrepreneurship

The Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative strategy is to leverage existing assets within urban American communities to create new opportunities, identify and connect to existing value in underrepresented populations, encourage investment in the development of a talent pipeline for high-wage workforce and high-growth entrepreneurial impact, and increase overall national competitiveness in the global Innovation Economy.

The BICI will facilitate a new narrative to inspire free exchange of innovative ideas among community, business, government and education leaders, students and entrepreneurs, with a goal of achieving exponentially greater economic growth and prosperity throughout America.

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The BICI broadly defines the Innovation Economy as the economic era of the late 20th and early 21st centuries marked by radical socioeconomic changes brought about by the globalization of commerce, democratization of information and access to capital, and the exponential growth of entrepreneurship and acceleration of new knowledge creation.

Inclusive Competitiveness is the economic vision, policies, strategies and frameworks that empower underrepresented populations to compete in the innovation economy.

Inclusive Competitiveness: Glossary of Terms as defined by America21 Co-founder, Chief Strategist and Evangelist,  Johnathan Holifield.

Law of Inclusive Competitiveness

No region can sustainably increase economic competitiveness without growing enough of the right people to create and take advantage of that increased economic competitiveness. If your region’s economic competitiveness goals do not focus on inclusion, you simply will not – indeed cannot – grow enough of the right people to build a resilient, economically competitive region.

Inspired by Packard’s Law of Hewlett & Packard Co-Founder, David Packard

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