America21 to lead panel at White House HBCU Summit
America21 will Moderate a Panel on the Economic Strategy of Inclusive Competitiveness at the White House HBCU/MSI Summit on Entrepreneurship
WASHINGTON D.C. — The White House is hosting a Summit on Entrepreneurship for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) on April 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Education (DoED). The White House Summit on Entrepreneurship seeks to create awareness and increase entrepreneurial resources for educational institutions with a focus on serving minority students.
Johnathan M. Holifield, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist for The America21 Project (America21) will join leaders from HBCUs/MSIs, government experts and business owners to explore opportunities for solutions addressing economic challenges within under-served communities. Holifield was selected to moderate the non-governmental panel discussion and will encourage the Obama Administration to adopt a national economic strategy of Inclusive Competitiveness, consisting of detailed metrics to measure — and strategies to improve — the level of performance of African and Latino Americans in targeted innovation clusters and ecosystems and industry sectors.
Partnership to Increase HBCU Innovation and Competitiveness
America21, the first and only national voice for accelerating the growth of African and Latino American prosperity through increased innovation capacity and economic competitiveness, has partnered with the Northeast Ohio Regional Technology Coalition (NorTech) to seed Inclusive Competitiveness in Northeast Ohio and is similarly partnering with regional innovation-based economic development organizations in three additional urban regions.
“America21 developed Inclusive Competitiveness as a federal policy and programmatic solution to help HBCUs continually evolve – adopting an education and economic paradigm that attracts more investments and yields much more entrepreneurial impact,” Holifield said.
“The extraordinarily compelling story of HBCUs is undermined in the 21st century by the absence of a robust entrepreneurship infrastructure. Such infrastructure is needed to realize commercialization and technology transfer opportunities that can generate much bigger economic impact and draw new resources to the institutions. Not only must America become more competitive, America21 firmly holds that we must become more inclusively competitive – and HBCUs are key assets.”
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