By Mike Green The Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative is changing it’s name (not vision and mission) to become The America21 Project. We need your support. And we’re asking you to make some choices. Choose to pass on this blog post to others in your networks. Choose to support our mission with a financial contribution. Choose to support us by sponsoring our upcoming Black Angels and Entrepreneurs Forum with the Center for... Read More
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MUST LISTEN: Johnathan Holifield, co-founder of America21, and VP of Inclusive Competitiveness at Nortech in Northeast Ohio is joined by a stellar cast of intellectual heavyweights who offer insight into the challenges and opportunities the nation faces in the 21st century global innovation economy.
Click the image above to listen.
(MUST SEE!) Jace Hall: Defying the Odds
Please forgive the long intro (it's a pilot episode).
This interview with Jace Hall is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand how a kid from the "hood" can grow up to be CEO of his own company and earn millions in the technology industry.
Oregon Business profiles Mike Green
Is Paul Graham right on startup diversity?
Paul Graham, partner at one of the most successful startup accelerators in the country, Y Combinator, says the lack of diversity across the startup accelerator landscape is due to a lack of diversity in the applicant pool.
Is he right?
63% of young Blacks, 64% of young Hispanics seek entrepreneurship
Angels funding more women-owned startups
Money is a key ingredient for high-growth, job-creating companies. Traditionally women have shied away from using outside funding. As a result, their businesses have grown slowly and created fewer jobs.
But that seems to be changing. For the last two years, angel investors have funded more women-owned businesses than ever before – more than 1,600 per year ...
Read More at Women2.0
Global Economic Advocate
Who are the young rising affluent?
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends, 2012
Portland, Oregon: Future of Work
A21 Interview with investor Daymond John
Angel investing stimulates startups
The Wall Street Journal reports $3.5B was invested in startups and early stage companies by angel investors (apart from venture capital) in the first half of 2011. Kauffman reports nearly all net new job growth is produced by companies 5 years old and less. Where are Black angels?
See Mike Green's
Huffington Postpiece: Angel Investing in Startups Stimulates Job Growth
A21 ‘Gathering of Angels’
Newark, NJ: The historic "Gathering of Angels" at Rutgers Business School blessed minority entrepreneurs with many investment opportunities.
Mike Green in The WaPo
Portland, OR: Minority InnovationCNN's documentary, "Black in America Part 4: New Promised Land, Silicon Valley," stirred much controversy around the nation. In Portland, Oregon it stirred leaders to take action.
How to build a black Silicon Valley
Kelly Virella attended The America21 Project's "Gathering of Angels" at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ, produced in partnership with The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED).
Kelly wrote about the experience in Dominion of New York: The Best of Black New York.
Check out Kelly's poignant prose by clicking here.
Creating an ‘ecosystem’ for minority entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur magazine attended The America21 Project's "Gathering of Angels" at Rutgers Business School.
Read the writeup here.
The America21 Project (formerly BICI)
The "Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative" is now "The America21 Project." (more)
Gangsta moves in the innovation economy
Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle spotlights The America21 Project. Thanks Derek!
Who are the black 1 percent?
The historic "Occupy Wall Street" movement, which has permeated much of American society and spawned "Occupy" copycats across the country, has triggered a mantra: "We are the 99%."
The 99 percenters are people protesting the power of the 1 percent who control and manage much of the wealth, power and influence in America. But who are the Black 1 percent?
The Grio delves into that question. The answer might surprise you.
A21 & CUEED Thank you letterGathering of Angels was a huge success! Here's why.
Bloomberg BUSINESSWEEK highlights "Gathering of Angels" at Rutgers University, Nov. 15 & 16.
"Improving Minority Entrepreneurs' Access to Angel Capital"
Diversity in Tech Industry: Data Report
Eghosa Omoigui: The Mind Inside Intel
12 hard-won lessons in entrepreneurship
Will you compete in this game?
Competition Results from 2010:
$21.8 billion was invested in 3,277 deals nationwide in 2010, an increase of 19 percent in dollars and a 12 percent rise in the number of deals over the prior year, according to the report released Jan. 28 2011 by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
Read article in Miami Herald
Global Competition Heats Up
A university in New Zealand now offers a "Graduate Certificate in Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship."
read announcement at TVNZ
Is your idea worth $150,000?
Angel investors agree to offer every company in the Y Combinator business incubator $150K without ever seeing the companies!
Read TechCrunch article
Serious in Singapore
Thomas Friedman weighs in on how and why Singapore is successful while the U.S. is flailing. Ironically, he concludes that Singapore sent its economic leaders to the U.S. to learn from us.
Read Friedman's opinion in New York Times
Innovation Park is Notre Dame's innovation
Universities expecting to compete in the 21st century Innovation Economy may want to imitate Notre Dame's innovative approach to commercializing university and local community IP.
Read article in The Observer
Lamar Tyler: The Gatekeepers Are Gone
"No one is coming to rescue you." (1:50)
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"Results issued (Jan. 25, 2011) for a revamped national assessment show 12th graders posting the weakest scores compared with their elementary and middle-level peers. Only one in five high school seniors scored at least proficient on the exam. Meanwhile, 34 percent of 4th graders and 30 percent of 8th graders were deemed proficient or better in science on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as 'the nation’s report card.'”
"Education is the pathway out of poverty. For too long poverty has perpetuated ignorance, which feeds discrimination and social segregation ..."
"... the single most important contributor to a nation's economic growth is the number of startups that grow to a billion dollars in revenue within 20 years... new firms — not necessarily small firms — have been responsible for almost all new job creation since 1980."
"Perfect airplane reading, and, it has me thinking about how an entrepreneur gets started. Kudos to Adiga for writing a compelling, dark, fascinating examination of poverty, opportunity, and wealth."
USA Today: For minorities, new 'digital divide' seen
"Researchers have noticed signs of segregation online that perpetuate divisions in the physical world. And blacks and Latinos may be using their increased Web access more for entertainment than empowerment."
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Children's Defense Fund Founder holds parents accountable for academic failures of many Black children
"We do not have a children problem; we have an adult problem. It's adults' responsibility to make a better life for their kids."
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