UNCF, Stanford University Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley

UNCF, Stanford University Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley By Mike Green Dec. 9, 2013 Where are black tech innovators in America? It’s a good question that was raised in Silicon Valley two years ago when Angela Benton met legendary investor Mitch Kapor and founded NewMe, the first accelerator in Silicon Valley focused on black startup founders. Soledad O’Brien’s “Black in America” series catalyzed a national debate... Read More

The Illusion of Inclusion: America’s Economic Impediment

The Illusion of Inclusion: America’s Economic Impediment By Mike Green Dec. 4, 2013 America has a black president. That’s certainly a step toward inclusion, right? Today, one of the most recognizable names in the nation is Oprah, who stands among a handful of women in the network of America’s wealthiest elite. Power couples like Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have influence beyond their race. Wealthy black... Read More

Startup Lesson: How To Raise $1M in seed funding

Startups, how do you raise $1M in seed funding? So, you have a good idea. No, you have a great idea, right? You’ve built your product, received positive feedback from customers, gained a little traction in the market, and you need to raise money to scale your startup operation. What is it going to take to get the seed capital you need? Time? How much time? Emails? Phone calls? Meetings? Presentations? Connections. How many intros? Traction.... Read More

MLK Would Support Obama’s JOBS Act

MLK WOULD SUPPORT OBAMA’S JOBS ACT By Mike Green April 16, 2012 On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated — just a few weeks before he was to travel to Washington D.C. with the intent of excoriating a stagnant nation over the issue of the American economy (see video). On April 5, 2012, the most powerful Black man in the world, President Barack Obama, signed into law the historic JOBS Act and opened an unprecedented economic... Read More

Congress approves of crowdfunding; do you?

On Nov. 3, 2011 Congress moved the economically disconnected sectors of society a bit closer to the American Entrepreneurial Dream of owning a business by expanding the landscape of angel investing, which is unfortunately still a foreign concept to the vast majority of Americans who are disconnected from knowledge of the job growth and wealth creation processes across the fruited plains. Paul Allen is a well known investor. He has written a very good... Read More

Angel investors invited to urban innovation summit

  The America21 Project in partnership with The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship &
 Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers University presents … A Gathering of Angels   A National Summit on Building 21st Century Urban Innovation Ecosystems: Connecting Capital and High Growth Entrepreneurs November 15-16, 2011 Rutgers Business School – Newark Campus The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) REGISTER... Read More

The America21 Project: Investing in Urban Innovation

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

Fearing the future for HBCUs

Fearing the future for HBCUs By Johnathan Holifield I’m not a product of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Although a proud West Virginia University Mountaineer, like many Black Americans – I have much love for our HBCUs. Recently, I concluded service to my alma mater as an Advisory Committee member for Eberly College of Arts and Sciences – the college from which I graduated. This experience, supported by others,... Read More

U.S. Innovation and Competiveness Strategy: ‘All Hands On Deck’

Okay, I’ve never been shy about contributing my ideas on myriad social, educational and economic matters, through written public commentary, in appearances before legislative bodies, during one-on-one or community roundtable discussions or even in town hall-style settings. In fact, I have to say that throughout my life and career, I’ve been close to fearless when it comes to expressing my ideas on these topics. In the countless instances where... Read More

Let’s cast down our buckets in the Innovation Economy

Way back in grammar school, I enjoyed writing book reports, especially about famous and historic Black American figures. I recall in the fifth grade bringing home the biography of Booker T. Washington. I was so impressed by Washington’s story, and knowing that my grandfather, the head of our house – the Reverend Lieutenant Beecher Campbell, Sr. – was born and reared in Tuskegee, Alabama, I asked Grandpa about Washington. “Booker T. Washington... Read More

Investing in America’s Growing Assets: Minorities

How will America’s economic portfolio change in the next few decades as we race toward 2050 when racial minorities are expected to emerge as the majority of the U.S. population? Investing today to uplift America’s minority students and innovators seems prudent. Unfortunately, the excitement and energy of a nation that elected its first Black president a few years ago has dissipated. Did we expend all of our energy just to elect him to... Read More

Good news for Innovators: Venture Capital is Back!

(Image: U.S. Treasury Access to Capital Conference Presentation) Policy-makers, economists, investors, economic developers and I have lamented for the past few years the fact that private sector capital had not yet gotten back into the game. The good news for innovators is that in 2010, the venture capital (VC) sector came roaring back, putting $26.2 billion into 2,799 venture deals, a spike of 11 percent from 2009 and a major sign that formerly... Read More

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