Inclusive Competitiveness: A Bipartisan Economic Movement for 2016

Inclusive Competitiveness: A Bipartisan Economic Movement for 2016 By Mike Green July 3, 2014 When it comes to presidential election issues, Americans are fairly consistent. The economy is one of the top concerns of voters across the board. So, when 250 of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful policymakers gathered recently to discuss how to transform the current system of capitalism in America you might’ve expected the entire nation to holds... Read More

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

NorTech, Cleveland Fed, Address Regional Economics and Building Inclusive Brain Hubs

NorTech, Cleveland Fed, Address Regional Economics and Building Inclusive Brain Hubs Northeast Ohio is reeling from the effects of an economy too dependent upon 20th century manufacturing. As the 21st century advanced manufacturing sector attempts a slow rebound, one of the challenges facing the region is diversifying its workforce and entrepreneurial landscape to develop what Sandra Pianalto, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland calls... Read More

America21 Co-hosts Closing the Wealth Gap, Sept. 19

America21 will co-host a forum on Closing the Wealth Gap on Sept. 19, 2012 in Washington D.C. at B’s Restaurant in Union Station from 4 pm to 8 pm.     See the slides below for more information. Limited seating. Get your tickets here while they last. Share this:  Read More

High-growth Entrepreneurs Set Pace for Revenue, Job Growth

High-Growth Entrepreneurs Setting Pace for Revenue Growth and Job Creation Says Ernst & Young LLP Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® finalists employ close to 700,000 and generate more than $165 billion in revenue.   Editor’s note: By comparison, 1.9 million Black-owned businesses produced $137.5B in revenue in 2007 (before the economic collapse). 1.8 million of those businesses were sole proprietors with zero employees.  NEW... Read More

Black Founders: Ideas are Worthless!

It’s an unspoken rule across the landscape of entrepreneurship and investing: Ideas are worthless. Ironically, it’s not the idea that wins investment and compels an angel or venture capital investor to write a five-, six- or seven-figure check. It’s the founders in whom the investors are making a bet. And it’s the capacity of the founders to execute an idea that draws attention, not simply the idea itself. Of course, the idea... Read More

What Black American Innovators need to produce jobs

What Black American Innovators Need to Produce Jobs By Mike Green April 29, 2012 Originally written for Dominion of New York. See full article here.   Black Americans are no strangers to entrepreneurship. But sheer numbers of entrepreneurs do not translate into fast-growing companies that create jobs. Case and point: The Census Bureau Statistics data show a 60 percent spike in Black entrepreneurship between 2002 and 2007, equivalent to 1.9 million... Read More

Why aren’t Black media talking about JOBS?

By Mike Green April 7, 2012 President Obama signed into law the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) on April 5, 2012. The historic law slightly alters the economic game across America that has long been tilted in favor of the wealthy. The new law opens the field of investing in high-growth startups and allows access for millions of Americans who do not meet the previous standard of $1M net worth and a minimum of $200K in new income — a standard... Read More

A21 speaks at White House on Inclusive Competitiveness

  CLEVELAND, OH: On March 9, the White House will host a gathering of business leaders for a day of exchanging ideas on economic development, innovation and job creation. The America21 Project will address the issue of “inclusive competitiveness.” Inclusive Competitiveness Johnathan M. Holifield, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist for The America21 Project (America21) will join senior Obama Administration officials and fellow business... 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

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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