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"Oregon Business won a gold award in the 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) western region competition. Editor Linda Baker received the "best individual profile" award for her article The Divide, about Medford resident Mike Green and his effort to bring African-Americans into the new technology economy."
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.
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63% of young Blacks, 64% of young Hispanics seek entrepreneurship
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
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
A21 Interview with investor Daymond John
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
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.
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.
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!
Bloomberg BUSINESSWEEK highlights "Gathering of Angels" at Rutgers University, Nov. 15 & 16.
"Improving Minority Entrepreneurs' Access to Angel Capital"
Eghosa Omoigui: The Mind Inside Intel
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