[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1515673815844{background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.9) !important;*background-color: rgb(255,255,255) !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2014, we partnered with UP Global to bring the best practices of Startup America Partnership and Startup Weekend to communities around the world. Through this innovative collaboration we seek to unite experienced, sought-after entrepreneurs – the UP Global Ambassadors – with world-class companies to build strong local communities and a global economy through entrepreneurship.

A special initiative developed as a result of this partnership is the UP Forum, a program that brings together leading entrepreneurs from around the world to an emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Forum events facilitate collaboration among  local governments, universities and corporations to set a vision for improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem, provide mentorship to budding entrepreneurs and enable visiting entrepreneurs to bring learnings and expertise back to their home regions.

UP Forum events are slated to take place in Barcelona, Nairobi and other cities around the world in 2015. By learning with our partners around the world, we can continue to use entrepreneurial best practices to strengthen communities, grow economies and spark innovation.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”STARTUP AMERICA PARTNERSHIP” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:%23|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1515666281912{background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.9) !important;*background-color: rgb(255,255,255) !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1515667809247{background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”271″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_column_text]

Launched at the White House on January 31, 2011 the Startup America Partnership was a key coalition of major corporations, advisors, funders, service providers and mentors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs. The Partnership’s work aimed to help entrepreneurs create and scale companies as a critical component of the nation’s job growth and global competitiveness strategy, while celebrating entrepreneurship as a core American value. Steve Case chaired the partnership, while the Ewing Marion Kauffman and the Case Foundation served as founding partners, providing initial funding and strategic guidance.

On May 23, 2013, Startup America Partnership joined forces with Startup Weekend to create UP Global, a combined organization dedicated to empowering the entrepreneurial community and building networks that drive collaboration and strengthen entrepreneurship worldwide. Together they offer startups at every stage (from idea to IPO) programs and expertise to continue to advance ecosystems and build a truly global startup network with deep roots in local communities. We are proud to continue collaborating with UP Global through the UP Forums program.

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