About The Startup America Partnership

 

The Startup America Partnership supports a national network of startup communities dedicated to advancing the success of American startups. Hundreds of passionate founders, entrepreneurial leaders, investors, mentors and executives, (Startup Champions), are working together to strengthen their local communities and help young companies grow.

As a national organization we are dedicated to helping our Startup Champions create strong startup ecosystems in every state. Champions in cities from Des Moines to New Orleans, Nashville to Burlington are strengthening their local startup networks and engaging young companies to help them grow organically in their hometown. 

We highlight the importance of startups as innovators and job creators. We give startups access to the relationships, opportunities, and knowledge they need to succeed. We celebrate entrepreneurship as a core American value. We aspire to make creating or joining an American startup the most desirable job in the world. 

 Together We’ll Startup America!

 

Startup America is a national network of state initiatives (Startup Regions), built by local entrepreneurs to benefit local Startup Members. These communities are supported by local investors, universities and government as well as by the Startup America Partnership's National Corporate PartnersSponsorsBoard + Team.

 

Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in January 2011. The Administration is an important partner of ours with whom we work closely. However, we are not overseen or funded by the federal government. The Administration has its own Startup America initiative.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation provided the initial funding for the Startup America Partnership. Our corporate sponsors are American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., NYSE Euronext, and Microsoft. We have not received any funding from any government organization.

 

On Decebmer 6, 2012, The Kauffman Foundation released a white paper entitled “The Startup Uprising,” which documents the first 18 months of Startup America and how we’ve evolved in that time. Read the full white paper here to learn more about our history and what's ahead.

What is the Startup America Partnership?

The Startup America Partnership team supports a National Network of Startup Communities dedicated to advancing the success of American startups. Hundreds of Startup Champions (passionate founders, entrepreneurial leaders, investors, mentors and executives) are working together to strengthen their local communities and help young companies grow.

What are the Startup Regions?

Driven from within each state's various startup communities and led by entrepreneurs themselves, Startup Regions are locally-owned and inclusive initiatives. The Regions increase community awareness of the importance of startups to their local economy, rally together around the Startup America principles, identify "big ideas" that will really drive change, collectively work together to make a lasting impact, and celebrate their own entrepreneurs as American heroes.

How do I connect with my Region?

Local leaders (Startup Champions) and entrepreneurs can get connected through their local region, click here to find your region.

How are you helping startups?

Our National Team is organizing and supporting strong regional startup communitites in every state. Champions in cities from Des Moines to New Orleans, Nashville to Burlington are strengthening their local startup networks and engaging young companies to help them grow organically in their hometown. We connect startups to the relationships, opportunities, and knowledge they need to succeed. 

Which startups are you helping?

All U.S.-based for-profit startup companies that meet the below criteria and have the potential for high-growth will qualify for membership. We’ve classified the different stages of a startup company as follows: 

  • Startup: At least *two people have created a business entity with the ambition to build a scalable company. (*Two people = one founder and one co-founder, or one founder and one part-time or full-time employee.) Founding date is no more than five years prior to application date. 

  • Rampup: A team of five or more people that has secured at least two customers and has a clear focus on customer growth. Founding date is no more than ten years prior to application date.

  • Speedup: A company that employs at least 25 people and has established a revenue run-rate of $10MM or more. Founding date is no more than ten years prior to application date. 

While we celebrate and have resources for those in the idea phase, we are focused on helping young companies that are currently startups, rampups or speedups.

What data are members required to provide?

We ask all members for founder, employee and current revenue data in order to track the progress of startups in aggregate. Members are asked to keep all data updated quarterly. In order to show startups as job creators who are vital to our Nation’s economic success, it is mandatory that all members provide this data. We want all of our members to be counted. Find our Terms of Use here

Is my company data secure?

We maintain the security and privacy of all member data. We never share individual company data with people or organizations, including partners and sponsors. Only aggregate data is public and used for reporting purposes, as indicated above.

Why just “young companies”?

Companies less than five years old account for all of the net job growth in our country between 1980 and 2005. These firms have the potential to one day employ hundreds, if not thousands of workers. Of course, we love all entrepreneurs, but in order to drive significant job creation over the next three years, we are focused on existing startups that have the potential for high growth. These high-growth startups can be in any industry and from any region of the country.

How is the Startup America Partnership funded?

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation provided the initial funding for the Startup America Partnership. Our corporate sponsors are American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., NYSE Euronext, and Microsoft. We have not received any funding from any government organization.

What is your relationship with the White House Administration?

We were launched at the White House in January 2011, and the Administration is an important partner of ours with whom we work closely. However, we are not overseen or funded by the federal government. The Administration has its own Startup America initiative.

Do you provide any capital or grants?

We are not a grant-making entity.

Who is leading the Startup America Partnership?

Our CEO is Scott Case, a proven entrepreneur who was the founding CTO of Priceline.com. Our Chairman is Steve Case, AOL co-founder and current CEO and chairman of Revolution, LLC, and the chairman of the Case Foundation. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation also provides leadership to the Partnership. Our all-entrepreneur board can be seen here.