Santa Clara, Calif. (Press Release – Sept. 13, 2011) – The Startup America Partnership, an organization working to help young companies grow in order to create jobs in America, today announced the official public launch of its platform for startups. Young companies can now register to become verified Startup America Firms and gain access to resources from more than twenty five leading companies. Fourteen new partners have added another $330 million of private-sector commitments offered by the Partnership.
“Since our launch at the White House in January, we’ve been delighted by how the private sector has stepped up and committed resources that will accelerate the growth of America’s young companies,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “We’re excited to now provide direct access to these amazing offerings that will help maximize the success of startups.”
Young companies interested in becoming Startup America Firms can now apply at www.startupamericapartnership.org. Eligible companies will be designated as a Startup, Rampup or Speedup based on the following criteria:
- Startup: Young companies currently in product/service development formed after January 1, 2006 with two or more employees.
- Rampup: Growing companies with at least five employees that are focused on customer acquisition that have a product or service being utilized by customers.
- Speedup: Hyper-growth businesses with over 25 employees whose expansion is being driven by customer demand and new markets.
Once approved, each Startup America Firm will have access to a personalized dashboard called “My Success Kit,” with which they can manage the resources they choose to take advantage of. The resources fall into five key areas that entrepreneurs find critical to success: Talent, Services, Expertise, Customers and Capital. As part of the platform launch, the web site now also includes a searchable resource directory that firms can use to find the most relevant offerings based on their specific needs, stage of growth, and location.
New corporate commitments to the Startup America Partnership include:
Biz2Credit: Biz2Credit, an online platform of business lenders, is offering Startup America Firms three months of free Premium Membership, free access to its proprietary BizAnalyzer Tool, and 50% discounts on Equifax credit reports, for a total value of nearly $40 million.
BizFilings: BizFilings, a full-service, online incorporation service provider, will provide $1 million in products and services to Startup America Firms.
Dell: Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For eligible Startup America participants, Dell is providing special offers with a potential value of up to $120M.
Dun & Bradstreet: Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, is offering a free 30-day trial of DNBi Professional, including up to five free D&B Reports to all Startup America Firms.
FoundersCard: FoundersCard, a membership community for leading entrepreneurs and innovators, is offering over $7.5 million in value to Startup America Firms by providing special access and preferred rates for membership.
IdeaScale: IdeaScale, a leading innovation software solution for idea management is offering a free one-year corporate license to all Startup America Firms, for a total value of $20 million.
LeadMaster: LeadMaster, a comprehensive online cloud based CRM, is giving up to 10,000 Startup America Firms a fully functional 5 user enterprise level CRM system and helping them set it up. In addition, eliminating the cost for the first quarter and reducing the cost of operation thereafter. The total value of this offer over 3 years is more than $36 million.
oDesk: oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform, is offering oDesk Credits to eligible Startup America Firms that hire an online contractor through the platform, an overall commitment value of $1 million.
QuestionPro: QuestionPro, a web-based service for conducting online surveys, is offering a free one-year corporate license to all Startup America Firms, for a total value of over $17 million.
RapLeaf: Rapleaf, which provides real time demographic data to help companies better understand their users, and is allocating $1 million worth of data to Startup America Firms.
Mentorship: The Startup America Partnership is also announcing four new partnerships focused on expertise, providing thousands of Startup America Firms with training, mentors and advisors. Mentoring partners include The Alternative Board, Vistage International, Entrepreneurs Organization and the Young Entrepreneur Council.
The Partnership also recently announced its four corporate sponsors, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft Corp, and its all-entrepreneur board. For more information, and to register as a Startup America Firm today, please visit www.startupamericapartnership.org.
About the Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in response to President Obama’s call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The Partnership is bringing together an alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are founding partners. American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft are sponsors. The Partnership will identify, measure and report on the effectiveness of cross-sector collaboration in support of entrepreneurial ventures and its effect on job creation and growth. For more information on the Partnership, visit www.startupamericapartnership.org and follow at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica.