1776 Commerce Department
When Evan Burfield and Donna Harris set out to create 1776 in Washington DC they were looking to create a global startup incubator and seed fund in the heart of the nation’s capital. Part of that mission was to cultivate high level relationships between startups, the US government and governments abroad. So far they haven’t disappointed.
From the 1776 global challenge cup to visits from President Barrack Obama or the Prime Minister of England David Cameron, 1776 is exceeding expectations again and again, especially when it comes to government relations.
Working with the Federal Government as a customer can be tricky and many startups are reaping the benefits of relationships in that arena via 1776. But what about working with governments abroad?
In a press release earlier this month Harris highlighted a new relationship between the US Department of Commerce, 1776 as well as other startup incubators in Arlington, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Department of Commerce to help startups realize their products have incredible market opportunities not just here at home, but also overseas,” Harris said. “At 1776, we’ve been working to identify the world’s best startups, and help them understand that the solutions they offer can change the way millions of people live and do business throughout the world.”
“The Obama Administration wants to ensure that all of our entrepreneurs have the best opportunity to succeed – because start-ups are key sources of economic growth and job creation,” said US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “In fact, across a wide range of sectors and regions, entrepreneurs and small business owners have generated more than 65 percent of net new jobs over the last two decades. The Startup Global initiative will help entrepreneurs and early-stage companies to think global from day one by providing the know-how and technical assistance they need in order to export their goods and services. Startup Global will expand our International Trade Administration’s client base to include startups – a critical part of ensuring that Commerce partners with American firms, whether small businesses, medium-sized enterprises, or large multinationals.”
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