AOL Co-Founder to Head 'Startup America'

Steve Case to lead White House's pro-entrepreneurship campaign
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 9:03 AM CST
AOL Co-Founder to Head 'Startup America'
Steve Case, AOL co-founder and Case Foundation Chairman, looks on at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference at St. John's Center Studio May 25, 2010 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

President Obama's entrepreneurship campaign is getting a helping hand from the tech industry. AOL co-founder Steve Case will lead the "Startup America Partnership," a drive to increase investments in startups and small businesses, Bloomberg reports. The initiative already has the backing of a number of tech giants: Intel says it will invest $200 million in US tech companies; IBM, HP, and Facebook will fund programs to promote and help entrepreneurs.

Case will be joined by other entrepreneurs, business leaders, and officials—including chief White House economist Austan Goolsbee—at today’s Washington, DC, kickoff, which will be followed by a week of events. (More entrepreneurs stories.)

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