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The innovation door to the University of New Mexico
Mission: To support UNM and its partners as the source of innovation management and commercial development. Our vision is to play a vital role in New Mexico's economic development and to be an innovator in technology
commercialization worldwide.
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Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women's full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth.  Astia offers programs for high-growth start-ups that deliver results.

Austen Goolsbee, Chief Economist at PRERAB

Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago

Council of Entrepreneurial Development

CED is a community of people inspired by entrepreneurship, and includes a wide range of members including startup companies, more mature growth-stage firms, investors, service partners, academics, and individuals.

The Edward Lowe Foundation

Mission: To champion the entrepreneurial spirit by providing information, research and educational experiences that support entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system, consistent with the intentions of our founders, Edward and Darlene Lowe.

Kauffman Foundation

Mission: To help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman. is designed for individuals working at all levels to support business growth and economic development. This includes economic developers, entrepreneur support organizations, public and private business-development groups and membership organizations. In addition, our tool benefits journalists and policymakers by giving them a new way to look at the composition of their business community and follow business activity.

Startup America Partnership

Entrepreneurs are at the heart of the Startup America Partnership. We’re bringing together a coalition of mentors, advisors, funders, major corporations and service providers to deliver strategic and substantive resources to help entrepreneurs start and scale companies.

National Venture Capital Association

Funding innovation. Empowering entrepreneurs.

Angel Capital Education Foundation

Mission: The Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF) is a charitable organization devoted to education, information and research about angel investing for investors, entrepreneurial support organizations, university faculty and students, and policy makers.

Angel Capital Association

Mission: To support the growth, financial stability and investment success of its member angel groups by sharing best practices and industry data, providing professional development, and promoting group membership, networking
and collaboration. 

Second Stage Business Development

The 2nd Stage Business Development Initiative was formed to nurture established, homegrown, businesses as a way to promote economic development. We’re targeting Stage Two or Second Stage by raising awareness of what Stage Two companies are, showing those companies what existing resources are available to them, and by creating new programs to help them achieve greater success.

Palindrome Advisors

Palindrome Advisors is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change how leaders give back.  With over one hundred Founding Advisors and thirty nonprofit partners, Palindrome links the nonprofit world with executive level leaders that give back through a number of programs, including but not limited to: serving on the board of a nonprofit (the Palindrome Pledge), mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, engaging in volunteering programs and nonprofit-based salons, and dedicating time and resources to building tools specifically for nonprofit partners.

Women's Innovative Network

Women's Innovation Network (WIN) is a nonprofit organization for women entrepreneurs, and fosters massive business growth through innovation, inclusion, and inspiration.

Start-Up America Partners

American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.


Will provide training to approximately 6,000 entrepreneurs within 50 cities by January 2014. Training is provided through intermediary organizations trained and supported by Cisco.  Cisco’s support is valued at over $3 million.

First Data

A global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, will offer significant discounts on processing services including credit and debit acceptance as well as point-of-sale terminals to Startup America Partnership member companies.

Earnst & Young

Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) has made a substantial commitment valued at more than $7.5 million to work with Startup America Partnership and their high-potential Speedup companies.  By leveraging EY professionals and the Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) network as advisors and mentors, and by providing access to relevant thought leadership, on-line resources and other analytical tools, EY will help these Speedup companies to more fully exploit their growth opportunities.  Winners of the EOY program represent the largest network of high growth entrepreneurs in America.


Google is committing up to $100 million to Startup America Partnership member companies to enable entrepreneurs to promote their companies with Google advertising over the next year.


To further its initial commitment to the Startup America Partnership announced as part of January’s launch at the White House, HP, the largest Information Technology company in the world by revenue, will offer discounts across its commercial product categories (laptops, desktops, workstations, Palm smartphones, tablets, printers, wireless routers, servers, and more), to Startup America Partnership member companies. HP’s commitment – and potential savings for startups – is estimated to be $100M over three years. Details will be announced through the Startup America program once the application process to become a Startup America Partnership member begins.


IndieGoGo has agreed to offer Startup America Partnership member companies and entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise $30 million of funding at a 50% discount on campaign fees.  IndieGoGo will also feature their campaigns on a newly created Startup America Partner Page on the company's website.


Intuit Inc. will invest $37 million in products and services to promote high-growth entrepreneurship across the country. Intuit’s commitments include special offers and pricing for the company’s  flagship products and services, including QuickBooks Online, Intuit Payroll Services, QuickBooks Merchant Services and Intuit Websites.


LinkedIn will serve as the platform on which Startup America Partnership member companies can build their identity, grow their networks, and gain insights to help make them more productive and successful.   LinkedIn will also contribute training, services, and products to Startup America Partnership member companies.


Microsoft will offer its BizSpark program, established in 2008, to all qualified software startups in the Startup America Partnership.  The program currently serves more than 38,000 startups worldwide, including 13,000 in the United States. It provides access to Microsoft’s extensive software portfolio free of charge for three years including support, training and access to Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud Services Platform. Participants are also connected to a global network of over 700,000 mentors, partners and investors.  In the second half of 2010, companies in the Microsoft BizSpark program raised more than $850M in funding.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology

NCWIT’s role in the Startup America Partnership will include helping high-tech startups to capitalize on the increased innovation and business benefits of gender diversity, and encouraging more people to become founders by promoting the achievements of technical women entrepreneurs. The NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance will work to ensure that high-tech startups have the research, practices, and community necessary to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive technical culture, right from the start.  More than $100K will be invested in this new alliance. will provide products and technology to power the Startup America Partnership community. This entails a CRM implementation, a collaboration platform, a resource catalog built on, and a workflow engine to connect entrepreneurs with resources from private-sector partners. Professional Services will be delivered by Appirio.

Silicon Valley Bank

Will host an exclusive event, which will be shared virtually across the United States, bringing together a number of America’s most promising entrepreneurs,  Startup America Partnership member companies, recognized experts from the venture community, small business evangelists, and other distinguished business leaders, all designed to give entrepreneurs the real world advice and coaching they need to succeed.