HP Joins the White House in Fueling Innovation and EntrepreneurshipPALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011
On the occasion of President Barack Obama’s launch of Startup America, HP today announced new support for entrepreneurship through educational and technological outreach to startups and small business owners across the United States.
HP joins The Startup America Partnership, an independent private sector alliance responding to the President’s call to action in bringing together top entrepreneurs, startup firm funders, CEOs, university presidents, foundations and other leaders to help entrepreneurial companies start and grow.
HP, represented by HP Startup Central, a network supporting entrepreneurship and startup growth, and HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE), a global program that uses technology to help entrepreneurs establish and sustain growth, joins President Obama’s coalition, extending the company’s commitment to empowering innovators through entrepreneurial tools and market access.
“At HP, we know what it takes to build a startup ‘from the garage up,’ and we see a huge opportunity for our technology, expertise and relationships to support entrepreneurs,” said Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Whether their ‘garage’ days help them grow into small enterprises, move toward successful acquisition or emerge as industry giants, entrepreneurs will find HP is with them all the way.”
“Entrepreneurship is in HP’s DNA,” said Marc Dangeard, founder of Entrepreneur Commons and StartupCause, a collective of entrepreneur support organizations. “More than any other technology provider, HP supports new models that incubate and accelerate innovation and the success that grows from it. This delivers a ‘best of both worlds’ approach, combining the momentum of grassroots movements and collaborative models with HP-scale innovation, access to customers, technical resources and product excellence.”
Leading technology analyst and entrepreneurial leader Chris Shipley further acknowledged HP’s role in supporting entrepreneurship: “If we are to catalyze economic development and job growth in America, we must create a vibrant ecosystem that reaches out from technology innovation centers, grafting entrepreneurial best practices onto the root stock of cities and towns throughout the country and building a rich network to support startups on their path to sustainability. HP’s Startup Central is a vital node in this network, providing key resources to young, innovative companies and helping them to sustain growth.”
More information about HP Startup Central is available at http://www.hp.com/go/startupcentral, via Twitter at http://twitter.com/hpstartup and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/HP-StartupCentral/193744257309372.
More information about HP LIFE is available at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/socialinnovation/hplife.html and http://www.life-global.org/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HPLIFE.