Small Business Administration Announces a Startup America Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps

March 02, 2011

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a new pilot program that will to support more than 1,000 startup and earlystage firms across the country. The goal of the Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps' (EMC) is to mobilize members of the current generation of successful business owners to mentor and support startups and entrepreneurs to help them become the next generation of great American companies. In February, SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced one of the EMC's first initiatives to match approximately 100 clean energy startups with mentors. Four regional ‘accelerators’ will identify and match mentors with the clean energy startups. The four accelerators funded in the initial stage of the EMC's clean energy project include:

  • CleanTech Open (Bay area and New England);
  • CleanTECH San Diego (Southern California and the Southwest);
  • Clean Energy Trust (Midwest); and,
  • Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (Mountain Region).

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