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Startup America Aims to Encourage Enterpreneurship

Several organizations are working to make it easier to get startups off the gr

Although the unemployment level in the U.S. has dropped off in recent months, it is still uncomfortably high, and one of the reasons may be the fact that the number of startups has dwindled over the past few years.

Two former executives have created the

Although the unemployment level in the U.S. has dropped off in recent months, it is still uncomfortably high, and one of the reasons may be the fact that the number of startups has dwindled over the past few years.

Two former executives have created the Startup America Partnership, a group that hopes to teach policymakers and corporate leaders what they can do to support startups as they grow, Bloomberg reports. Steve Case, AOL's co-founder, and Scott Case, Priceline's founding chief technology officer, are working to spread the word about how sponsoring startups with the potential for high-growth can not only mean a stronger return on investment, but could also ease the employment problem.

"In the last five years the number of new startups is down 23 percent," Steve told the news outlet. "If it had stayed at the same level, we’d have two million more jobs in the economy."

The group also aims to serve as a resource for burgeoning entrepreneurs, enabling them to network, get free services and tap a wealth of industry knowledge.

Women-led startups may also start getting more attention from investors, National Public Radio reports. Women Innovate Mobile is "a startup accelerator," the source says, that seeks to give additional boosts to technology companies headed by females.

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