SBA seeks help with “Entrepreneurial Mentoring and Education for High-Growth companies”

From: Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:09 AM
Subject: Entrepreneurial Mentoring and Education RFI

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment published a Request for Information (RFI) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 to collect input from the public on ideas for creating and leveraging existing entrepreneurial mentoring and education programs for early stage, high-growth companies.  To see the description in the Federal Register, copy and paste the following url into your browser. Be sure to include the black type as well as the blue.

http://frwebgate2.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/PDFgate.cgi?WAISdocID=nonCNu/0/2/0&WAISaction=retrieve

High-growth, early stage entrepreneurs face long odds; however, certain programmatic initiatives could significantly increase their chances to succeed. Mentoring relationships between seasoned entrepreneurs and early-stage entrepreneurs, as well as entrepreneurial education programs geared towards the high-growth community can help these companies reach higher probabilities of success and encourage a sustainable, innovation-based ecosystem.

The objectives of the RFI are the following: 1) to understand if the needs of high-growth companies and entrepreneurs differ from “main street” businesses; 2) how successful models for entrepreneur mentoring and education can be applied to this group of early-stage companies; and 3)how to scale successful entrepreneur mentoring and education programs more widely.

Responses to the RFI will be due on Monday, July 12, 2010 and will be used to inform policy discussions on entrepreneurial mentoring and education.  For any questions on the RFI, please email RFI_Entrepreneurship@sba.gov

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