Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainable Development

Short Enterprises to Announce Venture with CGI at National Entrepreneurship Summit

October 23, 2014 at 12:51 AM

October 23, 2014 By Janessa C. Price

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Central New York entrepreneur W. Michael Short will announce the launch of an endeavor with the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI-A) at the 4th Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EVB) Conference at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia October 24-26.

The EVB Conference will feature speakers such as Bernie Marcus, Co-founder of Home Depot, and will include courses presented by experts in numerous fields from Syracuse University, Cornell University, UCLA, Texas A&M, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, and Florida State University.

Short will incorporate the announcement of his firm’s CGI-A related project into the course he is teaching at the EVB Conference on Sunday, October 26, which is titled “Using Your Business for Social Good & Civic Engagement.”

“The best way to teach social enterprise is through demonstration and example and my hope is to inspire people to pursue projects with positive impact in their own communities,” said Short. “It is a tremendous honor to be invited to work with this group of inspiring veteran entrepreneurs and it is a privilege to be able to incorporate this announcement as it presents a unique opportunity to show participants a real world example of social entrepreneurship in action that they can learn from.”

The new endeavor being announced, the Startup Insider Initiative, is a CGI-A Commitment to Action and will involve the launch of a new e-publication and web platform for entrepreneurs and small business technical assistance and resource providers throughout the United States. CGI-A Commitments to Action are projects that aim to address significant global, national, or local challenges.

“Startup Insider Initiative represents part one of a multifaceted project that Short Enterprises will unveil in the coming months that will culminate in the creation of a revolutionary financing and funding platform to support the growth of businesses and job creation across the United States,” said Janessa Price, Short Enterprises Interim Communications Director.

Startup Insider is inspired by Short’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative America Community Investing Working Group, which is focused on developing actionable strategies to broaden the domestic social finance market in order to use private capital in areas of small business lending, affordable housing, health and community and economic development. The working group includes leaders from the MacArthur Foundation, Bush Foundation, Ford Foundation, Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley, Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, U.S. Community Reinvestment Fund, Federal Reserve Board, and U.S. Treasury Department, among others.

“This exciting Commitment to Action is a testament to the strength of the group’s talented organizer Nicholas Salter,” said Short.

The Startup Insider Initiative will feature the best and brightest entrepreneurs and businesses from across the U.S and build a network amongst participants in order to facilitate opportunities for growth, expansion and job creation. In addition to providing a space for entrepreneurs to connect, Startup Insider Initiative will focus on engaging young women in the entrepreneurial process, supporting social and civic entrepreneurs and enterprises, fostering an online support community and cross-sector global coalitions in support of youth entrepreneurial programming, and supporting the economic empowerment of veterans through entrepreneurship.

IMG_4474.JPGPictured: W. Michael Short, Short Enterprises, with MBA students collaborating on the project at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Short Enterprises has begun work on the initiatives and secured several partners and collaborators, including Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Whitman School of Management, the NYS Family Business Center at Le Moyne College, and the NYS Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College. 

Newhouse PR Class - Startup Insider Initiative.pngPictured: W. Michael Short, Short Enterprises, with Professor Bob Kucharavey and his undergraduate students collaborating on the project at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.

Discussions are also underway with the international career accelerator, Startup Institute, as a potential collaborator on the project, as well.

“Startup Insider presents a unique opportunity to support budding entrepreneurs and assist them with gaining traction and exposure, sharing ideas, and accessing crucial resources,” said Short. “We’re fortunate to have the support of a number of great organizations and the EVB conference is the perfect venue to announce the launch of our first Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.”

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