Startup America is a privately funded, highly touted organization with three goals: “Provide valuable resources and connections to help young companies grow. Support regional startup ecosystems throughout the country. Recognize startups as the drivers of our economy and their founders as American heroes.”
The organization, chaired and co-founded by America Online founder Steve Case, is sponsored by heavy hitting companies and organizations like The Case Foundation, American Express, Dell, Intuit, and Microsoft. According to the organization’s website, it has put together over $1 billion in financial commitments to support the growth of startup companies and entrepreneurs in the United States.
It was just announced that the organization is moving from its long, StartupAmericaPartnership.org domain name to the far more memorable and manageable S.CO. Terms of the deal were not released, but ownership of S.CO is still in the name of the .CO Registry, so it may not have been bought by the organization.
Press Release below
Washington, DC – Feb. 2, 2012–The Startup America Partnership today announced that it has rebranded from www.StartupAmericaPartnership.org to the short, memorable web address S.co, making it easier than ever for startups to find the site, register, and access more than $1.2 Billion in partner offerings focused on helping them grow. Thanks to a new partnership with .CO Internet, registered Startup America firms can now also acquire their very own .CO domain name at no cost for one full year.
“Being able to build a business on a simple, meaningful domain name that people can remember is so important for young companies and we’re excited to now offer that opportunity to our startups through our partnership with the .CO team,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “I’m also personally looking forward to saving millions of keystrokes per year with our new web address!”
The .CO web address has been attracting the attention of the startup community, with more than 1 million .CO web addresses registered in the year since its launch. In rebranding to S.co, the Startup America Partnership joins the ranks of other leading organizations that are using .CO domain names to more easily connect with their audiences, including Twitter (t.co), Angel List (Angel.co), The Founder Institute (FI.co), Om Malik (OM.co), and 500 Startups (500.co), among others.
“As a startup ourselves, we’re incredibly inspired by the work that the Startup America Partnership is doing to help young companies to grow – giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to drive the economy forward,” said Juan Diego Calle, CEO of .CO Internet. “By giving our fellow startups free access to their perfect .CO domain names, we hope to inspire the world’s next generation of great businesses to build the future online.”
Earlier this week, the Startup America Partnership celebrated its one year anniversary as fourteen Startup Regions across the country hosted events to celebrate entrepreneurs and highlight local startups. Young companies in these regions and throughout the United States should register now in order to access a personalized online dashboard, with which they can connect to resources and find the most relevant offerings based on their specific needs, stage of growth, and location. They also have access to an exclusive online community of other founders and startup team members where they can interact with Partnership representatives, share best practices and support their fellow entrepreneurs.
Whether upgrading from an existing web address or starting an online presence from scratch, effective today, Startup America Firms will also have access to register a free .CO domain name for one year.
For more information about the Startup America Partnership, please visit www.s.co.
About the Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in response to President Obama’s call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The Partnership is bringing together an alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are founding partners. American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft are sponsors. The Partnership will identify, measure and report on the effectiveness of cross-sector collaboration in support of entrepreneurial ventures and its effect on job creation and growth.For more information on the Partnership, visit www.s.co and follow us at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica.