Bryant and Operation HOPE Speak at White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit

June, 2011


Office of Communication

May 31, 2011

Obama Administration, Rutgers Business School to Host White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit

Urban Entrepreneurship Summit to focus on ways to best support job growth and economic success in America’s cities to help entrepreneurs compete in the global economy

WASHINGTON, DC— President Barack Obama has laid out a vision to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world – a plan critical for America’s cities.  As entrepreneurship plays a central role in creating jobs and economic opportunity, the Administration is committed to creating public-private partnerships to support current entrepreneurs and spark a new generation of urban entrepreneurs.  

To focus on these initiatives to boost job growth in America’s cities, the White House Business Council, Office of Public Engagement and Domestic Policy Council are partnering with the Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED), Startup America Partnership, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark,  Russell Simmons, the Fund for Public Advocacy – Office of the New York City Public Advocate, Operation HOPE, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for a day-long summit on ways to strengthen urban entrepreneurship.  

This event is open to pre-credentialed media. Media interested in covering the event should email More details about the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit will be released at a later time. Due to limited space, this event is invitation-only.  However, there will be an online component for the public to view the events online.
Featured speakers and panelists:
The Honorable Cory Booker,
Mayor, Newark, New Jersey
Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Derek Douglas, White House Senior Advisor to the President for Urban Affairs
Russell Simmons, Founder, Rush Communications
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.
Paul Quintero, CEO, ACCION USA
Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate
June 6, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Paul Robeson Campus Center (map <> )
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
MEDIA RSVP: Media interested in covering this event should email;, with “Urban Entrepreneurship Summit” in the subject line. Please include first and last name, email address, and media outlet.  
About The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED):  The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick is the first center of its kind in the nation to integrate scholarly works with private capital, government, and non-profit sectors to develop citywide resources and bring renewed economic growth and vitality through urban entrepreneurship. We promote and foster a new generation of urban entrepreneurs who actively seek socially conscious urban renaissance. For more information about CUEED visit  



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