Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 12, 2012


In support of the Administration’s ongoing commitment to foster innovation and global entrepreneurship, the Secretary will launch the Office of Global Youth Issues’ Startup Youth Initiative today via a video message during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Startup Youth will provide entrepreneurship programs and events in conjunction with the private sector to facilitate opportunities for young entrepreneurs to actualize their ideas, helping promote individual prosperity, job creation and economic growth in communities worldwide.

The first event under the Startup Youth Initiative will be a joint program with Microsoft Corporation through Innovate for Good, a Microsoft YouthSpark program. Microsoft’s Innovate for Good program enables youth to collaborate, inspire and support each other while using technology to make a difference in their communities and provides the tools and resources needed to bring their ideas to reality. Each event will begin with a speaker series that will focus on youth and entrepreneurship led and moderated by Zeenat Rahman, the Secretary’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues, followed by a day-long Microsoft Innovate for Good workshop. Young innovators will spend the day learning skills on how to present and pitch ideas, hearing from leading social innovation and entrepreneurship experts, and leading ideas generated at these events will be "on-boarded" into the Innovate for Good online community where subsequent training and resources will be provided to help these potential ventures become reality.

The inaugural program event, which will occur under the auspices of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit’s Young Entrepreneur Forum, will feature Special Adviser Zeenat Rahman, Dr. Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Microsoft Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, and a leading young entrepreneur, who will discuss the role of partnerships in facilitating the advancement of young entrepreneurs. Following the high level speaker series, a day-long Innovate for Good workshop will be held on December 13, 2012 at the Microsoft Dubai Training Center.

For updates on the Startup Youth Initiative, follow it online at http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftupblog/archive/2012/12/12/startup-youth-initiative.aspx and on Twitter: @zeenat, hash tags #startup_youth and #GlobalYouth. For more information on the Office of Global Youth Issues, please visit http://www.state.gov/globalyouth or https://www.facebook.com/GlobalYouthIssues.

Questions about the Startup Youth Initiative may be directed to Sabeen Malik, MalikS@state.gov or (202) 647-1444.



PRN: 2012/1966