HP believes that combining the power of information technology with creative
and effective partnerships creates economic and social value for communities
around the world.
Micro businesses, the smallest of small businesses, are the fastest growing
businesses and the biggest source of new jobs globally.1
While more and more low income entrepreneurs are moving toward self-sufficiency,
few are using technology effectively to accelerate their business.
Supporting the growth of nonprofit organizations that provide entrepreneurship
education has been an important step to supporting the growth and success
of micro businesses. Entrepreneurship education organizations provide start-up
assistance, business training, and access to capital and advice to entrepreneurs
and very small businesses in low income communities. There is a growing need
for the services of entrepreneurship education programs. However, these programs
operating in underserved communities are trailing in the use and application
of technology to serve their clients.
The 2008 HP Technology for Entrepreneurship Education leadership award
is designed to support the growth of entrepreneurship in underserved communities
in the U.S. Through this program HP seeks to advance the use of technology
in entrepreneurship education programs in order to improve the efficiency,
effectiveness and sustainability of microenterprises. HP’s investments
will focus on providing additional technology access to microentrepreneurs
and in educating and training entrepreneurs in the use of technology to
build and grow their businesses.
Congratulations to the 2008 HP Technology for Entrepreneurship Education
Leadership Award winners:
BiGAUSTIN Austin, TX
Community Business Partnership Springfield, VA
Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute, Inc. Detroit, MI
The Edge Connection Kennesaw, GA
Micro Business Development Denver, CO
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center San Francisco, CA
Women's Initiative for Self Employment San Francisco, CA