Pritzker Announces New NACIE Members

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Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced a group of advisors focused on global entrepreneurship. Last week, the focus from the Commerce Department turned back toward the U.S. as Pritzker announced the 27 individuals who have been selected to serve on the latest National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

NACIE members will serve as a liaison to the broader entrepreneurship and workforce development communities and advise the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce. The council is co-chaired by Michael Burcham, president and CEO of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Tennessee, James Clements, president of Clemson University in South Carolina, and Marie Lynch, president and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future in Illinois.

Previous NACIE members, serving from 2010-2012, released two reports.

The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Focus explored promising approaches to promote entrepreneurship on campuses across America – including the Kauffman Campuses Initiative.

The second report from the previous council was Improving Access to Capital for High-Growth Companies that promoted a collection of recommendations for early-stage investing including tax credits on angel investments of less than $200,000 and a 100% exclusion on capital gains tax to small business investments held for five years.

The complete list of 27 new NACIE members is available on the Department of Commerce website.

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