The Sixth Annual State of Entrepreneurship Address

'The Future of Entrepreneurship'

With Featured Speakers
Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Commerce

Maria Contreras-Sweet
SBA Administrator

Venture capital and angel investing has surged, yet business creation remains slow, and access to capital is difficult for young companies. Despite these and other mixed indicators, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of entrepreneurship in the United States.

At the Foundation's sixth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address at the National Press Club in Washington, Acting President and CEO Wendy Guillies called for economic renewal through a new entrepreneurial boom, beginning with two of the biggest demographic forces shaping the U.S. economy: the aging of baby boomers and the emergence of millennials into the workforce.

"The United States doesn't just need economic growth. We need economic renewal," said Guillies. "We're optimistic that the boomers and millennials—together—can lead the entrepreneurship renewal that America sorely needs."

Following the address, a panel of policy experts presented arguments for why we should be either pessimistic or optimistic about these two demographic groups’ contributions to entrepreneurship.

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