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School responds to Startup America Policy Challenge

With a network of schools, scholars and problem-solvers across the country, the La Follette School is responding to the Startup America Policy Challenge.

In December 2011, the White House announced the Startup America Policy Challenge, asking entrepreneurs and the American public how to knock down barriers to innovation in health-care information technology, clean energy and learning technologies.

Contest finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., on April 15 to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges from business and academia, as well as meet with principals from the relevant agency, e.g., the departments of Health and Human Services, Education or Energy to discuss their proposals.

La Follette School students, faculty and staff can participate by developing policy proposals to address issues identified in the contest’s first phase, in which entrepreneurs and others identified ways that the federal government might unleash new market opportunities in healthcare, energy and education. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra led that online discussion.

The competition is also open to University of Wisconsin–Madison students and faculty outside of La Follette who are interested in these policy areas. Arizona State University is hosting this component of the competition. Proposals could be connected to a class project.

Short policy proposals are due on April 2. La Follette School Associate Director Donald Moynihan is the University of Wisconsin–Madison contact person for the project. More details on the project will be available January 31.

— posted January 23, 2012