Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the members of the new Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship. The council will be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia.
The list included David Miller, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mason’s School of Business, Jade Garrett, Mason graduate student and founder of Positive Deviancy, and Jody Keenan, state director for the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network and director of the Mason Enterprise Center.
Miller says, “It's a great honor to be able to support the Governor's efforts to promote youth entrepreneurship across the Commonwealth and share what we have learned at Mason while developing programs, expanding courses, and pursuing practical research.”
The council includes student innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and educators from every region in the Commonwealth. Working with higher education and other public and private sector resources, the council will conduct a comprehensive assessment of current local, state and federal programs and services available to young entrepreneurs. The council also will support opportunities to advance research, innovation and commercialization at Virginia’s colleges and universities.
“The council will benefit the community by allowing key people who are heavily involved with entrepreneurship to meet, collaborate, and share ideas on many topics that are making it difficult for students to engage in entrepreneurship. Hopefully, we will come up with impactful solutions for entrepreneurs so that many of the unnecessary barriers and red tape can be eliminated,” says Garrett.