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StartItUp City
Grow your city as small and mid-sized businesses are key to a thriving local economy
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Entrepreneurs with advisors on average increase revenue by over 100%
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Small and mid-size businesses represent 90% of US businesses
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StartItUp Cities
Cities are an entrepreneurial ecosystem with colleges, universities, Chambers, business associations, financial institutions, & municipalities......all aiming to help businesses thrive & succeed
LONG BEACH, CA
The City of Long Beach's vision is to be seen internationally as the "City of Opportunity" through reducing the time and the cost to start a business. The City measures its success by growing the number and the diversity of its businesses and expanding the number and the quality of jobs. StartItUp has partnered with the City, the Community College, Cal State University & business association to achive this goal
BAKERSFIELD, CA
Bakersfield was once reliant only on the agriculture and oil industries, but entrepreneurs are shaking up this city with new innovations and a growing economy focused on creating a diversity of jobs. We have now teamed up with the city of Bakersfield, Bakersfield College, Bank of America, the Chamber & others to support these entrepreneurs investing in their hometown.
StartItUp is an innovative initiative leveraging cutting-edge technology to help entrepreneurs succeed
John Keisler
Director Economic & Property Development
City of Long Beach, CA

Our Partners


"Community colleges play a critical role in preparing students for entrepreneurship.  Bakersfield College’s partnership with StarItUp is an innovative way for us to help students build the skills and experience they need to be competitive in an evolving industry landscape.”

Sonya Christian, President of Bakersfield College
“StartItUp is a cutting-edge thing that the city is doing for entrepreneurs that actually has never been done. As you start answering questions about yourself and your business idea, the algorithms in the chatbot [an artificial conversational entity] connect you with a mentor who is similar to you or has the skill set that can address your needs.”

John Keisler, Director of Economic Development
We partnered with StartItUp to fulfill our commitment to small and mid-sized businesses, who are the backbone of the Bakersfield economy. StartItUp will help SMBs vet their business idea, receive advising at the right time and better understand their entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses.”

Nick Ortiz, Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
"We partnered with StartItUp to identify those entrepreneurs ready for advising, get a clear picture of their strengths/weaknesses and scale the number of businesses we could serve.

With consistent feature additions, improved tools and scalable communications methods for our advisors, StartItUp is aligned with our mission of helping entrepreneurs access capital, develop business and financial models, connect to global markets, and grow their business”  

Pat Nye Regional Director - Los Angeles Small Business Development Network