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FedEx, LinkedIn and Intuit Announce New Deals for Member Startups

Three Startup America Partnership member companies unveiled their new services at DEMO Spring 2012, the premiere launch conference in the country. The companies, 4Mads, OmniStrat and Share With 911, won free Showcase Sponsorships and roundtrip airfare from American Airlines after submitting videos on why attending DEMO will be game-changing for their businesses. The Startup America Partnership has also announced 16 new partner deals, including services from FedEx, LinkedIn and Intuit.

“For startups to succeed, they need access to strong relationships – DEMO is fantastic place to launch a startup and enhance the network of support for a young company,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “4Mads, OmniStrat and Share With 911 are among the thousands of startups taking advantage of access to experts, resources, regional connections and large corporations – like FedEx – and new startups are joining every day at www.s.co.”

The three winning startups include:

  • 4Mads, which enables users to create engaging rich media ads with simple drag-and-drop technology.
  • OmniStrat, a powerful online tool that dramatically improves and simplifies the way you manage your business.
  • Share With 911, which allows authorized broadcasters to create temporal, elastic social networks around emergency incidents, enhancing situational awareness for all those involved and leveraging the power of the crowd.

Young companies interested in becoming Startup America members can now join now at www.s.co/join. Once approved, each member has access to a personalized dashboard with which they can manage the resources they choose to take advantage of. The resources fall into five key areas that entrepreneurs find critical to success: Talent, Services, Expertise, Customers and Capital. New partner deals include:

FedEx

All Startup America member companies are eligible for reductions on select FedEx services, including FedEx Express®, FedEx Ground®, and FedEx Office®

Acquia

Acquia, the Enterprise guide to Drupal, is offering Startup America members the ability to create rich immersive web experiences with a free “Starter” tier subscription on Drupal Gardens for 1 year and/or a free “Developer” tier subscription for 3 months (a $297 value).

AKTA Web Studio

AKTA is an industry leader for product innovation, user experience, and interface design specializing in human centered design across digital platforms including web, mobile, tablet, kiosk, television, and touchscreen. AKTA will be providing Startup America members with mentorship to help with UX/UI and product innovation. AKTA will also provide Rampup and Speedup members with a discounted rate on AKTA services.

billfaster.com

billfaster.com is a simple online invoicing, expense tracking, and accounting software for startup firms where no accounting knowledge or software training is needed. billfaster.com, a fast and easy online accounting software, is offering Startup America members twelve (12) months free of the Gold edition, for a total value of over $17M.

CultureRx

CultureRx is the official provider of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) implementation process in organizations of all sizes. CultureRx is offering two months of free membership to the ROWE Online Support Community to all Startup America Firms.

icanmakeitbetter

icanmakeitbetter.com, a social innovation and market research platform is providing a free one-year license to all Startup America Firms, for a total value of over $4 million. Startup America Firms now have the power to innovate faster, research smarter and make better decisions today by using icanmakeitbetter.com to crowdsource ideas, engage customers and conduct market research to rapidly innovate and grow.

Intuit ProAdvisors

Intuit Inc., the leading provider in business and financial management solutions for startups, offers 90 minutes of free QuickBooks, tax or accounting advice from a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. A ProAdvisor can help you manage your money and get your business set up properly and are typically CPAs, accounting professionals, and business advisors whose knowledge has been proven and tested on QuickBooks.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 150 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. LinkedIn is providing Startup America members help in finding great talent to power their growth, by offering 3 free job posts on LinkedIn’s Job network (a value up to $900) and a 2-month free trial of the LinkedIn Premium Talent Finder account, allowing members to find and contact their ideal candidates on the LinkedIn network.

MEGAstream Media

MEGAstream Media is an online digital marketing solution provider specializing in website design and development, video production and online marketing.  MEGAstream Media is providing up to 35% off on various products and services.

PlanningShop

PlanningShop specializes in practical, hands-on books and resources for entrepreneurship and startups.  PlanningShop is offering an exclusive 40% discount on PlanningShop’s: brand new book, Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth; best-selling book, Successful Marketing: Secrets & Strategies; and marketing financial software, Marketing Budget Templates.

SmartRecruiters

SmartRecruiters is the free social recruiting platform that makes hiring easy.  SmartRecruiters candidate management and smart sourcing technology is entirely free, plus as a Startup America member, SmartRecruiters will offer free and discounted job postings to major and niche job boards.

In addition to these national partners, the Partnership brought on 5 new affiliate and community partners, including: Acceleprise.VC, Campus2Careers, Media Camp (Turner Broadcasting initiative), NewME Accelerator, and SimpleRelevance.

For more information, please visit www.s.co.

About the Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership is a growing national movement of thousands of founders, experts and resources providing startups access to the corporations, investors, and services they need to grow. Launched at the White House in early 2011, the Partnership brings together startups and local champions from around the country focused on creating successful networks for young, high-growth companies to thrive. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are its founding partners. American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., Microsoft and NYSE Euronext are corporate sponsors. For more information on the Partnership, visit www.s.co and follow us at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica.


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