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IDB Partners with U.S. Department of State, Univision Networks, and the Kauffman Foundation to Host Diaspora Event Launching Global Entrepreneurship Week

Event on Latino Entrepreneurship, Global Diaspora Engagement, and Tools for Entrepreneurs to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the U.S. Department of State, Univision Networks, and the Kauffman Foundation will host Unleashing IdEA, an event that seeks to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the diaspora communities in the United States. The event is to take place on Monday, November 14, at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Speakers will include Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB, Cesar Conde, President of Univision Networks, Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and senior State Department Officials.

The event is set to launch the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011, with International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) partners highlighting existing initiatives to engage and support diaspora entrepreneurs and investors. Panels will also look at lessons learned from various regional contexts and highlight how aspiring entrepreneurs can access resources.

IdEA is an innovative partnership platform, launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the first-ever Global Diaspora Forum from May 17-19, 2011, to engage diaspora communities, the private sector, and public institutions in a collaborative process.

Due to space limitations, this is an invitation-only event that is open to the media. Journalists interested in covering the event need to contact Mildred Rivera (, 202-623-2319) or Tom Sarrazin (, 202-623-3362). Registration begins at 10:00 am at 1330 New York Ave. NW.

  WHAT: Unleashing IdEA, A Featured Diaspora Event of Global Entrepreneurship Week   WHEN: Monday, November 14, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.   WHERE:

Enrique Iglesias Auditorium

Inter-American Development Bank

1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20577


Luis Alberto Moreno, IDB President

Cesar Conde, President of Univision Networks Carl Schramm, Kauffman Foundation President and CEO

Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs

Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State (invited)

  CONTACT: Mildred Rivera,, (202) 623-2319

The morning session of the event will be broadcast on Univision and the entire event will be live streamed globally on the IDB website: