SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs from more than 140 countries to connect their ideas with U.S. businesses.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit has become an annual event that tries to link entrepreneurs with investors from across the world. Obama is scheduled to speak to the gathering Friday at Stanford University.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz says good ideas come from everywhere, but that access to capital and opportunity is not the same in every country. He says the goal of the summit is to connect the U.S. with new business partners worldwide, with a particular focus on helping women, youth and minorities.
Obama will also speak with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a segment airing on Facebook Live before flying to Seattle for two fundraisers.