March 31, 2014
McLean, VA — 1776 and Booz Allen today announced a strategic partnership to mesh their complementary resources and abilities to address global-scale challenges impacting the way people live and work. The 1776/Booz Allen partnership will help government and commercial organizations build cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship; create new and distinctive products and services; and provide market access to enable high-promising startups to scale.
“1776 and Booz Allen Hamilton share a belief that teams with mixed backgrounds, perspectives, connections and experience can approach major challenges from all angles to come up with holistic and viable solutions,” said Donna Harris, cofounder of 1776. “A partnership between 1776 and Booz Allen will meld the best of entrepreneurial and corporate realms, resulting in a constant mix-and-match of talent and the resources to create highly scalable solutions for the problems most worth solving.”
“This partnership will enable startups and entrepreneurs to work with Booz Allen to connect with customers that can accelerate their market entry, and Booz Allen can leverage the insight and talent that entrepreneurs bring to help solve problems quickly,” said Karen Dahut, executive vice president, Booz Allen. “These relationships benefit everyone—because at the end of the day, creating practical solutions that have impact is what everyone wants.”
In addition to leveraging Booz Allen’s global footprint to enable promising startups to scale, additional early areas of focus for the partnership include:
- Innovation Strategy: Customized processes, tools, and events that increase an organization’s innovation or entrepreneurial maturity.
- Crowdsourcing and Challenge-based Innovation: Latest techniques and best practices to increase diversity and volume of thought for hard mission and business problems.
- Showcase Events: Special events, such as hackcelerators—a combination accelerator and hackathon—and pitch events provide networking, collaboration, and branding opportunities. For instance, from March 14-16, teams of designers, developers, business leaders, and mentors participated in the Microsoft Digital Enterprise Hack, the first installment of the 1776 and Booz Allen Hackcelerator Series. Read more: http://bit.ly/NLf81H.