About Us

About IYS


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Innovate Your State is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to educating and encouraging public participation to fundamentally improve government. Innovate Your State believes that through innovation and collaboration we can find solutions to the governance challenges we face today.

Innovate Your State bridges private sector innovation and ingenuity with policy and government to improve the lives of constituents through a “Venture Governance” approach.

Innovate Your State hosts impactful projects and events with the goal of improving government and governance outcomes. Entrepreneur empowerment, investor access, and government leader education are central to organizational activities.

The fundamental principles of Innovate Your State are the basis of the organization’s mission. The principles speak to the need for innovation and inspiration and guide all organization activities. Read more about our founding principles in the "Our Principles" section on the left.

The organization was founded by Tim Draper, a venture capitalist with a history of entrepreneurial innovation and commitment to bridging innovation and government.

 

Our Principles


TRANSFORMATION

Challenge the status quo by fundamentally transforming and modernizing government with a “fresh start” or an “entrepreneurial” mindset.

REPRESENTATION

Provide for better representation and engagement of citizens and accountability of leaders to the people they represent. 

EDUCATION

Improve incentives in education to achieve long-term economic prosperity and create a more educated workforce that is better prepared for the jobs of the future. 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Incentivize governments to be accountable to their citizens - compete for customers.

OPPORTUNITY

Create opportunities to improve the quality of life for hard working citizens across key sectors such as housing, infrastructure, social safety net programs and the environment. 

RENEWAL

Clean up the failures and update methods of the last several decades that are preventing further success and progress. 

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