LA Mayor Garcetti Launches Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

In a bid to boost the Los Angeles economy and create new jobs in the city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday that he has created a new "Entrepreneur-in-Residence" program, which will help the city in developing initiatives and policies aimed at growing, assisting and sustaining entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. The effort--which is being sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP--will allow two entrepreneurs to spend a year helping the city with its efforts to create jobs. The first two EIRs at the city are Krisztina "Z" Holly and Amir Tehrani. Holly is a well known figure in LA's technology landscape, having most recently been Vice Provost for Innovation at USC; Holly also had spearheaded similar, innovation efforts at MIT. Tehrani is founder and President of Allied Group, a product design and manufacturing company, and also has been very involved in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Among the areas the two will work on are working with investors, companies and others in creating programs and events targeted at the entrepreneurial community, and connecting start-ups, entrepreneurs and prospective venture capital and mentors.