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Startup Day Across America on August 29

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Though it may seem as if politicians in Washington, D.C. have a hard time agreeing on anything, those on both sides of the aisle seem increasingly keen to support entrepreneurs and their communities. Some recent examples include the passage of legislation expanding crowdfunding under the JOBS Act and meetings similar to one hosted last month by the Global Accelerator Network in which we worked with the Small Business Administration to gather 16 accelerators to demo their programs for the White House and SBA funders.

Much progress has been made to ensure that those in Washington are hearing entrepreneurs’ concerns, but we still have a long way to go – especially with connecting politicians to those in the seed-stage technology sector. Politicians in our federal government are listening to entrepreneurs, but we very rarely see congressmen personally sit across the table from early-stage tech investors and their founders. When this does occur, however, representatives learn much more about what startups really want and need than they would hearing feedback through second or third parties, and they’re much more likely to take supportive action.

That is why the Global Accelerator Network is thrilled to support the first ever Startup Day Across America on August 29. This one-day bipartisan event, led by the U.S. House of Representatives Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will connect members of Congress with startups and accelerators in their respective districts. We believe this is a great opportunity for startup communities to connect with their congressional representatives – both to highlight the positive contributions startups bring to their communities, as well as raise awareness about startups’ needs on a local and national level.

If you are interested in learning more about the Startup Day Across America, please contact Eve Lieberman in Congressman Jared Polis’ office who will connect you with the person leading the charge in your district.

  • Startup New Zealand

    This is an awesome initiative for startups and should not be limited to be celebrated in America but globally in every country / city and emerging startup hub. What can be done to make this initiative bigger?

    • Patrick Riley

      This is a great point. If you are interested in doing something in NZ, feel free to email me and we can brainstorm. I’m at pat@gan.co.

      • Startup New Zealand

        I am game! Sent you mail

  • StevenHB

    Might be an opportunity to deliver a coordinated message about immigration reform as it affects entrepreneurship, startups and the tech sector.

    • Patrick Riley

      Hey Steven – I completely agree and think that is part of the plan for those who are hosting representatives in their spaces. The new immigration reform bill has language in it to support accelerators so I think that many of the accelerators will be discussing the bill when they meet with the Congressmen.

  • http://drewfrey.com/ Drew Frey

    This is a great opportunity and I want to be involved.

  • http://www.valideval.com/ Adam Rentschler

    This is fantastic. Thanks for your efforts, Brad.

    Congresswoman DeGette and Senator Bennet have both taken time to sit with some of us at Galvanize lately. It’s hugely important that entrepreneurs get their stories / needs / wants in front of our elected officials.

  • Michael Reuther

    Wow this is really incredible. Email sent!

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