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Startup the Conversation with Congress
A Panel* & Startup Meet-Up
Join Senate startup leadership to advise them on what Austin startups need
*Using groundbreaking new Google+ Hangout technology to interface with Washington, D.C.
Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)
Jason Wiens JJ Singh Mike McGeary Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Moran (R-KS) Senator Coons (D-DE) Engine Advocacy
Entrepreneurship is one of the few issues seeing movement in Congress and legislators are introducing and passing bills that will directly affect the ability of startups to do business. If entrepreneurs don’t engage Congress on how proposed policies will affect them, startups will be locked out of a process that is moving forward, with or without them.
As part of Austin Startup Week, the Austin Chamber and sponsors Contract Gurus and Third Base invite you to learn about and advise Congress on their startup bills at “Startup the Conversation with Congress” on October 11 from 3-4 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. Attendees will also hear about simple ways you can impact federal startup policies going forward. A reception/meet-up will be held for attendees immediately following the panel.
Panel: 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Omni Hotel Capital Ballroom B -2nd floor)
Startup Meet-Up: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (Capital Factory/Austin TechLive -16th floor)
Startup Act 2.0 – Designed to significantly increase startup success, 2.0 would create a permanent capital gains tax exemption for startups, an entrepreneur visa, and much, much more.
Startup Innovation Credit Act –A startup R&D tax credit.
Federal Entrepreneur-in-Residence Act –Ever had challenges working with a government agency? This pilot program would insert business expertise into government processes to make them more efficient & responsive to startups.
- Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) or Brian van Hook, Majority Policy Director, Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee (Committee Chair & author of the Federal Entrepreneur in Residence Act) -by videoconference
- Jason Wiens, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) (author of the Startup Act 2.0) -by videoconference
- JJ Singh, Economic Policy Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) (author of the Startup Innovation Credit Act & Startup Act 2.0) -by videoconference
- Mike McGeary, co-founder and Chief Political Strategist of the San Francisco-based Engine Advocacy
- Eric Overton, founder & CEO, Focus Embedded
- Mitch Jacobson, Co-Director -Clean Energy Incubator, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)
- Erika Sumner, Vice President of Public Policy, Austin Chamber of Commerce
All attendees will receive two drink tickets for the startup meet-up.
Startups get in FREE!
Startup Ticket: $0 -Startups MUST register to attend.
Regular Attendee Ticket: $15
What questions do YOU want the panel to answer? Submit your ideas for consideration by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Erika Sumner, Vice President of Public Policy, email@example.com or 512.322.5638.
The Austin Chamber of Commerce must maintain a cancellation policy for events in order to properly plan for catering, venue expenses and marketing efforts. Unless stated otherwise, Chamber reservations must be cancelled 3 days prior to the event to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be issued after the event. No refunds will be issued for nonattendance. You are welcome to send another member of your staff in your place.