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On Senate floor, Moran gives nod to two Kansas startups (Video)

Washington, D.C. November 21, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Sen. Jerry Moran used the occasion of Global Entrepreneurship Week last week as an opportunity to take the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and make another pitch for Startup Act 2.0, a bill he co-sponsored to "address critical needs facing entrepreneurs today."

The senator from Kansas opened his pitch, as he has done before, by telling the story of entrepreneurship in his home state.

"In Kansas, we have a rich tradition of entrepreneurship," Moran said. "It is a place where innovators have felt free to pursue their ideas, start businesses and pursue dreams." After listing notable Kansans like as Cleyson Brown, founder of Sprint, and Walter Chrysler, founder of Chrysler Corporation, Moran made mention (at the 4:47 mark) of two Kansas City area startups.

"In Leawood, a company called Instin reimagined how students and teachers managed homework assignments by using mobile apps. Their app, myHomework, has been downloaded over 100,000 times in Google Play stores alone," Moran said. "And in Olathe, Lantern Software is connecting home-grown businesses to new markets through high-value, real-time, location-based deals delivered on mobile devices."

Moran's pitch also included reference to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Google Fiber and the Digital Sandbox project led by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The full video of Moran's speech is embedded above. For more on the Startup Act 2.0, see our posts:


Credits: Video from Sen. Jerry Moran on YouTube

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