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Sen. Jerry Moran makes second SXSW trip to promote Startup Act 3.0

Austin March 8, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Capital Factory's Joshua Baer conducts an on-stage interview with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) at South by Southwest Interactive 2012.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is in Austin, Texas, today and Saturday for his second trip to South by Southwest Interactive to promote the third version of the Startup Act at several events.

The bill, first introduced by Sens. Moran and Mark Warner (D-Va.) in 2011, aims to fuel economic growth and create jobs through Entrepreneur and STEM Visas for highly educated immigrants, tax code reforms to ease the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs, use existing federal funding for universities to bring research into the marketplace quickly and more.

Moran will devote his time between events to visit with startups and entrepreneurs in the SXSW Startup Village and also discuss why Startup Act 3.0 is important and needs their support. Here's where you can find him:

  • Today, 2 p.m. – Moran will engage in a conversation with Kansas and Missouri entrepreneurs about why advancing public policy is important and get their feedback. Facebook’s Austin office.
  • Today, 3:30–4:30 p.m. — Moran will speak on a panel, "Why Public Policy Should Matter to Your Startup," to discuss the policy challenges startups face and how the startup community can engage with policy makers to enable innovation and spur economic growth. Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. — Sens. Moran and Warner will participate in a tech round table on technology policy with representatives from Engine Advocacy, the Austin Technology Council and Mutual Mobile. This is not a press event.
  • Saturday, Noon–12:30 p.m. — Sens. Moran and Warner will participate in a panel streamed live in a Google+ Hangout. The discussion, sponsored by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, will focus on Startup Act 3.0 and the economic importance of entrepreneurship in America. Capital Factory, main space.

Moran has been an active supporter of entrepreneurs in the Senate, including his vocal opposition of anti-piracy legislation such as the PROTECT IP Act.

"We are losing talent and jobs by the day to countries like Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom that are aggressively courting the world’s best and brightest," Moran said Thursday in a press release. "We must pass smarter policies, like Startup Act 3.0, or we risk losing the next generation of great entrepreneurs and the jobs they will create to countries that welcome these innovators."

To learn the key provisions of Startup Act 3.0, see Moran's press release:  "Startup Act 3.0 Introduced by Sens. Moran, Warner, Coons and Blunt".

Read about Moran's SXSW Interactive 2012 visit: "Kansas Sen. Moran talks Startup Act at SXSW, urges big social media push".


Credits: Photo by Danny Schreiber

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