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Sunday, March 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Policymakers & Startups Can Build Ecosystems

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To bolster our startup communities, strong collaboration is required for success. Policymakers at the local, state, and federal level can be a powerful partner for advancing startup ecosystems. One of the major problems is that a gap exists between the two. Policymakers aren't always aware of the startups in their area, and the economic impacts startups can bring. Likewise, startups don't always think to engage policymakers to bring awareness to their endeavors. The goal of this panel is to discuss how the two can work together to bridge the divide, and build thriving communities.

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Suzan Delbene

HonorableUnited States House Of RepresentativesCongresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington state’s 1st Congressional District, and was first sworn into Congress in November 2012. The 1st District of Washington is home to Nintendo of America, the headquarters of Microsoft... Read More →
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Gregory Ferenstein

Technology Policy WriterTechCrunch
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Darrell Issa

Member of CongressUS House of RepresentativesCongressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps... Read More →
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Brandon Pollak

Dir, Global Affairs1776Brandon Pollak is the Director of Global Affairs for 1776, a global hub in Washington DC for startups tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, smart cities, and other critical industries. Brandon focuses on global public policy, strategic... Read More →

Sunday March 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon C