What Is Startup Day & Why Should You Care?

August 1, 2017

7:28 pm

Everyday is a “startup day” for me and millions of other entrepreneurs starting and running their own businesses. But today is officially Startup Day, the day when government officials pop out of their summer slumber to show their support for the new economy set to create the next generation of jobs in the country. It reminds me of another one of my favorite holidays but that's a whole other story. Today, I was curious to find out a little bit more about Startup Day as it appears to be trending on Twitter with the hashtag #StartupDay. Let's take a closer look…

What is Startup Day? 

Started in 2013 by Representatives members Jared Polis and Darrell Issa, Startup Day Across America is an opportunity for senators and representatives to learn more about local startups and discuss the important role they play in the economy. Startup Day Across America connects elected officials with the startups in the communities they represent so that they can learn about the challenges new companies face and meet the business leaders building the future.

Startup Day is now organized annually by members of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a bipartisan group whose mission is to promote policies that help new and small businesses grow and create jobs. 

Why Should You Care?

Startups are everywhere not just Silicon Valley, Boston, Boulder or New York, so it's important to take a day like today and acknowledge the often thankless work that entrepreneurs are doing to push things ahead in our world. They are drivers of our economy and are creators of new jobs and opportunities for many. Entrepreneurship is in decline according to recent reports and it's important to celebrate those that are brave enough to do what they do.

With the support of the Kauffman Foundation and a few other key organizations Startup Day brings awareness to the fact that everyday can be Startup Day as you can reach out to connect with your government officials at any time.

It seems that this year, Startup Day was slightly smaller than years past. I'm not going speculate on why that might be, but I'll just chalk it up to a few other bigger issues that have been consuming our representatives time.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you have a startup and you'd like to connect with your local Senator or Representative. Kauffman also offered these tips on engaging with government officials and urges you to do so this month:

  • Make the request as far in advance as possible.
  • When making a request, be sure to include detailed information about the meeting, including: -Audience (who, how many, and from where)
    – Type (tour, roundtable, speech)
    – Date and location
    – Whether the event is open to the public or private
    – Whether media will be invited to attend the meeting
  • Follow up, but not too often. Many members’ schedules are not set until a week or even in some cases just a few days before an event.

All good advice.

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Let's take a closer look at some of government officials and agencies participating in Startup Day this year.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.