From: The Honorable Darrell E. Issa
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Date: 7/28/2016

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in participating in  Startup Day Across America this year on August 4th.  On that day, we encourage you to visit at least one startup company in your district. Your visit(s) will raise awareness of startup activity and job creation in your districts and help generate support for your local entrepreneurial community. It is also an opportunity for you to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to the American economy.

The fast growing startup companies are no longer unique to locales like Silicon Valley, Austin or Boulder. Startups are rapidly developing right in your backyard. Across the nation industries ranging from retail and healthcare to entertainment and education
are being disrupted and reshaped by entrepreneurs in your community. They are using technology to solve problems and to create innovative products and services.

In each one of our districts, there are dozens of entrepreneurs who have established high-growth startups. These dynamic companies act as entrepreneurial leaders, innovators, and job creators within our communities.

Last year, over 70 bipartisan Members of the House and Senate participated in events for Startup Day Across America.  This year, we hope to build on that success and make waves both locally and nationally, as we showcase innovation
and job-creation in districts across the nation.

According to the Kauffman Foundation, startups – particularly firms younger than five years old – are the driving force behind most of the new jobs created in the United States. Such statistics are notable when you consider that a majority of our nation’s
startup companies are younger than three years of age. Despite the fact that new startups are vital to our country’s economic and job growth, many members of our communities may not know these innovative companies exist, and many startup companies may not
know where to access the resources to help their company succeed.

In past years, Startup Day has been highlighted in  the Washington Post, Forbes, and several national, regional, and local outlets.  Participating Members have also received poignant and glowing articles in their local online tech websites and blogs. Considering
that many Members are already visiting local companies in their home districts over the recess, we encourage you to plan a visit to a start-up next Thursday and join us in highlighting the contributions of new businesses to our economy.

If you have any questions, or would like a list of startup companies in your district, suggested talking points or a sample press release for Startup Day Across America, please contact Tyler Grimm at or 202-225-3906 in the office of Rep. Issa.


Darrell Issa

Member of Congress