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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Rep. Pocan to Tour Local Startups as Part of Start-Up Day Across America

Aug 19, 2015
Press Release
Stresses Important Role these Small Businesses Play in Innovation and Job Creation

Washington, D.C – Today Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and small business owner, will tour two local Madison startups, Invenra Inc. and SmartQU, as part of Start-Up Day Across America, a bipartisan effort to raise awareness about the important role startups play in the economy.

“These small businesses are using innovative technologies to make advancements in their respective fields, while creating jobs right here in Wisconsin,” said Rep. Mark Pocan. “Entrepreneurs are one of the driving forces behind our economy and they often take tremendous financial risks in order to move a business forward. It is important startups know they have the support of the community and their elected officials. Promoting policies encouraging entrepreneurship and job growth in high tech industries is vital to the future of Wisconsin’s economy.”

According to Start-up America, nationwide, 27% of start-ups are owned by women and 33% of start-ups are owned by minorities. These start-up companies are involved in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, healthcare, entertainment, consulting, and education.