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The United States is a world leader in developing technology that fuels job creation and growth.
But, did you know? Without startups, job growth in the United States would have been negative during the last twenty years. Virtually all net new job growth has been created by American startups.
Job growth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields was about triple that of non-STEM occupations from 2000 to 2010. The Department of Commerce has projected that this demand for highly-skilled workers will continue over the next seven years.
Startups need talent to continue driving economic competition and growth.
Startups of all sizes need more workers in STEM fields. Fewer than 40 percent of students in the U.S. entering college who intend to study a STEM field go on to graduate with a STEM degree.
If we don't pull in the best and the brightest from overseas, our high tech startups won't have the workers necessary to continue to drive growth.
Highly-skilled immigrants play a critical role in the formation of new businesses.
More than 25 percent of engineering and tech startups launched between 1995 and 2005 were founded or cofounded by an immigrant, according to 2007 survey data collected by the Duke University and the University of California.
Foreign-born founders were observed to be twice as likely to hold a doctorate degree than native founders and two-thirds of these immigrant founders received their highest level of education in the U.S., according to a survey commissioned by the Small Business Administration.
Startups are the engine driving our economy. Startup Act 2.0 makes it easier for startups to be founded and for companies to hire the workers they need.
HOW THE BILL BOOSTS STARTUPS:
Gives students and individuals legally residing in the United States the opportunity to start their own businesses on the condition that they create American jobs.
STEM Student Visa
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics MA and PhD holders will be given time to find work in the U.S. after they graduate. When they find a job, it will be easier for them to stay in the U.S.
Removal of Per Country Caps on H1B
Today, all countries are allotted the same percentage of visas for highly-skilled workers whether they have a population of one hundred thousand or one hundred million. Startup Act 2.0 reforms this cap.
Moving R&D from the Lab to the Market
Companies under five years of age that bring in less than $5 million and conduct research and development will be eligible for tax credits to move their technology forward. The bill will repurpose some R&D grants to research that may be rapidly commercialized.
Tax Incentives for Startups to Encourage Hiring
An individual that sees capital gains in the early years of a qualified small business won't be taxed on the profit, potentially putting money back in the pockets of thousands of founders and small business owners.
Make an impact and tell your representative that Startup Act 2.0 will help your business by reforming skilled immigration, putting money back in the pockets of job creators, and bringing R&D to the market more rapidly.
is the time to pass skilled immigration reform and halt the brain drain.
is the time to support innovation and the growth of startups.
is the time to act. Engine can help.
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