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More than 1,000 startups, innovators, investors & entrepreneurial support organizations from all 50 states have joined Engine, Y Combinator, and Techstars in sending a message to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai:

Protect Net Neutrality. Don't Leave America's Innovators Behind.

Read the letter here.



Engine Foundation conducts original research on entrepreneurial activity that informs our advocacy, outreach, and communications initiatives.




Building a pipeline of well-rounded and highly trained individuals is vital to retaining American leadership in technological innovation.

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Data & Security

Considerations about how companies, governments and individuals interact with, build upon, and learn from aggregate data are increasingly important in policy and regulatory discussions.

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Connecting more Americans to broadband is critical to growing our entrepreneurial economy. As many as 19 million Americans live in areas unserved by broadband internet providers.

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Limited access to capital can be one of the biggest challenges a startup faces. Seed stage venture capital investment in startups has dropped by more than 70 percent since its peak in 2000.

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Internet-based commerce empowers consumers on every corner to build small businesses, trade in goods and services, and harness previously unattainable educational opportunities.

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Patents were developed to encourage openness in the innovation space and to protect inventors. Startups are increasingly facing legal pressure from “patent trolls”.

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Intermediary liability

Startups rely on the intermediary liability protections found in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to innovate and create new ways for people to communicate. 

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Smart cities

Great ideas, and great companies, can and should start anywhere. See the cities across the United States to support the growth of the technology sector all across America.

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