Engine's Day in DC: February 12


Here at Engine, our goal is to build better policy by providing opportunities for tech founders and policymakers to discuss the issues that impact our diverse community. On February 12th this year, Engine will be taking to D.C. to host a day of events celebrating entrepreneurship.

During the day, we’re hosting a policy conference -- the first in a series of events known as The Engine Economy: Supporting Innovation and Growth.

In partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association and the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, this event will take a closer look at our 2013 Tech Starts study and the Kauffman state of entrepreneurship research , uncover the faces of innovation in America, and provide a platform for policy experts and tech founders to discuss policy solutions on the issues that matter to them.

We're delighted to announce that  Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, will be the keynote speaker for the event. And in addition to Mr Sperling, the day will feature the voices of startups from across the country, including 2U, FindtheBest and Zillabyte. We’ll also have perspectives delivered by key policymakers in the tech space. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran will deliver opening remarks, and Doug Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will touch on the White House’s efforts to support entrepreneurs as well as their current patent policy work underway. Check out the Eventbrite page to view the full agenda and RSVP!

Then, since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we wanted to get into the spirit and show our community some love. Don’t miss out on the chance to do the same -- and grill Steve Case -- at our I Heart Entrepreneurs party. RSVP here before all the tickets are gone.

But this is just a small selection of the national entrepreneurial community’s A-players. This year we’re taking our efforts local -- bringing government to startup communities across America. Catch us at SXSW next month, and follow us on our road trip across the United States. Along the way, we’ll be working with incubators, technology councils, and businesses on the ground to plan a series of regional events that bring policymakers into our hometowns, and provide opportunities to construct smarter public policy for innovation.

We can’t wait to meet, and learn from, entrepreneurs across the country. It really gets our Engine going.