Startup Day Across America: Cong. Seth Moulton, Middlesex 3 Coalition & Northeastern University

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Start-up Day, sponsored by Congressman Seth Moulton, the Middlesex 3 Coalition and Northeastern University - Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Start-up Day, sponsored by Congressman Seth Moulton, the Middlesex 3 Coalition and Northeastern University – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Startups are the backbone of our nation’s economy

– Congressman Seth Moulton

Start-up Day 1

Bedford’s State Rep. Ken Gordon and Middlesex Community College president Dr. James Mabry flank Richard Reed, Bedford Town Manager and President of the Middlesex 3 Coalition – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), in partnership with the Middlesex 3 Coalition and Northeastern University, celebrated Startup Day Across America this week by hosting a roundtable discussion with more than 100 entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government officials. The group came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the startup community in the Sixth District and the Commonwealth.

Congressman Seth Moulton (l) with

Congressman Seth Moulton (l) with Jens Plassmeier and Andrew Sutherland – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

“Startups are the backbone of our nation’s economy and encouraging the creation and growth of such companies is critical for our region,” said Moulton. “Our roundtable discussion on Startup Day Across America featured an impressive group of local entrepreneurs that highlighted how startup companies here in the district are creating jobs and producing innovative products to solve real-world challenges. Entrepreneurs often take substantial financial risks in order to get a business off the ground, and it is critical that local entrepreneurs have the support of their elected representatives. That’s why I am committed to continuing to advocate for policies that foster startup innovation and bring new jobs to the Sixth District.”

Throughout the hour-long conversation, many issues were addressed including SBIR funding, comprehensive immigration reform, patent reform, and infrastructure costs and improvements. Moulton urged startups, both big and small, to continue to work with their local officials regarding their challenges in an effort to bring policy change to help these businesses grow.

“The concerns for startup companies are very different than the concerns of established and small businesses,” said Stephanie Cronin, Executive Director of the Middlesex 3 Coalition. “The Startup Day Across America roundtable highlighted many of these concerns and helped us to understand what startups need to be successful and grow in the Middlesex 3 corridor.”

Startup Day Across America started in 2013 as an opportunity for elected officials to connect with local entrepreneurs and startups to learn about their challenges and how government can play a role to help them flourish. The roundtable was co-hosted by the Middlesex 3 Coalition and sponsored by the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University in Burlington, as well as Enterprise Bank. Pictures of the event can be viewed on Congressman Moulton’s Facebook page, here.

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