Representatives from the District-based Startup America Partnership are descending on the Democratic and Republican conventions in an effort to advocate for government policies that favor small, growing companies.
Last week, the organization held panels at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on the intersection of government and entrepreneurship. They also hosted an expo featuring start-ups from across Florida.
There are similar plans for this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
“Whether it becomes something that is formal to the platforms or not, what we’re interested in is making sure there is a real understanding and education about this category of companies,” said Scott Case, the partnership’s chief executive.
The organization could see its cause buoyed by the emphasis being placed on the economy in this election cycle, particularly by Republicans who have pointed to persistent unemployment as a sign of failure in President Obama’s leadership.
Since the partnership was first formed, advocates have said that young companies provide the bulk of net job growth in the United States. Thus, the economic recovery will depend in part on whether those firms’ ability to thrive.