Austin Technology Council Welcomes Engine Advocacy to Austin, Introduction at Startup Week October 10

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Engine, ATC and Central Texas Tech Leaders Present: "Startup Priorities: Policy vs. Pitch"

On the heels of a City Council vote strengthening the partnership between Austin Technology Council (ATC) and the City of Austin, ATC is pleased to welcome Engine Advocacy back to Austin, for Austin Startup Week. Engine Advocacy, the policy voice for startups, is a new partner to ATC, supporting the efforts of ATC and the City of Austin as part of the Technology Education Labs.

“Recent action at City Hall on the Technology Education Labs is a great example of Austin’s unique support of its tech ecosystem. Austin is a city where Engine wants to be,” said Michael McGeary, founder and chief strategist of Engine. “Austin has a story we want to tell in order to help entrepreneurial communities grow and thrive across America. The Labs partnership gives us a unique way to help strengthen Austin and help tell that story.”

“This new partnership with Engine Advocacy strengthens the tech community’s voice, which is critical to Austin’s future economy,” said Julie Huls, president, Austin Technology Council. “A key objective in this partnership is to provide our leaders and entrepreneurs the awareness and tools they to make informed decisions on policies and programs that impact their businesses. We are looking forward to taking Austin tech level.”

As part of the many events happening this week during Austin Startup Week,, October 8-10, 2012, ATC and Engine Advocacy will be co-hosting a panel, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10 at 4:00 pm at City Hall, called “Startup Priorities: Policy vs. Pitch.” The panel will explore the potential of policy to help or hinder startup design, build and valuation. Beyond ATC and Engine, panelists include Central Texas Angel Network, DFJ Mercury, MapMyFitness, and Socialware. These founders and funders will explore the current innovation policy landscape and the role of entrepreneurs in developing national and local policy.

Immediately following the panel, from 5:15 to 7 pm, ATC joins Engine Advocacy and Google for a FUEL reception at The Ginger Man. This is the first FUEL event in Austin.

About the Austin Technology Council:
With more than 6,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 200 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, CacheIQ, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

About Engine Advocacy:
Engine’s mission is to create an environment where technological innovation and entrepreneurship thrive by educating, collaborating with, and involving startups in shaping policy. New businesses are the key to job creation and economic growth, and the Internet is the most fertile platform in history for new businesses. As startup entrepreneurs and investors, Engine believes deeply in the value of decentralized, emergent, bottom-up innovation, and wants to shape public policies that allow it to flourish. Working together, startups and policymakers can change the course of the nation. More on Engine can be found at or @EngineAdvocacy on Twitter.

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