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Startup Day Across America on LI this week

Thursday will be the first National Startup Day Across America, an effort by Congress to better connect with the startup and entrepreneurial community in their local districts.

On Long Island, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) will participate in the event and focus their visits on clean energy startup companies.

Israel will visit Watt Fuel Cell Corp. in Port Washington Wednesday afternoon -- he had to set the visit a day earlier because of a scheduling conflict, a spokesperson said. Watt Fuel Cell is developing solid-oxide fuel cells as a portable source of power and electricity.

"Watt Fuel Cell reflects Long Island’s tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship," Israel said.

Bishop will focus his visit on companies housed within the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center in Stony Brook Thursday. He will tour ThermoLift Inc., a company developing an energy efficient heat pump, and Solar Cool Technologies Inc., which makes solar panel-powered coolers.

“Innovative public-private partnerships... help entrepreneurs leverage great ideas into thriving startup businesses that create jobs here on Long Island, so I’m very much looking forward to visiting ThermoLift and Solar Cool," Bishop said.

Over 30 lawmakers are expected to visit early venture companies in their representative districts on Thursday, said David Calone, who helped spearhead the event as an organizer for the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

"The people who set the ground rules -- the policy makers -- need to know these startups aren’t just out on the West Coast, but entrepreneurs and startup companies are in every corner of the country," said Calone, who is also the chief executive of venture capital firm Jove Equity Partners in Setauket.

Tags: clean energy , stony brook , steve israel , tim bishop , congress , startups , venture capital , watt fuel cell , thermolift , solar cool

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