Startup Showcase to feature Jared Polis, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

BOULDER — U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will mark Thursday’s observance of Startup Day Across America by touring several startup businesses in Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley. His day will culminate with a joint appearance with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker at a Startup Showcase event in Boulder, where several new companies will display their products and services.

Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., launched the national observance in 2013 as founders of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. According to the bipartisan effort’s website, their goal is to give local entrepreneurs around the nation “an opportunity to educate their representatives in government about the challenges they face and discuss how federal policy can support their efforts to test new ideas, create new products and grow their businesses.”

Polis’ day on Thursday will start in Fort Collins with morning visits to Sidekick, a startup that retrofits bicycles with electric power, and Jessup Farm Artisan Village, where patrons can get everything from coffee to a haircut. He’ll be in Loveland at noon to tour Decibullz, which makes custom-fit ear buds.

He’ll move south to Boulder on Thursday afternoon, first visiting ThinkTopic, a tech startup that specializes in research and development.

The Startup Showcase, which Polis and Pritzker will attend, will be held from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Blacklab Sports, 3550 Frontier Ave., Unit D, in Boulder. Startups scheduled to attend and showcase their businesses there include Aleph Objects, Onx Sports, Zybek Sports, Isplack, TreadLite, Ridgelogic, Edntech, Kickfurther, Woot Math, Nice Recovery, Flytedesk and Juiceplus.

At the urging of national organizers of Startup Day Across America, more than 70 members of Congress traveled around their districts and states last year to visit with entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators and other leaders in the innovation economy.

Those wishing to attend or participate in the showcase in Boulder must register online.

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