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house Bill H.R. 539

Should the National Science Foundation Support Entrepreneurs?

Argument in favor

Small businesses and inventors could use additional federal support to help them turn innovations into commercially products. This bill would direct the National Science Foundation — which has expertise in this area — to provide this vital support.

IllWill's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Overall, this bill seems good, but there needs to be a focus on entrepreneurs who are innovating in socially responsible and environmentally-friendly ways.
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Kat's Opinion
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02/26/2019
I'm always for the little guy. I try to support small businesses if I can. Since 911 people have gotten very clever on how to make money. Good for them
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Lisa's Opinion
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02/26/2019
Thank you for voting to the positive on this😎
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Argument opposed

Bringing products to market for commercial purposes shouldn’t be a federally funded exercise. Future profits from bringing new products to market, not taxpayer money, should pay for commerciation activities.

JTJ's Opinion
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02/25/2019
No this is not the job of government. If you want to help entrepreneurs, then lower taxes and reduce regulation.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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02/26/2019
This is a corruption of what the NSF is supposed to be. Keep the funding for research science. There are plenty of resources out there for corporations to take government money. Let the market care for the market. Leave what little money goes to science for science.
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Jarsh's Opinion
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02/26/2019
This bill is the definition of crony capitalism. Let the free market sort itself out. This is an example of the house trying to buy votes.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed February 25th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 385 Yea / 18 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2019

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Title

Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019

Official Title

To require the Director of the National Science Foundation to develop an I-Corps course to support commercialization-ready innovation companies, and for other purposes.

Summary

Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 This bill expands eligibility for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and requires development of an I-Corps course to support commercialization-ready participants. (Sec. 3) The bill requires the National Science Foundation (NSF) to allow grantees of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and other entities to participate in I-Corps courses. The cost of participation by such a grantee in a course may be furnished through I-Corps Teams grants, through funds awarded to grantees under the SBIR Program or the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, by the grantor federal agency using funds set aside for the SBIR and STTR Programs, or by the participating teams. (Sec. 4) The NSF shall develop an I-Corps course, to be offered by I-Corps regional nodes, to support commercialization-ready participants. The course shall support participants that have completed an I-Corps course and participants that have made the decision to market an innovation. (Sec. 5) The Government Accountability Office shall report on the I-Corps Program, including by assessing the effects of the I-Corps on the commercialization of federally funded research and development, the higher education system, regional economies, and the national economy.
    Overall, this bill seems good, but there needs to be a focus on entrepreneurs who are innovating in socially responsible and environmentally-friendly ways.
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    No this is not the job of government. If you want to help entrepreneurs, then lower taxes and reduce regulation.
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    This is a corruption of what the NSF is supposed to be. Keep the funding for research science. There are plenty of resources out there for corporations to take government money. Let the market care for the market. Leave what little money goes to science for science.
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    This bill is the definition of crony capitalism. Let the free market sort itself out. This is an example of the house trying to buy votes.
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    Who the heck cares...vote on things that are meaningful.
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    The NSF isn’t another GOP opportunity to push business.
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    I'm always for the little guy. I try to support small businesses if I can. Since 911 people have gotten very clever on how to make money. Good for them
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    If there is a market for what they want to do, the free market will provide! If not DON'T SUBSIDIZE THEM! Just stop! You can't help!
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    Removing government will make a more positive impact than additional bureaucracy.
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    Bringing products to market for commercial purposes shouldn’t be a federally funded exercise. Future profits from bringing new products to market, not taxpayer money, should pay for commerciation activities.
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    Thank you for voting to the positive on this😎
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    Big government overreach, cronyism, and unnecessary monetary waste that would needlessly increase national debt.
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    This diluted the integrity of science activities. Other concerns can be involved in the knowledge transfer, but we need first validated pure scientific conclusions. I’m against having the NSF involved in branding activities, which is a marketing function. Do you believe scientists should be guided by such things?
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    End The NSF Stop funding fake science
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    The Communist Democrat Party USA and the RINO Socialist Globalist Party don't know how to support business. They only want to tax it and wonder why it doesn't work for them.
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    This looks like more of something for the Job Training Partnership Act, or Junior Achievement. At minimum there should be some connection to an agency tasked with workforce training. Connect the dots and build a better system, please.
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    When the government is in business picking winners and losers in the economy, it is called socialism and always turns out bad.
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    Just so long as we don’t make it some “green” deal to save the whales and stop the faux climate Armageddon
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    This clearly has someone very specific in mind and is not truly designed as it sounds. I do not endorse this type of legislation or misappropriation of taxpayer funds.
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    I graduated with money from NSF. This method to bridge to commercial uses for the developing technology is a great use of government money and is bipartisan.
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