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June 29, 2009


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It's great that people can take the loan moreover, this opens up new chances.

Steven Faircloth

Since grants are so important, all controversies need to be resolved to help people get the grants.

Jonathan Pearl

Rep. Ed Markey has submitted an amendment to H.R. 2965, to accomplish two things:

1. Strike a compromise on allowing some participation by VC majority-owned and -controlled companies (setting the limit at 15% for NIH, and 5% for all other agencies); and,

2. Allow for increasing award sizes to accommodate inflation, but not overinflate them to the point that severe reductions in the number of awards would result.

At present, there are absolutely no restrictions on the eligibility of small businesses majority- or wholly-owned by small Venture Capital firms that themselves qualify as small businesses (fewer than 500 employees), and no restrictions on the eligibility of small businesses minority-owned by large VC firms. In that light, there is little reason to support even the 40% compromise you propose.

The true compromise is a simple one: VCs restrict their ownership and control to minority status (less than 50%). That way we can support small businesses, innovation, job creation, and the interest of investors. And, if they will not, let them compete against large businesses and universities for the remaining 97.5% of the pot. Why take it from innovative small businesses?

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