It s also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that our entrepreneurs face and explore solutions to allow the best and brightest minds to succeed.

Our country s entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy.

America s startups are the driving force behind new job creation in the United States.

In fact, companies less than one year old have created an average of 1.5 million jobs per year over the past three decades, fueling both local and national economic growth.

And these companies no longer exist solely within Silicon Valley — in fact, Texas ranks fifth highest on the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.

Congressman Castro s San Antonio is one of the top 10 U.S. cities in overall startup activity, and Unshackled Ventures works within our current system, investing in 16 teams with founders born in six different continents.

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