Taxes

NVCA is advocating for tax policy changes that will encourage new company formation. This can be accomplished by focusing on how and where the tax code impacts entrepreneurship and modernizing the rules in the code to better reflect the realities of the entrepreneurial business model. The reason to do so is clear: new businesses are the engine of job creation in the United States, creating an average of about 3 million new jobs each year and accounting for virtually all net new job creation. Learn more…


Immigration

The United States is the envy of the world when it comes to startups and entrepreneurship. This is due, in significant part, to the ingenuity and creativity of immigrant entrepreneurs who choose to build and grow their businesses in the United States. As successful as immigrant entrepreneurs have been, our outdated immigration system is a drag on U.S. competitiveness and puts us at risk of losing access to the best and brightest talent from around the world. Learn more…


Capital Formation & Regulation

Access to capital is the lifeblood to realizing the power of disruptive ideas and new company formation. In order to expand opportunities and fuel economic growth, promising companies need efficient and timely access to capital. NVCA is working to reopening the public markets for venture-backed companies by building off the success of the JOBs Act and modernizing the regulatory burden on the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more…


Patent Reform

Patent ownership is an incentive to innovation and the basis for the contributions of technological advancement to economic growth. As the U.S. increasingly becomes a high-tech economy, the importance of patents grows significantly as the frequency by which they are sought and enforced grows with each passing year. Patent rights are not self-enforcing and patentees who wish to compel others to observe their rights often do so through litigation in federal courts. Learn more…


Basic Research & Technology Transfer

Basic research conducted in federal laboratories and research institutions provide the underlying foundation for the innovation economy in the United States. Over the years, federal funding of basic research has led to creation of the Internet, strengthened national security, development of lifesaving medical treatments and advanced alternative energy. In addition, innovative advancements born out of basic research lead to more impactful applied research and new commercial products. Learn more…


Technology

Venture capital investment has been instrumental to the development of technology and the Internet, with venture firms partnering with the founders of iconic U.S. companies like Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, and Uber. U.S. technological leadership has spurred consumer benefit and job creation due to the right blend of policy priorities over the last several decades. Going forward, it is vital policymakers redouble efforts to collaborate and grow the U.S. technology and Internet sectors. Learn more…


Healthcare Innovation

For over three decades, venture capital has spurred the creation and growth of healthcare innovation, such as in the biotechnology and medical device industries. Small venture-backed companies play a critical role in bringing revolutionary medical innovations and discovering groundbreaking treatments and cures aimed at diagnosing, treating, and curing the most deadly and costly diseases. The United States should make the advancement of medical innovation a national priority for patients and for our overall healthcare system. Learn more…


Energy

Over the next several decades, the transition to next generation forms of energy production will be one of the most significant industrial transformations in the global economy. Venture capital plays a critical role in this transition through the identification, funding, and support of entrepreneurs and high-growth startups focused on unlocking new energy resources, creating tools for more efficient energy usage, and improving energy storage capabilities. Unfortunately, the U.S. is not at the forefront of this technological revolution. NVCA is working to return the U.S. to a leadership position in the global next generation energy race. Learn more…


Accounting & Auditing Standards

Like the regulatory landscape, accounting and auditing standards, as well as accounting rule interpretation and audit practices are constantly evolving. As such, NVCA continuously monitors developments that impact the industry. NVCA has been active in representing the industry to educate policymakers and standard setters to ensure that financial reporting is relevant to the limited partners and that reporting can be timely and cost effective. Learn more…