Barrow visits tech hotspot in Downtown Augusta

Barrow talks small business at downtown tech hub

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It's Augusta's hotspot for all things 'tech' - and today, they welcomed a Congressman.

"It's an opportunity for us to focus on the challenges that entrepreneurs are facing, especially in the high tech field, and Augusta is amazing," said Rep. John Barrow.

Several tech start-ups gave presentations and explained to Barrow the sort of assistance they need from the government.

"Education is something we have to take on directly, and I think it's an old, big system, so it's going to take a lot of people behind us and move forward and progress the way we want to progress," said Chase Woodhams.

Barrow said he knows the right path to take.

"I sort of feel like the federal government's role ought to be to lead, follow, or get out of the way," explained Rep. Barrow. "Many ways they can lead are by providing basic investments in the infrastructure that is needed, and to police that marketplace to make sure the bigs don't gobble up the little guys."

Grace Belangia said she's worked on the funding aspect.

"One of the things they need is capital," said Belangia. "So they need funding. And they need mentorship. So we've created an early venture capital fund to help create the money available for the start up so they can maybe quit their day jobs."

Barrow said that many of the ideas at the can be found throughout the 12th District - and across America.

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