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Sunday, September 8
 

1:00pm EDT

Youth Entrepreneurship Day For Female Founders & Parents

Young Founders and young inspiring entrepreneurs between ages 10- 19 we invite you to join us for a half day filled with educational panels, workshops, pitch competition and a marketplace/expo to learn, grow and empower one another.

Parents: this event is also for YOU. We have arranged top panels and parent workshops on how to support your child entrepreneur with networking to connect with other parents.
Boy entrepreneurs between the ages of 10-19 are welcome to attend.

Make sure to register here!

This event is powered by THE GEMZ, INC:
THE GEMZ, INC is a non profit organization in the Washington DC metro area that educates and empowers middle and high school-aged girls with life and leadership skills through programs that develop a healthy self-esteem, leadership skills and youth entrepreneurship.

Sunday September 8, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

Startup Celebration: Kick off Happy Hour at DC Startup Week

Kick off DC Startup Week 2019 with drinks, good food and great networking. We will announce the location in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


Sunday September 8, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
La Vie
 
Monday, September 9
 

8:30am EDT

9:00am EDT

Monday Kick Off

Join us to celebrate the kick off of DC Startup Week with a light breakfast, networking, and tech demos!  


Monday September 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

9:20am EDT

Cl(AI)m Your Future: AI’s Inevitable Impact

Technology is constantly changing the way in which we interact, see, and evolve as a society. Hear from leading technologists and founders on how the emergence of AI could create and solve problems for us in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Ayana Christie

Ayana Christie

Lead Incubation Strategist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ayana Christie has developed a reputation for materializing big ideas and producing vital results. Coupling her millennial perspective with a reverence for tradition, she creates dynamic, sustainable products. Throughout her professional experiences, she's maintained and deepened... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josh Elliot

Josh Elliot

Director of artificial intelligence (AI), Booz Allen Hamilton
Josh Elliot is a Director of artificial intelligence (AI) at Booz Allen Hamilton and is responsible for the oversight, strategy and definition of the firm’s AI and high-performance computing technical offerings. Josh also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Booz Allen’s AI... Read More →
avatar for Colonel Jen Sovada

Colonel Jen Sovada

Head of Talent Management, United States Air Force | Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Colonel Jennifer P. Sovada is the Chief of Talent Management for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. where she is responsible for the career development of over 35K+ Airmen across... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Amori

Margaret Amori

Federal Business Development and Partner Management, Nvidia
Margaret Amori, business development lead for NVIDIA Federal, is responsible for helping to drive awareness and adoption of artificial intelligence capabilities throughout Dept of Defense agencies.  Prior to joining NVIDIA Margaret had spent nearly two decades supporting the Dept... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Guo

Alyssa Guo

Director of Business and Data Analytics, Afiniti
Alyssa Guo is the Director of Business and Data Analytics at Afiniti, headquartered in Washington DC. She is responsible for multiple teams of data analysts building data analysis and supporting AI application on five clients totally over $2 million monthly recurring revenue for Afiniti... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 9:20am - 10:20am EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

10:20am EDT

How to Build, Sustain, & Grow with the Innovation Ecosystem

There are over 20 different types of coworking spaces, incubators, and accelerators in the DMV area, each with its special sauce. Founders at all stages need more support, mentorship, and guidance. However, in the midst of starting and growing your business how do you find resources to help you. Hear from leaders of the organization from the Vinetta Project, Seed Spot, SparkLabs, Dcode, FedTech, and other organizations on ways you can get involved and learn about the work that they are doing to help grow a stronger innovation community.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Gevalt

Rebecca Gevalt

Director of Alumni Engagement, Dcode
Rebecca Gevalt is the Director of Alumni Engagement at Dcode, an accelerator with the mission of breaking down barriers between non-traditional technologies and government. The Dcode community includes more than 65+ startup companies and hundreds of industry partners/government stakeholders... Read More →
avatar for C'pher Gresham

C'pher Gresham

CEO, SEED SPOT
As the Chief Executive Officer at SEED SPOT, C’pher leads the charge in bringing SEED SPOT’s impact to communities and schools across the globe. He is a professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Maryland and a Mentor-in-Residence at the George Washington University... Read More →
avatar for Kelly O'Malley

Kelly O'Malley

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Vinetta Project
Kelly O'Malley is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at the Vinetta Project.  Prior to joining Vinetta, Kelly was a Co-Founder and COO of Shop Or Not, an SMS e-commerce platform.  Before Shop Or Not, she ran strategy at Fit Girls Guide, a fitness startup, and spent... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Chen

Sarah Chen

Principal, FedTech & Co-Founder, The Billion Dollar Fund For Women
Named Forbes 30 Under 30, Sarah’s leadership career spans across venture capital and innovation, in both emerging markets in Asia and the United States. Currently Principal at Fedtech, she focuses on bridging the gap between venture and deep tech, inspired to commercialize great... Read More →
avatar for Brian Park

Brian Park

Managing Partner, SparkLabs
Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor.  He is the Managing Partner at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (Formerly Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area.  He is also the Director of Technology for Curator Solutions, which is an Edtech SaaS startup that creates interactive tools for trainers and instructional designers.He was also formerly... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Chen

Wayne Chen

Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Wayne Chen is a Chief Technologist of Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group. In this role, he helps to accelerate open innovation among the Federal government agencies with the innovation ecosystem through technology scouting and strategic partnerships. He also leads innovation... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 10:20am - 11:20am EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

11:20am EDT

Founder’s Pitch & Lunch

DC was recently ranked as the world’s top market for entrepreneurial talent. During the lunch hour, select founders will be able to give a brief pitch about their company and products. A light lunch will be available!

The startups pitching will be announced the week of August 26th!

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Friedman

Amelia Friedman

Serial entrepreneur
Amelia is a serial entrepreneur. Her most recent startup, Hatch Apps, developed a service-enabled platform with a mission to bring transparency, speed and price stability to the software development industry. Hatch Apps is funded by Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Morgan... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

12:30pm EDT

Why Is the Sales Cycle So Slow, How to Close Your Customer

Startups require capital. We typically look towards angels, venture capital firms, crowdfunding and pitch competitions but what if we look towards the federal government and big businesses as customers to acquire? Hear from government leaders, corporate executives and seasoned founders on the ways they can help you expand your business and build partnerships that will support you.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly O'Malley

Kelly O'Malley

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Vinetta Project
Kelly O'Malley is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at the Vinetta Project.  Prior to joining Vinetta, Kelly was a Co-Founder and COO of Shop Or Not, an SMS e-commerce platform.  Before Shop Or Not, she ran strategy at Fit Girls Guide, a fitness startup, and spent... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ronit Avni

Ronit Avni

Founder and CEO, Localized
Ronit Avni is a tech and media entrepreneur and Peabody award-winning producer. Named a "DC Power Woman in Tech,” she is founder and CEO of Localized, a CareerTech platform that connects university students and recent graduates in emerging markets with global businesses—drawing on diaspora networks to serve as virtual career community at scale.  Previously, Ronit founded and led the media organization Just Vision. Her work... Read More →
avatar for Liz Sara

Liz Sara

Chairwoman, National Women's Business Council
Ms. Sara is the Founder and President of Best Marketing, LLC, where she consults for more than 90 small businesses in the high-tech sector, and serves as a chief business advisor to entrepreneurs in creating and executing go-to market strategies. Previously, she played a principal... Read More →
avatar for B.J. Wiley Williams

B.J. Wiley Williams

CEO & Founder, SoHookd
B.J. Wiley Williams, CEO & Founder of SoHookd -- a curated marketplace of well-being experiences and products used by companies to gift and incentivize.  B.J. is a certified health-nerd and fitness fanatic with 15+ years of experience working in entrepreneurial and corporate environments... Read More →
avatar for Elise Whang

Elise Whang

CEO, Co-Founder, LePrix
Elise Whang is the CEO, Co-Founder of LePrix, a B2B + B2C tech-enabled marketplace that empowers curated designer consignment stores to sell online and source wholesale inventory to grow their businesses. Elise has been recognized as 40 under 40 and Power Women in Tech in the region... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

1:30pm EDT

Accelerating Innovation to Market Through the VC Lens

Panel will describe how the VCs and serial entrepreneurs are helping to bring innovation to market. Audience will hear from local investors and entrepreneurs on what they are seeing as investable businesses, gaps in the market, and opportunities the startup world and government should pay attention to.

Moderators
avatar for Brian MacCarthy

Brian MacCarthy

Managing Director, DC Innovation Center at Booz Allen Hamilton

Speakers
avatar for Chris Eng

Chris Eng

Senior Associate, Sands Capital Ventures
Chris is a Senior Associate at Sands Capital Ventures, where he supports the team’s efforts on investments in the artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and IT infrastructure sectors. Prior to Sands Capital Ventures, Chris worked as a Business Operations Manager at Merlon Intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Maurice Boissiere

Maurice Boissiere

Chief Customer Officer, DataTribe
Maurice helps founders build their venture faster. With over 20-year s of product leadership experience at early-stage ventures, he is the Chief Customer Officer at DataTribe, a cybersecurity start-up studio, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland where he teaches... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Francis

Kristina Francis

Principal, DC Inclusive Innovation Fund
Kristina Francis is a Principal with the DC Inclusive Innovation Fund, a private growth fund that invests in pre-seed, seed, and pre-Series A stage companies majority-owned and/or controlled by underrepresented entrepreneurs. With over 20 years in systems and product development... Read More →
avatar for Marla Blow

Marla Blow

Founder & CEO, FS Card
Marla Blow is the Founder and CEO of FS Card, a startup credit card company (sold to strategic acquirer in December 2018), and serves as a Partner with Fenway Summer. In February 2018, Ms. Blow joined the Board of Directors of Care.com, the world's largest online marketplace for finding... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

2:00pm EDT

Branding for Startups

How branding works, why it matters to your startup, and when you need to start caring about it.

When it comes to branding, you don’t need to know all the things. But if you want your startup to become (or remain) successful, there is some stuff you need to know — like the basic branding fundamentals, the role branding plays in your industry, and what that means for your business (and your marketing budget, app design, and Instagram feed.)

It doesn’t have to be complicated; it can even be as simple as “the truth well told” — the straightforward motto of the McCann ad agency back in 1912 — but it does require some time and attention. Join us and get a handle on the basics and find out where you need to go from here.



Speakers
avatar for Ally Fouts

Ally Fouts

Creative Director, Viget
Ally is a creative and innovative marketing professional with over a decade of experience in copywriting, brand development, digital strategy, content strategy, business development, fundraising, and outreach strategy and execution. Ally started her career as an entrepreneur, opening... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Mindspace

2:30pm EDT

Coffee Break & Networking

Join us for some coffee and networking! 


Monday September 9, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

2:45pm EDT

Workshop: From High Potential to High Growth: Fundraising and the Value Creation Process

These are exciting times for entrepreneurship as the costs and complexities of starting a business are at their lowest point. The challenge however is growing a sustainable business that has the potential to scale. In this workshop, you will learn how to create value within your company to attract investors through data and storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Adeleke Omitowoju

Adeleke Omitowoju

Venture Partner, 1863 Ventures



Monday September 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

2:45pm EDT

Workshop: How to Build a Data Driven Organization

Learn how Booz Allen’s ADAPT+C (analytic opportunities, data, analytics techniques, people, technology, and culture) framework can help you build a data science strategy for your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Wrenn

Katie Wrenn

Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton



Monday September 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

2:45pm EDT

Workshop: How To Create & Use Financial Projections To Grow Your Business

Creating financial projections are vital to the success of your business.  Your financial projections serve as a roadmap, showing you in detail how you will get from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow .
This workshop will explore the steps to take to create financial projections that you can use to strategically grow your business:  a) Defining your sales goals ; b) Building out your direct and indirect costs; and c) Examining your cash flow and determining if and when financing is needed.

Speakers
avatar for Manuel  Cosme

Manuel Cosme

President & CEO, CFO Services Group
An entrepreneur with diverse accounting experience and a love for sharing knowledge, Manuel “Manny” Cosme is driven to help other small businesses.Manny founded CFO Services Group in 2012 to support new, small and growing organizations with scalable accounting expertise and services... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

3:00pm EDT

SBA Programs & Services: Federal resources designed and dedicated to help your business succeed

SBA Programs & Services: Federal resources designed and dedicated to help your business succeed 
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency with a mission to serve and assist entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the United States. The SBA offers special programs and services, that leverage the resources of the federal government to help small businesses succeed, across their Business Life Cycle.

Many of these programs and services are underutilized since they are NOT well known or understood. This workshop will provide an insight and overview of SBA programs and services that are dedicated to help your business: Start, Grow, Expand, and Recover.

Come learn about SBA programs and services that are designed and dedicated to help your business: Start, Grow, Expand, and Recover.

Speakers
avatar for Nirav “Nick” Rajpara

Nirav “Nick” Rajpara

Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Nirav “Nick” Rajpara is an Economic Development Specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington D.C. Area Metro Office (WMADO).  He collaborates with public and private economic development organizations to develop, bolster and support informational initiatives... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Mindspace
  Founder
  • Presentation Link Nirav “Nick” Rajpara is an Economic Development Specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington D.C. Area Metro Office (WMADO).  He collaborates with public and private economic development organizations to develop, bolster and support informational initiatives which aid and assist small business and entrepreneurs across the capital region.  He is the Program Manager for SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program, a CEO academy which guides small business leaders on scaling and growing their business.  He also conducts HUBZone  site inspections for certified HUBZone firms in the capital region.  He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Riverside.  

3:00pm EDT

Telling Your Brand Story

Your company and your brand have a story. Learn best practices to relay your story in an authentic and powerful manner both in person and visually to get results. Rachel Vasey, Owner and Creative Director of Fresh TV and Mike Boyd, Owner and Marketing Consultant at Nice Work Company, help you craft your personal “elevator pitch” and offer tips on how to create promotional, compelling video and social media content so you can stand out and gain momentum.



Speakers
avatar for Rachel Vasey

Rachel Vasey

Owner and Creative Director, Fresh TV
Rachel Vasey is Owner and Creative Director Fresh TV, a production/post-production boutique. Rachel directs and produces with a different perspective than most due to her editing background. Rachel’s skills have been recognized with a PROMAX Silver, two Mark Awards, and a CINE Golden... Read More →
avatar for Mike Boyd

Mike Boyd

Marketing Director, Brllnt
Mike Boyd is Marketing Director at Brllnt, a marketing and design studio in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Brllnt in 2019, Mike was a partner in the boutique agency, Nice Work Company, and held marketing positions at several cable television networks, including C-SPAN, Discovery... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Mindspace

3:30pm EDT

Equity-Minded: Community Outreach and the Workplace

Join us for an open dialogue on the importance of closing the equity gap and creating a diverse workforce. Panelists will discuss the equity gap, how it affects a workforce, and why it is imperative to overcome systemic obstacles that have contributed to the equity gap within the workplace and STEM field. They will share strategies on hiring and building a diverse team that ultimately strengthen your connect to the local ecosystem.

Moderators
avatar for Eboné F. Bell

Eboné F. Bell

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Tagg Magazine
Eboné F. Bell is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine and the Executive Producer of the Tagg Nation Podcast. Tagg is dedicated to serving “everything lesbian, queer, and under the rainbow.” For the past three years, Tagg has been named Top LGBTQ-Owned Companies by... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hilliary Turnipseed

Hilliary Turnipseed

Diversity and inclusion practice, Shadow Search
Hilliary Turnipseed has over a decade of talent acquisition and management experience, specializing in early-stage startups, as well as the education technology, media production, and advertising industries. In addition to her recruitment work, Hilliary has successfully implemented... Read More →
avatar for Julia F. Westfall

Julia F. Westfall

Founder and CEO, HeraHub DC
Over the past five years, Julia Westfall has been an advocate for women and minority business owners in the D.C. Metro area through her work as Founder and CEO of Hera Hub DC.Julia’s passion for supporting women and minority business owners comes from her 20+ years working with... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Neal

Lauren Neal

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Lauren Neal has more than 15 years of experience in the life sciences industry with a focus on creating and delivering data science and artificial intelligence solutions to accelerate precision medicine innovation. Lauren leads efforts to aggregate, analyze, and interpret health... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

3:30pm EDT

Restaurant of the Future Panel & Happy Hour

The restaurant of the future learns, knows and predicts. It understands customers and delivers on their needs before they realize they need it. 
 
Join us for a panel discussion with some of D.C.’s most successful restaurant operators to learn how they compete in a crowded market and demonstrate their values and use technology to engage with their customers.

Panel Discussion – 4:00 – 5:00pm
Happy Hour sponsored by the Food Foundry – 5:00 – 7:00pm –
*Includes Two Free Drinks for Registered Attendees*

Moderators
avatar for Paul Dahm

Paul Dahm

WorkChew
Paul Dahm is an entrepreneur, food and beverage sector investor and most recently was the CEO of a D.C. nonprofit in the food and job training space.  Paul has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, relationship management, team development and public speaking/media appearances... Read More →
avatar for Nick Florek

Nick Florek

Food Foundry
Nicholas Florek is currently Director of The Food Foundry, a growth accelerator focused on companies disrupting the broader food industry. Located in Chicago, The Food Foundry is supported by Gordon Food Service and aims to work with food tech, restaurant tech, and other disruptive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erik Bergman

Erik Bergman

Director of Operations, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Erik Bergman is the Director of Operations for Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Erik has over 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to relocating to DC, Erik lived and worked in New York City, bartending and serving while interning at New York Theatre workshop. Once... Read More →
avatar for Matt Baker

Matt Baker

EXECUTIVE CHEF / OWNER, Gravitas
What sets Chef Matt apart from others in his field is his consistent passion for cuisine, hospitality and all things indulgent. His obsession started at an early age. Growing up in Houston, Chef Matt and his family would scour all corners of the city in search of traditional tex mex... Read More →
RB

Richie Brandenburg

Edens Corporation


Monday September 9, 2019 3:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
Bar Deco

4:00pm EDT

Show Me The Money: How To Fund Your Startup

Access to capital is critical in any business. Whether you are just starting up, expanding into new markets, or scaling in earnest, access to capital can make the difference between success and failure. This workshop will show you how to identify the right source of capital for every stage in your business development cycle. 
What You’ll Learn 
Learn how to how to position your startup for success by developing a strategic fundraising plan and targeting the appropriate investors and funding sources for your business. Understand where you are on the investment-readiness scale, and what types of funding are available to you at every stage in your development cycle. 
Why you want to learn it 
You'll be better equipped to assess how much funding you need at every stage of your startup journey. You'll develop a deeper understanding of the 10 proven sources of funding for your business as well as the advantages and disadvantages for each source of funding. And you'll walk away with the exact tools you need to help you access capital and grow your business. 
How it will help you 
If you want to know how to raise capital for your business, you’re not alone. Each year more than 70% of small businesses use some form of financing. While money doesn’t grow on trees, there are a number of ways you can seek funding for your business—some more traditional than others. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of how to get the capital you need to succeed as you build, launch and grow your business. 

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Jung

Phillip Jung

CFO, Mindoula Health
Phil is the CFO of Mindoula Health, a next generation population health company that deploys tech-enabled teams of care managers, psychiatrists, and health professionals to deliver 24/7 care to populations with behavioral health and medical challenges.Prior to joining Mindoula, Phil... Read More →
avatar for Kim Cayce

Kim Cayce

CEO, Vitamin*E
avatar for Sharon Snow

Sharon Snow

CEO, Metropolitan Capital Strategies
Sharon Snow is the CEO of Metropolitan Capital Strategies (“MCS”) and Managing Member of S Squared Capital Partners, GP. She joined MCS in May 2008 as a Principal and serves on the Investment Committee. In addition, Sharon focuses on business development initiatives at MCS. She... Read More →
avatar for Penny Bladich

Penny Bladich

EVP, Chief Lending Officer, Old Dominion National Bank
Penny Bladich joined Old Dominion National Bank (ODNB) in May of 2017 as their Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending, bringing 20+ years of commercial lending experience to her position, with a focus on healthcare, non-profit and professional services.  In July 2019, Penny... Read More →
avatar for Paul Boudrye

Paul Boudrye

Chief Innovation Officer, House Studios
Paul combines his passion for entrepreneurship and technology to connect people, places and ideas to solve complex problems that resulted in three successful exits in the Internet marketing and advertising business, one of which was one of the first online business to business advertising... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Mindspace

4:30pm EDT

Tech For Good: Connecting Corporate Values to Community Causes

Changing the world is no easy lift, but everyday more and more businesses are embracing opportunities to connect more deeply and more authentically to the communities they serve through volunteer-based initiatives and public policy alignment. Join us for an intimate opportunity to hear from corporate, philanthropic and government disrupters, on how leveraging technology, heightened social awareness and pure human capital, is driving greater impact locally.
 

Moderators
avatar for Ayris T. Scales

Ayris T. Scales

Chief Service Officer, Serve DC
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and operational expansion. She has spent the past 15 years designing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Parker

Lindsey Parker

Chief Technology Officer, Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser
Lindsey Parker was nominated by Mayor Muriel Bowser to be the Chief Technology Officer in January 2019 and was unanimously confirmed by the DC Council on March 5, 2019. Lindsey previously served as Mayor Bowser’s Deputy Chief of Staff. As the District’s Chief Technology Officer... Read More →
avatar for Kate Glantz

Kate Glantz

Senior Manager, Social Impact, Lyft
Kate Glantz is Senior Manager for Social Impact at Lyft. In this role, she supports Lyft teams across the United States and Canada to create, implement, and scale social and civic impact programs. Prior to Lyft, Kate was the founder and CEO of Heartful.ly, a donation platform for... Read More →
avatar for Christine Hoisington

Christine Hoisington

Community Impact & Philanthropy Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton
Christine Hoisington leads Community Impact & Philanthropy at Booz Allen Hamilton where she oversees the firm’s social impact initiatives, philanthropic investments, pro bono, partnerships, and volunteerism.She served in marketing, corporate sponsorship, and fundraising roles at... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Koch

Sarah Koch

Vice President, Social Innovation, Case Foundation
Sarah Koch is Vice President, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, which invests in people and ideas that can change the world. At the Case Foundation, Sarah leads Social Innovation team and directly manages the inclusive entrepreneurship portfolio, which works to create the... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

5:00pm EDT

What Angels Want: Local DMV Angels

In this session, a panel of local angels will answer the following questions:
• What are the local angel groups?
• What do they look for in potential investments?
• How do I cultivate a relationship with an angel investor?
• When do I start the ‘pitch’? What’s the best way to approach and maintain the relationship?

Moderators
avatar for Aurelia Flores

Aurelia Flores

Managing Member, Athena Digital Media Group

Speakers
avatar for Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa L. Bradley

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sidecar Social Finance
Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals... Read More →
avatar for Claire Broido Johnson

Claire Broido Johnson

President, CBJ Energy
Claire is a senior operations executive with a proven track record in creating and managing successful businesses and driving operations (including as founder of SunEdison). After 9 years as President of CBJ Energy, a financing, operations, and business development energy solutions... Read More →
avatar for Rashad Moore

Rashad Moore

Founding member, Score 3 Foundation
Rashad Moore is an engineer, technologist, and startup investor based in Washington, D.C. Formerly the founder of Software Theoretic, an engineering and development firm serving clients in the federal government, Rashad built and later sold the company to RGS, a management consulting... Read More →
avatar for Liz Sara

Liz Sara

Best Marketing LLC
Liz Sara has more than 25 years of experience in the local high-tech community as an entrepreneur, business leader and angel investor. Since founding Best Marketing LLC in 2001, she has consulted with more than 90 early stage and growth-stage tech companies on their go-to-market... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Mindspace

5:30pm EDT

Registration & Networking

Join for networking as we lead into the panel at 6:30pm on "How to change the world through innovation, diversity and venture capital" followed by a reception. 


Monday September 9, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

6:30pm EDT

How to change the world through innovation, diversity and venture capital

Technology has the ability to make changes in local and global communities. Join for a conversation on the importance of using technology for public purpose and the ways that it can make positively have a social impact. 

Moderators
avatar for Marlene Aquino

Marlene Aquino

Chief Diversity Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
For more than 18 years, Marlene Aquino has been a trailblazing leader at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she has spearheaded ground-breaking solutions for both her clients' and the firm's unique challenges. Today, as Booz Allen Hamilton's Chief Diversity Officer, Marlene leads enterprise-wide... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Closing Remarks from Rey Ramsey

Closing Remarks from Rey Ramsey

CEO, Centri Capital
Rey Ramsey is CEO of Centri Capital and Director at Centri Communities. He has devoted his career to building and leading social enterprises with a particular emphasis on housing equity and expanding access to technology in low-income communities. After serving as Oregon‘s Director... Read More →
avatar for Susan Penfield

Susan Penfield

Chief Innovation Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Susan Penfield is Booz Allen’s Chief Innovation Officer and member of the Firm’s leadership team.  Susan’s charge is to advance the Firm’s innovation journey by building and scaling new functional capabilities, cultivating the technical talent of tomorrow, and launching a... Read More →
avatar for Duane C. McKnight

Duane C. McKnight

General Partner, DC Inclusive Innovation Fund
Mr. McKnight is a founding member of MFP, the general partner of the DC Inclusive Innovation Fund, LP (“DCIIF”), an early stage growth equity fund focused on tech-enabled companies headed by underrepresented entrepreneurs. He was previously one the Managing Members of Syncom Venture... Read More →



Monday September 9, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

6:30pm EDT

Engage Abundance

Premium event series, Social Entrepreneurs' Circle, enlightens and engages entrepreneur's awareness of their inherent power to self-accelerate. We believe that founders of color can redefine how they identify themselves in their spaces, and leverage that quality as vital business accelerating capital.

For our premier launch event, entitled "Engage Abundance," we explore how DC's entrepreneurs of color can develop business acceleration through agile engagement practices. Discover resources and tools from our esteemed guest panel that help navigate through growth challenges. We'll collectively examine...
  • Leveraging the energy of rapid change to create opportunities
  • How to find balance between quality vs quantity
  • Powering through limits and challenges to accessing resources
  • Elevating personal agility practices

Moderators
SL

S. Lovey

Founder, Owner and Creator, Evolved Development, Inc.
S. Lovey is the founder, owner and creator of Evolved Development, Inc. & its subsidiaries EVOLVED (newsletter) & EVOLVED homes®. She is a Business Development and Event Programming expert with executive hospitality experience in the Greater Washington, DC & New York City, NY markets... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Candy Schibli

Candy Schibli

Founder, Southeastern Roastery
Candy Schibli is the founder and head roaster at Southeastern Roastery, a specialty coffee roastery curating accessible customer-driven tasting experiences for culinary and cultural accompaniment for wholesale and retail. She has lived in and around the DC area for over 20 years and... Read More →
avatar for Nabi Bilal

Nabi Bilal

Co-founder, CreativeJunkFood
Nabi Bilal is a co-founder of CreativeJunkFood, LLC ( CJF), a multimedia creative studio based in Ward 8. Since 2010, His company has provided services that range from graphic design & branding,  animation & video editing,  web/UI design and web development, and most recently, murals... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Mindspace

7:30pm EDT

Networking Reception

Celebrate the first full day of DC Startup Week with a Networking Reception brought to you by our Innovation Partner: Booz Allen Hamilton. 


Monday September 9, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center
 
Tuesday, September 10
 

9:00am EDT

Breakfast Chat: The Future of Business Bettering the World

Eighty-five percent of Americans say they would likely support a purpose-driven company in their community, while more than two-thirds (68%) say they would want to work for that company (2018 Cone/Porter Novelli Purpose Study). To kickoff DCSW's Social Impact Track, hear from Allison Fansler on why Impact is more than just a business trend: it's the future of doing business.  

Speakers
avatar for Allison Fansler

Allison Fansler

President, KIPP DC
Allison Fansler joined KIPP DC in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer and now serves as KIPP DC’s President.In these roles, Ms. Fansler manages all business operations for KIPP DC, a network of 16 high-performing schools that educate students in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fansler... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Google DC

10:00am EDT

Build a Brand & Raise Your Banner: Startup Comms 101

You have the idea, the plan is in motion – but how do you gather an audience? A thoughtful communications plan is important for reaching customers, investors, partners and other stakeholders. In this workshop, Banner Public Affairs Director and Author ofGet Attention: Brand Building For Startups Kelly Miller will guide founders and aspiring entrepreneurs through the basics of building the platform on which a venture can thrive. Founders can expect to leave with actionable tips & tricks along with a draft “about us” messaging.
 

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller

Communications strategist and Director, Banner Public Affairs
Kelly is a tech-focused communications strategist and Director at Banner Public Affairs where she helps clients – from Fortune 500 companies to up-and-coming startups – communicate their value with compelling, data-rich storytelling. In 2018, Kelly helped spearhead the rebranding... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Google DC

10:00am EDT

Incorporating Impact: How to Define, Implement and Measure Mission-Oriented Initiatives

Interested in creating a Mission-driven culture at your Company? In this session, learn from Suneet Bhatt how to define your mission, implement programs and measure the ROI on impact initiatives. 

Speakers
avatar for Suneet Bhatt

Suneet Bhatt

Co-Founder, Dream Village


Tuesday September 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Google DC

11:00am EDT

Launch Yourself: Personal Branding For Entrepreneurs - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

This course gives you the tools to build a professional personal brand that attracts the opportunities you want and positions you as an expert in your industry. You will learn how to craft a brand that is authentic, memorable, distinctive, credible and powerful using the same principles as leading global brands. 

What You’ll Learn 
Get started by understanding what you want your personal brand to do for you and get inspiration from others who are doing it well. Discover how to create a personal brand that matches your objectives, aspirations and unique attributes. You will be empowered to bring your brand to life and grow your online presence to set you apart, build your platform and bring you opportunities. 

Why you want to learn it 
You'll be better equipped to use the branding tactics deployed by the biggest brands in the world, and apply a proven formula to define, design and deliver a powerful personal brand that brings you professional success and opportunities. Whether you are launching a new business, searching for new clients, media mentions, book deals, promotion, sales, professional opportunities, board seats, speaking engagements, executive positions, or business partnerships - by investing in personal branding you will elevate yourself and your organization. 

How it will help you
You will increase your influence, independence and income by creating a brand that proves your value and worth as an expert. Increase your visibility, use social media to position yourself as an emerging thought leader and prove your value in your industry. You’ll gain clarity, build more self-awareness and show the world what matters to YOU! 

Speakers
avatar for McKeever “Mac” Conwell

McKeever “Mac” Conwell

Co-Manager, TEDCO Seed Builder’s Fund
Mac’s primary role at TEDCO as one of the Program Managers for the Builder Fund is to find, make investment decisions on, and help build Maryland-based startups. Mac uses the knowledge he gained working in both public and private sectors as a software engineer and CEO to help startups... Read More →
avatar for Aurelia Flores

Aurelia Flores

Managing Member, Athena Digital Media Group
avatar for Xina Eiland

Xina Eiland

President and CEO, X+PR
Xina Eiland is the President and CEO of X+PR, a full service, independent communications agency. A visionary leader and recognized authority in multicultural communications, digital media and event planning, Xina brings a wealth of experience to clients, helping them effectively connect... Read More →
avatar for Kim Cayce

Kim Cayce

CEO, Vitamin*E


Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Google DC

11:00am EDT

Founder Stories: Unique Challenges in Social Entrepreneurship

Starting a mission-driven startup has become an increasingly popular trend among new businesses. Hear from three entrepreneurs as they discuss how they create impact and how their mission has evolved as they grow their business.



Moderators
avatar for Adeleke Omitowoju

Adeleke Omitowoju

Venture Partner, 1863 Ventures

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Cohen

Alexander Cohen

Founder & CEO, TwentyTables
Alex Cohen is the founder of TwentyTables, a socially conscious mobile marketplace of fixed-cost meals that empowers marginalized consumers to rediscover professionally prepared food. Alex and the TwentyTables team won SXSW Pitch's coveted 'Best Bootstrap' award this year, and recently... Read More →
avatar for David Sudolsky

David Sudolsky

Founder & CEO, Boldr
With a desire to change the industry’s game, David founded Boldr in 2017, a purpose-driven outsourcing company with a goal to help people grow and connect. As CEO, his holistic vision for growth aims to enrich Clients, Company, and the Community. His commitment to impact work also... Read More →
avatar for Shraddha Rathod

Shraddha Rathod

CEO & Co-founder, Freshspire
Shraddha is the founder of Freshspire, software that enables grocery stores, food distributors, and restaurants work with smaller and local farmers/vendors. Part of Freshspire's mission is to help optimize local food systems by providing strong technology to do so. Shraddha's background... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Google DC

12:00pm EDT

Lunch & Learn: How to Tailor Your Message to Resonate With Your Audience Online - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

Are you producing content online but feel like you're speaking to thin air? Maybe you haven't even shared a peep about your brand or creative idea because you're not sure who would buy. This session is designed to help you discover who resonates with you the most, transform your messaging in a way that connects with your target audience, and convert those folks into a loyal community. Authenticity is the name of the game and you can't afford to get lost in the noise. If you are at the beginning of your journey or even in an adjustment phase and need a refresher, this one's for you.

Speakers
avatar for Makisha Noël

Makisha Noël

Brand Strategist and Coach
Join us for lunch and learn: What do influential politicians, rap artists, and entrepreneurs have in common? A brand that resonates. As a Brand Strategist and Coach, Makisha helps people fearlessly shape culture by creating their authentic brand that disrupts the status quo. She coaches... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Google DC

12:00pm EDT

Social Impact Networking Lunch

Stay for lunch to network and celebrate the social impact startup community! 

Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Google DC

12:00pm EDT

How to Raise Seed Capital of $50K - $100K: Lessons from K-Street Capital angel group

One of the biggest challenges for early stage companies is raising the first true seed round of $50k - $100K beyond the initial investments from founders, family/friends and/or crowdfunding.  


This period is the “death valley” of financing for companies- you are still in the development/validation phase and likely still pre-revenue or very small revenue. Where do you go for funding? 
Most founders turn to individual angel investors because you are too early stage for angel investment groups.
But are you really “too early stage”? 
K-Street Capital angel group has broken away from the typical angel group investment model and invests in early, often pre-revenue stage companies. The typical initial investment size is $25,000 - $100,000 with follow-on investments as warranted.  K-Street Capital’s goal is to provide a catalyst to promising, early stage companies. 
In a roundtable/panel format, members of K Street Capital will lead an informative discussion about their decision-making process to invest in early stage startup companies. Key issues include what they look for in the team & business model, their due diligence process, typical terms, and how much they typically invest. They will also discuss why/how their model is different from the typical angel group.

The primary audience is founders of early stage startup companies who need to understand the mindset of an angel investor.  Those interested in understanding the role of angel investors in the startup ecosystem will also benefit from this session.

Location: American University Center for Innovation (AUCI), East Campus, Don Myers Technology Building, Room 221
Parking Lot: Paid Parking available.  Free AU Shuttle Buses from Tenleytown Metro Station (ask for the stop near East Campus). Map and directions to the building are attached.


Moderators
avatar for Tommy White

Tommy White

Interim Director, American University Innovation Center (AUCI)
The event will be moderated by Tommy White, Interim Director of the American University Innovation Center (AUCI) and the host of the event.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley E. Davis

Ashley E. Davis

Lead Principal, West Front Strategies
Ashley E. Davis is a lead principal at West Front Strategies, a multi-million dollar lobbying firm she co-founded in 2015. Previously served as Special Assistant to the Secretary in the then-newly created Office of Homeland Security. Ashley is board member of Turning Point Brands... Read More →
avatar for Julian Ha

Julian Ha

Partner, Heidrick and Struggles
Julian Ha is a Partner with Heidrick and Struggles, a global executive search firm.  Julian was a co-founder of DDL, a venture capital fund based in London, UK.  Julian is an active angel investor and serves on the ExCo of K Street Capital. He is currently a board member of the... Read More →
avatar for Penny Lee

Penny Lee

Invariant
Penny Lee is a seasoned political and communications strategist with over 20 years of experience. Currently, Penny leads the public affairs practice at Invariant, the largest woman-owned lobbying and bipartisan firm in the country and was previously the chief strategy officer of 1776... Read More →
avatar for Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Chairman & CEO, The Montgomery Strategies Group
Michael Robinson is the Chairman and CEO of The Montgomery Strategies Group, serving as a trusted counselor and strategist to global C-Suite executives, Boards of Directors, marketplace leaders, and elected officials.  Michael works with a broad range of private and public companies... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Seiger

Jonah Seiger

Connections Media
Jonah Seiger is a veteran digital agency executive and communications strategist. He is the founder and former CEO of Connections Media, a Washington DC-based digital agency offering services to the Auto Alliance, Google, NBC, PhRMA, Starbucks, WK Kellogg Foundation, JDRF, DATA/ONE... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
American University Center for Innovation (AUCI)

12:30pm EDT

Founder Fundamentals: Choosing the Right Partners

What are the core foundational services all companies need when launching: legal, accounting, insurance, healthcare, technology and more. Learn how to choose the right service partners and ensure you are covered from all legal and business perspectives. 


Moderators
avatar for Anthony Millin

Anthony Millin

Chair, NEXT, Powered by Shulman Rogers
Anthony Millin is the Chair of NEXT and a trusted legal and business advisor to startup, early-stage and emerging growth companies. As a corporate and securities attorney, a successful serial entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, Anthony brings a unique legal and business perspective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie McLaughlin

Katie McLaughlin

Senior Vice President,, Corporate Benefits
Katie McLaughlin is a Senior Vice President at NFP where she helps companies and their employees feel safe and secure. She works with employers to craft customized benefits solutions that keep their people and company happy and healthy. She has worked with multiple market segments... Read More →
avatar for Cody Z Anderson

Cody Z Anderson

Certified Equity Professional (CEP), Carta
avatar for Mark Brenner

Mark Brenner

Co-founder & CEO, WEST Growth
Mark Brenner is currently co-founder & CEO of WEST Growth, a subsidiary of 50 year old accounting firm Wiss & Company.  WEST provides proprietary software and service to over 75 early stage companies to significantly increase their probability of success and obtain a “Return on... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Keane

Ryan Keane

Sales Director- Corporate Solutions, Nasdaq
Ryan is a graduate of Fairfield University in CT.  Post-graduation, he worked as an analyst for the data storage company EMC Corp in Boston, MA before joining Nasdaq.  At Nasdaq he focuses on working with Law Firms and their clients to deliver a best in class meeting collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Stewart, CBPA

Rebecca Stewart, CBPA

District Sales Manager and Certified Business Performance Advisor, Insperity, Inc.
Rebecca Stewart, CBPA, is a District Sales Manager and Certified Business Performance Advisor with Insperity, Inc. (NYSE: NSP), a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions for America’s best businesses. Since starting with Insperity 13 years ago, Rebecca... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT
Google DC

1:00pm EDT

Take Your Transferrable Skills With You! - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

Whether you're doing scaling your company or climbing the corporate ladder you'll always be faced with new challenges that require more from you than before. Understanding your transferrable skills and how they will propel you to new heights like a new stage for your company, a new role in a new company, or breaking into a new industry is crucial. We all have more to offer than what fits on a resume. Leveraging what you've learned in the past to ascend in the present will allow you to walk through doors you thought would never open.



Speakers
avatar for Adam Mutschler

Adam Mutschler

COO, The Kedar Group


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Google DC

1:15pm EDT

Investment Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs

Taking on external investment is a strategic decision for any business owner as they look for the next phase of growth. This session covers investment opportunities available for social entrepreneurs. 

Moderators
avatar for Seema Alexander

Seema Alexander

Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Lexden Capital
Seema Alexander is the Vice President &  Chief Marketing Officer at Lexden Capital, where they develop, structures, and/or finances sustainable infrastructure and commercial real estate projects for the Public and Private Sector (including complex P3s) from $20M-$250M. Prior to Lexden... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Darius Baxter

Darius Baxter

Co-Founder and Chief Engagement Officer, GOODProjects
avatar for Zulfe Ali

Zulfe Ali

Managing Partner, C5 Accelerate
Zulfe Ali is a Managing Partner at C5. He is currently raising a social impact fund. He has over 20 years of experience leading corporate investments and transactions in the US and EMEA. He recently served the role of Chief Investment Officer at the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain... Read More →
avatar for Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson

Co-Founder, The Giving Block
Alex’s background is in management consulting where he worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop strategies around emerging technologies like AI, IoT, and blockchain. As he went down the blockchain rabbit hole, he began to focus his time on blockchain and cryptocurrency which... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm EDT
Google DC

2:00pm EDT

Core Value Experience & Communication Coaching

Is fear holding you back from exploring effective solutions to your business/professional life? What do you really want and how do you get it? This interactive session includes a core value mining exercise and techniques of how to monitor your inner critic and operate in the mindset of possibilities!  All attendees are invited to enter to receive a gift of three accountability coaching sessions within 30 days.
 
+Identify your “core values” and the connection to how your work fulfills you.
+Evaluate which of our core values are being honored and which are not.
+Discover ways to use core values to make important personal and professional decisions and choice


Speakers
avatar for LaTanya Eggleston, M.A.

LaTanya Eggleston, M.A.

Engagement Coach
LaTanya is a college professor, a communication coach, and a mentor for the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute at Anne Arundel College in Maryland, where they host an annual Business Pitch Competition for $100, 000 (http://www.aacc.edu/about/schools-of-study/business-and-law/entre... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Mindspace

2:00pm EDT

Maximize your New LLC Startup: Tips on Taxes, Retirement, & Accounting (Conference Room 1)

Are you a sole proprietor or single-member LLC? Join us to learn how to lower your taxes, create your own retirement plan, and avoid IRS/bookkeeping nightmares.

This event will be held in the large conference room at Mindspace!

Speakers
avatar for Alvin Carlos

Alvin Carlos

Co-founder and CEO, District Capital Management


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Mindspace

2:00pm EDT

The Improviser's Mindset - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

Train yourself like a theatrical improviser so you can be a more successful entrepreneur. Throughout their work with startups around the world, Collective Capital has found that the tools that allow groups to get up onstage and create stories in front of live audiences also foster the necessary business skills of curiosity, generosity, and resilience. In this interactive session, you'll participate in some low-pressure and fun exercises that will help you build these entrepreneurial muscles.



Speakers
avatar for Mona Thompson

Mona Thompson

Co-Founder, Collective Capital
Mona Thompson is a performer, researcher, and creative facilitator. She co-founded Collective Capital in 2014, where she uses her background with theatrical improvisation and design thinking to help teams be more connected and innovative. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has performed and ta... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Google DC

2:00pm EDT

Impact, Inc: How Three Different DC Companies Make a Difference

Whether you identify as non-profit or for-proft, creating a purpose-driven culture looks different for each company. Three companies will share how they approach impact within their organizations. 

Moderators
avatar for Michelai Graham

Michelai Graham

Market Editor, Technical.ly DC

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Finnefrock

Jessica Finnefrock

EVP, Global Operations, The Knot Worldwide
Jessica Finnefrock is the Executive Vice President of Global Operations at The Knot Worldwide, the leading global online marketplace serving the wedding industry in 15 countries. In this role, Jessica is responsible for finding ways to unlock new growth, drive alignment on strategy... Read More →
avatar for Danya Sherman

Danya Sherman

Founder & CEO, KnoNap
Danya Sherman, Founder and CEO of KnoNap, is an entrepreneur passionate about combining technology innovation and human rights to create lasting, sustainable, social change. With KnoNap, she participated as a Target Incubator Fellow, Halcyon Fellow, Future Founders Fellow, and Kairos... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, GOODProjects
As a child, Danny dreamed of one day running his own company and positively changing the world through this entity. Fortunately, during Danny’s senior year of college he was summoned into a brotherhood and lifelong bond. Darius and Troye emphatically pulled Danny into a friendship... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Google DC

3:00pm EDT

When Good Things Happen to Bad Founders: Personality as a Predictor of Success - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

Iconic entrepreneurs are often celebrated and admired for their personalities, but the same traits that enable their success have also led to public failures and the demise of their reputations. Where would they be today if they had known about the science behind self-awareness? How can founders utilize their unique personality traits to accelerate their ideas, technologies and companies?

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Svensson-Piavent

Kristina Svensson-Piavent

Founder and CEO, Yuduyu, the Next-Generation Resume
After years of working beside high-profile entrepreneurs and corporate executives (Louis Vuitton, Celine, Soundcloud, the Ritz Paris, Disney, Sony, The Guardian, DDB, etc.) in eight countries and in seven languages, Kristina is an expert on harnessing the potential of the world’s... Read More →
avatar for Nikki Blacksmith, Ph.D.

Nikki Blacksmith, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Blackhawke Behaviour Science
Dr. Blacksmith performs human capital due diligence focused on predicting performance in early-stage and high-growth startups. Widely quoted in the news media and with over 60 published scientific papers, Nikki is known for her expertise and research on cognitive bias, personality... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Google DC

3:00pm EDT

#IAmRemarkable: Self-Promotion Workshop - (Conference Room 1)

I am a certified trainer for Google's #IAmRemarkable workshop which empowers women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. The workshop will highlight to participants the importance of self promotion in their careers, personal branding, and entrepreneurial journeys, plus provide them with the tools to practice this skill after the workshop.

This event will take place in the large conference room at Mindspace!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Chase

Amy Chase

Founder and CEO, The Crescendo Group
Ms. Amy Chase has nine years of experience managing USG-funded projects, especially USAID projects in conflict and unstable environments. She has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kosovo, and Rwanda. She has previously worked for World Learning, Democracy International, The... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Mindspace

3:00pm EDT

Reaching Across the Profit Aisle: Finding Partnership Opportunities

Create successful collaborations that have an impact are crucial for startups. Learn from a diverse panel from both sides of business on how to build partnerships to maximize efforts. 

Moderators
avatar for Suneet Bhatt

Suneet Bhatt

Co-Founder, Dream Village
Suneet is in his mid-40s but he tells people he's in his mid-50s because then their reaction is "wow, you look great for 54." He's held a host of positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, across organizations of all sizes. Which simply by the benefit of years and roles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Simnick

David Simnick

CEO and Co-Founder, Soapbox
David Simnick is the Managing Partner of Impact Driven Brands, parent company of the mission-driven personal care brand, Soapbox, and the delicious condiment company, Bushwick Kitchen. Soapbox’s mission is to empower consumers to change the world through everyday, quality purchases... Read More →
avatar for Erlend Johannesen

Erlend Johannesen

Country Director, Boldr
Erlend is a breath of optimism to every room he walks into. He is the founder of Streetlight Philippines and a director for A Million Voices, two NGOs that focus on youth advancement. He is also a Resident Agent and the Founder’s Board Representative to the Philippines for NORDIC... Read More →
avatar for Dale Nirvani Pfeifer

Dale Nirvani Pfeifer

Founder & CEO, Goodworld
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer is on a mission to make payments a force for good. Her company Goodworld makes charitable giving on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram frictionless, viral and secure. Its payments technology is used by over 3500 of the world's top charities as well as large financial... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Google DC

3:00pm EDT

Mission Entrepreneur: How to start a business for under 1k

Career-minded military spouses (91% of whom are female) face the added challenge of maintaining careers while relocating every few years. This mobile lifestyle oftentimes includes moves overseas, which can make finding and holding professional jobs extremely difficult. As a result, a growing number of military spouses have taken the skills they have developed managing military families and translated them into “mobile businesses” that move with them when the military relocates their families to the next duty station.

What You’ll Learn:
This workshop will show you how to start a “mobile” business - that you can take with you anywhere in the world and adapt to your business life - for under $1k. We’ll look at the Top 5 businesses for Mompreneurs and Military Spouses, and give you the framework to get started for under $1k.

Why you want to learn it: 
The realization that entrepreneurship is a feasible path for many military spouses has created a groundswell of well-intended, resourceful and educated women who are moving past the hardships of military family life to create scalable businesses that provide job opportunities for others in their communities.

How it will help you: 
You will learn how to start a “mobile business” that gives you the flexibility and freedom you want from your career while still allowing you to put your family first. You’ll discover the top 5 businesses you can start today for under $1,000. Learn from experienced mompreneurs and military spouses, and leave with a plan to start tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Omojola Hebron

Omojola Hebron

Senior Consultant, EY
Omojola is a Government and Public Sector Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young with expertise in Performance and Process Improvement. She works closely with clients to help them improve the performance of their finance function and the larger business. She aids in strategic alignment... Read More →
avatar for Jen Griswold

Jen Griswold

Jen Griswold is both an accomplished entrepreneur and military officer with a big heart for serving. She is committed to educating military spouses, sharing resources, and inspiring them to start businesses of their own.Her career began as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force... Read More →
avatar for Kim Cayce

Kim Cayce

CEO, Vitamin*E
avatar for Flossie Hall

Flossie Hall

National Director, The Rosie Network
Flossie is an accomplished entrepreneur specializing in e-commerce, marketing strategy, business development, growth of operations, and sales. She is currently serving as the Director of Project Initiatives at The Rosie Network, which guides military spouse and veteran entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Moni Jefferson

Moni Jefferson

CEO, Moni Jefferson PR
Moni Jefferson is a serial entrepreneur and Active Duty Air Force Spouse. Today, Moni is  the CEO of Dog Tags and Heels, where she specializes in influencer relations and public relations for consumer goods and services.  Moni collaborates with her clients to build their brand while... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Mandello

Chelsea Mandello

CEO, Troopster Military Care Packages
Chelsea Mandello is the founder and CEO of Troopster Military Care Packages. A veteran, Chelsea served in the U.S. Navy as a Photojournalist for 7 years, where she travelled more than 13 countries.  Additionally she travelled across 9 different ships reporting the Navy's story. Consequently... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Rowley

Crystal Rowley

Founder & CEO, Crystal Does
Crystal Rowley is the Founder & CEO of Crystal Does It, a 100% disabled veteran/military spouse-owned business that provides virtual assistance and creative services to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  A former Force Support Officer in the Air Force, Crystal is using her... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Mindspace

4:00pm EDT

Path to B-Corp Certification - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

Certified B Corporations are leaders of the movement of people using business as a force for good.  B Corp is to business what Fair Trade is to coffee or USDA Organic is to milk. While part of a global movement, there is a growing community of local DC area B Corps.  This talk will explain what a B Corp is and use the experiences of a local firm, Fors Marsh Group, to explore the path to certification and what it means to be part of the B Corp movement.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Garthwaite

Ben Garthwaite

Senior Vice President and Co-Owner, Fors Marsh Group (FMG)
Ben Garthwaite is a Senior Vice President and Co-Owner of Fors Marsh Group (FMG).  FMG is a research-first company specializing in understanding, influencing, and measuring the way people and organizations think and make decisions.  Ben joined FMG almost a decade ago with a focus... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Google DC

4:00pm EDT

Why Angels need to Focus on Female Founders

We know the statistics:  Less than 3% of VC funding goes to female founders, YET female founded startups tend to bring better returns when they do get investment dollars. Join us to hear from angels and female founders on why woman-focused, woman-run angel group is so needed.  



Speakers
avatar for Elise Whang

Elise Whang

CEO, Co-Founder, LePrix
Elise Whang is the CEO, Co-Founder of LePrix, a B2B + B2C tech-enabled marketplace that empowers curated designer consignment stores to sell online and source wholesale inventory to grow their businesses. Elise has been recognized as 40 under 40 and Power Women in Tech in the region... Read More →
avatar for Marla Blow

Marla Blow

Founder & CEO, FS Card
Marla Blow is the Founder and CEO of FS Card, a startup credit card company (sold to strategic acquirer in December 2018), and serves as a Partner with Fenway Summer. In February 2018, Ms. Blow joined the Board of Directors of Care.com, the world's largest online marketplace for finding... Read More →
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Allyson Redpath

Founder, Citrine Angels
Allyson Redpath is a former investment banker who currently advises companies as a contract CFO. She is the founder of Citrine Angels, a newly-formed angel group for women to invest in female-founded companies.
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Cee Smith

Angel Investor
Cee Smith is a Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Ecosystem builder. She invests in Woman and LGBTQ lead companies.
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Liz Whitehead

CEO and Founder, 12PointFive
Liz Whitehead, CEO and Founder of 12PointFive, is an executive with 17 years of helping companies meet supplier diversity and inclusion goals. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies that are educating their staff on the value of supplier diversity and inclusion as well as certified... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Google DC

4:30pm EDT

How Purpose Sets You Apart - (Google DC - The Briefing Room)

At Fors Marsh Group (FMG), we believe in making a greater difference in society through our work and our corporate practices. We believe in this mission so much that we became the first Washington, D.C.-area research company to become a Certified B Corp. As a Certified B Corp, FMG is committed to business practices that benefit our clients, organization, employees, community, and the world.
 
To build on this philosophy and to deepen our commitment of using business as a force for good, we formed FMG SERV, a new company division that creates and directs our corporate social responsibility efforts through employee-led project teams. Through FMG SERV, we seek to improve the communities in which we work and the pro bono professional initiatives we launch to address national issues of importance.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Escoubas

Matt Escoubas

Director of FMG SERV, Fors Marsh Group (FMG)
Matt Escoubas serves as Director of FMG SERV, a Fors Marsh Group (FMG) division focused on using business as a force for good. FMG SERV leverages FMG’s expertise and insight to tackle pressing societal efforts including growing the B Corp movement, working to reduce the stigma associated... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Google DC

4:30pm EDT

Scaling Your Startup? How to be Prepared

When startup companies begin to scale  operations, there are many tasks to consider and prepare for. Join us for an open dialogue on how to scale with leading experts who will offer advice and strategies on how to effectively expand their operations from legal and accounting needs to finding the right space to build a team.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Alford

Harry Alford

Co-Founder, Humble Ventures
 Whether in venture capital, education or sports, Harry’s career has always centered around inclusion.A 4x founder, Harry is based in Washington, DC and is Co-Founder of humble ventures where he supports diverse entrepreneurs and driving innovation opportunities for industry leaders.Harry’s... Read More →
avatar for Alex Karmazin

Alex Karmazin

Finance & Operations Director, VEDA Data Solutions
Alex Karmazin is the Finance & Operations Director at VEDA Data Solutions, a startup which is pioneering an all-in-one solution for health insurers and Systems. By using machine learning methods,VEDA provides more accurate provider directories to health insurers and systems, a problem... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Friedlander

Lisa Friedlander

Business Development Manager, NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers
Lisa Friedlander is a former corporate attorney, founder of Activity Rocket (sold to Thrively in 2017) and the current Business Development Manager for the NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers. Lisa also focuses on the Business Financial Services Group, Mergers & Acquisitions... Read More →
avatar for Zach Giegel

Zach Giegel

Co-Founder, GSP Financial + Advisory,
Zach has over 20 years years of experience in accounting and finance, working at both a national and regional CPA firm, consistently adding value to the closely held and publicly traded technology and food and beverage clients he served. He is an entrepreneur himself, a co-founder... Read More →
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Tom Fuge

Regional SVP, Truss
Tom Fuge is a commercial real estate broker with over ten years of industry experience. He has completed over 200 leasing transactions with clients across several industries including trade associations, law firms, government contractors, and Fortune 500 companies. In his current... Read More →
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Tom Smith

Co-Founder, Truss
Tom Smith manages sales, marketing & finance at Truss. With a maniacal focus on the customer, Tom builds strategic partnerships to expand Truss’ offerings and explosive growth. Prior to starting Truss, he gained more than 20 years entrepreneurship focused on financial growth in... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Mindspace

6:00pm EDT

StartOut: Options for Funding your Startup

Do you have a business you are ready to grow, but also have questions about accessing the capital you need to take that next step? Funding is often considered synonymous with venture capital, but venture capital isn't the right option for every business. And, as we all know not everyone has the same access to the world of institutional investors.

If you're an entrepreneur who wants to understand all your options for raising capital, join StartOut for a panel discussion on accessing traditional and alternative funding for your business.

You can also register here!

Agenda

6:00-6:30 PM - Doors Open/Introduction
6:30-7:30 PM - Panel Discussion
7:30 - 8:30 PM - Post event networking
8:30-9:00 PM - Wrap Up

Transportation
Metro Center (Red, Orange, Silver, & Blue lines), McPherson Square (Orange, Silver, & Blue lines)"

Tuesday September 10, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
CrossLead

6:00pm EDT

Super Meetup (Presented by Technical.ly & Sponsored by Truss)

The Super Meetup is a gathering of the most-connected members of the local tech, startup, and entrepreneurial scene. It’s a chance to make new friends and learn more about local tech and entrepreneurial resources and tech-focused meetup groups.

The idea of the Super Meetup is simple: meetups are integral to any tech scene. Every now and then, it makes sense to rally the leaders of tech-related meetups in town and gather for one big mixer. The idea is to connect people with groups they may not have otherwise known about.

What to expect:
• Learn about the participating Meetups and chat with the organizers one-on-one to find out more ways to get involved.
• Bring plenty of business cards and lots of energy! There will be a number of people you will want to network with.
• Find opportunities with the exhibiting sponsors (and grab some sweet swag)

Tuesday September 10, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Mindspace

6:30pm EDT

Food entrepreneurs: Best practices to take your startup to the next level

Hear from successful food truck owners and social media experts on how best to leverage technology and social media to take your business to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Florendo-Stevens

Sophie Florendo-Stevens

General Manager and curator, Smorgasburg D
Sophie Florendo-Stevens is General Manager and curator of Smorgasburg DC, an outdoor food fair bringing together the brightest new ideas in the DC culinary scene every Saturday.
avatar for Roro Lebanese

Roro Lebanese

Born first-generation Lebanese-American, the culture and tradition of Lebanese cuisine was instilled in Roro at a very early age. He loves Lebanese food and his hope is to spread good vibes and delicious Lebanese food with is family.
avatar for Sofiat Abdulrazaaq

Sofiat Abdulrazaaq

COO, Goodfynd
Sofiat is the COO of Goodfynd, a saas company optimized for food truck owners and operators. Prior to Goodfynd, she has served as a product owner and business strategist for major nonprofits and F500 corporations.


Tuesday September 10, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
WeWork Wonderbread

6:30pm EDT

HBCU CEO Reception



A gathering for CEOs and Founders who have graduated from, have a close connection to, or support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the HBCU CEO Initiative is an outgrowth of KSGSC’s Minority Business Strategies Conference, which tackles challenges germane to minority small business owners, creates local support systems, and promotes excellence in business. During the reception, there will be a special announcement about the national program launch. 


The HBCU CEO Reception is presented by KSG Strategic Consulting and is sponsored by Xfinity, DC Startup Week, and the DC Small Business Development Center.


Register here for the HBCU CEO Reception
Registration is open until September 9th, or until capacity is reached, whichever comes first. 

Join the Conversation!
Follow @KesiStribling @ComcastBeltway @DCStartupWeek and use the following hashtags to join the conversation live during the reception: #HBCUCEO #XfinityChinatown #DCStartupWeek #ImproveGrowSustain



Speakers
avatar for Kesi Stribling

Kesi Stribling

Founder and CEO, KSG Strategic Consulting
For more than two decades, Kesi Stribling has helped clients improve, grow, and sustain their organizations through advisement, coaching and training. As the founder and CEO of Washington, DC-based KSG Strategic Consulting (KSGSC), Kesi is passionate about working with small and mid-sized... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Studio Xfinity
 
Wednesday, September 11
 

8:00am EDT

WeDC House: Registration, Coffee & Networking

Join us for a coffee and networking to kick start our full day at WeDC House!

Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Wednesday September 11, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

9:15am EDT

WeDC House: Key Note & Fireside with Donna Khalife (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Join us for a keynote and fireside chat with Donna Khalife, Founder of Surprise Ride and Shark Tank Alum!

Moderators
avatar for Michelai Graham

Michelai Graham

Market Editor, Technical.ly DC

Speakers
avatar for Donna Khalife

Donna Khalife

Founder, Surprise Ride
Donna Khalife is founder of Surprise Ride, a company that develops and delivers activity kits to homes around the country to give kids a break from technology. The company has brought 50+ products to market and was recently acquired by Fat Brain Toys. Donna and her sister, Rosy, drew upon their childhoods to found Surpr... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

10:00am EDT

WeDC House: 1 Million Cups (Eaton: Salon)

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.

Presenting:
TurnURL : TuneURL, Inc. is a fast-growing technology company in radio advertisement. Our technology makes the passive radio listener an active listener, since they can indicate (impulsive) interest with one simple action (such as swipe, voice command). Our technology allows radio advertisers to track attribution of their radio ads and revolutionize insight into ROI of radio ads.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-million-cups-washington-dcdc-startup-week-september-11th-2019-presenting-tuneurl-tickets-68490146873?ref=eios

Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

10:00am EDT

WeDC House: Why DC is the Capital of Inclusive Innovation (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Washington, DC continues to build the “Capital of Inclusive Innovation” following the vision outlined in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “Pathways to Inclusion Report”. Join us for a panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges associated with building a truly diverse and inclusive tech and innovation ecosystem in the District.

Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Speakers
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Thomas Sanchez

Co-Founder & CEO, Social Driver; Chair, Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council (ITIC)
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Joycelyn James

Tech & Innovation Portfolio Manager, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
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Elizabeth Lindsey

Executive Director, ByteBack
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Aaron Saunders

Founder & CEO, nclusive Innovation Incubator (In3)
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Delano Squires

Director, Connect.DC


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

11:00am EDT

WeDC House: How to Build an Inclusive Culture at your Startup (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Expand the depth and breadth of your team – and become more competitive – by creating a culture at your startup that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds and experiences. Learn firsthand from startup and company leaders about the benefits and challenges associated with creating diverse organizations as they share from their own personal experiences. Gain practical insight into how you, too, can build a truly diverse and inclusive culture at your startup.

Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Moderators
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Michelai Graham

Market Editor, Technical.ly DC

Speakers
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Rakia Finley

Copper & Vine Studio, Co, Founding Partner
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Michael Akin

President LINK, Strategic Partners
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Jane Jonas

Eyeth Studios & Gallaudet University Alum, CEO
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Sammie Paul

Chief Operating Officer, MEANS Database


Wednesday September 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

12:00pm EDT

WeDC House: Lunch Hosted by DC’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3) (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Joins us for a lunch and learn hosted by DC’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3).  In3 is the District of Columbia’s first space focused on inclusion, innovation and incubation. The incubator is committed to creating a collaborative environment where under-resourced members have access to the space and services needed to build or grow a successful business. Visit www.In3DC.com

Please note to be able to attend lunch you will have to be present for at least one session prior!

Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Wednesday September 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

12:00pm EDT

Grow, Build, Sustain: “From Seeds to Sales, A Cannabis Tech Salon”

Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan D.C. Chapter, and D.C. Startup Week during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 49th Annual Legislative Conference for Grow, Build, Sustain: “From Seeds to Sales, A Cannabis Tech Salon”. This year, the Cannabis Tech Salon is honoring Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and Washington, D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser. We will be showcasing the growth and development of cannabis production in an effort to include and empower more Black business owners, a demographic that is tremendously underrepresented in today’s legal cannabis economy. The cannabis industry employs thousands of people in high-tech agricultural jobs, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. And, roughly two-thirds of Americans now live in states where some form of cannabis is legal, and polls consistently demonstrate that over 70% of Americans support permitting states to develop their own cannabis policies.

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Location: Eaton Workshop, 1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC.

Participants: Members of Congress, banking institutions, cannabis industry innovators, thought-leaders, policymakers, retailers, and manufacturers will be in attendance educating attendees on the financing, growth, production, and distribution of cannabis products.

To Learn More: Please contact Mariko Bennett at 301-741-3443 or via email at mariko@cocobproductions.com.

In compliance with the United States’ House and Senate Ethics Guidelines, event reception fare and entertainment will be reasonable and of de minimis value consistent with the rules under the “Reception Exception” provision.

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser

Mayor, DC Government
As Mayor of her hometown, Muriel Bowser is committed to building pathways to the middle class and making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot. Washington, DC is a growing and prospering city—now more than 700,000 residents strong. To keep up with this growth, the Bowser Administration... Read More →
avatar for John Kagia

John Kagia

Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data
John Kagia is considered to be one the pioneering thought leaders in the cannabis industry. He has developed market leading forecasts for the growth of the industry, uncovered groundbreaking research into the cannabis consumer, and led the first-of-its-kind analysis of global cannabis... Read More →
avatar for Ayris T. Scales

Ayris T. Scales

Chief Service Officer, Serve DC
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and operational expansion. She has spent the past 15 years designing... Read More →
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Joe Neguse

Congressman, Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee... Read More →
avatar for Mariko Bennett

Mariko Bennett

Founder, COCO B. Productions
Mariko Bennett is founder of COCO B. Productions, a strategic consulting firm based in in the nation’s capital.As a corporate and political affairs leader she helps Fortune 500 companies navigate Washington, DC’s inner circles and get results in the chambers of Congress.Representing... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Samuel

Stacey Samuel

Supervising Editor, NPR
A reporter and producer with over 20 years of experience, now Stacey Samuel currently serves as supervising editor for National Public Radio each day crafting the stories that shape our national discourse and tell of the human condition. The stories she edits touch all the newsmagazine... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Uplift Companies
Kevin Ford, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Uplift Companies, has spent the last 5+ years as a commercial real estate advisor and brings over a decade of brand development and management experience in various industries. Kevin is a native of Prince George’s County... Read More →
avatar for Yvette M. Alexander

Yvette M. Alexander

Professional Summary of Yvette M. AlexanderThe Honorable Yvette M. Alexander served as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia from May 2007 to January 2017. In 2015-2016, she served as Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, which has oversight of a $4.5... Read More →
avatar for Hope Wiseman

Hope Wiseman

Founder, Mary & Main
In the fall of 2017, Hope’s ambition and hard work led her to become the youngest black woman dispensary owner in the United States when she officially started Mary and Main.Hope was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, graduating from the illustrious Spelman College... Read More →
avatar for Mary Pryor

Mary Pryor

Co-Founder, Cannaclusive
Amongst her colleagues, Mary Pryor is known for being a trendsetting, innovative, passionate and strategic problem solver. Mary has always been ahead of the curve due to being immersed in automotive design, electrical engineering, music, education, digital arts, and marketing while... Read More →
avatar for Chanda Macias

Chanda Macias

National Healing Holistic Center
Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD is the owner and General Manager of National Healing Holistic Center. Dr. Chanda has the scientific insight to assist patients with dosages and medical marijuana strain alignment to find the right medicine for their needs.
avatar for Elroy P. Sailor

Elroy P. Sailor

Mr. Elroy P. Sailor has a 30-year track record of success in government, private business and corporate consulting where he has represented major national retailers, sports organizations, Fortune 500 companies and foreign governments. He is Co-founder and served in both capacities... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Strother Lassiter

Natasha Strother Lassiter

CEO, Co-Founder, BLU Elements Ventures
Natasha Strother Lassiter brings 20 years of leadership, finance, operations and entrepreneurship experience from the food and beverage industry to her role as CEO and Co-Founder of BLU Elements, a newly formed cannabis company.Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer of Prime... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Eaton Workshop - 1st Floor

1:00pm EDT

WeDC House: How to Nail a Perfect Elevator Pitch (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Every founder and startup needs to have their "perfect" elevator pitch. Join Ryan as he will share his framework for constructing a super-powered 30 second elevator pitch. Know what points you need to hit and learn the best way to build a pitch that is short, but powerful. By the end of this interactive workshop you'll be the best in the room at introducing your company to potential investors, customers, partners, or anyone who needs to get your message fast.


Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

1:00pm EDT

WeDC House:Financial Projections Workshop for SaaS Companies (Eaton: Barnett-Aden)

Designed to help SaaS company founders create financial projections from start to finish, GSP CFOs and Financial Analysts will show you exactly how to create a great projection using GSP Financial + Advisory templates and key assumptions based and industry knowledge. Walk away from this workshop with a working financial projection. 


Speakers
avatar for Zach Giegel

Zach Giegel

Co-Founder, GSP Financial + Advisory,
Zach has over 20 years years of experience in accounting and finance, working at both a national and regional CPA firm, consistently adding value to the closely held and publicly traded technology and food and beverage clients he served. He is an entrepreneur himself, a co-founder... Read More →
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Daniel Zheng

Finance strategist, GSP Financial + Advisory
Daniel Zheng is a Finance strategist at GSP Financial + Advisory, who works for a wide range of GSP clients to provide precise and sophisticated financial modeling services in cash flow forecasting, profitability analysis, business analytics functions, market research, due diligence... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

2:00pm EDT

WeDC House: What Accounting Procedures You Need so You're Ready for a Series A Investment ((Eaton: Barnett-Aden))

Accounting, when done right, doesn’t have to be a time suck. Adequate procedures can increase efficiency and make producing financial statements for potential investors or lenders a breeze! Oftentimes when founders create a startup they are not thinking about how to account for their revenue and expenses. As founders, your focus is on the idea and growing the business. A huge part of growing the business is getting investors to put in much needed capital. And in order to attract investors, you need clean financial statements. In this session we’ll go over some of the basic accounting principles and how they apply to startups as well as go through the essential accounting procedures every business should implement to ensure their books are accurately stated.

Speakers
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Miriam Waigand

Director of Accounting, GSP Financial & Advisory
 Miriam Waigand is the Director of Accounting at GSP Financial & Advisory, helping startups manage their accounting and financing to maximize growth and achieve company goals. Prior to this, she has worked in startups and public accounting and is also a CPA. Miriam enjoys helping... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

2:00pm EDT

WeDC House: From the Experts: Access Capital for Entrepreneurs (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

For many startups, accessing early stage capital is one of the greatest challenges that they will face. Hear from our diverse panel of experts about traditional and non-traditional sources of funding, how to productively engage investors, and the most important things you can do to secure funding.

Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Redpath

Allyson Redpath

Founder, Citrine Angels
Allyson Redpath is a former investment banker who currently advises companies as a contract CFO. She is the founder of Citrine Angels, a newly-formed angel group for women to invest in female-founded companies.
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Nasir Qadree

Venture Partner, Pier 70 Ventures
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Vernon Lee, Jr.

General Partner, DC Inclusive Innovation Fund
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Dawn Myers

Community Liaison, Black Girl Ventures


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

2:00pm EDT

WeDC House: Grow Your Business With KPIs a.k.a. Do More, Faster, By Being Methodical (Eaton: Salon)

KPIs are key to making decisions, measuring the growth of your company, getting your team on the same page, and raising capital. This session will cover how to find your key metrics, how to use those metrics to set goals and drive growth, and how to create a data-driven culture. You will be given real examples of a KPI dashboard, the tools to set your own KPIs, and you’ll learn how we approach KPI review and team accountability during Techstars.

Key questions being addressed
  1. How Do We Set Goals?
  2. How Do We Make Progress on Our Goals?
  3. How Do We Get Work Done Faster?

Outcomes of the workshop
  • Understand key concepts on measuring your business
  • Identify your KPIs
  • Mindset to grow your KPIs

Description is coming soon but register now as you won't want to miss this!

Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Speakers
avatar for Clement Cazalot

Clement Cazalot

Managing Director, Techstars Boston
Clement Cazalot is the Managing Director of Techstars Boston, leading the expansion of one of the most impactful and founder-friendly startup accelerators in the world. Prior to the acquisition of his latest startup by Intralinks (NYSE: IL), Clement was CEO and co-founder of docTrackr... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

2:30pm EDT

WeDC House:QuickBooks Mentor & Office Hours (Eaton: Barnett-Aden)

Have questions about QuickBooks and how you can use this tool to streamline, save time, and make your life as an entrepreneur easier? Bring your questions to GSP Quickbooks Mentor Office Hours and learn how you can start keeping your books organized by leveraging the power of accounting technology.

Speakers
MW

Miriam Waigand

Director of Accounting, GSP Financial & Advisory
 Miriam Waigand is the Director of Accounting at GSP Financial & Advisory, helping startups manage their accounting and financing to maximize growth and achieve company goals. Prior to this, she has worked in startups and public accounting and is also a CPA. Miriam enjoys helping... Read More →
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Nataliya Ruli

Accounting Strategist, GSP Financial + Advisory
Nataliya Ruli is an accounting strategist at GSP Financial + Advisory who works with a wide range of GSP clients to provide expert guidance related to anything in the accounting and finance functions. Nataliya always strives for excellence of work performed, delivers perfect results... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

3:00pm EDT

WeDC House: Founder Perspective: How to get the most out of an accelerator (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Founders who have participated in the Techstars Anywhere mentorship driven virtual accelerator program share what they learned and provide tips on how you can get the most out of whatever accelerator program you attend. Learn how to work with mentors, the importance of great updates, and how to keep getting value from your accelerator even after your program is over.

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars

Speakers
avatar for Ken Carnesi

Ken Carnesi

CEO, DNSFilter
A deep-rooted problem solver with a background in technology and finance, Ken Carnesi (34) serves as Founder and CEO of DNSFilter, an internet security provider that uses artificial intelligence to protect enterprise organizations and their users from online threats. His dissatisfaction... Read More →
avatar for Joni Pepin

Joni Pepin

Cofounder and CTO, QuickCarl
Joni is the Cofounder and CTO of QuickCarl, connecting home owners to home service professionals for real-time assistance through virtual service calls from any mobile device. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and spent 22 years in a variety of combat arms and combat service... Read More →
avatar for Yemi Adewunmi

Yemi Adewunmi

Chief Product Officer and Cofounder, Civic Eagle
Chief Product Officer and Cofounder of Civic Eagle, Yemi has over 10 years of experience at the intersection of product design, public policy and strategic innovation. She's worked with startups, nonprofits, universities, small business owners, and corporations to develop strong brand... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Bullock

Marcus Bullock

Founder and CEO, Flikshop
Marcus Bullock is an entrepreneur, justice reform advocate, and TED speaker. Following his 2004 release from prison, he launched a construction business that grew to employ other returning citizens. Bullock is also founder and CEO of Flikshop, Inc., a software company that builds... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

3:00pm EDT

WeDC House: Prepping for Primetime: How to Prepare your Startup Company for Fundraising and Exit (Eaton: Salon)

As founders from the start we think about the end goal: acquisition, merger, life style business, investment and much more. Join us to hear from Max to learn the important steps you can take ahead of a sale or financing including company structure and key items like intellectual property, equity ownership, contracts and key relationships.



Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Prentice

Adrienne Prentice

Adrienne has spent years negotiating, counseling, structuring and drafting technology transactions from within AmLaw 100 law firms, Fortune 500 companies and in high growth companies.   Her expertise has established her as an invaluable strategic and business-minded legal advisor... Read More →
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Max Moyer

Principal, TRIUMPH LAW
Max is Principal at TRIUMPH LAW, a progressive boutique corporate law firm, with a focus on startup, venture, licensing & technology and M&A.  Max has over a decade of experience practicing corporate law at top law firms (most recently Cooley) on the team of a startup company, and on his own, helping high growth co... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

4:00pm EDT

WeDC House: HERImpact DC: Pitch Competition & Reception (Eaton:Beverly Snow)

Statistics show that female entrepreneurs receive less than 1% of venture capital in this country and are more likely to be declined for a loan. The HI – HERImpact Pitch Competition is designed to provide much needed capital and coaching to female social entrepreneurs in the region. Cash prizes up to $50,000 and in-kind support in excess of $100,000 are provided up to three winners representing emerging and growth social enterprises.

Thank you for your interest in the HI - HERImpact DC pitch competition, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at art@1863ventures.net.


Thank you to our partner WeDC House:
WeDC House @ DC Startup Week brings together DC’s businesses, entrepreneurs and public leaders to learn what it takes to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event is co-hosted by DC Startup Week, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Speakers
avatar for Aurelia Flores

Aurelia Flores

Managing Member, Athena Digital Media Group
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Alyssa Gill

NextGen Venture Partners
Alyssa Gill has worked with startup organizations across the country that she believes are shaping the future entrepreneurial landscape: Entrepreneurship education (VentureSchool); Beyond Silicon Valley (VentureSchool, gener8tor, Venture for America); Diversified talent pool (Venture... Read More →
PA

Pamela Alexander

Director of Community Development f, Ford Motor Company Fund
Pamela Alexander is Director of Community Development for Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. In this position she is responsible for leading Ford Fund’s community engagement and outreach initiatives with key non-profit organizations throughout... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
WeDC House @ Eaton DC

5:30pm EDT

Happy Hour: Stories of How We Overcome Failure

Join us for a fun happy hour where we will hear stories on ways we've been knocked down, challenges we face  and how we have and will overcame failure.

Partnered with: Fuckup Nights DC is DMV's venue for professionals and entrepreneurs to share their stories of failure to change our collective perspective on fucking up. Once we learn to celebrate the process of failing, we can start to wear our fuckups like a badge of honor - and truly appreciate the bravery needed to get back up after you've been knocked down and the hard work that goes into success.  Fuckup Nights is an international movement and we are excited to bring together a diverse group of local speakers from all walks of life to share their "raw and unfiltered" stories of professional failures. With a casual “grab a drink after work” vibe, our speakers share their insights from doing something new, bold or different by saying "I tried this thing, I totally messed up, and here's what you can learn from it.

Wednesday September 11, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

6:00pm EDT

Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean Tech Ecosystem

(A Diaspora/Regional perspective)

On September 11, Caribbean’s in Tech and Entrepreneurship (CITE) will host its first event outside of New York in Washington DC! Co-sponsored by CariCapacity, the panel discussion, and networking event will explore Caribbean technology innovation and entrepreneurship, in the region and within the Diaspora in the United States.

Panelists will discuss the burgeoning tech scene in the Caribbean and Diaspora tech-focused Entrepreneurs and practitioners will share best practices and challenges in the tech startup ecosystem. The event will also feature a presentation on using technology to enable climate resiliency in the Caribbean.

Register here!

AGENDA:
6-6:30pm -- Sign-in and networking
6:30-6:45pm -- Presentation:
6:45-7:45pm -- Panel discussion and Q&A
7:45-8:30pm -- Networking

Wednesday September 11, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Make Offices

6:00pm EDT

Garage Art Party & Reception: Creative Entrepreneurs of D.C.

Join us in DC's newest arts venue in Adams Morgan for a DJ, art, networking with local creatives, and a panel discussion with DC's artist entrepreneurs. Shop sustainable fashion pop-up Tribute and contemporary sustainable furniture design by NosNos.



Moderators
avatar for Amy Morse

Amy Morse

Co-Founder, PAKKE
Amy collaborates with friends and artists to design unique experiences to connect people with ideas, history, science and creative environments. She co-founded PAKKE, a new social and technology platform to connect communities for unique, creative experiences featuring paid opportunities... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cee Smith

Cee Smith

Angel Investor
Cee Smith is a Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Ecosystem builder. She invests in Woman and LGBTQ lead companies.
avatar for Steph Bunton

Steph Bunton

Co-Founder, Meaningful Gigs
Steph is a former educator, life-long artist, and co-founder of Meaningful Gigs. She spent over a decade helping students feel a sense of belonging by better understanding themselves and how they can reach their full potential. Now, she's on a mission to connect people everywhere... Read More →
avatar for Ian Fay

Ian Fay

Executive Producer, Lookout Productions
Ian Fay has been connecting the worlds of creativity and technology since he was a youngster in East Tennessee. With mixed roots in music, film, performance, and tech, everything became a production. In 2012 Ian founded The Lookout, a video collective in Adams Morgan, with fellow... Read More →
avatar for Joelle Firzli

Joelle Firzli

Co-Founder, Tribute
Joelle is co-founder of Tribute, a cross-disciplinary platform that celebrates sustainable and ethical design. Tribute sells fashion and homeware brands with transparent sourcing and manufacturing. They also organize cultural activities related to our collection and curate fashion... Read More →
avatar for Bakari Ibrahim

Bakari Ibrahim

Co-Founder, Caandor Labs
Bakari is co-founder of a digital production lab specialized in podcasting, web development, video production and creative content strategy. Through the use of strategic communication and content creation, Bakari and the team at Caandor Labs help DC businesses tell their story and... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Cheshire
 
Thursday, September 12
 

9:00am EDT

Customer Experience Kickoff: Breakfast & Networking

Join us for coffee, muffins and fruit to kick start three intriguing  discussions on customer experience and customer support!  

Thank you to our CX Track Sponsor Stella Connect:
Stella Connect is the customer feedback and quality management platform built specifically for customer experience teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of DC Startup Week to share ideas around the future of CX, and explore solutions designed to help agents do what they do best—drive customer satisfaction. Not to mention, we also love DC.

Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Mindspace

9:30am EDT

How to make CX smarter, faster and personalized to build brand loyalty

Customers desire personalized experiences that are quick, easy and streamlined when buying, interacting or needing support from a business.  It is up to CX teams to find ways to not only deliver quick support but to make support personalized so that customers don’t feel like a number in a queue. But - how do you do this and where do you start? Join us for a panel with leading CX teams to learn how they created CX processes to build personalized relationships with customers, what lessons they learned and how using CX can drive product and policy innovation at a startup.

Thank you to our CX Track Sponsor Stella Connect:
Stella Connect is the customer feedback and quality management platform built specifically for customer experience teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of DC Startup Week to share ideas around the future of CX, and explore solutions designed to help agents do what they do best—drive customer satisfaction. Not to mention, we also love DC.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Richards

Alex Richards

Head of Sales Engineering and Partnerships, Stella Connect
Alex Richards oversees sales engineering and partnerships at Stella Connect. He is an experienced technology leader, with over 12 years SaaS experience, having previously built and led professional services, training and implementation teams for various advertising and technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Philpott

Kevin Philpott

Head of User Experience, Pie Insurance
Kevin Philpott is the Head of User Experience for Pie Insurance. Kevin is passionate about designing simple, industry-leading financial services experiences. He previously designed for GEICO, Quicken Loans FoC (RapidAdvance), CreditKarma, LowerMyBills, and LendingTree.
avatar for Kayla Robinson

Kayla Robinson

Customer Experience and Marketing Associate, Tuckernuck
Kayla Robinson is the Customer Experience and Marketing Associate at Tuckernuck, an online clothing store started and based in Georgetown. She began working for Tuckernuck after graduating from the University of Richmond just over 2 years ago, initially as a Customer Service Representative... Read More →
avatar for Seema Alexander

Seema Alexander

Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Lexden Capital
Seema Alexander is the Vice President &  Chief Marketing Officer at Lexden Capital, where they develop, structures, and/or finances sustainable infrastructure and commercial real estate projects for the Public and Private Sector (including complex P3s) from $20M-$250M. Prior to Lexden... Read More →
avatar for Mary Wiley

Mary Wiley

Customer Success Manager, TransitScreen
Mary Wiley is a seasoned Customer Success Manager who helped to grow out internal processes at TransitScreen to help spur their rapid customer growth while keeping a low churn rate!  Mary has successfully onboarded and subsequently expanded large corporate accounts including The... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Mindspace

9:30am EDT

Breakfast Chat: Fundamentals of Raising Capital Workshop and Panel (Make Offices: Main Space)

What are the keys to successfully raise outside money whether its friends and family, seed, angel or VC monies? No matter the stage of growth or the traction earned, the challenges facing the founding team are great! Come learn the fundamentals of raising capital - both legal and strategic considerations – and then hear a panel of experts share their stories and advice on how to raise outside capital.



Speakers
avatar for Amy Millman

Amy Millman

President & Co-Founder, SPRINGBOARD ENTERPRISES
Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses Starting Small. In 2000, Amy co-founded Springboard Enterprises, to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of... Read More →
avatar for Liz Sara

Liz Sara

Chairwoman, National Women's Business Council
Ms. Sara is the Founder and President of Best Marketing, LLC, where she consults for more than 90 small businesses in the high-tech sector, and serves as a chief business advisor to entrepreneurs in creating and executing go-to market strategies. Previously, she played a principal... Read More →
avatar for Tien Wong

Tien Wong

Chairman & CEO, Opus8, Inc.
Mr. S. Tien Wong is a technology entrepreneur, CEO, and angel investor. He is Chairman & CEO of Opus8, Inc., a private investment and strategic advisory firm specializing in raising capital for private equity and venture capital fund managers, as well as promising tech companies... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Millin

Anthony Millin

Chair, NEXT, Powered by Shulman Rogers
Anthony Millin is the Chair of NEXT and a trusted legal and business advisor to startup, early-stage and emerging growth companies. As a corporate and securities attorney, a successful serial entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, Anthony brings a unique legal and business perspective... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Make Offices

10:00am EDT

Seasonal and Hourly Personnel Management Strategies (Make Offices: Main Conference Room)

Join us to learn how to get the most development and performance from entry-level and part time employees. Hiring, training, and scheduling goals when your startup is their side hustle.

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Florendo-Stevens

Sophie Florendo-Stevens

General Manager and curator, Smorgasburg D
Sophie Florendo-Stevens is General Manager and curator of Smorgasburg DC, an outdoor food fair bringing together the brightest new ideas in the DC culinary scene every Saturday.


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Make Offices

10:30am EDT

How to hire, build and create scale in your CX team

The secret is out! Companies now recognize the importance of delivering a top-notch experience for their customers and clients. 

As your business grows, customer expectations start to evolve. You notice the volume and complexity of their requests growing, while expectations for information and responsiveness become more demanding. There is a growing need to shift from a reactive model of support to a proactive mode of identifying issues before they blow up. It can often feel like a daunting problem with no easy answers. 

In this talk, Max Swagler will discuss his experience hiring, expanding, and scaling a customer-centric CS organization, providing you with best practices (and a few things to avoid) as you build your organization.

Thank you to our CX Track Sponsor Stella Service:
Stella Connect is the customer feedback and quality management platform built specifically for customer experience teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of DC Startup Week to share ideas around the future of CX, and explore solutions designed to help agents do what they do best—drive customer satisfaction. Not to mention, we also love DC.

Speakers
avatar for Max Swagler

Max Swagler

Managing Director of Professional Services, Interfolio


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Mindspace

11:00am EDT

Navigating DCRA (Make Offices: Main Conference Room)

Join us to learn how to navigate DCRA: a 101 for Business Licensing, permit applications, and stress management.

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Florendo-Stevens

Sophie Florendo-Stevens

General Manager and curator, Smorgasburg D
Sophie Florendo-Stevens is General Manager and curator of Smorgasburg DC, an outdoor food fair bringing together the brightest new ideas in the DC culinary scene every Saturday.


Thursday September 12, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Make Offices

11:00am EDT

Boundary Building as a Founder (Make Offices: Main Conference Room)

Failure to set healthy boundaries results in wasted time, energy and money– your most precious resources as a startup founder. No professional can afford this, let alone an entrepreneur who’s just getting on their feet. Join us in an active workshop to learn how to set boundaries is NOW. Who wants to look back in five years and realize they barely recognize the values and systems of their own creation?


Speakers
avatar for Megan Sanchez

Megan Sanchez

Owner, UpSwing Health Coaching


Thursday September 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Make Offices

11:00am EDT

PitchMasters: Workshop on how to pitch!

Since PitchMasters creation, over 50 companies have presented their businesses to CEOs, advisors, business attorneys and investors to gain valuable feedback.

At this workshop-style event, four new companies seeking to become “pitch-perfect” will present their investor decks to the group and receive feedback to help refine companies’ pitch before they go in front of the investors. This is a great opportunity for companies to get ready for that “ask”.

If you would like to participate in this workshop and pitch your company (5 minute pitch with 5 minutes of feedback), please contact Lisa Friedlander of Next Powered by Shulman Rogers at lfriedlander@shulmanrogers.com.

Speakers
avatar for Tien Wong

Tien Wong

Chairman & CEO, Opus8, Inc.
Mr. S. Tien Wong is a technology entrepreneur, CEO, and angel investor. He is Chairman & CEO of Opus8, Inc., a private investment and strategic advisory firm specializing in raising capital for private equity and venture capital fund managers, as well as promising tech companies... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Friedlander

Lisa Friedlander

Business Development Manager, NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers
Lisa Friedlander is a former corporate attorney, founder of Activity Rocket (sold to Thrively in 2017) and the current Business Development Manager for the NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers. Lisa also focuses on the Business Financial Services Group, Mergers & Acquisitions... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Millin

Anthony Millin

Chair, NEXT, Powered by Shulman Rogers
Anthony Millin is the Chair of NEXT and a trusted legal and business advisor to startup, early-stage and emerging growth companies. As a corporate and securities attorney, a successful serial entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, Anthony brings a unique legal and business perspective... Read More →
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Eric Simon

Chief Growth Officer, West
Eric Simon is an accomplished entrepreneur and senior corporate executive, with a career that spans across media, sports and entertainment.  He has launched dynamic and disruptive companies (Brand Interaction Group and Raewood Entertainment), has developed proprietary intellectual... Read More →
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Suniti Ponkshe

Partner, Newport LLC
Suniti is a senior healthcare executive known for her excellent client service, business acumen and extensive experience in healthcare operations and technology. She has a long successful career in private and public sector working with many diverse organizations: payers, providers... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Make Offices

11:30am EDT

How to harness real-time customer feedback to improve customer service and drive product innovation

Join us for a 15 minutes presentation on best practices for customer support and experiences!

Thank you to our CX Track Sponsor Stella Connect:
Stella Connect is the customer feedback and quality management platform built specifically for customer experience teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of DC Startup Week to share ideas around the future of CX, and explore solutions designed to help agents do what they do best—drive customer satisfaction. Not to mention, we also love DC.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Richards

Alex Richards

Head of Sales Engineering and Partnerships, Stella Connect
Alex Richards oversees sales engineering and partnerships at Stella Connect. He is an experienced technology leader, with over 12 years SaaS experience, having previously built and led professional services, training and implementation teams for various advertising and technology... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am EDT
Mindspace

11:45am EDT

Benchmarks, analytics and settings goals for CX teams

Join an open discussion with leading experts on how they created processes to measure CX by benchmarks, analytics and goal setting.  They will share how they measure CX and ways that they are able to demonstrate the importance of CX to the success of the business.

Thank you to our CX Track Sponsor Stella Connect:
Stella Connect is the customer feedback and quality management platform built specifically for customer experience teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of DC Startup Week to share ideas around the future of CX, and explore solutions designed to help agents do what they do best—drive customer satisfaction. Not to mention, we also love DC.

Moderators
avatar for Suneet Bhatt

Suneet Bhatt

Co-Founder, Dream Village

Speakers
avatar for Mari Parker

Mari Parker

COO, Boldr LLC
Mari literally has a world of industry experience on her shoulders. Her professional journey has taken her from South Africa, to Southern California, and now, The Philippines. Having worked for big players like Amazon, she is a valuable engine room to any startup. She started her... Read More →
avatar for Alison Panza

Alison Panza

Head of Customer Success, Venga
Alison Panza is the Head of Customer Success at Venga, a Washington, DC-based technology company that uses big data to help restaurants and fitness companies better understand and engage with their clients. She manages key restaurant and fitness studio accounts while overseeing the... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Konsko

Lindsay Konsko

Head of Customer Advocacy, Scott's Cheap Flights
Lindsay Konsko is the Head of Member Services at Scott's Cheap Flights. When she's not obsessing about all things customer, she's probably reading a long novel, eating something spicy, or hanging out with her cat, Gloria.


Thursday September 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm EDT
Mindspace

12:30pm EDT

CX Lunch & Networking

Join us for a light lunch and networking to discuss and expand how we create customer experiences.

Please note to be able to attend lunch you will have to be present for at least one session prior!

Thank you to our CX Track Sponsor Stella Connect:
Stella Connect is the customer feedback and quality management platform built specifically for customer experience teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of DC Startup Week to share ideas around the future of CX, and explore solutions designed to help agents do what they do best—drive customer satisfaction. Not to mention, we also love DC.
 

Thursday September 12, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

Lunch & Learn: More Money, More Problems: Avoiding Key Legal Mistakes for Startups

Join a panel of corporate, securities, and IP attorneys who will discuss the most common legal mistakes that startups make and how to avoid them. We will discuss entity selection, equity allocation, raising capital, intellectual property strategies, and exits. Sprinkled in will be some anecdotal war stories based on the attorneys’ experiences working with startup companies. Grab some tacos and ask us your questions during our 1-on-1 speed consultations. Please note that we cannot offer legal advice during our speed consultations, but we may provide general legal information.

12:30pm – 1pm: Network and Grab lunch
1pm-2pm: Panel Presentations
2pm-2:30pm: 1-on-1 Speed Consultations

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Shin

Kimberly Shin

Attorney at law, Kimberly Shin Law Firm
Kimberly is a corporate attorney who launches startups and small businesses in the tech and creative industry spaces. She assists clients with regulatory compliance and advises startups of the potential risks and liabilities of their businesses.
avatar for Aaron Enatsky

Aaron Enatsky

Partner, Resolute Legal
Aaron is a registered U.S. patent attorney who represents clients of all sizes. He helps clients identify, protect, and leverage their intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad.  He assists clients with strategic intellectual property portfolio development, management... Read More →
avatar for Zachary Kline

Zachary Kline

Partner, Resolute Legal
Zac specializes in technology transactions, negotiating and drafting of commercial agreements relating to patent, copyright, trademark and know-how development, acquisition and licensing, services and infrastructure outsourcing, manufacturing and a broad array of other commercial... Read More →
avatar for David W. Hsia

David W. Hsia

Partner, Tjong & Hsia LLP
Mr. Hsia is a corporate and securities lawyer who has practiced in London and New York. Mr. Hsia concentrates his practice on hedge funds and early-stage companies. He has significant experience in fund formation, joint ventures, securities offerings, cross-border transactions, mergers... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Make Offices

1:00pm EDT

Design Thinking for Better UX (Make Offices: Main Conference Room)

Design thinking is a framework for finding creative solutions to challenging problems. In this panel we will explore how entrepreneurs and UX designers can use design thinking principles for a hands on approach to tackling big, complicated problems in product development.

Moderators
AT

Asafu Thomas

CEO/Founder, Naya labs

Speakers
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Tim Young

Founder/CEO, Young Marketing
AN

Anthony Nash

Sr. User Experience Designer
JF

Jency Francis

Human Factors Engineer


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Make Offices

1:00pm EDT

Capture. Pursue. Secure: Tips for going after Federal contracts

Join Shuraie Mackin, Deputy District Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and KSG Strategic Consulting in celebration of DC Startup Week (September 8 – 13, 2019). Ms. Mackin will present the keynote address at an introductory training workshop for startups preparing to explore contracting opportunities with the Federal government. The workshop presenter is Kesi Stribling, CEO & Chief Strategist of KSG Strategic Consulting.
Gain insights into effective strategies to research Federal agencies and their procurement needs, while learning about the contracting cycle, how to identify key small business and contracting contacts, and what the requirements are of the various small business certification programs that may be available to you.


Areas of Focus:
  • Introduction to Federal contracting
  • Changes in government spending from innovation to Best-in-Class
  • How to research opportunity trends and forecasts
  • Matching capabilities to potential opportunities
  • Conducting outreach and marketing to Federal contracting and small business representatives
  • Strategic Business Development and Outreach Action and Implementation Planning



Register herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/capture-pursue-secure-tips-for-going-after-federal-contracts-tickets-70949779701

Speakers
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Shuraie L. Mackin

Deputy District Director, ashington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Shuraie L. Mackin is the Deputy District Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. As Deputy District Director, she oversees the delivery of SBA’s financing products, federal contracting programs, and entrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Kesi Stribling

Kesi Stribling

Founder and CEO, KSG Strategic Consulting
For more than two decades, Kesi Stribling has helped clients improve, grow, and sustain their organizations through advisement, coaching and training. As the founder and CEO of Washington, DC-based KSG Strategic Consulting (KSGSC), Kesi is passionate about working with small and mid-sized... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
U.S. Small Business Administration

2:00pm EDT

Healthy habits for entrepreneurs to boost energy, profit and fun (Make Offices: Main Conference Room)

This presentation will include simple tips to boost your energy and increase productivity. We will talk about the importance of proper sleeping and eating, reducing stress, avoiding weight gain, improving digestion and much more. All of these tips will ultimately improve not only your health and mood, but also professional results and let you have more fun.

Speakers
avatar for Irina Kiel

Irina Kiel

Founder, RushSmiles, LLC
Irina Kiel has an MBA and 20+ years of business experience with companies in the US and abroad. During this time she demonstrated success in financial planning and analysis; improving operational procedures; coordinating efforts between business areas and IT departments; and leading... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Make Offices

2:30pm EDT

How to build a perfect fundraising deck

For most founders, fundraising is quite a challenge. From setting goals to creating financial projections, securing capital for growth is a task that takes direction, time, and practice. The first thing an investor will ask for is your deck. Your deck is an investor’s first impression of you so it is extremely important that you have a solid pitch deck prepared before you begin to reach out for fundraising. This session will show you exactly what investors look for in a fundraising deck- from metrics to narratives- so you can create a perfect fundraising deck that will win the heart of angel investors.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Giegel

Zach Giegel

Co-Founder, GSP Financial + Advisory,
Zach has over 20 years years of experience in accounting and finance, working at both a national and regional CPA firm, consistently adding value to the closely held and publicly traded technology and food and beverage clients he served. He is an entrepreneur himself, a co-founder... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Make Offices

3:00pm EDT

Mindful Meditation (Make Offices: Main Conference Room)

Clarity, Compassion and Connection This is an Experiential Workshop, we explore the Ancient Breathing techniques of Prana-Meditation used by the Sage and Yogis, that allow us to achieve peak states of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and peak-performance.. 
This Workshop is part of the Mindful Innovation for Business Series and has been in popular demand with Corporations like Accenture, Governments entities – U.S. House of Representatives and Belgium Trade Missions, and Startup Accelerators – WeWorks(SF) 
Benefits Include: 
• Focus and Clarity for decicion making 
• Improve Mood and Joy 
• Generate Compassion and Kindness 
• Limit Anxiety and Stress 
• Reduce memory loss and brain drain Method (Half-Day) 
• Learn Prana-Breathg and Meditation 
• Explore ways to increase producity and energy 
• Create a daily plan for Mindful living 
• Share Best Practices for Mindfulness at Work 


Key Takeaways 
• Breathing and Meditation techniques for daily life 
• Develop a Personal Strategy for Mindfulness Daily 
• Develop focus, clarity and confidence for success 

Speakers
avatar for Aparna Sain

Aparna Sain

Producer and Director, Conscious Capital DC Chapter & Conscious Capital Radio


Thursday September 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Make Offices

3:00pm EDT

The secret to building an authentic and profitable brand (Make Offices: Inner Room)

This session will educate you on the importance of authenticity when building a brand that stands out in the crowded market, how to identify and articulate your brand's unique value proposition and attract your dream clients and partners.

You will also receive practical tips on how to create your brand story and build the know, like and trust factor with their audience.

Speakers
avatar for Adeola Ariyo Enikanoselu

Adeola Ariyo Enikanoselu

THE GEMZ
Adeola Ariyo Enikanoselu is a sought-after business and branding strategist and speaker who specializes in helping early-stage brands and startups to master their unique brand story, develop a powerful brand blueprint and path to profitability.With a distinct blend of executive, consulting... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Make Offices

3:00pm EDT

From Founder to CEO

Join us for a conversation with founders on how they went from being a founder to CEO. They will share stories, challenges and best practices on what they've learned throughout their founder journey. 

Moderators
avatar for Adam Mutschler

Adam Mutschler

COO, The Kedar Group

Speakers
avatar for Erin Hatten

Erin Hatten

Co-founder and partner, Dupont Circle Solutions
Erin Hatten is a co-founder and partner at Dupont Circle Solutions. DCS is a 25 person Salesforce consulting firm based in the DC area that works with a range of clients from fast growing technology companies to non-profits. DCS was founded 5 years ago and has doubled head count year... Read More →
avatar for John Swigart

John Swigart

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pie Insurance
John Swigart is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pie Insurance. John has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of Pie since its establishment in May 2017. He brings over 20 years of experience in tech-enabled insurance and financial services businesses. Prior to Pie, John se... Read More →
avatar for Ajay Kori

Ajay Kori

Founder and Chairman, UrbanStems


Thursday September 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Make Offices

4:00pm EDT

Corporate Gifting: nurturing loyalty for exponential growth on a startup budget

A business tool overlooked by many startups, corporate gifting is both a creative and strategic art. Communicating your company ethos while bringing true joy to a client or employee is a real challenge, but when done right, it’s a magical value-add to differentiate yourself from the competition and create exponential growth. At this talk, you’ll get the low-down on corporate gifting strategy, when to nurture relationships and how to find unforgettable gifts - all while sticking to a startup budget!


Speakers
avatar for Candace Ourisman

Candace Ourisman

Cofounder and Chief Brand Officer, Secretly Gifting
avatar for Ashley Bronczek

Ashley Bronczek

Cofounder and CEO, Secretly Gifting
Ashley Bronczek is the Cofounder and CEO of Secretly Gifting, a gift concierge company recognized as an industry leader by The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. A Los Angeles native, she moved to Washington, D.C., in 2004 after receiving a degree in Communications from... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Make Offices

5:00pm EDT

Techstars Community DMV Happy Hour

Clear your schedule for Thursday, 12 Sep. 2019 from 05:00 - 06:00 PM and have a drink with us. Join the startup community in a coming together, and there’s no better place to enjoy your weeknight than with some of the top community leaders, innovators and change makers in DC. Our complimentary light refreshments include appetizers, beer and wine. We are hosting stakeholders across government, public, and private sectors. So grab your business cards and kick-off the Fall the right way…with drinks + networking! Come learn about the upcoming Techstars Startup Programs. Also, fun summer giveaways. And meet the community leaders that can help connect you to resources.

This event is co-hosted by InnovateCoalition, SUEGO, CMX Connect, StartupBlink, and Hackers/Founders.

Bring a friend :)

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Espinoza

Matthew Espinoza

Cofounder, City Business Calendars
Co-organizer of San Antonio Startup Week! Look forward to learning about the startup community in DC!
avatar for Joseph Santoro

Joseph Santoro

Chief of Audience Development, OSTP
avatar for Mollie Coleman

Mollie Coleman

Founder, High Calibur Events
avatar for Steven A. Rodriguez

Steven A. Rodriguez

Startup Programs Regional Manager US/Canada, Techstars
avatar for Brandon Dubé

Brandon Dubé

Senior Product Manager, FiscalNote
avatar for Yurani Sandoval

Yurani Sandoval

President, SingleParent Power


Thursday September 12, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
WeWork

5:30pm EDT

Rooftop Happy Hour: Network with Founders, CEOs & Investors

Join us for a happy hour to meet, network and learn from founders, angels and investors who have scaled and invested in startups. The happy hour is at Verdence rooftop and sponsored by Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.

How to get there:
Getting to Verdence Capital Advisors in Alexandria is easy!

By car and rideshare, Canal Center is 30 minutes from Downtown D.C. If you are driving there is ample parking under the building and street parking.

By Metrorail, take the Blue or Yellow Lines to Braddock Road Metro Station. From the station it is:
  • 7 minutes using the free Canal Center Shuttle
  • 7 Minutes by rideshare
  • 10 minutes by Capitol Bikeshare or scooter
  • 12 minutes by the DASH Bus (AT4 or AT8)
  • 20 minute walk

Thursday September 12, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Verdence Capital Advisors

5:30pm EDT

How French Startups Expand Globally & Happy Hour

Join us for an exciting panel to learn from French startups on how they expanded into the USA market- including here in DC. They will share how they entered into the market, what they learned and challenges they faced in a new country, new culture and different ecosystem. If you are thinking global expansion - this is a panel and happy hour that you cannot miss.

Moderators
avatar for Denis Chazelle

Denis Chazelle

Executive Director, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC Chapter
Denis Chazelle is the Executive Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC Chapter. In that position, he not only promotes the business ties between the France and the U.S., but also helps organizations, individuals and government agencies alike having any... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Roberts

Joanne Roberts

Director, OJC Consulting
Joanne Roberts is the Director for OJC Consulting in Rockville, MD, a subsidiary of OJC Conseil SAS in Brittany, France, providing consulting and implementation services in Business Intelligence and corporate software solutions to companies around the world.  She has been with the... Read More →
avatar for Adrien Pascal

Adrien Pascal

French Embassy
Adrien Pascal is a graduate of Sciences Po Lille and the London School of Economics. In April 2019, he joined the French Embassy in the US as Attaché for Digital Economy, Innovation and Technology in the US, where he follows public policy debates in the tech sector and the growth... Read More →
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Emmanuel Saint-Martin

CEO, French Morning
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Charles Kergaravat

Director of International Marketing, Klaxoon
Charles Kergaravat is head of international marketing at Klaxoon, an award-winning company that is changing the way businesses harness the power of teams with solutions designed to make meetings more efficient and work practices more collaborative. Charles works closely with Fortune... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
1725 Desales

5:30pm EDT

Early-Stage Venture Investing: Panel & Happy Hour

If you are looking to meet and pitch to early-stage Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists in Washington DC, this event is a must . Click here to register for the FundingPost event!

**This is a paid event - to get $20 off your ticket use the code dcstartupweek**

If you need additional financial support to attend, please reach out to the DCSW team directly to see how we can support you.

The panel of Investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! We will be discussing trends in Early-Stage Investing, hot sectors, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists, both before the panel and after the panel at the Cocktail Party!

Speakers
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Stephanie Marshall

Angel Investor, Gaingels
Stephanie Bauer Marshall is the founder & CEO of M3 Advisors, a boutique consultancy. Ms. Marshall also currently runs SPROCKIT, where she connects big companies with startups in the media and mobility sectors. In addition to helping startups gain traction, she is also an active investor... Read More →
avatar for Kim Cayce

Kim Cayce

CEO, Vitamin*E
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Dave Sorin

Managing partner, McCarter & English
Dave Sorin is an office managing partner and the head of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice at McCarter & English. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled... Read More →
avatar for Roy Morris

Roy Morris

Angel Investor, MIT Alumni Angels of DC
Roy Morris is an expert in technology, finance, and legal. He has invested in a number of early stage startups, either individually or as part of a group. He has held board seats on a number of startups and non-profits. He is the former chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington... Read More →
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Alex Katz

Founder & Managing Partner, WIN Venture Partners
Alex Katz is a Founder and Managing Partner at WIN Venture Partners. He is a seasoned venture capital investor, and also serves as a General Partner of ff Venture Capital, a leading New York venture capital firm. He has been working with seed-, early-stage and growth companies for... Read More →
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Mark Walsh

Angel Investor
Mark Walsh recently stepped down as head of Investment and Innovation for the Small Business Administration for the Obama Administration. He oversaw all SBIC, SBIR, Accelerator/Incubator and other growth activities at the SBA, and was appointed to key committees at the Securities... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 5:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
The Crown & Crow

6:00pm EDT

CMX Connect DC: The Rise of Community Builders

Quality community professionals are in high demand, and that means career opportunities. Some folks boosted their income by changing jobs or roles. Others got raises by proving their value. The bottom line was this – the average community professional compensation in a 2015 sample approached $80,000. Community strategists and community directors are regularly earning over $100,000.

What’s next?

Community Management as a profession has been growing increasingly important. Quality community professionals are in high demand, and that means career opportunities. 
Some folks boosted their income by changing jobs or roles. Others got raises by proving their value. The bottom line was this – the average community professional compensation in a 2015 sample approached $80,000. Community strategists and community directors are regularly earning over $100,000.

What does community mean? 
What does a Community Manager do?
Where does it fit in the work culture? 
Why is this so important for companies and brands to engage in community? 
What’s the next opportunity down this career path?

Join CMX Connect DC in its launch event to support the community professionals in the Greater Washington, D.C. Region to grow and accelerate their career potential.

Speakers
avatar for Steven A. Rodriguez

Steven A. Rodriguez

Startup Programs Regional Manager US/Canada, Techstars
avatar for Brandon Dubé

Brandon Dubé

Senior Product Manager, FiscalNote
avatar for Mollie Coleman

Mollie Coleman

Founder, High Calibur Events
avatar for Andrew Nguyen

Andrew Nguyen

Partner, Build Your Own Brand Inc.
avatar for Maryann Lombardi

Maryann Lombardi

Chief Creative Economy Officer, Government of the District of Columbia, Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME)
Working with an entrepreneurial approach, Maryann Lombardi has spent the past 20 years at the intersection of culture and commerce. She is the Chief Creative Economy Officer in Washington D.C. at the Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment, where she is working to grow the... Read More →
avatar for Adriana Mendoza

Adriana Mendoza

Co-Founder, Femme Fatale DC


Thursday September 12, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
WeWork

6:00pm EDT

Final Venture Challenge Showcase: Vinetta Project

Tickets are now on sale for our Final Venture Challenge Showcase of 2019, which will take place at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center on September 12th at 6:30pm.  Additionally, if you're a female founder and would like to request a complimentary ticket to the event, you can fill out the application form here. See you there!

Register here!

**Use the promo code dcsw for 50% your ticket price**  

Thursday September 12, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center
 
Friday, September 13
 

8:30am EDT

DevFestDC - Coffee, Registration & Light Breakfast (Sponsored by Brainworks)

Join us for some coffee and light breakfast to kick start the Developer Day at Alley, Powered by Verizon.

Thank you to our breakfast sponsor: Brainworks


Friday September 13, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

9:00am EDT

DevFestDC - Keynote - Less Artificial Intelligence and Trustworthy Machines

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Alvelda

Phillip Alvelda

CEO, Brainworks
Dr. Alvelda is a technology and industry innovator as well as an educator. Dr. Alvelda was a Program Manager at DARPA's Biological Technologies Office where he developed national scale R&D programs and technologies at the intersection of engineering and biology. He is also the founding... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

9:00am EDT

2nd Annual Community Connections and Commitments: Aligning Profits and Purpose

Purpose isn’t a trend, it’s the new norm for consumers who need a reason to like and champion your organization. Operating at the nexus of social impact, philanthropy and business, The Community Connections & Commitment Forum gathers purpose driven founders, corporate social responsibility experts and nonprofit leaders for a three-part session designed to catalyze cross-sector partnerships and drive social progress.

Produced by Serve DC, The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism & Partnerships, the forum returns for its second year to spotlight best practices from leaders like Busboys & Poets Founder & CEO, Andy Shallal, and discuss employee-driven volunteer initiatives with executives from AT&T, and their local non-profit partners. This networking event is perfect for social change agents, entrepreneurs, practitioners, or anyone looking to build lasting and purposeful connections.

9:00AM: Opening Session
Storytelling for Social Good
Professor John D. Trybus, Managing Director and Adjunct Professor - Center for Social Impact Communication, Georgetown University
•Moderator: Ayris T. Scales, Chief Service Officer for the District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships

9:30AM: A Founders Talk
Aligning Passion, Philanthropy & Profits

Andy Shallal, Founder & CEO – Busboys & Poets
Omar Karim, President – Banneker Ventures
Charmion N. Kinder, Founder & Chief Impact Officer – CNKinder, Inc.
• Moderator: Angela Franco, Senior Advisor - DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority

10:45AM: Connecting Corporate Values to Local Missions: Featuring AT&T’s Believe DC Initiative

Mioshi Moses, Executive Director – Genesys Works National Capital Region
Siobhan Howard Davenport, Executive Director – Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
• Moderator: LaTara Harris, Regional Director – External & Legislative Affairs AT&T

11:45AM: Closing Remarks

Ayris T. Scales, Chief Service Officer for the District of Columbia, Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships

Speakers
avatar for Ayris T. Scales

Ayris T. Scales

Chief Service Officer, Serve DC
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and operational expansion. She has spent the past 15 years designing... Read More →
avatar for Omar Karim

Omar Karim

President, Banneker Ventures
Mr. Karim has served as President of Banneker since its founding in 2005.  Banneker has grown from a boutique real estate development firm to a diversified, full-service real estate and construction firm specializing in facilities and construction management with federal, state... Read More →
avatar for Andy Shallal

Andy Shallal

Founder and CEO, Busboys and Poets
Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.  Spaces to feed the mind, body and soul and where art, culture and politics take center stage and... Read More →
avatar for Charmion N. Kinder

Charmion N. Kinder

Founder & Chief Impact Officer, CNKinder, Inc
Charmion N. Kinder is a master communicator, social impact advocate and corporate responsibility strategist with more than 15 years of experience in executing influencer campaigns that promote transformational change for the next generation of American leadership. As the founder and... Read More →
avatar for John D. Trybus

John D. Trybus

Managing Director and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication
Professor John D. Trybus of Georgetown University is a story scientist on a mission to help change makers around the world create and tell more effective stories that bring their missions and visions to life. He leads Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication... Read More →
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LaTara Harris

Regional Director, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T
LaTara Harris joined AT&T in March 2013 and serves as regional director of external & legislative affairs for AT&T in the Mid Atlantic. Her focus is on local legislative and regulatory affairs in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Harris joined AT&T after more... Read More →
avatar for Siobhan Davenport

Siobhan Davenport

Executive Director, Crittenton
Siobhan Davenport serves as Crittenton’s Executive Director bringing more than 15 years of experience serving underserved youth. In her previous role as Crittenton’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, she built collaborations between schools, nonprofits, and corporations to better... Read More →
avatar for Angela Franco

Angela Franco

Senior Advisor, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX)
Angela Franco is the Senior Advisor for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) where she is responsible for collaborating with the Hispanic and business communities as well as local and Federal Government. Prior to joining DCHBX, Angela was the President and CEO of the... Read More →
avatar for Mioshi Moses

Mioshi Moses

Executive Director, Genesys Works National Capital Region


Friday September 13, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The Hatchery – AARP Innovation Labs

10:00am EDT

DevFestDC - How to give your business a competitive advantage with AI/ML (Microsoft)

Many startups struggle to achieve their AI goal due to the limited resource of Data Scientist and AI experts.  In addition, the difficulty it takes to get a working AI model in a timely fashion.  This session aims to demonstrate how startup's adoption of AI/ML can be as fast and simple as possible.  It will show Prebuilt AI, Customizable AI, Simplified/automated machine learning that beginner to advanced data scientists can use to produce powerful intelligent solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Yakubu

Ruth Yakubu

Sr. Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
Ruth Yakubu is a Sr. Cloud Advocate at Microsoft; and also a founder tech startup founder. Ruth specializes in Java, Cloud, Advanced Analytics, Data Platforms and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In addition she's been a tech speaker at several conferences like Microsoft Ignite, O'reilly... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

10:00am EDT

Breakfast Chat: How to be a Successful Entrepreneur in a Niche Market

We are inviting you to join us for a frank conversation on "how to identity your niche" with Paul Carrick Brunson. Paul is a serial entrepreneur with 3 exits, a business columnist for USA Today, LinkedIn Top Voice on Entrepreneurship, and TV presenter in the US & UK. This interactive conversation with Paul will provide you the insight you need to identify, launch, and profit in a niche market as an entrepreneur.



Speakers
avatar for Paul Carrick Brunson

Paul Carrick Brunson

Entrepreneur, Columnist, & TV Host


Friday September 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Bay Atlantic University

11:00am EDT

DevFestDC - Panel: How to look beyond your data-garden Through AI & Cross-Pollination of Data

Join us in our quest to achieve successful digital transformation, through looking beyond our own data garden wall and look at the successful outcomes that the marriage of internal and external data provides. Little ink has been spilled about the importance of looking outside one’s garden wall to better understand the world we all operate in. Companies running a tremendous amount of data often get trapped in a frog-in-a-well approach, failing to review external conditions and information and staying stuck in their inside universe. This leads to a limited view on their businesses and industries and eventually to a major setback against competitors who do understand the game of integrated data.

Yet today’s advancement in Big Data can bring headaches even to the best data team a company might have. We have data about everything, but we don’t always know what outside industry data is most relevant for our forecast models, as every industry has its specifics. What we do know is that the initial selection of data paired with inside business intelligence can make or break a successful model.

By 2020, the digital universe is expected to reach 44 zettabytes. That’s information on weather, traffic, location, likes and dislikes, emotions, travel, searches, political opinions, cultural customs, religious beliefs and many more. All things you can leverage to analyze and predict customer consumption patterns. Our panel strongly believes that by combining all these factors, together we can create an Outcomes Driven Economy, to completely change the way our world works and benefit society in a positive and permanent way.

Speakers
JJ

Jay Jobanputra

Strategic Accounts, Scoop Technologies
avatar for Al Noshirvani,

Al Noshirvani,

Chairman, Motionsoft
Al Noshirvani, along with his brother, acquired the assets of KI Software in October of 2004 and founded Motionsoft, a club management software pioneer with integrated billing, and back office support services that helps fitness, health, and wellness firms obtain operational excellence... Read More →
avatar for Vivek Mehta

Vivek Mehta

Founder & CEO, ARInspect
Prior to founding ARInspect, Vivek Mehta spent 15 years with the government contracting powerhouse, CGI. He was involved in developing solutions for clients involved in maintaining public health and safety. He understood how disasters like the drinking water crisis in Flint, MI could... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

11:00am EDT

Lunch & Learn: Ask An Investor: How Do I Fundraise?

The most pressing issue for the vast majority of founders: Fundraising.  It's challenging to get access to investors and truly understand what they're thinking.  And what other types of capital are even out there?  Join us on Friday, 9/13, at Motley Fool HQ for a candid conversation with investors where they will share what actually makes them cut a check and you will discover the best type of funding for you.

Panelist include: Alisha Griffey, Kristina Francis, Kristine Harjes, Aia Sarycheva



Speakers
avatar for Kristine Harjes

Kristine Harjes

Investment Officer, Motley Fool Ventures
Kristine is an Investment Officer with Motley Fool Ventures, where it is her job to find amazing startups, vet whether they’re a good fit for the portfolio, and serve as a resource for the companies whose investments she sponsors. Prior to joining Motley Fool Ventures, Kristine... Read More →
avatar for Alisha Griffey

Alisha Griffey

Over the past decade, Alisha has served as COO/CFO for four different start-ups in the clean energy, healthcare and fintech industries.  She helped grow these companies from inception through exits that ranged from a small private sale to, in the case of Evolent Health, a successful... Read More →
avatar for Aia Sarychev

Aia Sarychev

Investor, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
Aia Sarycheva is an investor at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, where she focuses on investment sourcing, due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies. Rise of the Rest Seed Fund is focused on investing in early stage companies located outside of Silicon Valley, New... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Motley Fool HQ

11:45am EDT

DevFestDC - Lunch & Learn: Coding workshop for beginners - Flatiron Hands On Lab

This event is for beginners. It doesn't matter if you've never written a line of code in your life. Flatiron School's Josh Daniell will introduce the 3 key building blocks of the modern web: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
This is a workshop which requires active participation, and you'll be writing code throughout the 90 minute session.

You'll need to bring a laptop and energy!

Lunch will be provided

Speakers
avatar for Josh Daniell

Josh Daniell

Flatiron School
Josh grew up on a ram breeding farm in New Zealand, and began his career as a corporate lawyer. After transitioning into management consulting, Josh co-founded a private equity investment marketplace called Snowball Effect. He then moved to the US and began working at WeWork. After... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

1:00pm EDT

Best Practices for Corporate + Startup Partnerships

Corporates are more interested than ever to partner with startups to further their innovation reach. However, the structures of these partnerships take many forms. Corporate innovation executives and experienced entrepreneurs come together to share their best practices, and lessons learned when forming these lasting partnerships.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein

President, SwitchPitch
As a startup founder, seed investor, and occasional big company employee, Michael has experienced business development from many perspectives. It’s never easy, especially for startups – wrong time, wrong product, wrong contact, wrong price, etc. His current business, SwitchPitch... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sachin Agarwal

Sachin Agarwal

Innovation Lead, USPS
avatar for Eman Pahlevani

Eman Pahlevani

CoFounder, LiveSafe and Hungry
avatar for Eric Acton

Eric Acton

Head of Innovation Ecosystems, Rolls Royce
I’m an entrepreneurial, pioneering, digital & technology leader. A relentless change agent, always challenging the status quo, always looking for a better way. I can be the evangelist, out leading the team or be behind the scenes, the collaborative, persuasive, lateral thinking... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline M. Baker

Jacqueline M. Baker

Director of Innovation Programming, AARP Innovation Labs
Jacqueline M. Baker is the Director of Innovation Programming for AARP Innovation Labs, where she is responsible for accelerating the AARP innovation ecosystem by curating programming and experiences for both startups and organizations to influence, shape and co-create products and... Read More →
avatar for Anna Mason

Anna Mason

Partner, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
Anna Mason is a Partner on Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. In this capacity, she leads the investment process for select deals in the fund, across a variety of industries including logistics, e-commerce, and B2B SaaS. Anna also leads strategy and execution for the Rise... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
The Hatchery – AARP Innovation Labs

1:15pm EDT

DevFestDC - 2019 - How 5G Can And Will Change Our Technology

Join us for a conversation lead by Michelai, Technical.ly Market Editor, on the future with 5G to learn how startups are utilizing and plan to use 5G to improve their technology, speed and reliability. 

Speakers
avatar for Thad Cox

Thad Cox

Director of Product Development, ARInspect
Thad Cox brings over 15 years of software development experience to ARInspect. He mostrecently served as Principal Software Engineer at Cvent where he led the development oftechnology solutions for the event industry. Prior to that, he worked for the Washington Post asthe lead Android... Read More →
avatar for Michelai Graham

Michelai Graham

Market Editor, Technical.ly DC
avatar for Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in early stage sales, marketing, and finance. He has had a passion for robotics that extends back to assembling his first robot at 14. Prior to founding Aerial Applications, Joe cofounded an equity crowdfunding platform... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

2:00pm EDT

DevFestDC - Engaging web/mobile apps with GraphQL and AWS AppSync (Amazon Web Services)

GraphQL is supplanting REST as the way browsers and mobile apps interface with servers.  GraphQL is a rich language for apps and services to agree on the structure of all their data, how it can be queried, and how it can be modified.  It has been around since 2012, and powers products like Facebook, Twitter, and Drupal.  AWS AppSync is a serverless, managed GraphQL platform that integrates with other resources in the AWS Cloud.  This talk starts with a fun quiz show game written with AppSync that everyone can play.  We break it down showing snippets of the web and mobile code, the GraphQL, and how AppSync ties it to the cloud database (Dynamo DB).

Speakers
avatar for Rich Alberth

Rich Alberth

Senior Developer, Amazon Web Services
Rich left his professorship at the University of New York in the 1990s, and has been working in government and private sector leading advances in computer science practice. He started the Agile community of practice for Booz Allen Hamilton, built the in-field logistics ordering system... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

2:00pm EDT

The Human Element: How to focus on growth numbers without sacrificing the human experience?

We all know the story. It’s a tale as old as time.  VCs want to see outcomes, they want to results: show me revenue, show me growth, show me adoption. 

In an attempt for your start up to grow in size and scale, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers. However, in a world where people resent businesses that treat them as a number and experiences are impersonal, transactional at best, it’s important to balance metrics with a compelling experience. People want to interact with businesses that have shared values, a purpose, and provide a personalized experience. In this session, learn things to consider when finding the right balance to grow your business without losing touch – and find out why getting that balance right is absolutely critical.

Takeaways 
1. How analytics can be used to strengthen your brand experience and not harm it.
2. How transforming your thinking from customer experience (transactional) to human experience (value additive) can increase brand value. 
3. Why brand purpose is important to a new generation of consumers.
4. How you might balance speed of growth without compromising customer value.

Speakers
avatar for KaDeadra McNealy

KaDeadra McNealy

Founder, MNB
MNB brings the nail technician to your location. MNB is an on-demand platform connecting busy nail care seekers to certified independent nail technicians for in-home, hotel, or workplace nail care services.
avatar for Om Suthar

Om Suthar

Founder and CEO, SQRL
SQRL empowers the physical, emotional and financial wellness of the workforce. Its wellness program is made specially for small business owners that want to make holistic wellness part of their work culture but have been priced out by their insurance plan.
avatar for Jared McClain

Jared McClain

Senior Product Manager, Deloitte Digital
Jared is a senior product manager and human centered design advocate that manages cross-functional teams to design, build and manage omni-channel digital experiences using agile methodologies. As a management consulting professional, he has a breadth of experience at aligning user... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Hatchery – AARP Innovation Labs

3:00pm EDT

DevFestDC - 2019 - Getting Started with a Data Lake

Data lakes are becoming mainstream as organizations seek to get more value from their data and start to use more advanced analytics, but the technology can be daunting.

This presentation will be a walk-through of some of the challenges and successful approaches for launching a data lake built on open source projects like Apache Spark and cloud services like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. This will include addressing some of the technical challenges of getting a Spark cluster up and running, organizing storage for a data lake, and some of the "watch outs" from a performance and scaling perspective.

Speakers

Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

3:00pm EDT

Finding Product & Market Fit: Identify Your Path To Profitability

Creating a product is just the first step in a long, complex equation. The world must be ready for your product, and people must understand how your product solves their problem. It’s called “Product/Market Fit, and it’s often referred to as the Holy Grail of entrepreneurship.

What You’ll Learn 
This workshop is a hands-on course for founders, investors and others in the startup space to understand what Product/Market Fit is, how to know if you have it (or you don’t), how to build towards it, and how to tell the story about it when you’ve found it.

Why you want to learn it 
While any company can convince a few people to buy something, to achieve long-term success you need a larger portion of the market to get excited about what you offer. Meeting a few metrics is not enough to demonstrate market traction. This workshop will help you understand the product/market fit cycle so you can answer the fundamental question every entrepreneur must answer: Are you building a product that people want AND that people want to pay for? 
How it will help you

You will learn that it doesn’t have to be difficult to identify market fit and execute a product strategy to match; you just have to follow the proper procedure. You will get a step-by-step action plan to show you how to measure product/market fit, and develop a deeper understanding of why product-market fit is as important as the development of your product itself. You will dramatically increase your chances of success and leave with increased confidence that your “big idea” has the potential to become a viable business.

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Redpath

Allyson Redpath

Founder, Citrine Angels
Allyson Redpath is a former investment banker who currently advises companies as a contract CFO. She is the founder of Citrine Angels, a newly-formed angel group for women to invest in female-founded companies.
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Peter Lundquist

Head of Product, Village Capital
Peter focuses on building digital products that help entrepreneurs and investors. Before joining Village Capital, Peter led digital media businesses as VP/GM, including Military Times and USA TODAY High School Sports. Before that, Peter was Vice President of Product Development and... Read More →
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McKeever “Mac” Conwell

Co-Manager, TEDCO Seed Builder’s Fund
Mac’s primary role at TEDCO as one of the Program Managers for the Builder Fund is to find, make investment decisions on, and help build Maryland-based startups. Mac uses the knowledge he gained working in both public and private sectors as a software engineer and CEO to help startups... Read More →
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Dan Henderson

SVP of Corporate Development, MarginEdge
Dan Henderson is the SVP of Corporate Development for MarginEdge. Previously, Dan was investment director for the CIT GAP Funds, where he was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence. closing seed- and early-stage investments and taking Board observer roles in portfolio companies... Read More →
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Kim Cayce

CEO, Vitamin*E


Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The Hatchery – AARP Innovation Labs

3:45pm EDT

DevFestDC - Managing Up: Close the Feedback Loop

The tech industry moves fast and breaks things. Our careers are very different from our parent’s—our managers are more likely to be our peers and we are often responsible for our own professional growth. Feedback is a valuable source of information when its done right and a burden if it isn’t, for you and your manager. In this workshop, you will learn how to ‘close the feedback loop’: how to set expectations, analyze results, and improve the quality of feedback going forward. You will leave with a set of tools to help you get the most out of feedback, deal with criticism, and support your future career advancement.



Friday September 13, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon

5:00pm EDT

Pitch Competition & Closing Reception

The 4th annual Pitch Competition & Closing Reception is here! Join us to hear 5 DMV Founders pitch to win $1,000 and in kind prizes.  

We will be announcing the Pitch Competition finalists this week!

Speakers
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Jared Seehan

Director of Software Engineering, Capital One
Currently, Jared is a Director of Software Engineering at Capital One, leading a large segment of the flagship mobile application (iOS and Android) aligned with the Credit Card Line of business. Additionally, he is an organizer of four DC area meetups, multiple conferences (DevFestDC... Read More →
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Lisa Friedlander

Business Development Manager, NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers
Lisa Friedlander is a former corporate attorney, founder of Activity Rocket (sold to Thrively in 2017) and the current Business Development Manager for the NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers. Lisa also focuses on the Business Financial Services Group, Mergers & Acquisitions... Read More →
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Jacqueline M. Baker

Director of Innovation Programming, AARP Innovation Labs
Jacqueline M. Baker is the Director of Innovation Programming for AARP Innovation Labs, where she is responsible for accelerating the AARP innovation ecosystem by curating programming and experiences for both startups and organizations to influence, shape and co-create products and... Read More →
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Aaron Feierstein

Senior Corporate Development Advisor, Healthworx, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Aaron is currently a Senior Corporate Development Advisor for Healthworx, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s corporate investment, corporate development and commercialization arm. In his role, Aaron is responsible for identifying disruptive healthcare startups, structuring partnerships... Read More →
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Ellen Savage

Vice President of Membership, Consumer Technology Association
Ellen Savage is Vice President of Membership at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the trade association representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 5:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
The Hatchery – AARP Innovation Labs