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Sunday, September 10
 

4:00pm

Ready For Lift Off: DC Startup Week Launch Party! Sponsored by TriNet!
Limited Capacity full
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Sign up now for the official DC Startup Week launch party. Sit back, relax and have a great time meeting new friends. More information to come!


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Monday, September 11
 

8:30am

Meet Your Next Mentor: Mentor Speed Dating & Networking! Sponsored by Talener.
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In entrepreneurship, who you know can make or break your company's success. This exclusive speed-mentoring event gives you an unprecedented opportunity to connect with DC's leading entrepreneurship experts. With expertise in fundraising, team-building, marketing, legal, and more, the mentors lined up are ready to share how they grew successful businesses. Come for the level-up network experience, stay for the real connections and advice you won't hear anywhere else.

Mentors include:
Mary Iafelice, humble ventures
Callum Booker, Associate at NextGen VP
Rob Runett, Lead Project Manager, Next Adventures at The Motley Fool
John Keeling, SVP Business Development, The Motley Fool
Sibyl Edwards, Co-Founder Black Female Founders
Zach Giegel, CEO and Founder at GSP Consulting
Karen McCord, CEO at Breezio
Philip Olive, CEO and Managing Partner of Experiencia Social, LLC
C'Pher Gresham, National Expansion at Seed Spot
Kristina Francis, CEO and Founder at Esteem Logic
Natty Zola, Managing Director at TechStars
Lex McCusker, Director of Student Entrepreneurship at George Washington University Entrepreneurship
Xina Eiland, CEO and Founder at Xina PR
Jim Chung, GW's Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Larry Cynkin, Consulting CTO, GreenBar

Featured in The Washington Business Journal and Entrepreneur, The Mentor Method is a social enterprise that provides curated mentor matches, connecting the next generation of tech leaders with change-making mentors at the top of their game.

Thank you to our light breakfast sponsor, Talener and The Mentor Method for hosting the full event.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke

Founder and CEO, The Mentor Method
Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, a DC-based company creating inclusive workplace cultures by mentoring diverse talent. Her company has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, DCInno, was a 2016 Tech.Co Startup of the Year nominee, and a 2017 Startup... Read More →



10:00am

Federal Resource Panel
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During this panel, DC entrepreneurs will hear from Federal agency staff and learn how to make local use of federal resources from start-up to scale-up. Several agencies provide resources, training, and information that support small businesses. We encourage stakeholders from the DC entrepreneurial ecosystem – business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs; representatives of women & business organizations; corporate representatives; program managers; policy makers & influences; and more to attend!

The National Women's Business Council, the Small Business Administration, the International Trade Administration and more will be on hand to tell you how to best tap into their support for your business.

Moderators
avatar for Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Program Manager, Tech & Innovation Office, DC Department for Small and Local Business Development
I work for DC government & help small and local businesses.


10:00am

One-on-One Mentorship (Choose a Time Slot)!
Meet one on one with experts and members of the DC startup community! Read the member bios below and follow the link to book your one-on-one time slot: https://slotted.co/dcsw

Each mentoring session is 30 minutes - arrive on time to check in!

Archana Mehta

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Link to her GURU page - https://herahub.com/dc/archana-mehta/

Archana Mehta is owner and principal of AM Strategies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based marketing and communications firm designed to make your business more innovative and competitive in the new digital marketplace. Ms. Mehta has worked in a number of companies, including Fortune 100 and startup firms, focusing on client engagement, brand awareness, and B2B and B2C marketing strategies. Ms. Mehta brings a diverse and well-rounded background to your company, including specific technical skills she acquired with her master of science degree in mechanical engineering. Ms. Mehta is a trained pilot and a wine enthusiast. She is a certified specialist of wine (CSW) and is always eager to take on new challenges.

You may want to ask Archana questions related to:

  • Am I effectively communicating what I want to my intended audience?
  • Would you review my website and provide me with some tips?
  • What can I do to reach more people through my website?

Kim Fredrich (Sales)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Link to Hera Hub GURU page - https://herahub.com/dc/kim-fredrich-sales-guru/

Kim works with women-owned businesses to improve sales revenue. She’s a communicator at heart; listening and building relationships are instinctive for her. But with a business degree and wide ranging experience focused on revenue generation, she understands business too – it’s really all about the revenue.

Over the past nearly 20 years she’s practiced sales and marketing across a range of consumer and business industries, in-house and as a consultant, and in three different countries.

But wait! She’s also nice, approachable and she genuinely wants to help you succeed. She might even talk style with you.

You may want to ask Kim questions related to:

  • I don’t like selling. What should I do?
  • I’m putting out a lot of proposals and people aren’t getting back to me. What am I doing wrong?
  • I don’t like talking to people and I’m a major introvert. How can I sell?
  • I’m doing what feels like a lot of sales calls and I’m not actually making any sales. Why?
  • Where can I find people to sell to?

Phyllis Caldwell (Social Enterprise)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Independent corporate director, former financial services executive and founder of Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC. Wroxton Civic provides advisory services in the areas of housing, community development and capital access.

Corporate director roles include Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN), American Capital Senior Floating (Nasdaq: ACSF) and City First Bank of DC. Nonprofit board positions include Low Income Investment Fund (San Francisco, CA) and Center for International Forestry Research (Jakarta, Indonesia).


Hillary Berman (Marketing) 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Link to Hera Hub GURU page - https://herahub.com/dc/hillary-berman/

Hillary is a marketing consultant focused exclusively on supporting small businesses and start-ups. She understands the unique needs of small businesses working to grow on limited budgets and assists business owners with implementing marketing programs that make sense for their specific businesses. Whether you’re just starting out or established and need a boost, she can help sort through marketing clutter!

You may want to ask Hillary questions related to:

  • How can I deepen relationships with my clients?
  • Help! I need more customers! How can I build my lead pipeline or drive sales?
  • What should I do to recognize referrals?
  • How often should I send and what should I include in an email newsletter?
  • Do I really need print materials?
  • Should I run a sale?
  • How can I make social media work better for my business?
  • I’m going to an event – what do I need?

Pam Holland (Tech)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Pam Holland is the founder of TechMoxie, offering technology coaching, classes and support for individuals and small business owners looking for help with technology.

Some of what Pam may help with:
  • How do I set up a Mailchimp account?
  • Which social media sites make the most sense for my business?
  • What is the best way to edit photos for use in my social media?
  • Troubleshooting those annoyances on your smartphone or laptop that you never seem to have time (or patience) to figure out!

Faye Coleman
(Government Contracting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

For over three decades, Dr. Faye Coleman, Founder and Principal of FEC Enterprises, LLC, and former CEO of Westover Consultants, Inc., has been a leader in workforce leadership development, executive coaching/mentoring, organizational effectiveness and diversity training.

As an independent consultant, and through her various companies, she has used her finely tuned skills in multicultural workplace dynamics to help clients navigate the challenges, and ultimately reap the benefits of a richly diverse global workplace.  Dr. Coleman is an internationally recognized trainer and thought leader, with more than three decades of experience managing large-scale leadership training, technical assistance and capacity development projects.

She has worked throughout the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe with Federal, State and community-based organizations and with managers of small to mid-size corporations, associations, nonprofit groups, non-governmental agencies, and private sector companies, designing client-specific, culturally relevant initiatives and training programs that meet the complex and diverse needs of a rapidly changing global market place.

Dr. Coleman is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and symposia. Committed to “giving back,” she chairs the board of Women of the Dream Inc., and serves on the board of directors of Quantum Leaps, Inc., and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Listed in “Who’s Who of American Women,” Dr. Coleman, a skilled professional coach, holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from Simmons College, an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Education/Human Development from the University of Maryland.

Moderators
avatar for Julia Westfall

Julia Westfall

CEO, Hera Hub DC

Monday September 11, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

10:30am

How to tell your Startup Story!
Limited Capacity filling up

Any growing startup knows the importance of communicating value to a variety of stakeholders - potential customers, investors, and talent. In this session, you will learn the art of crafting a narrative and how to employ it across different channels and audiences. It won't suck!

Speakers
avatar for Harry Alford

Harry Alford

Co-Founder, humble ventures
Harry Alford, CEO humble impact is a DC native and 4x founder. He has skills and experiences in managing an accelerator, venture capital due diligence with NextGen Venture Partners, and exiting an e-commerce startup.
avatar for Ray Crowell

Ray Crowell

CIO, Humble Ventures
Ray, CIO humble impact, has worked with more than 500 early-stage entrepreneurs globally, 180 startup companies, convened over 1,000 organized mentor sessions, delivered 2,500+ hours of business coaching, and as a civil servant served as the innovation bridge leadership between... Read More →
avatar for Mary Iafelice

Mary Iafelice

COO, Humble Ventures
Mary Iafelice, COO humble impact, has experience in a logistics/SaaS startup, co- designed Bunker Labs DC's accelerator from the ground up, has created proprietary growth hack methods, and has delivered over 1,000 hours of business coaching.



11:45am

Email Marketing Strategies to Achieve 40x ROI
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Please join us for an engaging workshop about email marketing best practices. Full of real world examples, this workshop contains a variety of actionable takeaways that you can implement yourself.

- Learn how to authentically grow your email list
- Easy strategies for better customer segmentation
- How to build a strong Call to Action
- Why A/B testing is critical to email campaign success

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Litorja

Jennifer Litorja

Ecosystem Development, Sendgrid
SendGrid is a Techstars company founded in 2009. We have developed a cloud-based platform that solves the challenge of email delivery. We successfully deliver over 1 billion customer engagement emails each day for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Spotify... Read More →



12:30pm

5 Costly Errors That Destroy Startups: Lunch & Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you an entrepreneur who thinks the "legal stuff" is not that important? Maybe, you started your business without first establishing a solid legal foundation. Or perhaps, you figured you would just wing it and wait to get into legal trouble before speaking to or hiring an attorney. During this session, attendees will learn: the common legal errors that start ups make and how to avoid them why legal is an important and necessary investment for their business the steps to keep their business out of the legal hot seat. Please bring your own lunch!

Speakers
avatar for Jack Blum

Jack Blum

Attorney, Paley Rothman
Jack Blum is an attorney at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Paley Rothman. Jack focuses his practice on labor and employment law counseling as well as business, commercial, and employment litigation, and also has experience in representing start-up and other businesses in entity... Read More →



1:00pm

Startup Tools: Mobilizing Your Volunteers
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This workshop will help organization leaders learn how to recruit talented staff and volunteers and keep them engaged and motivated to work with excellence. Attendees will learn the basics of recruitment, orientation, training, appreciation, management and mobilization.

Topics:
How to create effective position descriptions
Where to recruit volunteers, interns and staff
How to train volunteers, interns and staff
How to show appreciation for your team members
Intended Audience: Executive director, board members, startup founders, volunteer coordinators, development staff, and program staff.

Speakers
avatar for Andrena Sawyer

Andrena Sawyer

Founder, P.E.R.K. Consulting
Andrena Sawyer, Founder of P.E.R.K. Consulting- an advisory firm that specializes in program development and capacity building support for nonprofits and small businesses. She currently facilitates strategic planning classes with Prince George's Community College, Arlington Adult... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

2:00pm

How to Talk Tech: An intro to the language of software development
Limited Capacity seats available

What’s your stack? What frameworks are you using? What APIs are you working with? Upon entering the world of tech startups, you’re immersed in new terminology of coding languages, software tools, and development methodologies. We’ll discuss key terms that will help you hire developers, talk to investors, and grow your tech business. At the end of this talk, we will open up for Q&A to talk about any issues specific to your business.

Speakers
avatar for Param Jaggi

Param Jaggi

CEO, Hatch Apps
Param is the CEO of Hatch, a company working to democratize the software development industry. At the age of 18, Param founded Ecoviate— a research and development organization focused on redefining consumer sustainability. Ecoviate built a software application that gamified and... Read More →



2:00pm

Office Hours with SendGrid (Sign up required)!
Sign up here: https://slotted.co/sendgrid for a 20-minute session with Jennfier from SendGrid to discuss:
  • Growing your email list 
  • Transactional Emails 
  • Customer Segementation
  • A/B testing
  • SendGrid Accelerate- Program for Startups 
SendGrid is a Techstars company founded in 2009. We have developed a cloud-based platform that solves the challenge of email delivery. We successfully deliver over 1 billion customer engagement emails each day for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Spotify, Uber and FourSquare. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Litorja

Jennifer Litorja

Ecosystem Development, Sendgrid
SendGrid is a Techstars company founded in 2009. We have developed a cloud-based platform that solves the challenge of email delivery. We successfully deliver over 1 billion customer engagement emails each day for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Spotify... Read More →



3:00pm

How to execute a data-driven growth strategy: A workshop for Startup Founders and Growth Hackers
Limited Capacity filling up

Growth is critical to the future of your business, but doing so strategically and consistently can be one of the greatest challenges that startup founders face. In this workshop, we’ll chat about three critical growth areas: Retention, Viral Growth and Paid Growth. We’ll analyze successful strategies and share tangible, data-driven tools that you can immediately put to use to grow your business.

Speakers
avatar for Selina McPherson

Selina McPherson

VP of Marketing, Hatch Apps
Selina McPherson is the marketing lead at Hatch, an automated software development platform empowering non-technical leaders to build their own apps. Selina launched her career at a brand and marketing consultancy, working with executive teams at behemoths like Coca Cola and Godiva... Read More →



4:15pm

How to get the most out of an accelerator?
Limited Capacity seats available

Startup accelerators have helped thousands of companies build their business, but how do you get the most out of an accelerator? Join Natty Zola, MD for Techstars Boulder, for a session discussing accelerators and how to get the most out of them.

Speakers
avatar for Natty Zola

Natty Zola

Managing Director for Techstars Boulder, Techstars
Natty Zola is a Managing Director for Techstars Boulder where he runs the top rated accelerator. Previously Natty was Head of Consumer Products for MapQuest, where he helped MapQuest return to profitability and year-over-year growth for the first time since 2007. Before MapQuest... Read More →



5:00pm

Startup Accelerators: AMA with Natty Zola, MD for Techstars
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Interested in learning more about startup accelerators? Join Natty Zola, MD for Techstars Boulder for an info session on accelerators. Techstars has had over 1000 companies go through their accelerator and will be there to answer any questions you have about Techstars, accelerators, and startups. 

Speakers
avatar for Natty Zola

Natty Zola

Managing Director for Techstars Boulder, Techstars
Natty Zola is a Managing Director for Techstars Boulder where he runs the top rated accelerator. Previously Natty was Head of Consumer Products for MapQuest, where he helped MapQuest return to profitability and year-over-year growth for the first time since 2007. Before MapQuest... Read More →



6:00pm

The New Inclusion Movement: Creating Diversity in Tech
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We hear a lot about "cultural sensitivity", but what does that really mean? This real-talk panel features some of DC's leading experts in Diversity & Inclusion to share their insights on how you can increase your cultural awareness at work and in your community.

Panelists include:

Elizabeth Lindsey, MPA
Executive Director, Byte Back, Inc.

Erin Horne McKinney
CEO & Co-founder, KissIntel
Black Female Founders (#BFF)

Chris Wink
Founder, Technical.ly

Matt Lozada
Account Manager and Mentor, WeddingWire

Joseph Tighe
Director of People and Culture, The Yard: Space to Work

Janice Omadeke
CEO and Founder, The Mentor Method


Speakers
avatar for Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke

Founder and CEO, The Mentor Method
Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, a DC-based company creating inclusive workplace cultures by mentoring diverse talent. Her company has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, DCInno, was a 2016 Tech.Co Startup of the Year nominee, and a 2017 Startup... Read More →



6:30pm

FuckUp Nights Washington DC: Sponsored by Justworks!
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FuckUp Nights is a global movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are shared, questioned and celebrated. Attendees and presenters are not afraid to use the f* word. Events bring together three (3) speakers ready to share their failure stories with an audience of people ready to be inspired by these.

Get ready to join FuckUp Nights Washington, DC with partners DC Startup Week and 1776 on Monday, September 11. We'll bring you 3 more great founder stories of failure. From lack of market research, to how to spend investments wisely, these stories are real, relatable and revered!


Moderators
avatar for Vanessa Ferragut

Vanessa Ferragut

Founder & CEO, Greenease
Vanessa Ferragut, CMP is the Founder of Greenease - a mobile app dedicated to promoting restaurants, cafes and grocers that work with local farms and provide sustainable food options. She is also the founder of Ferragut Event Group – a DC-based event planning consultancy. V... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim DeCicco

Jim DeCicco

FuckUp Nights Speaker, SUNNIVA Super Coffee
Jimmy is the oldest of three brothers. He played philosophy and studied football at Colgate University '15. He's always had big dreams, but none of them included working for his little brothers. Competitive and compassionate, Jimmy is determined to make your day healthier and happier... Read More →
avatar for Shizu Okusa

Shizu Okusa

FuckUp Nights Speaker, JRINK
Shizu is the Co-founder & CEO of JRINK, a tech-enabled vertically integrated wellness brand. The company was founded by two former investment bankers, Shizu & Jennifer, both burnt out and thirsty for change. JRINK currently has 5 (soon, 6) juice shops in DC and also conveniently offers... Read More →
avatar for Shahier Rahman

Shahier Rahman

FuckUp Night Speaker, General Assembly
Shahier Rahman is the founder of legal tech start-up Miranda and partnerships specialist for General Assembly DC. He was previously the regional business development manager for DC incubator and venture fund 1776. Before moving to DC, Shahier co-founded Central Florida's first tech... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

6:30pm

How to Build a Career You Love
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Are you feeling unfulfilled in your current job? If so, you're not alone! Mission Collaborative is a community of young professional that hosts free career transition workshops to help you build a career you love. In this session, we'll give you a taste for the unique ways we facilitate career transitions and share information about our upcoming workshops. You deserve to do work you love, so let's make it happen!

Speakers
avatar for Grant Schroll

Grant Schroll

Founder, Mission Collaborative
Hey there, my name is Grant! I'm passionate about transforming higher education to better serve learners along their journey to becoming engaged and contributing global citizens.
avatar for Erica Soultanian

Erica Soultanian

Co-Founder, Mission Collaborative



Monday September 11, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
 
Tuesday, September 12
 

7:00am

Early Bird Gets the Workout (SoulCycle Class - Mount Vernon)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This one is for all of you: hustlers, early birds, night owls that stay out until the morning. Join us for a 45 minute Soul Cycle class followed by networking with Bunker Brews: Startup Week with the Australian Embassy.  

*This class is open to all as long as you register by September 5th.  

*Showers included at Soul Cycle. 

 



Tuesday September 12, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Soul Cycle 601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

8:30am

Bunker Brews: Startup Week with Embassy of Australia
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Speakers
avatar for Emily Mcmahan

Emily Mcmahan

Executive Director, Capitol Post & Bunker Labs DC
Welcome! We look forward to getting you connected at Bunker Labs DC. | We provide companies access to space at Capitol Post located in Alexandria, Virginia a talented staff, a network of fellow entrepreneurs, impactful mentors, industry-benchmarked programming, and pathways to capital. | You can participate in facilitated lean startup and design thinking  sessions, one-on-one mentorship, founder-led roundtables, networking even... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

9:30am

Netwalking: Walking while Networking
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Come join us for a Netwalk: walking while networking. Sneakers or comfortable shoes Recommeded. Start location will be announced in September.

Netwalking® is an innovative company located in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on increasing access to healthy lifestyles for people and companies in DC and around the country.  Netwalking’s trademark creates unique walks for clients featuring distinctive urban spaces.  Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking outside the box and fostering genuine relationships. The active nature of each Netwalk helps inspire companies and professionals as they strategize solutions and new ideas. 

No two Netwalks are alike, as Netwalking develops these creative journeys to meet each Netwalker’s needs.  These individualized creative experiences are a service unlike any other complete with specialized mapping of the city and content creation online where clients can learn about the benefits of Netwalking and have the opportunity as a client to introduce their own journalistic perspective on these endeavors to foster a sense of community and well-being that go beyond the four walls of any business. 

No prior knowledge is necessary. Each Netwalk will include a specific Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) route made to maximize the time and resources available ensuring inclusivity for all fitness levels. 


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tunon

Jessica Tunon

Founder, Netwalking Global
JESSICA TUNON is the Founder & CEO of Netwalking, LLC. Jessica Tunon is a social entrepreneur who empowers individuals to foster collaborative working relationships through walking meetings. For the past 20 years, she has helped companies budget, spot inefficiencies and find opportunities... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

10:00am

DC’s Shared Space, Incubator, and Accelerator Industry: Policy Recommendations to Spur Growth and Collaboration
Co-working, incubator, and accelerator spaces are exploding across DC. In 2016, the estimated number of shared spaces in DC was 70, with dozens more opening already this year. As this industry grows at a rapid rate, are there policies and incentives the City of DC can adopt to fuel this continued growth and support the entrepreneurs who benefit from this industry? This session will walk through recent research on this topic and policy recommendations for city government and shared spaces to work better together to grow DC's economy.

Moderators

Tuesday September 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Impact Hub DC 419 7th St NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004

10:00am

Franchise: A Career, Investment, or Both
Come and learn from a franchise owner and expert why you might want to add franchising to your list of entrepreneurial options. You might be surprised to learn there are over 3000 different franchises in the US, that you can start a franchise for just $50,000, and that franchising boasts a 90% success rate. Most franchise owners are just like you, wanting to find a safe and proven alternative to the corporate world and start their own business. They want to control their own destiny and create financial security, but need to reduce the risks by buying something they know will succeed.  

Speakers


Tuesday September 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
DSLBD 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:30am

Starting a #MadeinDC Business and its Economic Impact
How can connecting small and local businesses in DC with big businesses and institutions spur economic development? In conversations with Think Local First DC, a nonprofit business alliance, and Cureate Connect, an innovative procurement platform, local makers and business owners will share their stories of finding meaningful connections in growing their operations and community by working together. 

Speakers
avatar for Orlando Watson

Orlando Watson

Executive Director, Think Local First DC



12:00pm

The Patent Chart: Get a Patent Treasure Map and Learn About Patents
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The Patent Chart: Get a Patent Treasure Map and Learn About Patents Work by Fighting an Underwater Sea Kracken

Yes, that's right, come to our interactive presentation where you can learn about patents by loading up your submarine and fighting an underwater sea kraken.

As you figure out your go-to market strategy, protecting your idea is important. We’ve developed a simple flowchart to help entrepreneurs examine whether or not they should file for a patent. Join Dr. Eric Leininger, registered patent agent and CEO of PatentDive, for a fun and fast info session on patents and startups. At the end of the session you can take the Patent Chart Treasure Map home with you.

In this session, entrepreneurs will learn:

Why patents are important for their businesses

The types of US patents and what they protect

What is a patent claim and how do patent work

Common pitfalls when getting a patent and how to navigate around them

Speakers
avatar for Eric Leininger

Eric Leininger

co-founder, PatentDive
Eric Leininger holds a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology (Neuroscience) from Tulane University. He is also a USPTO-registered patent agent. He has over 10 years of hands-on programming experience in a variety of programming languages. Moreover, he has the unique perspective of being... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spaces NoMA 1140 3rd St NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002

1:30pm

Launching a Startup Without a Tech Background
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Think it's not possible to build a startup unless you know how to code? Not true! Come learn about options and pitfalls for building and launching a product when you aren't an engineer and have no technical co-founder.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Abrams

Daniel Abrams

CEO, MassLight
Daniel Abrams is the CEO of MassLight. Prior to this, Daniel was a senior software engineer at Apple where he architected large scale web applications. At MassLight, he and his team build software for startups for an equity stake. He is an active investor in and acting CTO for... Read More →



1:30pm

Developing Effective Trainings for Start-Up Employees
Limited Capacity filling up

Many different DC agencies offer free or low-cost education and training in workforce development. While many agencies have begun investing in entrepreneurship trainings, we are also interested in the employment needs of start-ups themselves. This roundtable will create space for DC agencies to hear from start-ups about their employment needs and the types of skills that would most help them in hiring a more diverse employment base. 

Where do startups currently recruit from? What are the skills the next generation of entrepreneurs need? We will have a series of roundtable conversations to enable a discussion between our organizations to talk in smaller groups about how to build a workforce that is not only starting businesses but ready to be hired by the fastest growing industries.

NOTE: We will be in the Anacostia Art Center (next door and above The Hive) to accommodate more people! Follow the signs!


Speakers
avatar for Caroline Howe

Caroline Howe

Sustainability Innovation, University of DC
Caroline Howe is a sustainability entrepreneur and educator, and has started and mentored social enterprises in India, Nicaragua, Spain and the US. She currently works in sustainability innovation at UDC -- supporting the growing entrepreneurial workforce of both students and community... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Hive 2.0 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

2:00pm

BizDevOps: A Business-First Approach to DevOps
Limited Capacity filling up

DevOps is a cultural shift aimed to streamline inter-group communication and improve operational efficiency for development and operations groups. Over time, inclusion of other IT groups under the DevOps umbrella became the norm for a lot of organizations. But even with broadening the boundaries of the definition, the DevOps conversations has been largely devoid of talk about business units’ place at the table.

One of the more common mistakes companies can make while going through the DevOps transformation is to draw a line for cross department inclusion at IT. If that occurs - a bigger, more inclusive, silo within the company is created, operating in an informational vacuum, often causing operational efficiencies and goal misalignment.

The goal for any tech-centric group is not to build and/or architect the best technology, but rather to effectively support business. Yet, many technical groups are either not privy, or don't bother to understanding the business goals and overarching effects of the technical decisions made.

This talk draws from decades of my own experience working on both sides of the fence, and covers key areas and feedback points in every DevOps process fit for inclusion of business units in order to align technology decision and business goals. Some of the topics covered will include:
- inclusion business units in existing agile processes
- benefits of cross-departmental monitoring
- business-first approach to technology decisions

Speakers
avatar for Leon Fayer

Leon Fayer

OmniTI



Tuesday September 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Spaces NoMA 1140 3rd St NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002

4:00pm

Applying Intuition To Grow Your Business
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you sometimes feel like you're walking on eggshells when it comes to making business decisions? The two top personality traits of entrepreneurs are intuition and perception. We all have them, but don't always practice them because we're often so caught up in our daily grind and end up operating on autopilot. Learn how to maximize your intuitive power so that you're better equipped to make conscious, optimized decisions for yourself, your business, your team and your clients. 

Speakers
avatar for Grant Erhuanga

Grant Erhuanga

Co-founder and CEO, Innovazing
Grant A. Erhuanga is the Founder & CEO of Innovazing with over two decades of experience as an entrepreneur as well as in the government and private sectors. He is a life architect and empowerment coach and his company provides consulting, coaching, and training services in business... Read More →



4:00pm

The Gig: The Side Hustle, Going from Part Time to Full Time
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop is geared toward the gig economy from fiverr freelancers, to independent contractors, LYFT drivers, and all other doers across America that fall in between. We will be focusing on taking your side hustle from part time to full time and the pros and cons of incorporating your side hustle as a business. Hear from experts liked lawyers, co-op Development consultants, and business coaches from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Connell Wise

Dr. Connell Wise

DC Department of Small & Local Business Development

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Childress

Jessica Childress

Managing Attorney, The Childress Firm PLLC
Ms. Childress is the managing attorney and founder of the Childress Firm PLLC, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Childress holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.    After law school, Ms. Childress served as a federal judicial law... Read More →
avatar for Clayton Menzel

Clayton Menzel

Clayton Menzel is a Community Manager for Fiverr, the world's largest online marketplace for digital and creative services. We operate in 190 countries and offer services in over 120 categories.
avatar for Rodney North

Rodney North

Co-op Consultant, -
Rodney North is a consultant to cooperatives and social enterprises, and he's an active member of both the DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group..This is a group of people and institutions from the Washington DC area who have been meeting since December 2016 to explore ways to strengthen... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
DSLBD 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

4:00pm

How and Why We Deploy to 50 Servers 7 Times a Day
Limited Capacity filling up

Crowdskout is a 3 year old engineering team that adopted continuous integration early on. Now with 15 engineers we deploy six code bases across 50 servers an average of seven times a day. We want to share how we accomplish this on AWS and Hivelocity hardware using tools like Ansible and Jenkins. And more importantly, why we practice CI, how it's become a cornerstone of Crowdskout's engineering culture, and the product ownership it instills.

Speakers
avatar for George Yates

George Yates

Self-taught in all things, George architects and builds products. He is a founder and current CTO of Crowdskout, a political CRM and data analysis platform that helps organizations make better decisions. It unifies data in one place and provides tools to mobilize audience. George... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Crowdskout 1101 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

5:00pm

"Build A Dream" Veteran Small Business Workshop Session 1 of 3
Limited Capacity filling up

A Veteran focused workshop taught by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development. “Build a Dream” is a nine hour program* for entrepreneurial ideas utilizing the Lean Canvas model. It is adapted from the Business Model canvas and replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model. Focus is on business content, not presentation and saves money for product testing.

**Limited to Veterans, Veteran family members and DC Residents in business with Veterans.**

*This nine hour workshop is conducted over three evenings (Sept 12, 13 and 14) from 5-8pm at 441 4th St NW in the DSLBD Workshop Suite# 805S

Speakers


Tuesday September 12, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DSLBD 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

5:00pm

Ideation Jam Session | How Might We Create a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you have the desire to help reimagine how might we support small business in creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC? Join us for an exchange of ideas on how to create a local innovation community, build a collaborative experience around pressing business, cultural, and environmental challenges.  This jam session is for all entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, and innovation-focused individuals. You will have the opportunity to share and pitch ideas using Human Centered Design strategies — with an entrepreneur-first focus — to tackle challenges faced by entrepreneurs.



Speakers
avatar for Brandon Dube

Brandon Dube

Co-Founder, SolvrX
avatar for Ali Malik

Ali Malik

Friction is a necessity of innovation in business. Organization's need solvers, staff that can convert friction to value. We help organization's create the right conditions to enable their staff to be solvers. Our methods and approaches allow your teams to take ownership of organizational... Read More →



6:00pm

Fed Tech: Connecting Entrepreneurs with Inventions from Federal Labs
Limited Capacity filling up

Federal research labs are producing cutting-edge technologies for government use, but many of these inventions have broader potential applications. An iPhone, for example, has 12 technologies that were initially funded by the federal government. When commercialized, government technologies can be a catalyst for new businesses and expansion opportunities.

The District of Columbia sits at the center of the densest concentration of federally funded R&D in perhaps the entire world.However, many of these technologies are never commercialized because they lack the right entrepreneurial partner and supporting resources. This discussion will focus on ways to harness these untapped business opportunities by connecting inventors and DC entrepreneurs and equipping entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to build and scale tech transfer-born ventures.


Moderators
avatar for Ben Solomon

Ben Solomon

Fed Tech


6:30pm

Open Discussion on Building Communities - DCommunity Managers Open House
Limited Capacity filling up

Everything we do at DC Startup Week is centered around our community and we’re constantly thinking about how we can add more value. This is why we're excited to announce that we’re putting together our first Open House for Community Managers with DCommunity Managers. DCommunity Managers is a local community of community managers.

At this Open House, we will have individuals who build and manage some of the most active communities like Made in DC, Public Good App House, and the Global Entrepreneurship Network community. Our guest moderator helped manage communities at 1776 Incubator now at General Assembly.

You should attend this meetup if you’re managing a hobby community, a meetup group, a developer community, or your business card reads community manager, community evangelist, developer advocate, DevRel manager, customer advocate, customer success, social media manager or the ninja equivalent (if you’re working with a startup).

Join us for the DCommunity Managers Open House during DC Startup Week.

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Moderators
avatar for Shahier Rahman

Shahier Rahman

FuckUp Night Speaker, General Assembly
Shahier Rahman is the founder of legal tech start-up Miranda and partnerships specialist for General Assembly DC. He was previously the regional business development manager for DC incubator and venture fund 1776. Before moving to DC, Shahier co-founded Central Florida's first tech... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cullen Gilchrist

Cullen Gilchrist

CEO, Union Kitchen DC
As CEO and Co-Founder of Union Kitchen, Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. He also oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distribution... Read More →
avatar for Steven A. Rodriguez

Steven A. Rodriguez

Co-Founder, SUEGO / BloomShift
Entrepreneur. Traveler. Positive Thinker.
avatar for Susan Tenby

Susan Tenby

ask me, Caravan Studios
Online Community, Social Media and Partnership Director of Caravan Studios, where she runs all the social media channels, recruit volunteers, identify and engage influencers, curate relevant content, plan and participate in both online and on-the-ground monthly events, speak publicly... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm
WeWork Chinatown 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
Wednesday, September 13
 

8:30am

How to be Mentally Stable During Unstable Times! Sponsored by AtWork Systems!
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s easy to tell someone to be confident, move on from the last mistake, lock-in, don’t over-think it, don’t fear failure, or any of the many other mental strategies we casually demand of ourselves or of our team. However, it is quite another to actually implement these skills when we need them the most.

The life of a start up entrepreneur is incredibly exciting and fulfilling, but it is also complete with multiple moments that require our absolute best and is not for the feint of heart.  Great reward is often preceded by great risk.  The tough days that don’t quite work out the way its planned, or the “big” meetings that feel like they must be a success can create the same type of emotions that elite athletes go through during their most intense moments in competitions.   

While most entrepreneurs have a spirit that drives them towards this environment even the best of us experience the range of emotions that are part and parcel of the process.  It doesn’t mean that we are weak, or “not cut out for it”, it simply means we are human.  

This session is designed to help the participants learn real life mental skills in order stay focused and confident through the ups and downs the start up process.  These strategies are applicable for the real world of business, and can be continually practiced so that we get better and better at them. 

Coffee will be provided by Sunniva! 


Speakers
avatar for Stu Singer

Stu Singer

Founder & President, WellPerformance
Stu Singer works as the sports psychology coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball, Fordham University Basketball, and Rice University along with US Olympians and US National Team athletes. He’s been an integral part of the University... Read More →

Sponsors
AS

AtWork Systems

We offer top-tier solutions for your business that take away the grind. Providing a unified system for managing HCM/HR, Finance, Procurement, and more!



Wednesday September 13, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

8:30am

Making it Rain: Attracting Funding & Finding Investors If You're A Minority Founder
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Black Female Founders (#BFF) as we discuss the holy grail for all startups - getting funding for your business! Attracting investors and securing capital does not have to be daunting quest or impossible for minority/diverse founders. In this provactive and interactive panel, our financing and investment experts will share their extensive expertise, on how to break through the wall of the mostly exclusive ‘investor club’.

During our panel we will discuss how to:
- Grow your network of investors and advisors
- Overcome any deficits to keep investors on board
-Develop alternative sources of funding
- Gage when best to reach out to investors
- Decide how much equity to give an investor
- And more...

Come hear and learn how to grow equity and build your business!

Speakers
avatar for Sibyl Edwards

Sibyl Edwards

Co-Founder, Black Female Founders
Co-Founder Black Female Founders & Co-Founder/Chief Creative Inclusion Officer Wetogethr Sibyl Edwards is a brand manager, strategist, designer and an advocate for tech inclusion and women in technology.   For over a decade, Ms. Edwards has created successful digital campaigns... Read More →



10:00am

All Your Start Up Legal Questions Answered - for Free!
Limited Capacity filling up

One of my two specialties is start-ups. I will host a panel where I discuss the most common legal challenges facing most start-ups (C Corp or LLC, how to bring in funds, IP rights, licensing, employees versus contractors, incorporating in DC, Virginia or Md) and give simple answers. Come prepared with questions!

Speakers
avatar for Ramsey Taylor

Ramsey Taylor

founder, Taylor | Legal
Refugee from Big Firms, Big Oil and the first dotcom roller coaster land grab. I work with disrupters, crypto-ninjas, dragon slayers and good faeries! Practical results oriented collaboration that not only solves your problems - but focuses on your revenue. Two decades of successful... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
WeWork Apollo 810 7th St NE. Washington, DC 20002

10:15am

So You Think You Need A Web App: Practical First Steps for Non-Technical Founders
Limited Capacity filling up

Most founders start with a great idea, fail to execute, and then blame it on not having a technical co-founder.

Don't let that be you.

Stop by and learn alongside other non-technical founders how to sidestep the "I NEED A(UNICORN) TECHNICAL CO-FOUNDER" rabbit hole, get to product-market fit, and attract investment for your start-up.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Olive

Phil Olive

CEO & Managing Partner, Experiencia Social
Philip Olive is the CEO and Managing Partner of ES (Experiencia Social, LLC), which offers technology consulting services to businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In the past 4 years, ES has created over 15 websites and consulted for a variety of local food businesses... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

11:15am

Where did my money go? Personal Finance for Founders
Limited Capacity filling up

In a world of raising money, spending it, and trying to make it, sometimes we can forget to manage our own. You may have the idea but do you have the wherewithal to back it up? Come learn how to better manage your personal finances. There is something for everyone regardless if you have taken the plunge into entrepreneurship or want to jump in.

Speakers
avatar for Ellie Thompson

Ellie Thompson

CEO, Venyou
Ellie Thompson is the founder of two DC-based startups, Money Therapy and Venyou. Before her startup experience, she was an employee of HelloWallet at J.P. Morgan mastering all things money... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

12:30pm

Calling Tech Startups: Talk with Early Stage Investment Fund (Lunch included)
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for a chat about early-stage startups, different investment models, views on the current startup ecosystem, how and where to get funding and whether or not a founder needs an immediate team before producing an MVP.

This event is brought to you by Lucey Fund. They are actively looking for early stage tech startups to invest in. 

Moderators
avatar for Aurelia Flores

Aurelia Flores

Aurelia Flores, member of Pipeline Angels, has been working in the startup space for nearly 20 years. [As a business and intellectual property attorney, she helped structure deals for Angel and VC investments during the late 90’s dot-com boom. Now, as a digital marketer specializing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Desiree Dickerson

Desiree Dickerson

Blockchain and Digital Currency Fellow, Women for Women International
avatar for Olga Padulosi

Olga Padulosi

CMO, Lucey Fund
Olga Padulosi manages all marketing activities at the irish early stage investment firm Lucey Fund helping company reach 100 investments and coordinated expansion of the Fund to Germany, Sweden, Holland, USA. Previously, she has been working at the biggest IT open air Geek Picnic... Read More →
avatar for Steven A. Rodriguez

Steven A. Rodriguez

Co-Founder, SUEGO / BloomShift
Entrepreneur. Traveler. Positive Thinker.



Wednesday September 13, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

12:45pm

The Public Good App House: Apps for Social Good and Public Good Technology
The Public Good App House is a non-profit initiative that promotes local technology responses to global problems, using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the taxonomy. We advocate for more sharing around developed technology projects, so that communities worldwide can benefit from open-source or free technology tools, even if they were created half a world away. The Public Good App House works on creating and supporting community around technology for social good, and amplifies the reach of technology projects that work towards solving community problems. During the presentation, we will show examples of innovative apps that have been demoed during our events, We will show the wiki that we use to catalog public good apps, and make a call to action for others to help raise the profile of local projects that are working towards attaining the SDGs.

We are actively seeking demo participants to share their public good technology apps and projects at a festival-style conference to be held in DC this coming November.

Come to learn about the larger community initiative and the festival in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Abisla

Richard Abisla

Portfolio Manager, Americas, Caravan Studios
Richard Abisla is the Portfolio Manager for the Americas at Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. Richard is focused on working deeply with communities to organize their efforts so that they can build tools and increase their impact, and is a believer in the power of participatory... Read More →
avatar for Susan Tenby

Susan Tenby

ask me, Caravan Studios
Online Community, Social Media and Partnership Director of Caravan Studios, where she runs all the social media channels, recruit volunteers, identify and engage influencers, curate relevant content, plan and participate in both online and on-the-ground monthly events, speak publicly... Read More →



2:00pm

Inclusive Design and Power of Constraints
Limited Capacity filling up

Many Product, Services and Experiences (PSEs ) such as the flexible drinking straw, OXO Good Grips, Rolling Luggage, and sidewalk ramps were initially created to address a unique diverse ability that resulted in benefiting all universally.

Currently, diverse abilities have proven more challenging to address due to increased use of mobile technology at points of interaction, both on and offline.

The challenges presented also provide a design constraint to: check assumptions and challenge the myth of the “average user”; recognize opportunities presented in identifying diverse user ability; and design inclusive PSEs that are relatable and effortless for both customers and users.

Speakers
avatar for Maxine Morris

Maxine Morris

Maxine is the founder and principal consultant of StratID – a design consultancy for startups and entrepreneurs, focused on developing inclusive and innovative business models that are able to anticipate change and sustain growth. She holds both a Masters Degree in Design Management... Read More →



2:15pm

Turning Startup Expenses Into Free Travel
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn tips and tricks on the credit card and frequent flyer world for both business and personal travel. Max will reveal the best credit cards for individuals and startups to have. By the end of this session, you will figure out how to use your personal and business expenses to take more free trips every year for only the price of a cup of coffee.

Speakers
avatar for Max Frankel

Max Frankel

Founder & CEO, Max Points
In 2014, Max Frankel founded Max Points (MaxPoints.co), which helps individuals and businesses earn and redeem their rewards in the most valuable ways. To reconcile his love of travel and its cost prohibitive nature, he unearthed the complicated world of credit card points and frequent... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

3:15pm

Netwalking: Walking While Networking
Limited Capacity filling up

Come join us for a Netwalk: walking while networking. We will start at Logan Exchange at 3:15. Sneakers or comfortable shoes Recommeded.

Netwalking® is an innovative company located in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on increasing access to healthy lifestyles for people and companies in DC and around the country.  Netwalking’s trademark creates unique walks for clients featuring distinctive urban spaces.  Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking outside the box and fostering genuine relationships. The active nature of each Netwalk helps inspire companies and professionals as they strategize solutions and new ideas. 

No two Netwalks are alike, as Netwalking develops these creative journeys to meet each Netwalker’s needs.  These individualized creative experiences are a service unlike any other complete with specialized mapping of the city and content creation online where clients can learn about the benefits of Netwalking and have the opportunity as a client to introduce their own journalistic perspective on these endeavors to foster a sense of community and well-being that go beyond the four walls of any business. 

No prior knowledge is necessary. Each Netwalk will include a specific Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) route made to maximize the time and resources available ensuring inclusivity for all fitness levels. 


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tunon

Jessica Tunon

Founder, Netwalking Global
JESSICA TUNON is the Founder & CEO of Netwalking, LLC. Jessica Tunon is a social entrepreneur who empowers individuals to foster collaborative working relationships through walking meetings. For the past 20 years, she has helped companies budget, spot inefficiencies and find opportunities... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

3:30pm

Solving Complex Problems With Collaborations Both Inside And Outside The Government
Limited Capacity filling up

Culture change requires a movement, not a mandate--it takes an "all hands on deck" approach. Together, we’re co-creating a modern, better government through a culture of experimentation and learning. And, we know that we can't go it alone--we need to open the aperture up to help solve societal and governmental problems through collaborations amongst innovators and startups outside of government. Hear from leaders who are amplifying and evangelizing proven practices for public sector innovation that delivers better results at lower cost For the People, by the people.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Bienko

Jack Bienko

Deputy, SBA
Jack recently completed an Eisenhower Fellowship to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship partnerships between US and China leadership teams.  He is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship, Annenberg Leadership Fellowship, and New York University’s GovLab. He... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Honey

Kristen Honey

Sr. Advisor, Office of the CIO, Executive Office of the President, OMB *, OMB
Kristen may be the best advocate for government open data in the administration today. She has tirelessly and effectively promoted ways to build on U.S. Open Data Policy, including public-private partnerships, developing open data best practices, and coordinating efforts among the... Read More →
avatar for Tammy White

Tammy White

Challenge.gov Program Manager, General Services Administration
Tammy White is the senior communications and platform specialist for the Challenge.gov Program at GSA. In her role, she guides Challenge.gov’s technology roadmap, provides customer/agency training, and supports the program’s outreach and communications efforts to encourage public... Read More →
avatar for Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson

Presidential Innovation Fellow, Presidential Innovation Fellows
Amy J. Wilson is a current White House Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) and founder of the Better Government movement--a crowdsourced, open-source project aimed at increasing adoption of innovative practices to build a 21st century government. Her first year as PIF she founded... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Google DC 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

3:45pm

Let’s Tackle Tech Inclusion!
Let’s face it, the news lately has been a bit grim on the tech front. From Uber, GitHub, and even Google, tech inclusion is all over the news. It's about time we stopped talking about tech inclusion and do something about it. After years of creating more inclusive and diverse communities, Wetogethr has developed an immersive, hands-on workshop that lays out several steps for improving inclusion within organizations and startups.

In our workshop, we will tackle:
-How job descriptions determine the “types” of candidates who apply
- Why your company team page says way more than you think
- How to organically build pipelines to your organization to attract the best and the brightest talent
- How to retain and develop diverse talent in your organization

This is going to be the most ‘realest’ workshop you can take part in.

Speakers
avatar for Sibyl Edwards

Sibyl Edwards

Co-Founder, Black Female Founders
Co-Founder Black Female Founders & Co-Founder/Chief Creative Inclusion Officer Wetogethr Sibyl Edwards is a brand manager, strategist, designer and an advocate for tech inclusion and women in technology.   For over a decade, Ms. Edwards has created successful digital campaigns... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Luong

Brandon Luong

CEO, Wetogethr
Brandon is the CEO of Wetogethr experienced in web, software, and mobile products. His background in research has allowed him to take up various roles and delivering customer value for clients. He strives for tech inclusion for people of color, gender equity, sexual orientation, and... Read More →



4:00pm

Did You Account For That?
Founder of GSP, Zach Giegel has over 35 clients and that is not a coincidence. That's because startups have different needs than larger companies. Come join us and find out if you are prepared to take your idea to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Giegel

Zach Giegel

Co-Founder, GSP Consultants
GSP is a firm that makes things happen. Our clients recognize that we work hard. In short, they value what we bring to their organization. Our mission is to continue to improve upon the exceptional level of service we provide to our clients.  | ​ | Our sophisticated level of experience... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

4:00pm

How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA's Regulatory Process
If you are interested in learning How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA's Regulatory Process then this session is for you. During this event the SBRC will be featuring DCRA's subject experts from:
  • Business Licensing Division
  • Corporations Division
  • Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
  • Permits and Inspections Division
  • Weights and Measures Division
  • Zoning Division

Speakers
CH

Claudia Herrera

Program Analyst, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs



4:30pm

Break a Sweat (FREE Soul Cycle Class & Networking)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us for a 45 minute Soul Cycle class at 2301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037 *This class is open to all as long as you register by September 5th *Showers included at Soul Cycle


Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Soul Cycle (West End) 2301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

4:45pm

From Google: Success on Google Play - Store Listing Conversion Rate
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to increase your Android Mobile App installs by understanding your store visitors, creating a compelling store listing, running store listing experiments and analyzing/replying to reviews.

Speakers
avatar for Naveen Nigam

Naveen Nigam

Head of Developer Relations - North America, Google
Naveen Nigam is currently the Head of Developer Relations for Canada and East Coast USA. Previously, Naveen was on Google Play - driving strategic policy and operations to build a trusted marketplace for Android users. He has over 11 years of experience in building successful App... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Google DC 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

5:00pm

Happy Hour!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hang out with team Mapbox at Logan Exchange for DC Startup Week! Enjoy some drinks, snacks, and the opportunity to toy with some of our latest AR demos. 

Sponsors
M

Mapbox

Our team powers a location data platform for mobile and web applications that reaches 300 million users every month. We add location features like maps, search, and navigation into any experience you want to create, and are changing the way people move around cities and explore our... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

5:00pm

"Build A Dream" Veteran Small Business Workshop Session 2 of 3
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A Veteran focused workshop taught by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development. “Build a Dream” is a nine hour program* for entrepreneurial ideas utilizing the Lean Canvas model. It is adapted from the Business Model canvas and replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model. Focus is on business content, not presentation and saves money for product testing.

**Limited to Veterans, Veteran family members and DC Residents in business with Veterans.**

*This nine hour workshop is conducted over three evenings (Sept 12, 13 and 14) from 5-8pm at 441 4th St NW in the DSLBD Workshop Suite# 805S

Speakers


Wednesday September 13, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DSLBD 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

5:15pm

Entrepreneurship Visioning with Hustlers to Harvesters: Designing Viable Carpentry, Agricultural & Food Distribution Businesses in Ward 7
Boe Luther and Wallace Kirby are teaching weekly carpentry workshops to members of their community, as a part of their program Hustlers to Harvesters, training at-risk youth and returning citizens in carpentry and agricultural skills. This workshop will engage Hustlers to Harvesters participants in visioning for their own business ventures. Additional participants are welcome to join in for their own Lean Canvas mapping and to provide additional ideas and support as we think through how to make sustainable carpentry, agricultural and food distribution businesses in Ward 7.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Howe

Caroline Howe

Sustainability Innovation, University of DC
Caroline Howe is a sustainability entrepreneur and educator, and has started and mentored social enterprises in India, Nicaragua, Spain and the US. She currently works in sustainability innovation at UDC -- supporting the growing entrepreneurial workforce of both students and community... Read More →



Wednesday September 13, 2017 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Dix Street Community Garden 5300 Dix St NE

6:00pm

Angel Venture Forum (AVF) @HeraHub -Registration Instructions in Description
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angel-venture-forum-avf-herahub-registration-35058296308 Back by popular demand! It is Angel Venture Forum's "Venture Intelligence" education series and practice pitch sessions. There are 6 sessions plus a bonus session where entrepreneurs can practice their pitches. Active angel investors and local experts teach entrepreneurs the right way to approach funders and get the venture backing they’re seeking. Attendees will hear from active, engaged angel investors and find out what companies investors fund and their decision methodology. In these straight-up, practical, and detailed sessions both investors and entrepreneurs will be provided with a roadmap of exactly what is needed to close the perfect deal. By attending some or all of the sessions, entrepreneurs seeking capital will know: Exactly what documents to assemble before pitching investors, How to develop and present your financials, Potential exit strategies that ensure you AND the investor wins, How to raise the right kind, size, and type of capital, The best investors to approach depending on your type of business, And much more.

Moderators
avatar for Julia Westfall

Julia Westfall

CEO, Hera Hub DC


Wednesday September 13, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

6:00pm

BEACON Awards Celebration
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for an evening of women's empowerment as we celebrate the 2017-2018 BEACON grantees! The party will feature live musical performances by DC's top women artists, a DJ, and meaningful connections with women across D.C.'s start-up scene.

BEACON is a community-led initiative to make D.C. the most influential and supportive city in the nation for women entrepreneurs. BEACON runs the District's largest online directory of women-owned businesses and resources for women entrepreneurs, and in 2017 will award $50,000 to organizations supporting DC-based women entrepreneurs. BEACON hosts strategic programming, facilitates connections, and promotes the involvement of women entrepreneurs in opportunities across the District. Travel Tips: Parking | Free parking at NEAL Place lot 5 Minute Walk to Metro | NoMA/Gallaudet (Red Line) Bike Friendly | Racks for bike storage available


Wednesday September 13, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Dock5 at Union Market 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
 
Thursday, September 14
 

8:00am

Creating Diversity in the Startup Ecosystem: Panel Discussion & Networking
There is an obvious lack of diversity in the startup ecosystem. If you think of all the major unicorns, very few of them have been founded by female entrepreneurs. The question we must continue to ask is why. Lucey Fund is opening up a panel discussion with local investors and local startup community organizers in DC to shine a light on the issue and discuss possible solutions for the future. Come along and join the discussion!

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM — 8:30AM Gathering & Chit chat 
  • 8:30 AM — 9:30AM Panel Discussion
  • Q&A 9:30 AM — 10:00 AM Networking

Speakers
avatar for Monica Kang

Monica Kang

Founder, InnovatorsBox
| Monica Kang, Founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox®, is rethinking creativity and rede ning innovation in the workplace. A passionate educator, Monica o ers creative consulting, workshops, coaching, speaking, and curriculum development services for leaders and organizations. Monica... Read More →
avatar for Erin Horne McKinney

Erin Horne McKinney

Co-Founder & CEO, Black Female Founders & KissIntel
Passionate about emerging technology and entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney serves as Senior Advisor to Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO).Previously, Erin served as the Mayor of Washington, D.C.‘s Tech and Innovation Sector Manager representing... Read More →
avatar for Olga Padulosi

Olga Padulosi

CMO, Lucey Fund
Olga Padulosi manages all marketing activities at the irish early stage investment firm Lucey Fund helping company reach 100 investments and coordinated expansion of the Fund to Germany, Sweden, Holland, USA. Previously, she has been working at the biggest IT open air Geek Picnic... Read More →
avatar for Deloris Wilson

Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon DC



Thursday September 14, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am
We Work K St 1875 K Street NW Washington DC 20006

10:00am

How Disability is an Asset to Entrepreneurship: Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity filling up

People with disabilities are innate entrepreneurs. In fact, the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor reports that people with disabilities are twice more likely to pursue entrepreneurship compared to the non-disabled population. From the moment we wake up, get dressed, drive, communicate, and live our live, we as disabled people, have to adapt to a world that's not build to fit our needs. Yet most entrepreneurship resources and ecosystems are not accessible or inclusive for those with disabilities. During this session we will discuss some of the main barriers disabled people face when pursuing entrepreneurship and hear how entrepreneurs have utilized their disability as an asset for their entrepreneurship journey, business and venture.  

Moderators
avatar for Diego Mariscal

Diego Mariscal

Founder, CEO & Chief Disabled Officer, 2gether-international.org
As the founder, CEO and Chief Disabled Officer of 2Gether-International, a Washington D.C. based not-for profit, Diego Mariscal utilizes communication technology to engage disabled and non-disabled youth into several disability issues ranging from education and employment to police... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Keith Doane

Keith Doane

Keith Doane currently work as Administrative Assistant for Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. A big supporters of Deaf/HH in the entrepreneurship community across the US. He has been involved with DeafSpace, a research on Deaf/Hard of Hearing's way of being in architecture... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Program Manager, Tech & Innovation Office, DC Department for Small and Local Business Development
I work for DC government & help small and local businesses.
avatar for Rayna Richardson

Rayna Richardson

Rayna C. Richardson is the Owner of PinUp Preserves, a D.C.-based specialty preserves company founded in 2015. In the past 2 years, PinUp Preserves has grown to supply a number of local restaurants and other retailers. Rayna started her company after spending nearly two decades as... Read More →
avatar for Rick Rodgers

Rick Rodgers

Rick Rodgers, managing director and founder of The Resource Network LLC, improves the bottom line for organizations by connecting internal and external resources in a way that creates a multiplier effect. Throughout his career Rick has been a catalyst bringing together people and... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

10:00am

Mastering Body Language for Business
Limited Capacity seats available

What you say is not nearly as important as how you say it: 93% of communication is nonverbal. Entrepreneurs face many body language challenges while starting their business, especially since they wear so many hats. Mastering simple body language techniques can help you save costs, get higher returns, increase your bottom line, and make connections to sustain your business. In this workshop, the Co-Founder of Innovazing, Saleema Vellani, and award-winning actress, Stella Damasus, will share body language tips and tricks so you can increase your sales, win negotiations, and build rapport with your team members and clients.

Speakers
avatar for Stella Damasus

Stella Damasus

Stella Damasus is a Nigerian-born entrepreneur and award-winning actress. She is the Co-Founder of Index Two Studios, Mon Afrik TV and i2Radio, which are all disruptive and innovative entertainment companies. Stella launched the Stella Damasus Arts Foundation to provide economic... Read More →
avatar for Saleema Vellani

Saleema Vellani

Co-founder and COO, Innovazing
Saleema Vellani is the Co-Founder and COO of Innovazing, which helps entrepreneurs transform their businesses by transforming themselves. After launching and exiting numerous ventures, her passion lies in working with innovators and changemakers to create marketing and business optimization... Read More →


12:00pm

DC Food Hubs: Entrepreneurial Opportunities
The University of DC is building food hubs across the city -- centers where food production, distribution, processing and composting will take place side by side. Entrepreneurship is a huge part of the food hub goal, and UDC is eager to hear from food entrepreneurs about how these sites could serve you, as well as share the opportunity to collaborate to gain access to lower cost growing spaces, commercial kitchen space for new food processing businesses, and more. We'll share a bit about our current food hubs, the hope for the model, and the goal for collaboration with entrepreneurs. Come with your ideas of how you'd use aquaponics greenhouses, rooftop gardens and kitchens to prepare this produce!

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Howe

Caroline Howe

Sustainability Innovation, University of DC
Caroline Howe is a sustainability entrepreneur and educator, and has started and mentored social enterprises in India, Nicaragua, Spain and the US. She currently works in sustainability innovation at UDC -- supporting the growing entrepreneurial workforce of both students and community... Read More →


12:00pm

The Most Important GrowthHack: Why and How Mission-focused Businesses Rise to the Top
Leah Nurik, CEO of Gabriel Marketing Group, one of the tech industry’s fastest growing marketing/PR agencies, will speak on how some of the world’s most innovative and mission-focused tech companies are unleashing the power of digital marketing and PR to drive growth and rise to the top. Leah will also share noteworthy tricks for building out your team’s knowledge base to put your brand on the hyper growth track.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Nurik

Leah Nurik

Leah is an award-winning marketing strategist with more than 15 years of experience in the high-technology industry. She founded Gabriel Marketing Group (GMG) in April of 2009 to do what she truly loves: help early-stage companies boom. | | Leah has worked for and with both domestic... Read More →


1:30pm

Wasted
We will begin by hearing the scope of the challenge of agricultural seconds -- the slightly damaged or misshapen produce that gets thrown away because it doesn't meet restaurant and supermarket first quality criteria -- and the scope of the economic opportunity. We will hear about a few organizations already working in the space here in and hear firsthand about the possibilities within seconds. We will close out the session in a large-scale brainstorm, hearing from anyone interested in or considering their own food business using seconds as a prime material source.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Howe

Caroline Howe

Sustainability Innovation, University of DC
Caroline Howe is a sustainability entrepreneur and educator, and has started and mentored social enterprises in India, Nicaragua, Spain and the US. She currently works in sustainability innovation at UDC -- supporting the growing entrepreneurial workforce of both students and community... Read More →


2:00pm

How Tech Startups are Changing Politics
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is disrupting politics, and campaigns have no choice but to get on board. Backroom dealmaking is out – voters define today’s agenda. Savvy campaigns are finding that the new digital landscape, influx of data, and emerging technologies empower greater insight into – and connection to – voters. Abandoning direct mail for direct text and gut instinct for machine learning, they can mobilize supporters with strong personalized outreach. DC is the epicenter of this sweeping change. Learn the current state of political tech and the opportunities for entrepreneurs in the space.

Speakers
avatar for Zack Christenson

Zack Christenson

Co-founder & CEO, Crowdskout
Zack Christenson is the co-founder and CEO of Crowdskout, a CRM and data analysis platform for driving civic engagement. With extensive experience in media and technology, Zack co-founded Crowdskout in 2014 with a vision to empower people and organizations to amplify their voices... Read More →


2:00pm

Critical Legal Issues for Small Businesses and Startups: The Three ‘I’s – IP, Immigration and International Trade
Get a leg up on the legal issues that can face your business. Legal experts from IP, Immigration and International trade will discuss common issues and clarify what are some best practices to avoid getting stuck in a tricky situation.

* The event will be followed by networking reception at 4PM.


2:00pm

How to Make DC the Capital of Inclusive Entrepreneurship – Conversations and Coffee with Halcyon Incubator and the Case Foundation
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join the Halcyon Incubator and the Case Foundation for coffee and conversations on why the DC startup community is a thriving region for inclusive entrepreneurship. The event will begin with a panel driven by the ecosystem builders in DC supporting local entrepreneurs. Then, entrepreneurs and investors will join in, fishbowl style, to add their voice to the conversation. Speakers will take a critical look at the common myths told in startup culture, share their insights on how we can re-focus the narrative on entrepreneurship and create a healthy ecosystem in DC that is grounded in inclusivity. Following the conversation, guests will enjoy coffee and desserts inside the historic Halcyon House.

RSVP is required for attendance. No walk-ins accepted. Valet parking will be included.


Speakers
avatar for Allyson Burns

Allyson Burns

http://vilcap.com/
avatar for Sheila Herrling

Sheila Herrling

Case Foundation
avatar for Mary Iafelice

Mary Iafelice

COO, Humble Ventures
Mary Iafelice, COO humble impact, has experience in a logistics/SaaS startup, co- designed Bunker Labs DC's accelerator from the ground up, has created proprietary growth hack methods, and has delivered over 1,000 hours of business coaching.
avatar for Ebony Pope

Ebony Pope

Village Capital



Thursday September 14, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Halycon Georgetown 3400 Prospect St NW Washington, DC 20007

4:00pm

How to Combat Violent Extremism Online?
Limited Capacity seats available

The Countering Violent Extremism Task Force (administratively housed at DHS) and the DC-based digital marketing firm Fifth Tribe are looking to host an 1 hour workshop for startups and community organizations to cover best practices of creating counter-messaging campaigns online against extremist groups. In this workshop, we will start with an overview of what is taking place in the online space and cover best practices with online and offline marketing techniques. 

Panelists include:

Clara Tsao, Chief Technology Officer, Countering Violent Extremism Task Force
Khuram Zaman CEO, Fifth Tribe

Speakers
avatar for Clara Tsao

Clara Tsao

Chief Technology Officer and White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, CVE Task Force
Clara Tsao is the Chief Technology Officer at the interagency Countering Violent Extremism Task Force. Her latest work focuses on approaches to countering radicalization online. | | Prior to her work in the government, Clara spent 7 years in the technology industry, working... Read More →
avatar for Khuram Zaman

Khuram Zaman

CEO, Fifth Tribe
Khuram Zaman is the CEO of Fifth Tribe, a leading digital agency serving the Washington DC Metropolitan Area based out of the 1776 Startup Accelerator. In his professional capacity, he has provided digital marketing services to clients as diverse as the Department of Defense, the... Read More →


4:00pm

Mixed Reality with HoloLens
Limited Capacity filling up

Discover a new world of mixed reality with Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first enterprise-ready standalone headset computer that allows you to interact with virtual objects in the real world. The transparent visor allows a user to walk around freely while using visual gaze, hand gestures, and voice commands. Learn about how your startup can benefit from this emerging technology that includes built-in spatial sound, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a custom holographic chip.
HoloLens actually uses a technology called “Mixed Reality” which allows a user to place virtual objects in the real world while recognizing and interacting with real-world objects. As a result, it goes beyond traditional “Virtual Reality” which is restricted to a virtual world only. The speaker would be happy to schedule follow-up office hours with anyone who wants to try it out at a later time.

Speakers
avatar for Shahed Chowduri

Shahed Chowduri

Sr. Tech Evangelist, Microsoft
Sr Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. Weekly mentor/consultant @ 1776 DC. | ASP.NET Core Essentials author, Sr Technical Evangelist at Microsoft CSE (Commercial Software Engineering) for app/game development on Windows, Web, Mobile, Xbox, HoloLens. Blogger, Speaker, Indie Game De... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

5:00pm

"Build A Dream" Veteran Small Business Workshop Session 3 of 3
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A Veteran focused workshop taught by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development. “Build a Dream” is a nine hour program* for entrepreneurial ideas utilizing the Lean Canvas model. It is adapted from the Business Model canvas and replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model. Focus is on business content, not presentation and saves money for product testing.

**Limited to Veterans, Veteran family members and DC Residents in business with Veterans.**

*This nine hour workshop is conducted over three evenings (Sept 12, 13 and 14) from 5-8pm at 441 4th St NW in the DSLBD Workshop Suite# 805S

Speakers

Thursday September 14, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DSLBD 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

5:30pm

Happy Hour! ​From the Frontlines: ​The Challenges and​ ​Opportunities of Building a News Media Company in ​DC
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In 2013 Alex Skatell followed his passion and launched a business in a very challenging industry​ -​ ​news ​media​ - during a very challenging time in DC​. In this session he’ll discuss the ups and downs of building​ his company,​ Independent Journal Review - a Top-50 politics and news website​ - i​​​​​n an industry undergoing enormous change in an increasingly politically charged environment. From his success ​building a passionate team and ​utilizing social media to springboard extraordinary growth, to navigating a rapidly changing news environment on the web, Alex has a unique and insightful understanding from his experiences. You’ll hear it all, and how you can also survive and thrive in a challenging time and space​ for DC startups.​

Speakers
avatar for Alex Skatell

Alex Skatell

Founder & CEO, Independent Journal Review
Alex's interest in tech and media began early on. While in college at Clemson, Alex developed numerous iPhone applications, including a top 25 application that was featured by Gizmodo, as well as making it in the "What's Hot" section of the iTunes app store. | Next, only 4 years after... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
IJR 108 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

6:30pm

Vinetta Project Final Showcase (Tickets Needed- See link in bio)
Announcing the final Vinetta Project Venture Challenge Showcase of 2017!

Join other founders, investors and influencers for our biggest event of the year as we watch the four Venture Challenge finalists pitch for a $20k cash prize. Plus, look forward to exciting announcements about 2018 plans.

Get your tickets with the link below and use our promo code: "STARTUPWEEK"

https://nvite.com/VinettaDC/mr33m2

Speakers


Thursday September 14, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Social Tables 1325 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

7:00pm

Break The Digital Barrier // Rompa La Barrera Digital
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¡Acompáñenos para una única noche con expertos en soluciones basadas en tecnología y la red para optimizar las operaciones de su negocio!

Obtenga consultoría profesional en:
  • Redes sociales
  • Optimización de búsquedas en la red
  • Desarrollo de sitio web
  • Quickbooks
  • Sistemas de gestión de clientes
  • ¡y más!
¡Sin costo alguno!

Join us for a unique evening filled with experts in tech- and cloud based solutions to help you optimize your business operations!

Get expert advice in:
  • Social media
  • Search engine optimization
  • Website development
  • Quickbooks
  • Customer relationship management
  • and more!


 
Friday, September 15
 

8:30am

Intro to Machine Learning and Opportunities For Startups
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, Chida Sadayappan gives an overview of the emerging Machine Learning concepts and how one can leverage several Cloud ecosystems and their APIs to quickly build Business Apps.

Speakers
avatar for Chida Sadayappan

Chida Sadayappan

Blitzar
Chida Sadayappan is a Technical Entrepreneur, currently manages an Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Stratup, Blitzar.Io. He successfully exited couple of technology companies in the past 12+ years of his entrepreneurial career.



Friday September 15, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
WDCEP 1495 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

9:00am

Balancing Features, Functions, and Funds
Limited Capacity seats available

In an ideal world we would have unlimited budgets to apply cool technologies to solve high impact problems with the most talented people in the world. In our world we don't. This session identifies the keys to creating amazing products while balancing the natural pressures features functions and funds

Speakers
avatar for Don Wilson

Don Wilson

I am a mobile product owner for the award winning banking app for one of the worlds largest bank. I'm also a serial entrepreneur son of a plumber who created my first business in middle school. I've dealt with the the implied and explicit pressures associated with product creation... Read More →



9:00am

Bagels & Coffee @ Cove
Limited Capacity seats available

Mingle with DC entrepreneurs over bagels and coffee on cove—DC’s neighborhood workspace. A clutch breakfast pitstop to fuel up for a day of exciting talks and workshops just around the corner and all over town. September 15th from 9AM-11AM. Go get em!


Friday September 15, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Cove China Town 601 I St NW Washington, DC 20001

9:30am

The Transformations Wrought by Information Technology
Topics include:
  • Has IT Brought a Veritable Revolution? The Internet of Things
  • Will it Dull our Wits? New Dimensions, New Horizons 
  • Government Data Hunger: Back Doors, Solving Encryption
Stay tuned for more info!

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Hall

Travis Hall

Telecommunications Policy Analyst, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Dr. Travis Hall is a Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Office of Policy and Development, focusing on Surveillance and Consumer Privacy. His portfolio includes IoT, UAS, and Blockchain, and he recently successfully... Read More →
avatar for Kim Keenan

Kim Keenan

Pres./CEO, Multicultural Media Telecom and Internet Council
Kim Keenan became the President and CEO of MMTC in September 2014, succeeding MMTC’s Co-Founder and CEO of 28 years, David Honig. Prior to taking the helm at MMTC, Keenan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the... Read More →
avatar for Monique Riviere

Monique Riviere

Chief Program Officer, Byte Back
Monique Riviere joined Byte Back in 2014. Years ago, after graduating from Howard University with her bachelor’s in business administration, Monique met Byte Back founder Glenn Stein and began serving as a volunteer instructor. Monique began her IT career serving as a database analyst... Read More →



Friday September 15, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

10:00am

Want To Get Your Startup in the Media? Panel Discussion & Networking
Limited Capacity filling up

Straight from the mouth of the media. Come to listen to journalists explain how to communicate and successfully get your startup in the news. 

Come prepared with questions to networking with the panelsits after the session.

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Speakers
avatar for Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock

Editor, Reporter, Technically
Reporter and Editor based in Baltimore, Maryland. Specialties: Writing, editing, listening.
avatar for Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Technology Reporter, FedScoop
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier is a technology reporter at FedScoop. She previously worked for Technical.ly DC, NPR and USA Today. If she had a superpower it'd be navigating foreign metro systems
avatar for Lisa Throckmorton

Lisa Throckmorton

COO & CMO, SpeakerBox Communications
Lisa has been with SpeakerBox for fifteen years and serves in an executive management role for the firm and its clients. She provides strategic oversight on client accounts, manages day-to-day operations of the business and oversees staff development. With strong experience in the... Read More →



Friday September 15, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
WDCEP 1495 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

10:15am

The Old and the New in the Lore of Business: Education of the Entrepreneur
Come join us for a conversation on: 
  • Technology: Re-Configuring Old Wisdom, Business Schools, Incubators, Business Centers
  • A Few Special Hurdles for Women Entrepreneurs? STEM (and STEAM) Studies for Women and Girls
  • Technology in the Entrepreneurial Life
Stay tuned for more info!

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
avatar for Asela Rebecca Mejia

Asela Rebecca Mejia

Recruiting & Marketing Manager - Hispanic Market, New York Life Insurance
avatar for Roberta Rincon

Roberta Rincon

Manager of Research, Society of Women Engineers
MS

Maria Sevillano

University System (Capital Area location)



Friday September 15, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

10:30am

Netwalking: Walking While Networking
Limited Capacity filling up

Come join us for a Netwalk: walking while networking. Sneakers or comfortable shoes Recommeded. Start location will be announced in September. 

Netwalking® is an innovative company located in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on increasing access to healthy lifestyles for people and companies in DC and around the country.  Netwalking’s trademark creates unique walks for clients featuring distinctive urban spaces.  Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking outside the box and fostering genuine relationships. The active nature of each Netwalk helps inspire companies and professionals as they strategize solutions and new ideas. 

No two Netwalks are alike, as Netwalking develops these creative journeys to meet each Netwalker’s needs.  These individualized creative experiences are a service unlike any other complete with specialized mapping of the city and content creation online where clients can learn about the benefits of Netwalking and have the opportunity as a client to introduce their own journalistic perspective on these endeavors to foster a sense of community and well-being that go beyond the four walls of any business. 

No prior knowledge is necessary. Each Netwalk will include a specific Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) route made to maximize the time and resources available ensuring inclusivity for all fitness levels. 


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tunon

Jessica Tunon

Founder, Netwalking Global
JESSICA TUNON is the Founder & CEO of Netwalking, LLC. Jessica Tunon is a social entrepreneur who empowers individuals to foster collaborative working relationships through walking meetings. For the past 20 years, she has helped companies budget, spot inefficiencies and find opportunities... Read More →



Friday September 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
WDCEP 1495 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

11:00am

Workplace Solutions for Start-ups / Small Businesses
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
RM

Richard McBride

Richard is a native Washingtonian and Georgetown University graduate with 30+ years of commercial real estate experience. In 2002 Richard borrowed a desk in a friend’s office and founded McBride Real Estate Services, Inc., now one of DC’s top commercial real estate companies... Read More →
AS

Adam Segal

Adam is the cofounder and ceo of cove, a startup building a network of neighborhood workspaces powered by a tech platform that connects people to their work experience. In four years, cove has gone from a business plan to a multi-city company with thousands of users, Series A venture... Read More →


11:00am

D.C. The Treasure Trove on the Potomac – Fashioning Your Enterprise
Topics include:
  • Forms of Business Organization
  • The D.C. Regulatory Structure
  • The BUSINESS PLAN The Green Bank
  • Financial Management and Access to Capital
  • The Sources of Investment Funds: Banks? D.C. Micro-Finance? Venture Capital? Your Own or Friends’ Resources?
Stay tuned for more info!

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
GA

Gueter Aurelien

Atty. At Law, Venable
MB

Marla Bilonick

Latino Economic Development Center
JG

Julio Güity-Guevara

Dep. Dir., Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, (on the Green Economy)
AN

Angela Neira

LifeAsset
ST

Stephanie Thomas

TruFund, NYC


Friday September 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:20pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

12:00pm

Transform Your Idea Into a Brand: Lunch & Learn
Limited Capacity filling up

Bring your idea and together we'll transform it into a brand! Whether it's a new product or service being developed within a large organization or a startup bringing a new concept to market, innovative branding methodologies can make all the difference. We'll develop brand promise statements, compose taglines and create logo concepts. 1on1 feedback will be provided throughout the creative process. To jump start your motivation, check out this Tech.co article by workshop presenter Mariya Bouraima, Founder of Aveya Creative: https://tech.co/seven-tips-build-maintain-successful-startup-brand-2014-07 More info on Mariya's background: www.aveyacreative.com/mariya-bio

Speakers
avatar for Mariya I. Bouraima

Mariya I. Bouraima

Mariya's background: www.aveyacreative.com/mariya-bio


Friday September 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WDCEP 1495 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

12:30pm

Dialogue on Diversity Reception: Lunch & Learn
FREE Lunch Provided.

Join the community gathering as DC Government officials engage and disucss latest efforts to create equal access and opportunity for minority and low-income populations across Washingotn DC.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
PA

Paloma Adams Allen

President /CEO, Inter-American Foundation
MB

Melinda Bolling

Director, D.C. Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
CS

Courtney Snowden

Deputy Mayor, Greater Economic Development


Friday September 15, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

1:00pm

How to create your pitch deck!
Learn how to create your pitch decks with:
  • Design
  • Strategy
  • Fundraising considerations 

Speakers
avatar for Gira Desai Wieczorek

Gira Desai Wieczorek

Managing Partner, Aleberry
Gira Wieczorek is a founder at Aleberry, a design & strategy firm focused on helping startups navigate the fundraising process with deck strategy & design. She has helped clients raise over $150M in funding. Aleberry works alongside startups, advisors, venture capitalists, and accelerators... Read More →


2:00pm

Commercial Use of the Internet and Other Communications Media
Topics include:
  • Data collection by internet content producers
  • the Privacy Conundrums The limits of Consumer Consent; Broadband and WiFi: Building the Industry Edifice
Stay tuned for more info!

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
AG

Adrian Gropper

Chief Technologv Officer, Patient Privacy Rights


Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

2:30pm

Knowing When You're Ready to Raise Money (And How)
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Mary Iafelice

Mary Iafelice

COO, Humble Ventures
Mary Iafelice, COO humble impact, has experience in a logistics/SaaS startup, co- designed Bunker Labs DC's accelerator from the ground up, has created proprietary growth hack methods, and has delivered over 1,000 hours of business coaching.
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Jonathon Perrelli

Jonathon Perrelli is CEO and co-founder of LifeFuels (lifefuels.co), his seventh startup venture. The LifeFuels Bottle helps users thrive; enabling them to make personalized beverages on the go, each perfectly tailored to fit their day. The Bottle leverages patented technology to... Read More →


2:50pm

The Marketing Task For the Minority Firm
Topics being discussed:
  • Savvy, Skills, and Planning
  • Government Aids
  • Private Sector Rules of the RoadMarketing for Women-Owned Businesses
  • The Science and Art of Small/Minority Enterprise Marketing
  • Women’s Business Ownership
  • Contracting Preferences
  • "8(a)", HUB Zones

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
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Sagrario Ortiz

Pres./CEO, El Poder de Ser Mujer
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Sharon Pinder

Pres./CEO, Capital Region, Minority Supplier Development Council


Friday September 15, 2017 2:50pm - 3:30pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

3:15pm

Breaking Through the Clutter: Getting Your Brand Across In A Crowded Media Space
Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.
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Diana Marrero

Founder, THE HILL LATINO, former Journalist

Friday September 15, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

4:00pm

The Global Dimensions of Your Market
Come join as we speak with the U.S. Small Business Administration, International Trade with a focus focus on Latin America, East Asia.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
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Susan Au Allen

President, U.S., Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce. (trade with China, Southeast Asia)
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Jorge Salichs

Senior Consultant, Nat’l Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce
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Paolo Von Shirach

Pres./CEO, Global Policy Institute


Friday September 15, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

4:00pm

Improv for Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Entrepreneurship and improvisation have so much in common: the pivot, listening and adapting to your partners perspectives, the ability to roll with the punches, the skill off seeing new possibilities where there are currently none, getting into your customers' shoes and so much more. This workshop presents improv as a way to practice those muscles in an incredibly fun way. The Washington Improv Theater has been training organizations of all kinds to use improv to improve leadership, communication and much more -- come enjoy this free session with WIT and Caroline Howe.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Howe

Caroline Howe

Sustainability Innovation, University of DC
Caroline Howe is a sustainability entrepreneur and educator, and has started and mentored social enterprises in India, Nicaragua, Spain and the US. She currently works in sustainability innovation at UDC -- supporting the growing entrepreneurial workforce of both students and community... Read More →
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John Windmuller

John has over a decade of experience designing, delivering, and overseeing professional training and graduate education focused on communication and collaboration. In addition to his education and training background, he holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. For the past... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Source Theater 1835 14th St NW, Washington DC

5:00pm

Dialogue on Diversity Reception: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off — Mariachi Performance
Join the hispanic community to launch Hispanic Heritage Month, complete with Mariachi Band and Reception.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Cristina Caballero

Maria Cristina Caballero

Pres./CEO, Dialogue on Diversity
Maria Cristina Caballero is the founder, president and CEO of Dialogue on Diversity, a nonprofit educational organization based in the District of Columbia that works as a forum for interchange of experience and ideas among women of many ethnic and cultural communities.

Speakers
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Sonia Gutierrez

Founder/President, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, Keynote, MC


Friday September 15, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
AT&T Forum 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

5:00pm

Youth Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion and Networking Event
For the last day of DC Startup week, we’re hosting an event for the young and aspiring entrepreneurs of DC. Come learn the mindsets of entrepreneurs and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. We will be featuring established entrepreneurs from DC to share their story and what it took to get them where they are in life in a panel discussion and networking session. Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the panel live. Join us for the end of DC Startup Week with light food, inspiring entrepreneurs, and big ideas.

Moderators
Friday September 15, 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Spaces NoMA 1140 3rd St NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002

6:30pm

Pitch Competition: 7 Minutes in Heaven! Sponsored by Sendgrid, Cogent Law Group & 1776!
Limited Capacity filling up

Come watch 5 startups battle it out to win a $1,000 grand prize to close out DC Startup Week. Each startup will have 7 minutes to pitch their company: 3 minutes to pitch and 4 minutes for Q&A.

Our team of judges will be selecting 5 early-stage companies to pitch. Must apply by August 28th. Finalist will be contacted by Sept 5.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2fj13fX

Sponsored by: 1776 & Cogent Law Group (http://www.cogentlaw.co/)


Moderators
avatar for Mary Iafelice

Mary Iafelice

COO, Humble Ventures
Mary Iafelice, COO humble impact, has experience in a logistics/SaaS startup, co- designed Bunker Labs DC's accelerator from the ground up, has created proprietary growth hack methods, and has delivered over 1,000 hours of business coaching.
avatar for Rashad Moore

Rashad Moore

Family Guy, Nerd, Trusted Advisor, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Social Innovator.
avatar for Jared Sheehan

Jared Sheehan

Jared has been playing with technology all of his life and building mobile applications since Google was making tasty treats like Donut, Eclair and Gingerbread. He enjoys bridging the gap between technology, product and business development teams and bringing them together to ship... Read More →
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Evan Smith

Cogent Law Group
Evan Smith has more than 25 years of experience in business, law, and entrepreneurship. He was a partner at Greenberg Traurig, a successful startup CEO, and is currently managing partner at Cogent Law Group.

Speakers
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Ahhto

ahhto works with your schedule to get you the services and products you want. Forget about the wait, have more time for the things that matter. Let us maintain your repair services or car buying needs while you focus on the more important things in life.
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Crazy Ate

THE MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICE FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES
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Fandemic

Hey! We're Fandemic, we help influencers promote beauty products they love, and make them a little extra cash along the way. It's simple -- you add your favorite products to your online store and share it with your followers across the web as we take care of the rest. You will take... Read More →
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SmartBridge Health

SmartBridge Health uses the brainpower of the world's top oncologist to improve health outcomes for cancer patients.
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Vendoo

A Seller's Best Friend! Tired of having to track all your items, sales and messages on multiple marketplaces? Sick of manually entering the same information on every post? Vendoo is here to help! We make your selling experience quick, easy and more effective!

Sponsors
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Cogent Law Group

Top-Tier Law Firm Services that Respect your Budget: A lean approach to our business means cost savings for you and/or your business. | | Beyond Legal Counsel: Cogent Law goes beyond legal counsel to help clients connect with potential customers, investors, and strategic partners... Read More →
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Sendgrid

SendGrid is a Techstars company founded in 2009. We have developed a cloud-based platform that solves the challenge of email delivery. We successfully deliver over 1 billion customer engagement emails each day for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Spotify... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005