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Monday, September 11
 

8:30am

Meet Your Next Mentor: Mentor Speed Dating & Networking! Sponsored by Talener.
Limited Capacity full
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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

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
Limited Capacity filling up

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 →



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 →



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
Limited Capacity filling up

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
Limited Capacity filling up

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 →



 
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
Limited Capacity filling up

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 events, and a sp... Read More →



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

1:30pm

Launching a Startup Without a Tech Background
Limited Capacity filling up

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, Inc.
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 →



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 →



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 →



 
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

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 Rodriguez

Steven Rodriguez

Regional Manager, U.S.A./Canada, Techstars
Entrepreneur. Traveler. Positive Thinker.Learn more at https://fb.me/stvnrco.



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

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

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

4:30pm

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
 
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 teaches... Read More →
avatar for Erin Horne McKinney

Erin Horne McKinney

Co-founder, Utopia
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

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 →


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

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

Fellow, Mozilla
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 at Apple... 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 →


5:30pm

Happy Hour! ​From the Frontlines: ​The Challenges and​ ​Opportunities of Building a News Media Company in ​DC
Limited Capacity filling up

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
 
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

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

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

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

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 →


2:30pm

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 →


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 →
avatar for John Windmuller

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