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Sunday, September 23
 

3:00pm

Kick Off DC Startup Week!
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Kick off DC Startup Week 2018 with drinks, good food and great networking. We will announce the location in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!



Sponsors
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Upside Business Travel

Upside Business Travel is the first online travel service built just for business travelers, particularly the "do-it-yourself" (DIY) business travelers who can't access special pricing or quality customer service.


Sunday September 23, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Rooftop Bar - Eaton Hotel 1201 K St NW, Washington, DC, USA
 
Monday, September 24
 

9:00am

Power up Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Monday September 24, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

10:00am

Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for DC's Women Founders
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The DC Women Founders Initiative will present findings on DC's entrepreneurial ecosystem and offer a series of recommendations designed to enhance support for women and new majority founders. Following a series of interviews with local resource providers and over eighty women business owners, the report's findings highlight existing best practices and offer recommendations for improved stakeholder coordination, engagement and on-ramps of support for women and minority founders. Access the full report online: bit.ly/inclusiveecosystems 

Speakers
avatar for Deloris Wilson

Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon
Deloris is an ecosystem builder, strategist, and social entrepreneur committed to promoting equity and inclusion worldwide. She has performed strategic policy, impact investment, and economic development work across six countries, impacting a range of socio-economic issues including... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
In3 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Mentor Hours: Writing/Editing GURU
Limited Capacity full
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Sign up for Mentor Hours with Sandra: here!

You may want to ask Sandra questions like these:
  • How can I attract more ideal clients with my web copy?
  • How can I use storytelling to amplify the impact of my work?
  • What can I do to make my technical content sound juicier?
  • How do I stop procrastinating and start writing?
  • What’s a super easy way to come up with 10+ blog or article topics related to my specialty?

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Yin

Sandra Yin

Writer, editor, and content strategist
Sandra Yin is a writer, editor, and content strategist who helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits that want to make a bigger difference in the world.She loves playing with words, shaping ideas, and smoothing rough edges. Her goal is to help you more powerfully convey... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

10:00am

DC GOV DAY
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As part of DC Startup Week202Createsteamed up with various DC Government agencies to bring you DC Gov Day! Similar to the Co-working Day format, DC Gov Day will feature an array of workshops, networking opportunities, and drop-in sessions all hosted by various DC Government organizations. See below for the full schedule, list of speakers, & more!

https://dcgovday.splashthat.com/

Monday September 24, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
202Creates 200 I STREET SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON DC

11:00am

HireHer Panel: The Minority Majority
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Minorities will be the majority in 2050 according to the US Department of Labor. Embracing this inevitable change in how you develop content and scale your business will make companies more competitive. In order to remain innovative, industries must develop workplace cultures that value inclusion, and are supportive of diversity of thought and background. Leverage the insights of diverse leaders to take your firm to the top. While women and minorities in high-level executive positions serve as a pipeline to the underrepresented, its time to change the game significantly by increasing the presence of this group in the C-Suite and delivering products and services with mass appeal.

Key Takeaways:
1      Gain greater competitive advantage through the strategic recruitment of diverse talent and opening up the leadership pipeline to the C-Suite.
2    Get an ally and be an ally. Women and minorities can benefit from having an ally as a mentor, sponsor or coach to move beyond the mid-career level or jump start a business.
3    Profit matters. Build strategies to engage, retain, include, and train diverse talent to prepare for the realities of tomorrows minority majority.

Speakers
avatar for Eboné F. Bel

Eboné F. Bel

Editor-in-Chief, Tagg Magazine
Eboné F. Bell is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. Tagg is a to serving “everything lesbian, queer, and under the rainbow.” For the past three years, Tagg has been named Top LGBTQ-Owned Companies by the Washington Business Journal.  Eboné has been immersed in... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Chandler Cook

Ruth Chandler Cook

Founder & CEO, HireHer
Ruth is an entrepreneur who leads HireHer’s efforts to connect diverse talent with innovative industries faster. Through the HireHer technology and services Ruth enables employers to recruit, engage and retain diverse talent. Likewise, STEM+ talent is positioned to find a job, mentor... Read More →
avatar for Mary DePaolo Haddid

Mary DePaolo Haddid

Attorney, Helsell Fetterman LLC
Mary is a litigator from Helsell Fetterman, LLC, a 130 year old Seattle law firm.  She has practiced law for 18 years and focuses on personal injury, professional-liability, construction and employment claims at the trial and appellate level.  For the last two years, she has served... Read More →
avatar for Adam Mutschler

Adam Mutschler

Partner, Kedar Group
Adam brings a fresh approach to Organizational Transformation. With over a decade of experience in the technology and startup space, he has an excellent understanding of how teams and leaders work in the startup world. Adam has a passion for working with aspiring leaders and teams... Read More →
avatar for DeShuna Spencer

DeShuna Spencer

Founder/CEO, kweliTV,
DeShuna Spencer is the Founder/CEO of kweliTV, a video streaming network that curates undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series and children’s programming of the global black community; and she’s a radio host/producer of emPower Hour, a weekly social... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

11:30am

Lunch & Learn: Building Your Own Career: From Student to Entrepreneur featuring graduates of Howard University
Limited Capacity seats available

The student-hustle isn't for the faint of heart. For some, choosing to pursue entrepreneurship in or immediately following school was borne out of necessity, while for others, an opportunity opened the door. But undoubtedly for all, the Bison education and exposure helped pave the way for business success. Tune in to find out how local Howard grads have grown businesses and non-profit initiatives through experiences and networks at Howard University.

Panelists will be added this week!

Speakers
avatar for Sydne DʼLes Barard

Sydne DʼLes Barard

Founder, The Baldie Revolution
Sydne DʼLes Barard is a senior at Howard University, working toward a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Her honors and awards include a Howard University Freshman Scholarship Capstone award, a Marketing Summit Scholar, a Howard University... Read More →
avatar for Whitney Griffith

Whitney Griffith

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seamless Money
Ms. Whitney Griffith is currently a Senior Computer Science major at Howard University from Trinidad and Tobago, where she serves as the   2018-2019 Vice President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the only Computing and Information International Honor Society,   a Howard University International... Read More →
avatar for Curry Hackett

Curry Hackett

Principal, Hackreative
Curry Hackett is a 2013 graduate of the Howard University School of Architecture, and the principal of Hackreative, an ecologically-minded studio established in 2015. Hackreative works with municipalities to promote public awareness of and accessibility to the built environment—primarily... Read More →
avatar for Evan Ward

Evan Ward

Founder, Butler Personal Services
Evan Ward is recent graduate of Howard Universityʼs School of Business with a B.B.A. in Finance.During his tenure at Howard, Evan was actively involved in the school of businessas a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program, the InternationalFraternity... Read More →
avatar for Deloris Wilson

Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon
Deloris is an ecosystem builder, strategist, and social entrepreneur committed to promoting equity and inclusion worldwide. She has performed strategic policy, impact investment, and economic development work across six countries, impacting a range of socio-economic issues including... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
In3 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

The Path to MVP: Building Software with Limited Resources
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You have a brilliant idea for the next big app. But before you spend tens of thousands of dollars into it, you want an MVP to show off and validate your assumptions.

At Hatch Apps, we’ve been there. When we started the company, we had limited resources and a huge vision, so we learned to start small: With an MVP. By leveraging pre-sales, contract labor, and getting everyone to contribute to the codebase, we were able to build out a product that got us to our next step. All it takes is a little creativity.

Join us for this talk on strategies to get you to that almighty MVP, and to get on the path to achieving your vision.

Speakers
avatar for Param Jaggi

Param Jaggi

CEO, Hatch Apps
Param is the CEO of Hatch Apps, a company working to democratize the software development industry. Before Hatch, Param invented and sold a patented device that reduces carbon dioxide emissions from the exhaust pipe of a car.Param has been listed twice as one of Forbes’ 30 Under... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071

4:00pm

Where do I Start with My Start-Up?
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting a business in 2019? Started a business and want a refresher on key legal considerations for your business? This workshop will discuss key legal issues for your small business to consider to limit your legal risks. The following topics will be discussed:

-Which business structure should your company choose?
-What legal documents do you need to complete to start a business in DC?
-What factors go into classifying workers as independent contractors vs. employees?
-What steps can you take to protect your intellectual property?
-What should you consider before hiring employees?
-What legal requirements should you consider when securing grant funding?


Speakers
avatar for Toya Carmichael

Toya Carmichael

Toya Carmichael, Esq. is a grant writer with a true passion for service organizations.  Toya is a Past Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.  Currently, Toya fulfills her civic duties as a Commissioner for The DC Commission for Long Term Health, a Board... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Childress

Jessica Childress

Managing Attorney and Founder, 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 Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University... Read More →
avatar for Lucrecia P. Johnson

Lucrecia P. Johnson

Founder & Managing Attorney, LPJ Legal PLLC
Lucrecia P. Johnson, Esq. LL.M. brings a breadth of legal experience to her position as the managing attorney and founder of LPJ Legal, a law firm based in Washington, DC.As a solo practitioner, she represents clients in all aspects of business law and education law. Ms. Johnson handles... Read More →
avatar for Kendell Renee Kelly

Kendell Renee Kelly

Lifestyle Lawyer, Heather Beverly
Kendell Renee Kelly is a Lifestyle LawyerTM and strategist specializing in the intellectual property, business, sports and entertainment industries.On the road to creating that area of practice, Kendell was accepted into a dual-degree program on a NASA scholarship and went away to... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071
 
Tuesday, September 25
 

9:30am

Grow, Build Sustain: A Peer and Resource Exchange for African American Women Founders
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D.C. is one of the fastest growing jurisdictions for women-owned businesses. Despite starting new businesses at higher rates, African American women, in particular, face the widest discrepancies; earning the least amount of revenue, and closing their businesses at a faster rate.  Alternative investments, peer exchanges and local policies are emerging to close these gaps. During this session, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter invites women founders of color and those who support their journey, to join an intimate session amongst women entrepreneurs who are making an impact in their community and the resource providers supporting their journey. Come learn, share and access a network that can take your vision and talent to the next level.  

Moderators
avatar for Mariko Bennett

Mariko Bennett

Founder and president, COCO B.
After a successful career spanning nearly two decades, Mariko was ready for a new challenge.  She transitioned her career as a corporate political affairs leader in Washington, D.C. for Fortune 500 companies and built her next career from the ground up. As founder and president... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yvette M. Alexander

Yvette M. Alexander

Member, Council of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander has been a member of the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007. In 2015-2016, she served as Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, which has oversight of a $4.5 Billion budget that includes the following agencies; Department... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Jackson Bland

Sharon Jackson Bland

President, Indigo Mid-Atlantic
Ms. Bland has more 20 years of project management and consulting experience in the DC area engineering, real estate development, and construction and program management markets. Of particular note is her expertise with various DC Government agencies, the U.S. General Services Administration... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Buckner

Lauren Buckner

Owner, Body By Buckner
Lauren is the owner of Body By Buckner, a boutique fitness studio located in the heart of DC on Benning Road, NE where she specializes in customized, small group training. As a competitive collegiate track and field sprinter and professional dancer in both the U.S. and South America... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Cofield

Natalie Cofield

Founder, Walker's Legacy
An honors tech graduate (where she was mentored by CIOs of two of America's leading Fortune 500 companies) Natalie has leveraged her experience coding to build a career centered on empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, women, and underrepresented communities.  From Google to the... Read More →
avatar for Camille A. John

Camille A. John

Senior Vice President Business Strategy, Global Commercial Bank
Camille has contributed 15 years of leadership to the financial services industry. She leads as a SVP; Business Strategy and Initiatives Manager within the Global Commercial Bank at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Camille influences GCB revenue growth through new client... Read More →
avatar for Camille Kashaka

Camille Kashaka

Director, Anacostia Arts Center
Camille Kashaka is the Director of the Anacostia Arts Center, a project of ARCH Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Administration from Howard... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Resil

Melissa Resil

Business Certification Manager, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
Ms. Resil has served in the District of Columbia Government for fifteen years. She is currently the Business Certification Manager for the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program within the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Prior to her assignment... Read More →
avatar for Ayris T. Scales

Ayris T. Scales

Director, Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator, with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and establishing credibility to authentically expand operations, investments... Read More →
avatar for Angela Chester –Johnson

Angela Chester –Johnson

Chief Executive Officer, Plum Good LLC
Angela Chester –Johnson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Plum Good LLC. (www.plum-good.com) where she creates flavors for life with herbs, spices, sauces and teas. Before launching her business, Angela enjoyed a career in international affairs; as a technical writer, policy analyst, Africa advocate, and trade and business development consultant. She specialized in building cap... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

10:00am

Mentor Hours: Setting Bolder Goals GURU
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Sign up for a 30-minute mentor session with Emily here:  https://settingboldergoalsmentorherahubdc.eventbrite.com

You may want to ask Emily questions related to:
  • How can I overcome the obstacles that hold me back from growing my business?
  • What are 3 things I can do to change my mindset?
  • How do I set bolder goals?

Speakers
avatar for Emily Barrosse

Emily Barrosse

Emily Barrosse is a business coach who specializes in helping entrepreneurs set bolder goals for themselves by developing the skill of confidence and bold self-belief. Emily works with her clients to not only set bolder goals, but actually implement them through identifying those... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

12:00pm

Founder & Investor Lunch
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Founders: Are you looking to raise capital?
Investors: Are you looking for the next startup to invest it?

If yes, this is the event for you! We will be bringing together investors and founders for lunch at Industrious. 

Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Industrious, Bethesda, MD 7200 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 500 (5th floor) Bethesda, MD 20814

1:00pm

Techstars Presents: How to Give a GREAT Elevator Pitch
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Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. He currently runs Techstars’ first virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars... Read More →



Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

1:00pm

Mentor Hours: Website GURU
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Sign up for mentor hours with Archana here:  https://websitementorhoursherahubdc.eventbrite.com

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?

Speakers
avatar for Archana Mehta

Archana Mehta

Owner and principal, AM Strategies, Inc.
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... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

2:00pm

How to know what your customers want before building your product
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In this session you will: 
1) Discover the The Five Step process you must follow before building your first product.
2) Learn the right technique to differentiate your product from competitors
3) Discover the method to assign value and price to your product before building it
4) How to use "My Amazon Process" to learn what customer are looking for!


Speakers
avatar for Ebong Eka

Ebong Eka

President, Ericorp Consulting, Inc.
Ebong is a certified public accountant, business growth & digital marketing entrepreneur and small business expert who regularly appears on MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, China Global Television Network, i24News and CNN.He is a keynote speaker in business and leadership in... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

4:00pm

Techstars Presents: Non-Dilutive Funding from Government and Grants
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will go over the basics of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR),
including a new, less cumbersome variant pioneered by the Air Force."

Speakers
avatar for Warren Katz

Warren Katz

Managing Director, Techstars
Warren Katz is Managing Director of Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator with the US Air Force, a partnership to increase engagement between startups with state-of-the-art counter-drone technologies and the Department of Defense.Immediately prior to that, he was President of... Read More →



Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

4:30pm

Become a Kidpreneur!
Limited Capacity seats available

As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to describe exactly what you do to your kids. We provide that the best way to explain what their parents do is by teaching the young ones how they can be entrepreneurs themselves. We outline some basic concepts and strategies kids to understand and build a foundation of entrepreneurship. We will go through  the concept but also the values and characteristics for an entrepreneur, we take a look at the importance of building teamwork from a young age and the most important to continue the ethos at home.

This program is intended for children between the ages of 7 years and 12 years old.


Speakers
avatar for Yurani Sandoval

Yurani Sandoval

Founder, SingleParentPower
Yurani Sandoval is the Founder of SingleParentPower, the only one-stop-shop bilingual, diverse and inclusive community for single parents in the greater D.C. area. SingleParentPower designs an entrepreneurial workshops for kids as a strategy to support entrepreneur parents and single... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

5:00pm

Does business school make sense for you?
Limited Capacity seats available

Does business school make sense for those pursuing entrepreneurial routes?

Business schools have steadily been developing entrepreneurial programs yet some Venture Capitalists and other Silicon Valley denizens claim they won't invest in startups led by MBAs. Who's right?

Does an MBA make sense for you? Come see and hear our panel of entrepreneurs with MBAs tell how the degree helped--or maybe hurt--them.

Speakers
avatar for Maurice Bakley

Maurice Bakley

Chief Revenue Officer, Education Week
Maurice Bakley currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer at Education Week, where he leads the organization's growth strategy in the media and information sector, and is active in NextGen Venture Partners, a network driven investment firm. Prior to joining Education Week, he was President... Read More →
avatar for Stefan Bielski

Stefan Bielski

Founder, Professions on Purpose
Stefan Bielski caught the startup bug early, at 18 joining one as its first full-time employee. He covered entrepreneurship as a journalist, served as an AmCham Small Business co-chair, with Entrepreneur in Residencies at GU and aboard Coboat. His own founded companies include magazines... Read More →
avatar for Adam Segal

Adam Segal

Co-Founder and CEO, Cove
Adam is the cofounder and ceo of cove, a startup on a mission to make work more local and friendly by building a network of neighborhood workspaces. In five years, cove has gone from a graduate school business plan to a multi-city company with thousands of users, Series A venture capital, and a great team of 40+ peopl... Read More →
avatar for Francie Wasser

Francie Wasser

CEO and Founder, FranciePants
Francie Wasser is the CEO and Founder of FranciePants, a line of body-positive, size-inclusive 100% cotton undergarments for women which are are not only healthy, but also beautiful, so that women need not compromise on style in order to care for their bodies. Francie is the creator... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

5:00pm

Techstars Accelerators Meet and Greet and Q&A with Techstars Managing Directors
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet & Greet with Techstars Managing Directors and explore startup opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Warren Katz

Warren Katz

Managing Director, Techstars
Warren Katz is Managing Director of Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator with the US Air Force, a partnership to increase engagement between startups with state-of-the-art counter-drone technologies and the Department of Defense.Immediately prior to that, he was President of... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, Techstars
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. He currently runs Techstars’ first virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars... Read More →



Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

6:30pm

Fuck Up Nights
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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.

Light food & drinks will be served.

Moderators
avatar for Vanessa Ferragut

Vanessa Ferragut

Founder, Greenease
Vanessa Ferragut, CMP is a Sustainable Event and Meeting Planner in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Ferragut Event Group, LLC, an event planning company that focuses on sustainable meetings and events. Vanessa is also a local foods enthusiast and Founder of Greenease, Inc... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Garcia

Andrew Garcia

CTO/Co-Founder, Goodshuffle
Andrew's experience ranges from running a sound & lighting rental company in Austin to a specialization in big data analysis and data visualization.  A diversity of experience, from co-founding a record label to graduating with a degree in Computer Science, seems to be a recurring... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis

JGL
Josh Lewis started JGL a few years after graduating Engineering school hoping to make a positive difference in the way customers are treated in the roofing world. His vision was to create an honest company you would have no problems referring to your mother. He also leads JGL in giving... Read More →
avatar for Philip DiMuro & Dave Phelan

Philip DiMuro & Dave Phelan

Co-Founders, Loople
Philip DiMuro and Dave Phelan attended the same college, joined the same fraternity, studied abroad together, and now have started two businesses together. After graduation, Phil was working in sales for Boston Beer in Baltimore and saw a missing opportunity in the market. There was... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Shaw

Alexandra Shaw

Senior manager of nonprofit development, Good360
Alexandra Shaw is the senior manager of nonprofit development for Good360 (Alexandria, VA), a nonprofit that helps retailers donate excess consumer goods to charity. She has attended many FuckUp Nights in DC over the last two years and is passionate about helping others overcome their... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
 
Wednesday, September 26
 

9:00am

Founder Speed Dating
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for coffee and muffins for Founder Speed Dating. This won't be your typically "speed dating" event but you will meet a variety of founders from diverse industries.


Breakfast brought to you by ThinkNimble.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

How to win the heart of Angel Investors
Limited Capacity full
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George Farha, Co-founder of GSP Financial and Advisory, will discuss the increasingly competitive startup investment landscape. Higher investor expectations make it exceedingly important for startups to learn tangible tactics to attract a wide variety of investors including angel investors, venture capitalists, and private equity firms. As an angel investor himself, George will delve specifically into the inner-workings of an angel investors mind and share which factors, including passion, persistence, and traction, will help to attract high net worth individuals to a startup. George will also add an international spin on attracting investment as another option for startups to consider as they continue to grow. Participants will understand how to “know” and make connections with investors, and how to best attract them to their businesses.

Speakers
avatar for George Farha

George Farha

Co-founder, GSP Financial and Advisory
George is Chairman and Founder of GSP Group, a private office investing in real estate and private equity.Before starting GSP, George used his entrepreneurial approach to tap into the business services industry and, from an initial modest catering and laundry business, expanded to... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Innovation Marketplace
Limited Capacity seats available

DC Startup Week and WeDC Innovation Marketplace will showcase and celebrate the region's most innovative companies and their products. DC Startup Week will be providing 40 booths for DMV startups to showcase their products, ideas and innovations. Please apply by filling out this form above by September 9th, 2018. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am

How to sell when you don't want to
Limited Capacity full
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Startups are fun! Sales are not. However, they are an essential part of a startup. No sales = no company. This session is here to give you practical advice on how to make sales automatic and turn you from someone who hates sales to someone who enjoys them.



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 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

1:00pm

Mentor Hours: Scale and Growth GURU
Limited Capacity full
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Sign up for mentor hours with Sarah here:  https://growthandscalementorherahubdc.eventbrite.com

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Djamshidi

Sarah Djamshidi

Sarah has over 18 years of successful experience providing fiscal, strategic, operations and M&A leadership to board members, business owners and executives of more than 200 companies on growth, merger and acquisitions and business succession plans. Sarah has worked with government... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

5:00pm

Are you ready for the spotlight?
Limited Capacity full
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Think your startup is ready for the limelight? Not sure about timing? Wondering how to break down the PR process?  Well, this session is for you! Our partners at SilverStrategy will talk with local media personalities about what to know before going to the press, industry tips & tricks, and what constitutes news.

Speakers
avatar for Michelai Graham

Michelai Graham

Market Editor, Technical.ly DC
Michelai Graham is the Market Editor of Technical.ly DC. She has a master's in investigative reporting from American University. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Graham covered arts and culture in Lansing, Mich., during her undergraduate career at Michigan State University. Before... Read More →
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Kieran McQuilkin

DC Editor, DC Inno
Kieran McQuilkin joined American Inno as DC’s editor two months ago, and launched Richmond Inno in August. The Connecticut native previously worked as web editor for two online news publications, Richmond BizSense and BusinessDen in Denver, where last year he redesigned both websites... Read More →
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Rob Pegoraro

Contributor and Columnists, Yahoo Tech and USA Today
Rob Pegoraro writes about interesting problems and possibilities in computers, gadgets, apps, services, telecom and other things that beep or blink. He covers tech policy and contributes reviews at Yahoo Finance, writes a weekly personal-tech Q&A column for USA Today, offers telecom... Read More →
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Tara Silver

Founder and Managing Director, SilverStrategy
Founded in 2008, SilverStrategy has become known as the region’s premier strategic communications and marketing agency, specializing in creating problem-solving campaigns for emerging businesses. Tara is an award-winning strategist and entrepreneur, with over 17 years of experience... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071

5:00pm

Office Hours with SI Mentors
Limited Capacity seats available

Have a burning startup question, or hit a startup roadblock? Talk to a startup mentor in a private 1-on-1 session and pave a path forward.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071

5:00pm

Small Businesses v. Startups: Who We're Helping, Who We're Hurting and Why It Matters
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Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy - representing nearly half of all businesses in the U.S. Yet within some ecosystems, support can be skewed towards "startups" and a tone that venture capital is only (or "best") way to go. What is the difference between startups and small businesses? What unintended effects may occur through misalignment in resources and support?

Let's discuss who's starting, who's scaling, and what we can do to take more new majority founders from micro-enterprises to high-growth. This panel is produced by Alice and NEUPRINT and will be moderated by Deloris Wilson, Head of Strategy and Operations at BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative. 



Speakers
avatar for Sibyl Edwards

Sibyl Edwards

CEO and Co-Founder, Black Female Founders
Ms. Edwards is currently CEO and co-founder of Black Female Founders (#BFF), an organization whose mission is to provide awareness, support, resources and a platform for Black women entrepreneurs, in 2017 she developed #BFF Labs, a 10-week pre-accelerator program for aspiring early-stage... Read More →
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Aaron Saunders

Founder/CEO, Inclusive Innovation Incubator
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David Smith

Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer, Dissertation Decoded
David Smith currently serves as Senior Regional Organizer for the Southern Region and the Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer of Dissertation Decoded, an educational consulting firm providing professional coaching services to doctoral students who struggle to complete their dissertation... Read More →
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Stephanie Thomas

Director of Programs & Small Business Services, Washington Area Community Investment Fund
Stephanie Thomas is the Director of Programs & Small Business Services for the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif). She oversees the design, development, and execution of Wacif's capacity building programs and partnerships, regional community development agenda, and... Read More →
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Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon
Deloris is an ecosystem builder, strategist, and social entrepreneur committed to promoting equity and inclusion worldwide. She has performed strategic policy, impact investment, and economic development work across six countries, impacting a range of socio-economic issues including... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
In3 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

6:00pm

Start Ignite: Happy Hour
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Join Startup Ignite for a happy hour filled with networking with local founders. 

Speakers
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Amu Fowler

Startups Ignite
Where vision meets doingness. An ecosystem creating programs and communities to accelerate #startup ventures. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071

6:00pm

Starup Grind DC - Walt Mossberg & Steve Clemons
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Startup Grind DC has given 10 Free tickets to DC Startup Week attendees. Please grab them using this link ( https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-washington-dc-presents-walt-mossberg-steve-clemons/#/code-StartupWeek104 )

Walter S. Mossberg is an American journalist. He is widely credited with pioneering the modern, consumer-focused, technology review and commentary.

From 1991 through 2013, he was the principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also co-founded AllThingsD, Recode and the D and Code Conferences. From 2015 to 2017, Mossberg was Executive Editor of The Verge and Editor-at-Large of Recode, web sites owned by Vox Media. Mossberg wrote a weekly column for both and also had a weekly podcast, Ctrl-Walt-Delete. Mossberg was also co-executive producer of the annual Code Conference. 
Mossberg became a podcaster and host of conferences run by his publications. One of the few writers to truly have an “in” with Jobs, Mossberg famously got the chance to do one of only two joint interviews the Apple co-founder gave with Bill Gates (the other one was a far less chummy 1991 print interview for Fortune magazine.)

Mossberg’s 2007 discussion was one of the most out-of-his-comfort-zone interviews of Jobs’ career. It ended with the Apple chief quoting The Beatles to describe his relationship with Gates.
In April 2017, Mossberg announced his plans to retire. He serves on the board of The News Literacy Project and is writing a book for St. Martin’s Press.

The Interviewer will be Steve Clemons (Editor at Large of the Atlantic)
Steve Clemons is Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and National Journal; and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, National Journal LIVE, and QuartzLIVE. He is also Editor-at-Large for Quartz and an MSNBC contributor. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host.



Speakers
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Steve Clemons

Washington Editor-At-Large, The Atlantic
The Atlantic Steve Clemons is Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and National Journal; and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, National Journal LIVE, and QuartzLIVE. He is also Editor-at-Large for Quartz and an MSNBC contributor. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events... Read More →
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Walt Mossberg

Founder, Recode
Walt Mossberg is a veteran technologist columnist, commentator, reviewer, and conference producer. He is widely credited with pioneering the modern, consumer-focused, technology review and commentary at The Wall Street Journal. He also co-founded AllThingsD, Recode and the D and Code... Read More →



Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Alley powered by Verizon 2055 L St NW suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

6:30pm

Vinetta Project Venture Challenge Final Showcase
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Cheer on 4 spectacular female founders as they compete for Vinetta's $20k cash prize. Register here and use the code "DCSW" for 10% off your ticket.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Booz Allen Hamilton's Innovation Center 901 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005

6:30pm

5G Future Dinner Series: First Responder Tech
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Gather insights from executives from the first responder ecosystem about how 5G might evolve their businesses & communities. It'll also be an opportunity to build relationships with potential partners.





Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
TBA
 
Thursday, September 27
 

9:00am

Bias Breakers and Being an Ally
Limited Capacity seats available

Join  Aryis, Diego, Raquel, and host Adam as they explore and discuss the impacts of bias, how to break through it, and create allies.



Speakers
avatar for Raquel Breternitz

Raquel Breternitz

Senior Designer, Pivotal Labs
Raquel Breternitz is a designer and writer with experience across diverse mediums, problem spaces, and domains. Her work is connected by a passion for research-driven design thinking and a hunger for tackling complex problems. She believes design should be approached content-first... Read More →
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Diego Mariscal

Founder, 2Gether-International
Diego Mariscal is disabled and proud! He is also very passionate and strategic about the relationship between disability advocacy, entreprenurship, and sustainable impact. At the age of 18, Diego started “Limitless Prepa Tec” a disability education program for students in Monterrey... Read More →
avatar for Adam Mutschler

Adam Mutschler

Partner, Kedar Group
Adam brings a fresh approach to Organizational Transformation. With over a decade of experience in the technology and startup space, he has an excellent understanding of how teams and leaders work in the startup world. Adam has a passion for working with aspiring leaders and teams... Read More →
avatar for Ayris T. Scales

Ayris T. Scales

Director, Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator, with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and establishing credibility to authentically expand operations, investments... Read More →
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Derrick Jakolby Washington

Director of Programs, Byte Back
Derrick Jakolby Washington is the Director of Programs of Byte Back, a Washington, DC based nonprofit connecting communities with inclusive tech training and pathways into living-wage careers. Under Derrick’s leadership, 60 Byte Back graduates were hired last year, earning more... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

9:00am

Startup Finance 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you ready to debunk myths, clear the smoke and understand your financing options? Join BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative, capital providers and entrepreneurs to break down the funding landscape, connect with experts, and improve your understanding of fundraising options that best fit your business. Speakers include Penny Lee - Chief Strategy Officer (1776), Dale Pfeifer - CEO (Goodworld), Danielle Tate - CEO (MissNowMrs.com), Deborah Owens - Financial Expert an Author, Diana Radu - Business Development and Relationship Manager (HSBC), Fonta Gillam - CEO (InvestSouSou), and William Manger - Associate Administrator/Office of Capital Access (U.S. Small Business Administration).

Registrants must complete a full registration form to attend
. Information gathered will be used to inform the second workshop series and align speaker/panel comments to your particular needs.

Seating is limited, early registration and arrival are suggested.

Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071
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10:00am

Marketing on a Shoestring
Limited Capacity seats available

Your awesome product is ready! Now how does your target audience actually find out about you? This workshop will cover some of the low-cost or no-cost approaches to getting some visibility with your buyers. Whether you have a B2B or B2C product or solution, you’ll hear about some of the tactics you can deploy to get up and running in your relevant markets. And equally important, you’ll hear about some of the approaches that you should avoid-- so you don’t waste time or the little budget that you do have. Every founder wants to go viral. But it’s all about the important steps you take that could actually make that a reality.

You'll hear about when to best engage the media to cover your innovative solution -- why social media may not be the optimal channel for your products -- and how targeted digital ads could yield great market traction than Google adwords.

Liz Sara will run this workshop. She is a 25+ year tech Marketing professional and former software company entrepreneur herself. She’ll share some best practice approaches to Marketing on a Shoestring that she’s deployed for more than 85 tech companies since 2001.  

Speakers
avatar for Liz Sara

Liz Sara

Founder and President, Best Marketing LLC
Liz has more than 25 years of experience in the DC area high tech community as an entrepreneur, business leader, angel investor and strategic marketing executive. In 2001, she founded Best Marketing, LLC to provide emerging and growth stage software companies with strategic marketing... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

11:00am

Superpower: Creating a Community of Power through Entrepreneurship
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Angela Reddix, Founder and Chairman of Envision Lead Grow, presents “Superpower: Creating a Community of Power through Entrepreneurship.” Using a business model based on “The 8 Seeds to Success in Business,” Dr. Reddix has successfully implemented her program, Envision Lead Grow, in multiple impoverished communities including Memphis, Baltimore, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Richmond, Greensboro, and Norfolk.  Envision Lead Grow was intentionally designed for young girls with consultation and collaboration from adult experts in the business industry and allows communities to build sustainable businesses and improve economic stability.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Angela Reddix

Dr. Angela Reddix

President & CEO, ARDX
Dr. Angela D. Reddix is a visionary and innovative thinker with global perspective and entrepreneurial drive. As a passionate mentor and advisor to the next generation of young girls and women, Dr. Angela is a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

11:00am

Restaurant Entrepreneurs: Dishing on DC’s Food and Beverage Startup Scene
Limited Capacity seats available

A new restaurant or bar seems to be popping up every day in DC, but how did these delicious digs go from concept to culinary sensation? In DC Startup Week's first ever restaurant entrepreneurs panel, we're taking a deep dive into DC's thriving food and bar scene and giving you the inside scoop on how to succeed in the industry. 
 
This two-part panel explores the ins and outs of breaking into both the food and beverage scene, with one hour devoted to food concepts and one hour dedicated to spirit, beer and wine entrepreneurship. From innovative fast casual concepts to modern luxury restaurants, to cocktail creators to beer brewers, our panelists will provide insight into the ideation, funding, challenges and successes in building a profitable food and beverage startup.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Dahm

Paul Dahm

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

April Johnson

Founder, Happied
April is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Happied, a web (soon-to-be mobile) app allowing users to find and explore top happy hours in DC through a searchable happy hour database and premium extended happy hour subscription program. She left her career as a real estate finance... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Baker

Matt Baker

Chef, Gravitas
What sets Chef Matt Baker apart from others in his field is his consistent passion for cuisine, hospitality and all things local. In his life, food and dining have always come first. His obsession with food started at an early age. During holidays in Houston, Texas, he assisted with... Read More →
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Pia Carusone

Co-Founder, Republic Restoratives
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Pia is a graduate of Bard College and has been proud to call DC home since 2009. After years of winning tough campaigns, Pia joined Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' team, becoming the Hill's youngest female Chief of Staff. After the stunning... Read More →
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Nick Freshman

Mothersauce Partners, Founder
After graduating from Emory University, Nick followed his heart and stomach into the restaurant industry. Over his 20-year career, Nick has worked in almost every capacity, leading multiple restaurants from the concept stage to thriving businesses. He is currently the co-owner of... Read More →
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Michael McGarvey

CEO/Co-Founder, 3 Stars Brewing Company
Co-founded 3 Stars Brewing Company in 2011, looking to create a “local” option in the District for craft beerResponsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all brewing capabilities: staffing, physical plant, brewing processRaised capital through equity and bank financing... Read More →
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Don Morton

Founder, Shrub District
Don is the owner and founder of Shrub District. He is a bartender, WSET trained wine nerd, cocktail geek, fermentation enthusiast, and eager host. After 10 years working in public policy, Don founded Shrub District to bring a little more happiness into the world. Before Shrub District... Read More →
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Sahil Rahman & Rahul Vinod

Co-Founders, Rasa


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 1:30pm
Prequel DC Restaurant Incubator 919 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

11:30am

Lunch & Learn: Maximize your New LLC Startup: Tips on Taxes, Retirement, & Accounting
Limited Capacity filling up

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

Speakers
avatar for Alvin Carlos

Alvin Carlos

Co-founder and CEO, District Capital Management
Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP® is the co-founder and CEO of District Capital Management in Washington, DC – a financial planning and investment management firm for the everyday people. Alvin hopes to build a multi- generational advisory firm that provides holistic, top-notch, and affordable... Read More →
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Lisa Hodges

Founder, Shift to Impact
Lisa Hodges founded Shift to Impact (shifttoimpact.com), which provides financial planning and educational resources to young changemakers on matching their money with their values, and reclaiming their personal power as investors— no matter how much they have. She runs workshops on community development banking and other sustainable inves... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:30am - 1:15pm
Alley powered by Verizon 2055 L St NW suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

1:15pm

Digital and Physical Product Development at The White House and in E-commerce
Limited Capacity seats available

As a stakeholder in www.whitehouse.gov during the Obama Administration, and currently Head of Products at e-commerce floral delivery company UrbanStems, Cameron Hardesty breaks down the similarities between digital and physical product development, and the unique challenges of e-commerce merchandising for a perishable product with an international supply chain.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Hardesty

Cameron Hardesty

Head of Products, UrbanStems
Cameron Hardesty left The White House in 2015 to join D.C.-based e-commerce start-up UrbanStems, where, as Head of Products, she manages the company's product line and sourcing. She designs UrbanStems’ monthly product collections while managing UrbanStems’ supply chain and working... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

1:45pm

Fireside Chat: How To Raise Money As A Restaurant Entrepreneur
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are thinking of starting a restaurant, food business or beverage startup, this session you cannot miss.  Brandon, Founder of The Caged Bird, will share how he built and raised funding for The Caged Bird, a new restaurant and bar in Dupont Circle.

Come prepared with questions for Brandon! 

Speakers
avatar for April Johnson

April Johnson

Founder, Happied
April is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Happied, a web (soon-to-be mobile) app allowing users to find and explore top happy hours in DC through a searchable happy hour database and premium extended happy hour subscription program. She left her career as a real estate finance... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Rule

Brandon Rule

President, Rule Enterprises
Brandon is a developer, entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist, and a change agent who at the age of 23 left his job as a banker to follow his passion. He then went on to launch Rule Enterprises, an investment firm which uses commercial real estate as its primary tool of investment... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Prequel DC Restaurant Incubator 919 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

2:15pm

Panel: Creating Beautiful and Intuitive User Experiences
Limited Capacity full
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What goes into creating exceptional User Experiences? How do they get produced? How do we know they are intuitive? In this panel, we’ll chat about process and principles that inform intuitive experiences. We’ll dive into some of our favorite examples, and lessons learned from building experiences from the ground up. We’ll end with tips for collaborating with designers, developers and product teams in pursuit of creating great experiences for your startup.   

Speakers
avatar for Emily Brannon

Emily Brannon

UX designer, WeddingWire
Emily Brannon is a UX designer on the Product team at WeddingWire. Every day, she helps launch cutting-edge initiatives to better connect engaged couples with top industry vendors in order to simplify the wedding planning process overall. 
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Maxim Leyzerovich

Senior Experience Lead, Capitol One
Maxim is the Senior Experience Lead at Capital One where he partners with leadership and multidisciplinary teams to drive UX design strategy across product lines – with a focus on Commercial Banking integrated experience & branding.Previously, Maxim was the Senior Experience Designer... Read More →
avatar for Selina McPherson

Selina McPherson

VP Marketing, Hatch Apps
Selina McPherson is the VP Marketing at Hatch Apps, 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 →
avatar for Jennifer Noinaj

Jennifer Noinaj

UX Designer, USDS
Jenn is a user experience designer passionate about civic tech, design for social good projects, and empowering organizations to embrace user-centered design. Currently, she works at the United States Digital Service where she focuses on making government services easy to use and... Read More →
avatar for Emily Rasowsky

Emily Rasowsky

Customer Experience, Sparkfund
Emily is a leading customer experience and marketing strategist. She currently runs customer experience work at Sparkfund, an energy fintech company in DC, where she is responsible for creating holistic customer experiences and building on customer insights to drive powerful and relevant... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

3:15pm

How to get started without a technical co-founder
Limited Capacity full
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Several non-technical founders struggle to find the right technical help to bring their idea to fruition. My session will discuss best practices for non-technical co-founders to develop their product. I will cover what works and what doesn't when it comes to taking outside help to build a product. And what is ultimately required to have a sustainable revenue generating product. I will share my own experiences of bootstrapping a SaaS product offering over the last three years and what it took (from a technical perspective) to bring it to the market and to have paying customers. 

Speakers
avatar for Gaurav Harode

Gaurav Harode

Founder & CEO, Enablix
Gaurav is obsessed with driving productivity and business efficiency. It is this passion that compelled Gaurav to leave his corporate career of over 16 years and dive into a startup venture.Gaurav is the founder of Enablix, a knowledge management and sales enablement startup that... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

3:15pm

Perspectives from Migrant Founders
Limited Capacity seats available

Immigrants bring a fresh perspective that can translate into new fresh business ideas. This panel, featuring founders with immigrant backgrounds, will allow them to share their journeys and experiences in the creation and development of their businesses.

The panel will cover the following topics:

(1) How they got inspired to start their business(es);
(2) What challenges they faced as immigrant founders in establishing and growing their business(es);
(3) How they were able to build their network,  attract talent and capital, and increase sales;
(4) What strengths were drawn from their backgrounds to succeed;
(5) What lessons they would like to share with other entrepreneurs.

Speakers
avatar for NZOGU KULYA

NZOGU KULYA

Managing Director, NICOGER Group LLC
A business consultant, Nzogu is currently the managing director of the NICOGER Group, a Fairfax, Virginia, US-based firm specialized in IT consulting, business advisory services, and management training programs. At this “boutique firm”, he manages the daily operations of the... Read More →
avatar for Shizu Okusa

Shizu Okusa

CEO, Wellthy & Co
 Shizu Okusa is the CEO of Wellthy & Co, DC’s largest direct-to-consumer wellness company, including brands such as JRINK and Apothékary.  Bootstrapping the business from the ground-up – she's led the company's growth from 0 to soon 7 stores and now employing over 35 staff... Read More →
avatar for Silvana Quiroz

Silvana Quiroz

Director, Zoom Latino
Silvana Quiroz, Director, Editor in Chief, Host and Producer of Zoom Latino, has over 15 years of experience in broadcasting and communications. Born and raised in Bolivia, Silvana began her career at an early age in her native Bolivia and later emigrated to the United States where... Read More →
avatar for Amita Shukla

Amita Shukla

Founder & CEO, VITAMITA
Amita Shukla is an innovator and entrepreneur focused on creating transformative innovations for human health, well-being, and potential. She is the founder and CEO of Vitamita and the author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change. Amita regularly advises companies and organizations and has been invited to present over 100 keynotes, lectures, and workshops to innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in industry, academia, and government. Her work and talks focus on mastering mindset agility for individual, team... Read More →


4:00pm

The Power of Teenpreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? In this session, we will put your ideas to the test. You will have the opportunity to work with a team to create a business idea that combines your passions with a meaningful problem. In the end, teams will create a prototype and pitch to the group!

Speakers
avatar for Anyssa Reddix

Anyssa Reddix

Program Manager, Envision Lead Grow
Anyssa Reddix is the program manager at Envision Lead Grow. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied business administration. She has been working with envision we grow to use entrepreneurship to break the cycle of poverty since it’s sounding... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alley powered by Verizon 2055 L St NW suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

5:00pm

Young Entrepreneurs Panel: How To Start and Grow Your Business
Limited Capacity filling up

Hear from young entrepreneurs on how they started their businesses at a young age 

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Capshaw-Mack

Sophie Capshaw-Mack

Founder, Survivor's Best Friend
Sophie Capshaw-Mack is completing a post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University on United Nations Studies. In her undergraduate career, she studied philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in ethics. Her passion is for human rights and advocating... Read More →
avatar for April Johnson

April Johnson

Founder, Happied
April is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Happied, a web (soon-to-be mobile) app allowing users to find and explore top happy hours in DC through a searchable happy hour database and premium extended happy hour subscription program. She left her career as a real estate finance... Read More →
avatar for Anyssa Reddix

Anyssa Reddix

Program Manager, Envision Lead Grow
Anyssa Reddix is the program manager at Envision Lead Grow. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied business administration. She has been working with envision we grow to use entrepreneurship to break the cycle of poverty since it’s sounding... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alley powered by Verizon 2055 L St NW suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

6:00pm

How They Built It: A Conversation with Industry Leaders
Limited Capacity full
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Please join Attorney Joshua Radbod and Cogent Law Group as they host a panel of five founders from five different industries to discuss how they built their company's from the ground up, their struggles, and their successes. The panelists include Michael Echols from EnterCyber Inc., Eugene Poverni from Poverni Sheikh Group, Andrew Nashed from Crypto Capital Investments, LLC, Evan Smith from Cogent Law Group, and Heather Flannery from Obesity Prevention, Policy, and Management, Inc. and Cogent Law Group's Blockchain and Healthcare Practice. There will be an hour for networking accompanied by catered food and drinks. After the panel feel free to network and enjoy the rooftop. We look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WeWork K St 1875 K St NW Fourth Floor Washington, DC 20006

6:00pm

Startup Ignite: Happy Hour
Limited Capacity full
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Join Startup Ignite for a happy happy to network with founders.

Please note this happy hour is in Tysons Corner, VA.

Speakers
AF

Amu Fowler

Startups Ignite
Where vision meets doingness. An ecosystem creating programs and communities to accelerate #startup ventures. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Office Evolution- Startup Ignite 8609 Westwood Center Drive #110, Vienna VA 22182

6:00pm

BEACON Awards Celebration
Limited Capacity full
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BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative invites you to celebrate #ladybosses and women entrepreneurs from across the District as they publicly announce the 2018-2019 BEACON Grant recipients. Join us for food trucks, entertainment, bites & beverages and networking with some of DC's most innovative companies and initiatives.

RSVP Here:  https://beaconawards.splashthat.com/

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Pepco Edison Gallery 702 8th St. NW
 
Friday, September 28
 

8:00am

Breakfast: Leadership of Self as Impetus for Transformative Organizational Change
This structured breakfast event will focus on the 3 components of self leadership (BE, KNOW, DO) and teach participants:
a) how to identify what type of leader they are
b) figure out their best method to lead
c) articulate their Personal Leadership Philosophy.

Breakfast brought to you by Edlinguist Solutions LLC

Speakers
avatar for LaNysha Adams

LaNysha Adams

Founder, Edlinguist Solutions LLC
LaNysha Adams, PhD, a passionate educator, Gates Millennium Scholar, Education Pioneers, & SEED Spot alum founded and operates Edlinguist Solutions LLC, an award-winning minority-owned small business enterprise with social entrepreneurship at the heart of what it does to effect change... Read More →
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Cherida Boyles

Chief Talent Officer, Edlinguist Solutions LLC
Cherida Boyles, Chief Talent Officer at Edlinguist Solutions LLC, utilizes her unique background in organizational development and instructional design to take companies to the next level of success and profitability.  
avatar for Adam Mutschler

Adam Mutschler

Partner, Kedar Group
Adam brings a fresh approach to Organizational Transformation. With over a decade of experience in the technology and startup space, he has an excellent understanding of how teams and leaders work in the startup world. Adam has a passion for working with aspiring leaders and teams... Read More →
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Marcus Nadel

Chief Innovation Officer, Each One Teach One Educational Foundation
Marcus Nadel, Chief Innovation Officer at the Each One Teach One Educational Foundation, is a brand strategist and innovator with more than 10 years of experience building brands from the ground up. He started his career at AT&T after he which discovered his passion in finding creative... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

9:00am

How can a single person build a million dollar business
Do you dream of ditching the hassles of corporate America and starting your own business? Do you yearn to for the day when you could stop commuting, leave office politics and work on meaningful things that excites you from the comfort of your home… or maybe even a beach in Bali… While earning six-figure income?

Come to join me to know how can you achieve them dream… I’ll share some tips, actionable items, strategies and some amazing stories to help you build a million dollar business by yourself.

Speakers
avatar for Nitesh Agrawal

Nitesh Agrawal

Founder, Indiez
Nitesh started building startups when he was just 20 years old. He has raised $150M in venture funding and has worked with Asia’s two most successful startups. He is the founder and CEO of Indiez. Indiez helps non-tech entrepreneurs become millionaires by building high-quality apps... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

9:00am

Financial Projections: Where to start and how they can help you grow your business
Limited Capacity filling up

Founders are well aware of how difficult it is to secure cash flow, whether that’s from investor fundraising, bank loans, or even your own personal cash. Founders are also well aware of how easily it vanishes. At the end of the day, successful cash management is your lifeline. 
Learn from Zach Giegel, co-founder of GSP Financial and Advisory, and his experience advising early stage startups on how to create impactful financial projections that will help you make smart short-term business decisions and set you up for long term growth. Zach will not only walk through how to create a projection but will also give tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your projections and save time so you can work on growing your business.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Giegel

Zach Giegel

Co-Founder, GSP Financial and Advisory
As co-founder of GSP, and with over fifteen years of industry experience, Zach leads a team of specialists, who apply this principle of critical thinking to their mission: Providing support and assistance to business owners by equipping them with innovative, proactive, and practical... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

9:15am

Netwalking: The next evolution of networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Netwalk (networking while walking) with LaNysha Adams to continue to ask her questions after her morning session. 

The netwalk will start from the 1776 DC in the lobby at 9:15am sharp.

Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking creatively and fostering genuine relationships. Netwalks are individually crafted to that no two Netwalks are alike. 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 LaNysha Adams

LaNysha Adams

Founder, Edlinguist Solutions LLC
LaNysha Adams, PhD, a passionate educator, Gates Millennium Scholar, Education Pioneers, & SEED Spot alum founded and operates Edlinguist Solutions LLC, an award-winning minority-owned small business enterprise with social entrepreneurship at the heart of what it does to effect change... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

10:00am

Finding our Authentic Voice
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Everyone can master the art of public speaking and easily leverage the secrets the best speakers in the world use to elevate your public speaking performance, forget the fear, and learn to love the spotlight.

Public speaking is the most common #1 phobia in today's society, and at the same time, our abilities to strongly represent ourselves are becoming more and more of a priority. Whether we are job interviewing, pitching our startup, actively networking, or needing to lead a presentation in a boardroom, confidence, clarity, and communication skills are imperative for success.

In this welcoming and interactive class, you will bring the best out of yourself by learning proven methods that world-renowned speakers utilize in order to develop an authentic speaking style, engage an audience, and leave a lasting impression.

Takeaways
Learn how voice, body, and emotions create your personal speaking style
Clarify your stress response and learn tactics for taking control of your nerves
Learn how the use of space can make you a powerful speaker
Identify the key elements of your personal, authentic speaking style and learn how to develop them further
Prereqs & Preparation
This workshop is designed for anyone interested in improving their public speaking.

What to bring to class: 
Just yourself and willingness to take part in group games and exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Shahier Rahman

Shahier Rahman

General Assembly
Shahier Rahman is the 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 incubator, Canvs. When he's not connecting... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

10:00am

Mentor Hours: Business Strategy GURU
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sign up for mentor hours with Rita here: https://businessstrategymentorherahubdc.eventbrite.com

You may want to ask Rita questions related to:
  • How can I get more clients?
  • Where should I be networking for best results?
  • How can I increase my revenue?
  • What’s the best way to craft my elevator speech?
  • How can I grow my list?
  • Am I taking the right actions to reach my business goals?
  • How can I create services, packages and programs that my clients will love?
  • My business has stalled, how can I get it to the next level?
  • How can I get more visibility?

Speakers
avatar for Rita Goodroe

Rita Goodroe

Rita Goodroe is an international speaker and business mentor and strategist to women entrepreneurs, helping them take bold action to realize BIG results in business so they make more money in less time in a ways that feel good!Rita’s clients love how she uses humor and storytelling... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

10:15am

PR 101 for Startups: Telling Your Brand Story
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

From messaging and materials development to media relations, this session will share communications best practices for startups, including how to develop a brand story and ensure it resonates with the media. Attendees will also come away with communication strategies to maximize proactive news opportunities, from launches to new product/service announcements and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Rismiller

Jamie Rismiller

Senior Vice President, Allison+Partners
With more than a decade of experience planning and implementing strategic communications programs, Jamie provides client counsel and leads initiatives ranging from messaging and narrative development to high-level media relations and content creation. Her career has included both... Read More →
avatar for Riley McBride Smith

Riley McBride Smith

Director, Allison+Partners
Riley specializes in the development of media and engagement strategies designed to position organizations as leaders within their field and ensure their story is heard by those who matter most to their business. Riley handles brand positioning, integrated campaign development, and... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

10:45am

Building Leaders at Every Level
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you have a culture of problem-solving that reaches every corner of your organization? Have you unlocked the leadership potential of every member of your team?
 
The most effective way to accelerate impact across your team is to ensure that every single person - from the bottom to the top - is empowered and equipped with the knowledge and tools to be a leader and solve problems. You and your teammates understand the challenges in front of you - and you know how to solve them better than anyone else.
 
Our workshop facilitates the development of leadership and problem-solving skills for those at every level of your organization. Hear inspiring stories of cultures that have been transformed - and learn proven strategies for unlocking your own leadership potential and the potential of those around you.
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Speakers
avatar for Casey Enders

Casey Enders

CEO, upleadership
Casey Enders is the Chief Executive Officer at Unlocking Potential. Before joining Unlocking Potential, Casey Enders served as the Chief of Staff to philanthropist and financier Raymond G. Chambers, managing and providing strategic guidance on a portfolio of over 30 for-profit and... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey D. Richardson

Jeffrey D. Richardson

Jeffrey Richardson is the Director of Coaching at Unlocking Potential, where he oversees programs development and delivery. Before joining Unlocking Potential, Jeffrey Richardson served as the Principal of Enspired Muse Coaching and Management. In his previous capacity as a senior... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:45am - 11:30am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

11:00am

Lessons Learned from Leading Disruptive Innovation: Winning (then Losing) the Fitness Tech Revolution
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk covers lessons learned taking FitLinxx from basement startup to the venture-backed leader in fitness tech, with over 500 locations worldwide (and postscript on how the company lost the wearables space after Keith left).

Speakers
avatar for Keith Camhi

Keith Camhi

General Manager, Americas East, Techstars
Keith oversees a number of accelerators for Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.Prior to joining Techstars, Keith had extensive academic training in technology, management, and operations, started his career at Fortune 500 companies, then founded two... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am

On the Rise: Emerging Fashion and Retail Trends and Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

As the apparel and retail industries are being challenged to respond to changing customer tastes, businesses are looking for new ways to go-to-market, stay relevant, and build loyal, repeat customers. Hear from pioneers in the ever-evolving fashion and retail spaces about trends and opportunities to look out for!


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Sigler

Jennifer Sigler

Founder, Cotton Canary
Jennifer has an MBA and MA of Education from Stanford University and has devoted more than 15 years of her professional career helping companies grow and scale their operations. Most of this time was spent right here in Washington, alongside countless women advancing to great seats... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Dunne

Lauren Dunne

Co-founder and CEO, Varnish Lane
Lauren Dunne is the Co-founder and CEO of Varnish Lane, a natural waterless nail salon and product brand raising the industry standards of nail care in Washington, DC. It is not just about manicures, pedicures and skincare products for Lauren, it’s about the ultimate experience... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Kerley

Taylor Kerley

Marketing Director, Twice as Warm
Taylor Kerley has been in the social media and digital marketing world since 2013. As a sophomore in college, studying Fine Arts and Metalworking, she opened a fast-fashion clothing boutique called Shop Olive You. The store was located on Arizona State Universities campus and also... Read More →
avatar for Jill Lynn

Jill Lynn

Head of Sales, D.C., Trunk Club
To say Jill is passionate about the clothing industry is an understatement. Jill came to Trunk Club in 2012 with 5 years experience in the custom clothing world. In addition to helping design, launch and grow Trunk Club’s custom program, Jill helped start Trunk Club's 2nd expansion... Read More →
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Syreeta

Founder & Designer, Syreeta C | Fashion.
Syreeta has always been captivated by clothing’s ability to communicate on behalf of the wearer. Fashion was a tool for expression when words eluded her introverted childhood and it grew to be a resource for her development of self-efficacy & self-esteem.These values are what Syreeta... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
The Yard 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE

11:00am

Mentor Hours: Social Media Marketing GURU
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sign up for mentor hours with Lisa here: https://socialmediamentorherahubdc.eventbrite.com

You may want to ask Lisa questions related to:
  • Which social media platforms should I use for my business?
  • How can I get more engagement from my audience?
  • Am I using Facebook ads effectively?
  • Am I posting the right information on social media?
  • Why does no one like, comment on, or share my posts?

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Nicholls

Lisa Nicholls

Founder, Tira! Strategies
Lisa Nicholls built Tira! Strategies at the age of 50. She was working for a local newspaper when she realized that while most small businesses needed to be on social media in order to grow and thrive, they had no idea how to use social media to promote themselves. Lisa opened Tira... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Hera Hub DC 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20016

11:15am

How to Raise Seed Capital of $50K - $200K from Individual Angel Investors
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

One of the biggest challenges for early stage companies is raising the first round of money beyond the initial investments from founders, family/friends and/or crowdfunding.  
This period is the “death valley” of financing for companies- you are still in the development/validation phase and likely still pre-revenue or very small revenue. The startup is not on the radar for angel groups and certainly not venture capital firms as you are too early stage.  So how do you raise the all important $50K- $200K to move you into growth/revenues?  How do you identify and approach the right individual angel investor(s)?  What are they looking for in a startup that is likely pre-revenue? 
In this panel discussion, there will be 3 – 4 angel investors who will lead an informative discussion about their decision-making process to invest in early stage startup companies. Key issues include what they look for in the team & business model, a due diligence process, typical terms, and how much they typically invest in an early start up.
 
The primary audience is for founders of early stage startup companies who need to understand the mindset of an angel investor.  Those interested in understanding the role of angel investors in the startup ecosystem will also benefit from this session.

Friday September 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
American University American University, East Campus, Don Myers Technology Building, AUCI – Room 221

11:45am

Entering the Government Market: When, How, & Why
Limited Capacity seats available

The US government is the largest consumer in the world, and emerging technologies can and should take advantage of the massive market to grow their businesses. Meagan Metzger, CEO & Founder of Dcode, the leading federal technology accelerator, will explain why the federal market is an ideal place to be, when you should start thinking about engaging with the US government, and the nuts and bolts of what you need to do to be successful in growing your business in this vertical.

Speakers
avatar for Meagan Metzger

Meagan Metzger

Founder, Dcode
Meagan founded Dcode with the mission of breaking down barriers between private industry and government. For the past 10 years, she has helped small innovative IT firms establish and grow their government business. In her spare time, she provides mentorship for startups through the... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

12:30pm

Telling Your Story: Why I spent 600 hours for a 7 minute talk
Limited Capacity filling up

Every start up today is competing for time, attention and resources in an increasingly crowded space. With shrinking attention spans and a focus on simplicity, TED Talks have become the gold standard for delivering ideas worth spreading and worth being funded. This session will share insights on impactful storytelling and pitching gleaned from the TED and TEDx experiences of a speaker, speaker coach and the curator of the first ever TEDxCollegePark in MD.  

Speakers
avatar for Neelay Bhatt

Neelay Bhatt

Principal, PROS Consulting INC
Neelay’s career on five continents includes Disney, The Super Bowl, The Olympics, besides several years of consulting, public speaking and training. TEDx, the global platform for ideas, describes him as a business and communications visionary, and his service on the National Recreation... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:40pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

12:30pm

Lunch & Learn: Flourishing as a Founder: How the Science of Happiness Applies to Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Seda Goff

Seda Goff

Managing Director, Capital Post
Seda Goff is the Managing Director of the Founders Program at Capitol Post. There, she provides educational programming, mentors, events and cultivates a thriving local network to help military veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses. She works to inspire, educate, and... Read More →
avatar for Emily McMahan

Emily McMahan

Executive Director, Capital Post
Emily McMahan is the Executive Director of Capitol Post. Capitol Post is a nonprofit teaches military veterans and their spouses how to think and act like entrepreneurs, to the benefit of their own businesses or their employer’s. Capitol Post provides the coaching, business acceleration... Read More →
avatar for Erica Mohr

Erica Mohr

Founder, Be Mohr LLC
Erica is the Founder of Be Mohr LLC, a coach and corporate trainer, passionate about empowering others so they may thrive. As the Executive Director of the Sasamani Foundation, Erica builds education, employment, and empowerment programs to stop the cycle of poverty in Tanzania. Throughout... Read More →



Friday September 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Capitol Post Capitol Post, 625 N. Washington Street, Suite 425, Alexandria, VA

1:00pm

5 Biggest Legal Mistakes Founders Make When Starting A Company
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Please join Attorney Joshua Radbod from Cogent Law Group as he discusses the 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes Founders Make When Starting a Company. Josh will discuss founders mistakes and ways to avoid them. Come prepared with questions as there will be 15 mins for Q and A.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Radbod

Joshua Radbod

Attorney, Cogent Law Group
Joshua Radbod is a Maryland licensed attorney and co-founder of a start-up. Joshua is a member of the Cogent Law Group FinTech practice and Cannabis practice where he assists clients with corporate/fund formation, fund raising/ICOs, intellectual property protection, licenses, regulatory... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

2:00pm

Fireside Chat: The Startup Scene in Gaza
Limited Capacity seats available

Building a company is tough enough in Washington DC, but doing it with unreliable electricity and conflict at your door? That’s a totally different ballgame. Join us for a relaxed fireside chat with Issam Zinati, Backend Developer at Hatch Apps and Director of Acceleration and Investment at the Gaza-based UCAS Technology Incubator. During his time with UCASTI, he had the opportunity to work with dozens of Palestinian startups, and experienced first-hand the opportunities and challenges that the region presents. Hear him discuss the differences in his experiences with startups there and here. 

Speakers
avatar for Paul Klein

Paul Klein

Chief of Staff, Hatch Apps
Paul Klein is Chief of Staff at Hatch Apps, where he supports every part of the operation as the company scales. With over a decade of experience managing operations and leading teams, he is focused on the development of our people and processes. Prior to joining Hatch Apps, Paul... Read More →
avatar for Issam Zinati

Issam Zinati

Backend Developer, Hatch Apps
Issam Zinati is a backend developer at Hatch Apps. Issam is charged with designing APIs, collecting and modeling data, optimizing databases, and enabling secure endpoints. Prior to coming to Hatch Apps, Issam led the new acceleration program at UCASTI where he helped dozens of Palestinian... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

3:00pm

David vs. Goliath: How to Break Into Media Industry Dominated By Corporations
Limited Capacity seats available

Ksenija Pavlovic started her own independent media venture, The Pavlovic Today, that in less than a year established a critical presence in the White House Press Corps.

Pushing against the conventional wisdom that says that entry into the media industry can only be done with $10 million in startup capital, her vision was to create an independent news organization with strong youth involvement that will achieve social impact and safeguard democracy. Upholding foundational principles of the journalism profession and defending the Fourth Estate, The Pavlovic Today is now in a cohort of the biggest corporate media, in the White House Press Corps: CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, Bloomberg.

The Pavlovic Today is an example of how one can break into the media industry, which is dominated by corporations, by understanding and delivering to one’s niche audience: young, educated Millennials and Generation Z, who want to change the world. The Pavlovic Today focuses on reliable, independent journalism while safeguarding press freedoms and the public’s right to be informed.  

Speakers
avatar for Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Pavlovic Today
Pavlovic made international headlines and was hailed as a hero by the American public for breaking the White House off-camera ban by streaming the briefing via the Periscope app. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill, CBC, Grazia, The Independent... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

6:30pm

Pitch Competition
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us as local entrepreneurs pitch their startups to a panel of esteemed judges and compete for cash prizes and other resources to help grow their businesses.



Friday September 28, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
National Union Building 918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004