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Monday, September 24
 

1:00pm

Value Mining & Saboteur Wrangling
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Are you just starting out or have you reached a plateau and wish to expand an area of your life? Nurture your growth mindset & make decisions that impact personal and professional relationships.  

Speakers
avatar for LaTanya Eggleston, M.A.

LaTanya Eggleston, M.A.

Engagement Coach
Communication Skills Trainer & Engagement Coach. An experienced higher education professor who teaches interpersonal communication skills and public speaking skills. Extensive experience with public speaking and training globally with diverse audiences at colleges and universities... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

1:00pm

China, the Rise of Asia and Other Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities for US Enterprises
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This workshop conducted by a top international markets and finance expert will give all attendees an opportunity to understand and discuss the dynamics at the foundation of some of the world’s fastest growing economies. 
  • What lessons can be learned from Asian best business practices? 
  • What will tomorrow’s global economy look like?
  • How can American entrepreneurs be better prepared for a new environment featuring new competitors, large and small? 

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon L. Ray, Jr.

Sheldon L. Ray, Jr.

Certified Portfolio Manager and Sr. Vice President, Raymond James
Sheldon is a Certified Portfolio Manager and Sr. Vice President at Raymond James in Washington, DC.  He and his partner manage a global balanced portfolio of equities and fixed income for individuals and institutions (www.rrglobalassetmanagement.com).  Sheldon's analysis focuses... Read More →


1:30pm

How to Turn Your Idea Into a Money Machine
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Many Entrepreneurs think that sales begin once you have a perfect product to take to market. They’re wrong. Selling needs to be a consideration from the moment you have your idea. Your very next question should be how will this make money. This course will focus on all the things you need to do when your business is in the pre revenue stage to prepare you to maximize your sales when you start selling. You will leave this seminar knowing what you need to get set up to start making money in your business.This class is especially targeted to any entrepreneurs who haven’t started selling their products and are at any phase of “pre-revenue” in their company though it would also serve as a good review for any founders that have started selling their products as well.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein

Rothstein Consulting
At Rothstein Consulting, your sales success is our number one priority. Richard Rothstein has over a decade of sales experience and has sold millions of dollars as a sales person and manager in both inside and outside sales.Richard Rothstein started in retail sales in high school... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
In3 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm

5 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Startup
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Whether you want to join a rockstar team or start your own company, confronting tough questions before you take the plunge is critical. Get practical tips from a DC startup veteran about how to set yourself up for success and minimize surprises in your next adventure. This session promises to include examples of gritty victories and battle scars alike.



Speakers
avatar for Lacey Loehr

Lacey Loehr

Lacey Loehr is an entrepreneurial sales & marketing leader. She has worked with multiple high-growth DC startups, and is passionate about growing purpose-driven, tech-enabled companies. Lacey is a proud Hoya, obsessed with ClassPass, and her ultimate dream is to be an HGTV star.


Monday September 24, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071

2:00pm

Women = Change
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Businesses ignore gender at their peril. This is important externally, as you develop new products and services, and internally, as you seek to retain talent. Gender broadens perspective, so that products reflect the differential experiences of women and men. Importantly, this helps create items/services useful to more potential customers: women and men, boys and girls. It also ensures that you are developing structures that value talent and skill no matter the person’s gender.

Speakers
SF

Stephenie Foster

Founding Partner, Smash Strategies
Stephenie Foster is a founding partner of Smash Strategies, which provides strategic advice to corporations, institutions and philanthropists to ensure that their investments in women and girls are effective and transformational.  For the last five years, she served at the United... Read More →
avatar for Susan Markham

Susan Markham

Susan Markham is a passionate advocate for gender equality and female empowerment speaking often about the essential role of women in politics and development. With experience in over 50 countries, she is a strategic leader who is appreciated for her energy, straight talk and insight... 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 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

3:00pm

Learn How to Maximize Mentorship Relationships
Limited Capacity full
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We already know that mentorship relationships can be game-changers in our personal and professional lives, but rarely do we hear what to look for and how to effectively engage to yield the greatest benefit.  Hear from some of DC's most successful female mentors (who are also mentees in many cases) about their best practices experienced list of Do's and Don't's for engaging and enlisting mentors. Getting this right could mean the difference between "celebrating five years in business!" and  "well, at least I tried..."  #womenhelpingwomen



Moderators
avatar for Lindsey Mask

Lindsey Mask

Founder, Ladies America
Lindsey Mask recently joined G2 Global Solutions, a multi-certified provider of comprehensive solutions to federal, state, and private sectors and the nation’s intelligence community as a communications specialist to support the Office of Security and Strategic Information (OSSI... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Banocy

Amy Banocy

CEO, Ignite Your Passion
Amy is the CEO of a Million Dollar International organization. She is an experienced leader, a self-proclaimed personal development enthusiast and mom to 3 boys who keep her on her toes. Amy has coached thousands of women in business, toward greater personal and professional success... Read More →
avatar for Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke

CEO & Founder, The Mentor Method
Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise SaaS platform that's helping companies increase their inclusion and retention of diverse talent. Her company is a MassChallenge Texas Gold Winner and has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, is a Startup to Watch in 2018 from DC Inno, and a 2018 Tech.Co Startup of the Year nominee. Janice served as a DC Ambassador at SXSW, was selected to attend The White House Summit on Buildi... Read More →
avatar for Jean Schindler

Jean Schindler

Chief of Staff, Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA)
Jean Schindler serves as Chief of Staff for the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), a national organization committed to promoting individual freedom and diversity, and to celebrating Muslim American heritage. She has over a decade of experience driving organizational growth... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

4:00pm

Panel: How to build a B2B sales team
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How do you hire your first sales reps? How do you manage them? What resources will you need in order to enable their success? These are critical questions in the early days of any B2B startup. In this panel, we'll hear from sales leaders who have built sales teams from the ground up. We’ll chat about keys to success, and what they would have done differently if given the chance. You'll walk away with an understanding of how sales leaders think about building high-impact sales operations, and ready to start building your own sales team.

Speakers
avatar for Lizzie Baird

Lizzie Baird

Director of Sales, WeddingWire
Lizzie Baird is the Director of Sales at WeddingWire for the North American CORE New Business Team. She started with the company in 2009 as a Sales Associate during its start up phase. 9 years later, WeddingWire is the largest global online marketplace for the wedding industry. WeddingWire's... Read More →
avatar for Tripp Brockway

Tripp Brockway

Vice President of Sales, TrackMaven
Tripp Brockway is the Vice President of Sales at TrackMaven, a marketing analytics firm in DC. Tripp manages the sales team and leads growth through new customer acquisition and partnerships.He has held various sales roles at TrackMaven since he joined the company as a sales development... Read More →
avatar for Amelia Friedman

Amelia Friedman

COO, Hatch Apps
Amelia is co-founder and COO at Hatch Apps, an automated software development company enabling business leaders to launch a custom app on iOS, Android and web for a fraction of the cost of hiring a software development firm. Hatch Apps is funded by Revolution’s Rise of the Rest... Read More →
avatar for Kalliopi Vlastos

Kalliopi Vlastos

VP of Sales, Hatch Apps
Kalliopi Vlastos is VP Sales at Hatch Apps, a platform that empowers businesses and entrepreneurs to deploy native apps without coding. Prior to joining Hatch Apps, she was VP Sales at GoCanvas, a company she joined in 2011 as their first sales rep. Kalliopi played a key role in growing... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

4:00pm

#MondayMotivation Happy Hour
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There is no better way to start of the week than with a Happy Hour! Join us for a #MotivationalMonday with networking and Happy Hour at HalfSmoke for 50% off drinks and 20% off food.

Happy Hour is brought to you by WorkChew.

Monday September 24, 2018 4:00pm - 6:30pm
HalfSmoke 651 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

5:00pm

Inaugural Day Happy Hours !!
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Kick of DC Startup Week with drinks, food and networking with Mindspace and AtWork Systems. You will be able to check out Mindspace’s first office in DC, and learn how AtWork Systems is offering an innovative back office solution to its members. 

Monday September 24, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Mindspace 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071
 
Tuesday, September 25
 

8:30am

Meeting the challenges of hiring service providers and gig economy professionals
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Start the day off with coffee, croissants and session on how to meet the challenge of hiring service providers and gig economy professionals.   

A recognized trend in business today is the growing use of outsourced service providers and gig economy workers to augment their full time staff.  Navigating through the variety of options for identifying and bringing onboard qualified and vetted professionals (CFO’s accountants, PMs, Legal, Marketing, HR, etc.) can be a challenge.  Effectively integrating them into your organization can be an even greater challenge.  Join Ron as he describes the best practices he has learned during his years as an entrepreneur and as a Fortune 100 executive.

Speakers
avatar for Ronald Lewis

Ronald Lewis

Founder, AtWork Systems
Ronald Lewis is a serial entrepreneur with experience in IT and management consulting.  In 2015, after 20 years of working as a CIO and CTO at various Fortune 100s  he co-founded his first company, Intelligent Technologies, Inc..  ITI is a cyber security and operational consulting... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

9:00am

202Creates Co-Working Day!
Limited Capacity seats available

 Each month, the 202Creates team invites the District's creatives and entrepreneurs to work out of OCTFME's Southeast office, meet fellow creatives & folks in our Residency Program, attend skill-building sessions, tinker in our Podcast and Photography Studios, get drop-in support for specific business or legal questions, share thoughts & experiences during round tables, and more!

Find out more here

Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:00am - 8:00pm
202Creates 200 I STREET SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON DC

10:00am

Scale Yourself From Founder To CEO
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Scaling your business is a well worn topic but in order to scale your business you have to be ready to scale yourself. Join Adam as he shares skills and behaviors founders should practice to evolve from found to executive as their business grows.



Speakers
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 →



Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

10:00am

Building culture in the age of Social Media
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It’s no secret we live in a digitally infused world. Not convinced? Put your phone down, lift your head up, and observe your surroundings. Whether on a city sidewalk, at a restaurant, in an office, or even in the home, people are consistently connected to their smart devices. Remember a world when the phrase “do it for the gram!” wasn’t a thing? Although that time isn’t too far in past, the rate at which digital connectivity is accelerating means we have to evolve to manage (better, leverage) this new facet of society, or else it will become a burden. So what does this all mean for startup founders and their teams? Let’s take a deep dive!

Speakers
avatar for Grant Leonard

Grant Leonard

Founder, The Grant Leonard Group
Alexandria, VA born and raised. Graduated Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business in 2014 with a Marketing Management degree. Became the 7th employee at a Tysons startup as Marketing Associate in August 2014 with the core task of managing the company’s social media presence... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA

10:00am

Microsoft's Magic Toolbox: Data Management, Data Visualization and Process Automation to Streamline Everything!
Limited Capacity full
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Have you ever daydreamed about what life would be like if you could clone yourself, or have your own personal assistant? In this workshop, you will make a simple version of the system that I used in a previous role to transform myself from a beleaguered IT asset manager overwhelmed by countless requests, to the confident administrator of an automated system managing over a million dollars of IT procurement requests for 18 field offices across 4 continents. Image what this technology could do for you!

This workshop you will learn Microsoft tools: SharePoint for data management, Power BI for data visualization, PowerApps for user-interfaces and Flow for automation.

Speakers
avatar for Tammie Harrison

Tammie Harrison

IT consultant, North Highland
Tammie Harrison, an IT consultant at North Highland, is a passionate advocate for data-driven decision making and business process improvement to propel positive transformation for organizations. She has over 7 years of experience applying a philosophy of data transparency and process... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
General Assembly 1133 15th St NW , Floor 8, Washington D.C 20005

11:00am

Adopting a Coaching Mindset
Limited Capacity full
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This session is about the importance of creating a culture of mindful feedback so you can get best results from your team.  It starts with making a distinction between ‘coaching’ & ‘supervising’ and the different results you get from each. You will learn about the importance of learning to let go and allowing others to create / lead.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh DeWulf

Leigh DeWulf

Chief Coach, HR.Coach
Leigh DeWulf is an executive-level human resources professional and a master coach with a passion for building profitable companies by creating highly effective people programs. She takes a hands-on approach to establishing systems that readily adapt to a company’s evolution.  Leigh... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA

11:00am

Pitch Deck & Fundraising Consideration
Limited Capacity full
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This session will review through content & design considerations for the various types of decks you should have before fundraising.



Speakers
avatar for Gira Wieczorek

Gira Wieczorek

Founder & Managing Partner, Aleberry
Gira is a Founder & Managing Partner of Aleberry where she helps startups navigate the fundraising process. Aleberry has helped companies raise over $200M and works alongside VCs, accelerators, and founders.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

11:30am

What Makes My Startup Investable?
Limited Capacity full
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Seed-stage founders share their thoughts and experiences on getting their first round of recent funding.

Speakers
AF

Amu Fowler

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

William Goulding

Founder, BlackbookApp
Founder of BlackbookApp which brings mobile ordering to busy bars and venues. Prior experience working in private equity, design and banking.
avatar for Samantha Scott Ph.D

Samantha Scott Ph.D

Founder, JuneBrain
Founder of a start-up company developing a wearable imaging device that provides non-invasive measurement of retinal pathology to help monitor eye and brain health in multiple sclerosis patients.
avatar for Kendrick Pullen

Kendrick Pullen

Co-founder, LifeTagger
Kendrick Pullen is the co-founder of LifeTagger, a content sharing platform that augments our users connection to their community based on their proximity to any person, place, thing, or idea.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Industrious, Bethesda, MD 7200 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 500 (5th floor) Bethesda, MD 20814

12:00pm

Lunch & Learn: How to Create Team Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for Wiseguy's pizza and a panel discussion on best practices on how to create a team culture.

Lunch is sponsored by Justworks

Moderators
avatar for Sara Ashman

Sara Ashman

Account Executive, Justworks
Sara Ashman is an Account Executive at Justworks who has been on the DC regional team at Justworks for over a year. Justworks takes the busyness out of running a business. Founded in 2012, Justworks, the fastest growing HR technology company, helps entrepreneurs and businesses grow... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shanaz Chowdhery

Shanaz Chowdhery

General Manager, Alternative Education, Vemo Education
Shanaz firmly believes that education is the most powerful vehicle of economic mobility after experiencing firsthand the transformative power of education. The first in her entire family to attend college, Shanaz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with Honors from Yale. After... Read More →
avatar for Chris Cummings

Chris Cummings

CEO, Curiosity Media
Chris is the founder and CEO of Curiosity Media, a leader in online language education. Curiosity Media’s flagship property, SpanishDict.com, is the world’s largest Spanish reference and learning website, helping over one hundred million people improve their Spanish or English... Read More →
avatar for Torin Ellis

Torin Ellis

Diversity strategist, TORINELLIS
Torin is a diversity strategist, published author, and contributor on SiriusXM.As a tenured practitioner, he addresses diversity strategy through the leadership lens. Engagements range from surgically sourcing and securing high impact talent, curating conversations around bias/race... Read More →
avatar for David Stillman

David Stillman

CEO, ExecVision
David Stillman is an experienced entrepreneur and executive who has spent building and scaling companies with sales focused service offerings. After graduating from University of Michigan, David began his career in sales at CEB, but quickly moved on to found Vorsight. Under David’s... Read More →
avatar for Kalliopi Vlastos

Kalliopi Vlastos

VP of Sales, Hatch Apps
Kalliopi Vlastos is VP Sales at Hatch Apps, a platform that empowers businesses and entrepreneurs to deploy native apps without coding. Prior to joining Hatch Apps, she was VP Sales at GoCanvas, a company she joined in 2011 as their first sales rep. Kalliopi played a key role in growing... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA

12:15pm

Lunch!
Limited Capacity full
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Join us for lunch and old ole networking as a break in between sessions!

Lunch sponsored by Venture Count.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

2:00pm

Risky Business: Developing Risk Management Plan for New Startups
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have a plan for when your systems are down or your supplier doesn’t deliver? What risk components are critical to meet your business objective?  This session teaches entrepreneurs the importance of risk management. This includes risk appetite, how to prioritize risks and not get bogged down by it all.



Speakers
avatar for John Morada

John Morada

Head of Marketing, Agile Stacks
John is a Computer Science graduate from a DC university and did his MBA in Chicago. He started his career at the National Institutes of Health. The majority of his career was in management and technology consulting for several Big 4 firms. What he really enjoys is the amazing growth... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Siu

Kelly Siu

Multifamily Assurance & Monitoring Manager, Freddie Mac
Kelly Siu holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Master of Science in Management from American University.  Kelly is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime.  Upon graduating from American... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA

2:00pm

Techstars Presents: A Fireside Chat with Marcus Bullock
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Bullock

Marcus Bullock

founder and CEO, Flikshop
Marcus Bullock is a justice reform advocate, public speaker, and entrepreneur. Following his 2004 release from prison, he launched a painting company and is now CEO of Perspectives Premier Contractors, which employs other returning citizens. Bullock is founder and CEO of Flikshop... 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 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

How to Make the Right Software Development Choice for your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

By 2020, global mobile app downloads will reach 284 billion, making mobile apps even more of an industry standard than they are today. Whether you’re an entrepreneur launching your company from the ground up, an established business leader looking to reach new audiences, or a manager seeking to enrich internal operations, mobile and web apps can offer powerful solutions - if implemented effectively. This talk covers explanations of the software development options available (e.g. dev firm, in-house developers, freelancers, offshore, online tools) as well as key evaluation criteria such as time, cost, maintenance, reliability, and customization. Come with questions– this is intended as an actionable discussion to help you move your development projects forward. 

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Friedman

Amelia Friedman

COO, Hatch Apps
Amelia is co-founder and COO at Hatch Apps, an automated software development company enabling business leaders to launch a custom app on iOS, Android and web for a fraction of the cost of hiring a software development firm. Hatch Apps is funded by Revolution’s Rise of the Rest... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

3:00pm

Techstars Presents: Raising Money When There's Not A Lot of Money Around
Limited Capacity filling up

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 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

4:00pm

Panel: How to build and manage an engineering team
Limited Capacity filling up

So you’re gearing up to build your engineering team. You’ve got an idea, and maybe even a couple developers. But now you’re ready to invest in really building out your engineering team. So where do you find developers? How do you get them excited about a role at your company? And how do you vet their technical chops? Our panel of CTOs and engineering leads will help you understand their processes for recruiting and interviewing, and share their advice on how to make a engineering successful hire.

Speakers
avatar for Devin Andrews

Devin Andrews

Lead Developer, Hatch Apps
Devin leads the engineering team at Hatch Apps, and is responsible for architecting the product, contributing the codebase, and leading the engineering team. For the past 7 years he has worked on several engineering teams for companies ranging in size from start-ups to large businesses... Read More →
avatar for Emily Dresner

Emily Dresner

CTO, Upside Travel
Prior to joining Upside, Emily held the role of Director of Product Engineering for Luminal, Inc. (DBA Fugue), a forward-thinking Cloud Computing startup where she was responsible for Product Engineering teams, DevOps, QA and IT.  At Luminal, she focused on hiring, engineering process... Read More →
avatar for Amelia Friedman

Amelia Friedman

COO, Hatch Apps
Amelia is co-founder and COO at Hatch Apps, an automated software development company enabling business leaders to launch a custom app on iOS, Android and web for a fraction of the cost of hiring a software development firm. Hatch Apps is funded by Revolution’s Rise of the Rest... Read More →
avatar for Julia Poladsky

Julia Poladsky

Director of Front End Engineering, Wireless Registry
Julia Poladsky is the Queen of Software Development and Director of Front End Engineering at Wireless Registry. She oversees a team of awesome engineers and designers working on web apps and data visualizations. Julia first got into software development as a teenager. Since then... Read More →
avatar for Swamy R

Swamy R

CTO, Sandboxx
Swamy began his career in India as a teacher in 1998 before he moved to the United States in 2001. He joined Xceedium Inc, a New York based startup specializing in network security software and identity management solutions. In 2002 He joined the University Of Louisville to pursue... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
 
Wednesday, September 26
 

8:30am

1 Million Cups DC: Week 40
Limited Capacity seats available

We are proud to bring 1 Million Cups to Washington, D.C. weekly. Be part of a global movement to caffeinate our ecosystem and make a profound impact on a weekly basis, every Wednesday morning 8:30am-10:00am at 1776 D.C.

You'll also enjoy coffee and make connections with others who are interested in supporting local entrepreneurs. Come early to get through building security and have a chance to chat with the organizers and attendees.

We will start promptly at 8:30am.

Transportation: McPherson Square Metro Stop (Blue/Orange/Silver Line) or Farragut North (Red Line). Check out Parkopedia for parking garages [launch].

AGENDA
Each week will start with time to network and make connections with D.C.'s movers , shakers, and local business owners then at 9:00am hear from one business owner or company on their most current business challenge while having the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback to the founder(s).


Moderators
avatar for Steven Rodriguez

Steven Rodriguez

Regional Manager, U.S. and Canada, Techstars
Entrepreneur. Traveler. Positive Thinker.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Artrip

Ashley Artrip

SVAcademy
I'm on a mission to close the gap between education and the workforce. Changes in the 21st-century workforce require changes in the way we educate current and future students to succeed in the workforce. While working on Gallup's higher education team, we consistently found that students... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

10:15am

Netwalking: The next evolution of networking
Limited Capacity filling up

Netwalk (networking while walking) to the National Building Museum for the WeDC Fest Innovation Marketplace! The netwalk will start from the 1776 DC in the lobby at 10:15am 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 Steven Rodriguez

Steven Rodriguez

Regional Manager, U.S. and Canada, Techstars
Entrepreneur. Traveler. Positive Thinker.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

12:00pm

Lunch & Learn: Leveraging Media Relations to Get Your Startup to the Next Funding Round
Limited Capacity full
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Join us for a lunch and learn at the National Building Museum.

From initial funding to company launch to rolling out new features, products and services, discover how a strategic approach to media relations can build your brand, reinforce your story and attract customers and investors. A seasoned team of tech PR pros takes you through the dos and don’ts of launching a media strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Horowitz

Nick Horowitz

Senior Director, Waxman Strategies
Nick brings more than a decade of public relations and public affairs experience working with a broad portfolio of technology brands. He has managed and executed public relations campaigns for globally-recognized technology leaders including Panasonic, Huawei, ARM, and Samsung. In... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Maynard

Kirsten Maynard

Senior Vice President,, Waxman Strategies
Kirsten Maynard is known for developing and communicating important narratives about the innovations and disruptions shaping our future. With a range of experience across services and sectors, she specializes in using targeted messaging and top-tier media coverage to build movements... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

1:00pm

What is your startup worth?
Limited Capacity filling up

The "One Thing" all funded Founders do well
  1. Why the story matters
  2. Whats a great story
  3. Why you need to turn it into your value proposition
  4. Why this will attract investors

Speakers
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Mark Modica

Founder, MODScore
Mark Modica is the founder of MODScore, the first platform to bring the VC process online. Mark is the founder of the Cooley Capital Call and has 25 years of venture capital experience with millions in fundings. He is also an investor and was CEO of venture backed companies. Mark... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:15pm

Strategic Partnerships: A growth engine for your startup
Limited Capacity full
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The topic is hot. Corporates and start-ups are looking to team up in their constant chase for innovation. However, these partnerships aren’t without their pitfalls. Letting each party maintain its own identity and independent priorities is tough, and keeping two very different - and demanding - partners happy in a long-term union takes being relationship savvy. What may initially seem like an odd combination, is often a complementary alliance waiting to happen.

Turns out, much of what we know about healthy romantic relationships can be adapted to apply to these sorts of business partnerships, too. During this session, the presenter will leverage of his experience overseeing many such partnerships from both a startup and corporate perspective; answering the five must ask questions for startups looking for a corporate mate.


Speakers
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Andrew Lendnal

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Financial Wellness
Andrew Lendnal is a financial wellness (fintech) expert and international personal finance author that lives in Washington D.C. He was born and educated in New Zealand and worked internationally in a variety of senior management positions including that of Chief Marketing Officer... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:30pm

The Healthy Hustle
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Striving to get ahead in your business doesn’t have to look like sleepless nights and take-out on repeat. Learn how to slow down, manage stress and set critical boundaries in honor of your time and wellbeing for the sake of your own health and the exponential growth of your business. 

Join certified health coach Megan Sanchez of UpSwing Health Coaching as she sheds some light on self-care tips that will help you chase edgy career goals while staying true to your mind, body and soul along the way. 

You’ll learn how to identify your stuck-points and act on simple, 1% shifts in your daily routine that allow you to practice self-care and continue to kill it in your startup. You’ll be surprised that the two go hand in hand. Because it’s not about doing more, it’s about optimizing how you do it. 

Speakers
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Megan Sanchez

Megan is a certified Holistic Health Coach for busy professionals who want to double their energy and revamp their lifestyle. She works with people who want to live big and stay edgy, but feel like maintaining healthy habits can feel like a daunting, arduous task. Megan helps people... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
National Building Museum- Auditorium 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

4:00pm

General Assembly: Web Developer Talent Spotlight
Limited Capacity seats available

You’re invited to GA’s exclusive private hiring event to meet our latest cohort of web developers, who have honed their skills in General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive Program.
Hiring managers, recruiters, and anyone hiring web developers are welcome.
Think of this as a reverse career fair, where you can see students’ final projects and talk individually with them. This is open house style, so come whenever you can and stay as long as you’d like - drinks are on us!

Register here.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:30pm
General Assembly 1133 15th St NW , Floor 8, Washington D.C 20005
 
Thursday, September 27
 

9:00am

"Negotiation Skills for Business" Workshop:
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on the principles of structuring and negotiating a specific international commercial transaction. The goal is to make the participants focus on the architecture of international transactions, and negotiating strategies, techniques for implementing such transactions.

The workshop will be collaborative and dynamic with discussion, analysis of readings and negotiation simulations. The teams will be reviewing documents and developing their own negotiating positions on how to present their points to the opposing side. The exercise illustrates rather vividly how business and legal teams must work together to achieve success.


Speakers
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Theodore Boone

Assistant General Counsel, Ernst & Young LLP
Theodore Boone is an Assistant General Counsel at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and an Adjunct Professor and Georgetown University Law Center.  At EY Theodore Boone he advises on complex contractual, transactional and policy matters involving EY firms and operations throughout the globe... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 12:15pm
BAU International University 1510 H St NW #450, Washington, DC 20005, USA

2:00pm

Winning Over A Retail Food Buyer
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Growing a food and beverage business in the face of an ever-changing retail climate is complicated. How do you set yourself up for success when navigating B2B (business-to-business) relationships? What are the materials you need to be prepared? Join the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and Cureate for our Tips on Winning Over a Retail Buyer workshop plus a discussion with an area Retail Buyer who will answer your questions on pricing, product needs, and what they look for when deciding who to bring into their stores.

Speakers
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Kim Bryden

Founder & CEO, Cure[ate]
Kim Bryden is the CEO & Founder of Cureate. She has worked in the food and beverage industry from government to Fortune 500 retail management, to food-tech startup. Cureate provides services to emerging food and beverage business owners to assist with their growth and scaling initiatives... Read More →
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Caroline Howe

Professor, The University of the District of Columbia
Caroline Howe supports emerging entrepreneurs in food, farming and food recovery in the DC area to launch their ideas, specifically those with a focus on increasing food access, enabling sustainable agriculture, and reducing food waste. She is working to leverage university, community... Read More →
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Stacey Price

Consultant
Stacey Price has over 18 years of experience activating community. Currently acting as a Washington, DC based consultant, she nurtures independent business and closely advises municipalities, developers, and non-profits to plan, create and manage projects that grow the local economy... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Alley powered by Verizon 2055 L St NW suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

4:00pm

Hire DC: A Conversation of Workforce Development
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Technology and productivity improvements are rapidly transforming the local workplace leading to an increased demand for a skilled and adaptable workforce. As D.C. develops its R&D, advanced manufacturing, and innovation capacities, it also begins transitioning the city’s development prospects which will increasingly hinge on successful education and training programs to build, adapt, and validate.

Join us as Technical.ly a niche news publisher based in the mid atlantic, hosts a conversation with prominent local organizations which have a role in the local development of job skills and identify resources to support your business growth.


Speakers
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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 →
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Lori Leadingham

Chief of Staff, GSP Financial
Lori has been with GSP Financial for two years, currently in the position of chief of staff.  She acquired many necessary skills during her six years of service in the U.S. Navy, where she served in a variety of capacities including at sea, in the shipyards, and at shore installations... Read More →
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Matt Lozada

Senior Account Executive, PYPE
Matt currently serves as a Senior Account Executive for PYPE,  a construction technology start-up based in Northern Virginia that pioneers machine learning and natural language processing technology to automate mission-critical tasks for the construction industry. Prior to that, Matt worked as an Account Executive and Co-Chair of the... Read More →
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Mawulom Nenonene

Director of Talent Acquisition, Nava Public Benefit Corporation
Mawulom is the Director of Talent Acquisition at Nava Public Benefit Corporation. He is passionate about pairing thoughtful people with careers that help them grow and create a better future. A family man and adventurer at heart, he thrives when adding value to the world.
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Christopher Wink

Publisher and CEO, Technical.ly
Christopher Wink is the Publisher and CEO of local tech news network Technical.ly, which helps professionals navigate their careers. In 2017, Folio magazine listed him as one of the 100 most innovative media leaders in the country. Previously, he worked for a homeless advocacy no... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

4:00pm

Stop Staying Up at Night: Addressing Business Risk
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you taking good care of your employees? Are your benefit packages TRULY competitive? What if one of your key employees LEAVE? What will happen if something happens to YOU? Will YOU be able to meet payroll? In this presentation, you will learn how to address business risk so that these questions will STOP keeping you awake at night. You will leave this presentation with solutions and resources that are available to address concerns related to smoothly building, operating, and maintaining a business.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Helms

Tyler Helms

Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Tyler Helms is a financial advisor based in Rockville, Maryland. Tyler and his Northwestern Mutual team work closely with families, business owners, attorneys, medical professionals, and sales executives throughout the country. He especially enjoys working with business owners because... Read More →
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Danny Lee

Wealth Management Advisor, Blueprint Financial Group
Danny Lee is a Wealth Management Advisor with Blueprint Financial Group, an investment and business consulting group operating within Northwestern Mutual.  Danny assists businesses, individuals, and families with a variety of financial objectives ranging from Risk Management, Wealth... 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

Office Hours with Startup Ignite Mentors
Limited Capacity filling up

Get a one-on-one session with a mentor from Startups Ignite's accelerator community and get your startup questions answered, and navigate through startup challenges. Mentors in Technology, Revenue Models, Customer Acquisition, Legal, Leadership Development.

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Office Evolution 8609 Westwood Center Drive
 
Friday, September 28
 

9:00am

Financial Projections: Where to start and how they can help you grow your business
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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

9:00am

Breakfast: Bagels & Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Start the day with some bagels & coffee at Cove and network with fellow DC Startup Week attendees. 

Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Cove 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

1:45pm

Multi-Platform Content Marketing for Startups
Limited Capacity full
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Social media is one of the most effective channels to tell your story in an engaging and interactive way. But, with a myriad of social platforms and finite resources, how can startups convert likes and shares into loyal customers without breaking the bank? Join Cory Lawrence, Multi-Platform Producer and Digital Strategist, as he discusses how startups can utilize social media as a relationship-building tool while maximizing budgets and extending the life of content. 


Speakers
avatar for Cory Lawrence

Cory Lawrence

Cory Lawrence is a creative wildcard. From Shark Week and Puppy Bowl, to Oprah and Gold Rush, he’s told stories with recognizable names for every major social platform. Cory wears a lot of hats — from digital strategy and content creation to creative production and public speaking... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Google 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

5:00pm

Are We Talking Teams? Moving from Startup to Scaleup
Limited Capacity seats available

The majority of businesses owned by women and people of color are sole proprietorships or partnerships with no paid employees. While teams are essential to move from startup to scale-up, challenges to accessing capital and concentration within low-revenue sectors can stall this progression. Join local entrepreneurs as they share best practices for forming teams, building (and leaving) partnerships, and acquiring competitors to propel growth.


Speakers
avatar for Messay Derebe

Messay Derebe

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, goARTful
Messay Derebe is the co-Founder and Co-CEO of goARTful. goARTful is a first of its kind platform for the rental, sale, and exploration of art. While we are an art store which offers pieces for sale the core of our work is our rental service. Rentals on goARTful work like Rent the... Read More →
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Kimberly Moore

CEO and Co-Founder, Go Together
Kimberly Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Together, Inc, is an entrepreneur completely passionate about making an impact in the tech space by doing well and doing good. She's leveraging her experience as an sales executive in the federal wireless space and as an large event producer... Read More →
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Jaleel Reed

Co-Owner, The Caged Bird
Jaleel is an economic and workforce developer by profession, passionate about developing innovative ways to create and sustain employment opportunities for underserved communities. Jaleel is also an entrepreneur and co-owner of The Caged Bird - the only black owned bar/restaurant... Read More →
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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 →
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Ayanna Smith

Co-Founder, WÖC Media
A life-long visionary, Smith found her next "big idea" in the emerging escape room market, launching the first live escape game for children in the country. In both 2018 and 2017, Washington City Paper readers voted the Escape Lounge Best Escape Room in DC before its closing, 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 →


Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
National Union Building 918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004