D.C. Entrepreneurship Week, to be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, was created out of a desire to bolster the thriving business community in the Washington DC area; a region that boasts the 5th highest concentration of entrepreneurs in the country (Grasshopper Group, July 2010). Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, the multi-faceted symposium aims to answer... Read More About DCEW »

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DESIGNED BY ENTREPRENEURS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

DCEW is not your typical entrepreneur conference.   We focus specifically on three key elements:

1.   Allowing Entrepreneurs to pitch Investors
2.   Providing actionable information to entrepreneurs
2.   Networking with fellow entrepreneurs

PITCH AN INVESTOR

These events are capped at 75 participants and focus on conversations between entrepreneurs and investors.   VC’, Angel Investors, and government attendees are welcome.  There will be entrepreneurs presenting, but the real value comes when VC’s and participants provide feedback and further the conversation.   Networking will take  place before and after the Roundtable event and individuals will be able to meet all of the attendees  If you are an entrepreneur interested in pitching, please submit your plan here.  Food & Beverages to be provided by hosting venue.

INFORMATIONAL

While slightly larger, capped at 90-150 participants, each informational event offers a presentation or discussion about a specific topic, providing entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from industry experts.  Participants will be able to network before and after each session.  Food & Beverages to be provided by hosting venue.

Please browse the events listed below and we look forward to seeing you the week of November 14th.

Monday (Nov 14th)

Morning

OPENING DAY: REGISTRATION BEGINS

Registration will be open starting at 9:00am and be open till 6:00pm
daily throughout the conference (Monday-Friday).
Location: To Be Announced

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Morning

HOW TO… FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR IDEA

Monday November 14, 2011 / 9:00 AM
Location: Microsoft Corporation at 9th and K NW
Moderated by Lindsey Mask

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Early Afternoon

KICKOFF PITCH EVENT W/ FORTIFY.VC

DCEW FEATURED KICKOFF PITCH EVENT W/

Jonathon Perrelli
General Partner
Fortify.vc

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Carla Valdez
Associate
Fortify.vc

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Moderated by Lindsey Mask

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Late Afternoon

DCEW and Global Entrepreneurship Week Launch Event

DCEW AND GEW LAUNCH EVENT AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

MONDAY NOVEMBER 14TH 2011
5PM

Mayor Vincent Gray Kick’s off DCEW and Global Entrepreneurship Week

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The Unleashing Ideas Kick-off Event will include:

  • Official Kick-off ceremony for Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in Washington DC/United States
  • Remarks about promoting Entrepreneurship in DC fromMayor Vincent Gray
  • Entrepreneurial inspiration from Georgetown’s Entrepreneurs in Residence (bios included below)
  • Remarks on Washington’s role in helping entrepreneurs byCarl Schramm, President, Kauffman Foundation and Co-Chair, Startup America Partnership
  • A reception featuring student entrepreneurs

PANELISTS:

  • Timothy Keenan , President & Chairman of High Performance Technologies
  • Alyssa Lovegrove , CEO and Founder of New Venture Mentors
  • David Ross, Janssen Healthcare Innovation group
  • Susan Wilson, CEO and Founder of FundHer

MODERATOR:

  • Jeff Reid, director of entrepreneurship and real estate finance initiatives, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

WHEN:
Monday, November 14, 2011, 5 p.m.
Reception to follow

WHERE:
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Lohrfink Auditorium
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

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Tuesday (Nov 15th)

Morning

FIVE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN STARTING A BUSINESS

Ryan Naftulin, Partner in Charge of Cooley LLP Washington DC, leads an interactive discussion about five things entrepreneurs need to think about when starting a business.

Mr. Naftulin has taught seminars on venture capital transactions at the University of Michigan Business School, University of Michigan Law School and Duke University Law School, and for the University of Virginia Darden School of Business’s “Venture Boot Camp.”  Mr. Naftulin serves on the National Venture Capital Association committee for model venture capital financing documents and has also moderated a webcast for that group regarding venture capital deal structures.  Mr. Naftulin has served on a panel entitled “Beyond the Series A Financing — Issues to Consider on Subsequent Financings” at the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law annual spring meeting.  Mr. Naftulin has been selected for the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers of America.

Location: Cooley LLP
777 6th St NW # 1100
Washington, DC 20001-3706

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Morning

PITCH EVENT WITH TDF AND CIT

PITCH EVENT WITH JOE HARAR OF TDF AND DAN MINDUS OF CIT GAP FUND

TUESDAY 10AM



TDF is a Washington DC based venture capital fund focused on the communications sector. We partner with talented entrepreneurs and seek to build competitive and innovative technology and services companies. Our focus is driven by investment themes that share several qualities: large and important problems in communications, an ability to add value through management’s investing and operational experience, and the Fund’s location and relationships in Washington DC.

TDF’s commitment to competitive and emerging communications technologies and entrepreneurs is extending through the TDF Foundation. Designed to create a long term and measureable impact, TDF Foundation is a platform to extend communications related opportunities across underserved and unserved communities.

Dan  MindusDan Mindus
Investment Director

Dan Mindus is Investment Director at CIT GAP Funds, where he manages initial company screening, due diligence, and deal structuring. Prior to joining CIT GAP Funds, Dan was Vice President at the New Vantage Group, an early-stage investing company, where he led more than 20 investments. Dan has done stints at two consumer Internet startups, and in public policy, where his work was featured in The New York Times,
The Financial Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The BBC, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other media outlets. He started his
career at the Gerson Lehrman Group, an independent investment research firm in New York City. Dan holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Early Afternoon

PITCH AN INVESTOR: CORE CAPITAL AND AMPLIFIER VENTURES

1PM- TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15

Investors

Evan MacQueen
Core Capital Partners

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Jonathan Aberman
Amplifyer Ventures

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Entrepreneurs who apply will be selected and allowed to pitch an investor from the Washington, DC region. These events are fun and interactive and audience members will be allowed to participate in the discussion.

Venue: Cooley LLP
777 6th St NW # 1100
Washington, DC 20001-3706

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Early Afternoon

Public Relations 101

Public Relations 101, Tuesday, November 15th 11:30-1PM

Building a start-up and not sure where, when and how to begin marketing and publicizing your business?
Join WWPR’s 2011 Emerging Leader Recipient and SilverStrategy Founder and Managing Director,Tara Chantal Silver for a candid round table discussion on Public Relations. Attendees will have the ability to ask the PR pro questions about when and how to get started, including practical tactics, methods and outreach in a casual setting. Silver will respond to specific issues faced by entrepreneurs and lead the discussion in best practices while using the roundtable as an opportunity to help create a support system for attendees to engage, learn and connect with each other.
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Late Afternoon

FINANCING FOR STARTUPS; ANGEL to VC

Informational Session

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director of Amplifyer Ventures and Professor at University of Maryland Robert H Smith School of Business, leads a panel discussion about financing startups in the current economic environment.

Panelists

Jim Condon
Chief Operating Officer and
Chief Financial Officer, GeoStellar
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Dr. Dean Chang
Director, MTech Ventures

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Adam Viener
Chairman and Founder, imwave

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Clara Conti
Aurora Technology Solutions

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Location: Cooley LLP
777 6th St NW # 1100
Washington, DC 20001-3706

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Wednesday (Nov 16th)

Morning

FINANCE 101 for STARTUPS

Rick Kohr, CEO of Evergreen Advisors, leads a discussion with Chuck Cullen, General Partner and CFO or GroTech Ventures, about creating an effective financial dashboard for your startup.

Rick Kohr
Founding Member and Chief Executive Officer
Evergreen Advisors

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Chuck Cullen
General Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Grotech Ventures

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About Evergreen

The mission of Evergreen Advisors is to create innovative, strategic options and subsequently execute the solution. Our focus is on emerging growth and middle-market companies by offering a comprehensive suite of investment banking, corporate finance, valuation, and advisory services during the various stages of their business lifecycle.

We create exceptional results for our clients by investing thoroughly in each and every relationship, while leveraging our core values of honesty, integrity, and connectivity.

Ultimately, it is our unwavering commitment to this mission that drives us to help each client Realize Their Destiny.

About GroTech Ventures

Grotech VenturesAt Grotech Ventures, we are a team committed to helping creative and driven entrepreneurs build technology companies that last. As one of the longest-established firms in the venture industry, Grotech Ventures has built a reputation for being a collaborative, long-term partner for CEOs and entrepreneurs by aligning our definition of success with that of our partners.

Our strategy is simple: early investors in high-potential technology companies. Grotech Ventures initially invests from $500,000 to $5 million and looks to continue investing and building value throughout the growth of your enterprise. We have the operational knowledge, personal networks, and industry expertise necessary to support our portfolio companies at each stage of the partnership.

We know what it takes and we work hard to help make big things happen. Whether you need help building your team, introductions to new business development opportunities, or unvarnished advice on strategic issues, the Grotech team is here for you. We invest to win: expect the collective power and network of all our partners behind you and your vision.

Location: Cooley LLP
777 6th St NW # 1100
Washington, DC 20001-3706

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Early Afternoon

BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR IN DC

Host: DC Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development

David Zipper and Jen Boss

David Zipper, Director of Strategy for the Deputy Mayor’s office, leads a panel discussion about why DC is a great place to be an entrepreneur.

Venue: Washington, DC Economic Partnership
1495 F Street, NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

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Late Afternoon

LIQUIDITY EVENTS– EXITING A STARTUP

Ryan Naftulin, Partner in Charge of Cooley LLP Washington DC, leads a panel discussion about mergers and aquisitions and what entrepreneurs need to think about when approaching a liquidity event.

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Grant Allen
Vice President
ABB VENTURES

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ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) is focused on bringing together new technologies, new markets and new talent to discover tomorrow’s technology solutions and grow ABB’s global businesses. ATV is one of the three pillars of ABB’s technology edge, along with corporate R&D and ABB’s alliances with academic and research institutes. Having a technology edge drives growth for ABB in two dimensions: it helps grow existing businesses through products and services tailored to specific geographies and customer segments and it helps develop new areas of business, such as increasing vertical integration or moving ABB into adjacent spaces.

Location: Cooley LLP
777 6th St NW # 1100
Washington, DC 20001-3706

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Late Afternoon

PITCH EVENT W/ BROWN SAVANO AND UPDATA PARTNERS

Pitch Event w/ Brown Savano and Updata Partners
Wednesday November 16
3PM

Bion Ludwig
Investment Professional
Brown Savano

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Bion has been active with startup companies and an entrepreneur since founding his first venture in 2002. While in college, Bion founded numerous companies as well as an undergraduate entrepreneurial club. Through these ventures, he gained experience working with growth companies and entrepreneurial finance. The last of his companies grew to be one of the top 800 sites on the Internet and was acquired in late 2006.

Neil Hartz
Associate
Updata Partners

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Neil Hartz joined Updata Partners in 2009.  He supports the firm’s business development, deal sourcing and due diligence efforts.

Prior to joining Updata Partners, Neil worked as a Senior Analyst in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Montgomery & Co., where he provided strategic advisory services to growth-stage companies.  While at Montgomery, Neil focused on transaction sourcing and execution in the software and technology-enabled services sectors.  His experience includes private placement and merger and acquisition transactions.

Neil holds an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

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Thursday (Nov 17th)

Morning

WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL

Thursday November 17, 2011 / 10:00 AM

Location: George Washington University *specific location TBA*

Moderated by Lindsey Mask
Participants TBA

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Early Afternoon

SECURITY PANEL DISCUSSION

1PM at DLA PIPER

500 8th ST NW Washington, DC

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Early Afternoon

PITCH EVENT W/ ABB VENTURES AND NEW ATLANTIC VENTURES

PITCH EVENT W/ ABB VENTURES

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Grant Allen
Vice President
ABB VENTURES

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ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) is focused on bringing together new technologies, new markets and new talent to discover tomorrow’s technology solutions and grow ABB’s global businesses. ATV is one of the three pillars of ABB’s technology edge, along with corporate R&D and ABB’s alliances with academic and research institutes. Having a technology edge drives growth for ABB in two dimensions: it helps grow existing businesses through products and services tailored to specific geographies and customer segments and it helps develop new areas of business, such as increasing vertical integration or moving ABB into adjacent spaces.

Thanasis Delistathis
Managing Partner
New Atlantic Ventures

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- Thanasis is an experienced investor and advisor to growth companies.  He has a strong 12 year track record of coaching managers on growing technology companies.  Since joining New Atlantic in 2000 he has invested, advised or served on the boards of a dozen portfolio companies, including Mobile365, DivX and GlobalLogic.  Prior to joining New Atlantic, he led investment banking for Thermo Electron Corp. (currently Thermo Fisher), a $4 billion global advanced technology company serving the life sciences and measurement and control markets. Over the years Thermo Electron had incubated dozens of early-stage technology ideas that became large businesses. During his tenure, he managed public and private market transactions totaling $900 million and advised on corporate structure and financial strategies for 20 public subsidiaries and many early-stage private subsidiaries. In addition, Thanasis has served as a senior executive in early-stage companies and also worked for McKinsey & Co. in Washington, D.C. as a business strategy consultant for management at Fortune 500 companies.

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Late Afternoon

PITCH EVENT: ENHANCED CAPITAL PARTNERS

PITCH EVENT

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17

3PM

John Tyson, esq.
Director
Enhanced Capital Partners

John is a Director of the Enhanced Capital District Fund. John is also the Managing Director of Meridian Hill Advisors, LLC, focusing on structuring and underwriting public-private and private real restate development. John was President and General Counsel for The Kerry S. Pearson, LLC in Washington, DC for several years.

John is a member of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, American Bar Association, National Bar Associates, Leadership Washington Class of 2003.

John received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

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Late Afternoon

Some Basic Marketing Maxims: Learning from the Mistakes of Big, Dumb Companies

Some Basic Marketing Maxims:

Learning from the Mistakes of Big, Dumb Companies

3;30 PM – 5PM

Featuring Simon Dixon, CEO of Idea Engineering



Simon Dixon founded Rock-it! Media in 1991 as a company specializing in advertising, media brokering and promotions. Simon saw an opportunity to take advantage of the large amounts of media inventory that go unused every day in media outlets around the world. The media broking system Simon developed allowed his clients to buy major market media and promotions at hugely reduced costs. Simon has structured transactions across the US and internationally including China, Japan, Malaysia and the UK. Clients have included General Motors, American Airlines, the Washington Wizards and Capitals, Clear Channel Communications, CBS and a long list of others. In 2006 Simon merged his company with Idea Engineering. Idea Engineering’s multi-faceted creative and strategy team take companies, products and initiatives all the way from naming and brand creation through to website and print design and advertising, media creation and social media campaigns. Simon serves on the board of directors of Women’s Economic Ventures in Santa Barbara CA and enjoys delivering lectures on marketing and personal inspiration to entrepreneurs and those with entrepreneurial spirit.

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Friday (Nov 18th)

Morning

HOW TO READ A TERM SHEET

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Host:  Matt Vandergoot, DLA Piper
Matt Vandergoot, of counsel at DLA Piper, dissects a term sheet
and leads a discussion about negotiating with Investors.

Venue: DLA Piper
500 8th Street, NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

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Late Afternoon

DCEW Closing discussion with Ted Leonsis AT 2PM

Closing Discussion with Ted Leonsis

2PM (NOTE 2PM TIME CHANGE)

DLA PIPER LLP
500 8th Street
Washington, DC 20004

Ted Leonis is an Internet pioneer, sports team owner, venture capital investor, filmmaker, author and philanthropist. His early new media company, Redgate Communications was acquired by America Online in 1994, and Leonsis became a senior AOL executive for the next 13 years. He is the majority owner of the NHL‘s Washington Capitals, the NBA‘sWashington Wizards, the WNBA‘s Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. [5] He serves as Founder and Chairman of SnagFilms, vice chairman of Groupon and on the board of American Express and other companies. Leonsis has produced documentary films such as the Peabody and the Emmy Award-winning Nanking and is the author of The Business of Happiness.

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