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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WASHINGTON LAUNCHES 2ND ANNUAL DC ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

DCEW Speakers Include Mayor Vincent Gray, Ted Leonsis, Carl Schramm and a Special Performance by Musical Talent Cobra Starship

WASHINGTON, D.C – (November 10) Washington, D.C. is about to get a taste of its second annual D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (DCEW); a five- day interactive symposium that focuses on revitalizing and strengthening local entrepreneurship with the D.C. Government’s Planning & Economic Development Office occurring in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, DCEW was created by young local leadership; a region that boasts the 5th highest concentration of entrepreneurs in the United States (Grasshopper Group, July 2010).

Progress Through Business, Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, and other D.C. partners will present the second annual D.C. Entrepreneur WeekNovember 14th -18th 2011, at various venues throughout downtown Washington, D.C. Founded with the entrepreneur in mind, DCEW co-founders, Charles Paret and Peter Stuart, have built a golden opportunity for up and coming leaders around the D.C. area to thrive through a series of panel discussions, roundtables, forums and educational opportunities. Registrants will gain valuable knowledge and learn from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to empire.

The week aims to build relationships and develop ideas to strengthen the local entrepreneurship culture while answer pressing ‘real-world’ questions in an intimate setting from the business savvy who have already made their mark.  Attendees will walk away with hands on knowledge and industry specific resources to enable them to grow their own opportunities.

Through a series of panel discussions, pitch sessions, roundtables and forums, registrants will gain a mass of access to like-minded people in the field.  Attendees will take part in an impressive kick-off event at Georgetown University Monday, November 14, at 5 p.m. that includes Mayor Vincent Gray, Carl Schramm, President, Kauffman Foundation and Co-Chair, Startup America Partnership and 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 monitored by Jeff Reid, director of entrepreneurship and real estate finance initiatives at Georgetown University.

Attendees will have the opportunity to personally pitch their business plans in Pitch-A-VC roundtables, while also networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and avid investors.  Investors include Fortify.VC, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, GroTech Ventures, Amplifier Ventures, TDF, CIT, Enhanced Capital Partners, Updata Capital Partners, Brown Savano, New Atlantic Ventures, Spring Capital, Core Capital and Arborview Capital representing billions of dollars in Assets Under Management (AUM).

DCEW will focus on various areas of industry and demographic groups such as Digital & Mobile Media, IT, Real Estate, Communications, Social Entrepreneurship, and Green & Clean Tech Startups’, just to name a few.  Female entrepreneurs will find unique value through a wealth of content directly designed for ‘Women in Business’ as well as 5 special evening receptions and nightlife events around the city that include live music from the popular group Cobra Starship. http://www.dcew.org/evening-events/

DCEW partners and speakers will be available for media interviews.  Media should RSVP to DCEW sponsor and partner, Tara Chantal Silver of SilverStrategy at tarasilver@silverstrategy.com for the kick-off and other special media requests.

Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.dcew.org/ individual events range from Free to $25 and $199 for an unlimited DCEW week pass.

Same-day tickets may be available for purchase if events are not sold out.  Each pitch session is capped, most at 50 persons.  A full and updated schedule is also available on the website at http://www.dcew.org/events.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, interested parties should contact Tara Chantal Silver for more information.

About DC Entrepreneurship Week

D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (November 14–18, 2011) was founded by Charles Paxton Paret and Peter Stuart of Paxton Stuart LLC and consists of a series of programs designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial business community in the Washington, D.C. area.  Through panel discussions, roundtables, pitch sessions and interactive forums sponsored by a variety of leading business and educational organizations, participants will gain valuable knowledge from each other and industry innovators.  Ultimately, D.C. Entrepreneurship Week seeks to build a long-lasting community of entrepreneurs that will add long-term value to the region.    For more information, visit www.dcew.org.

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WASHINGTON DC LAUNCHES FIRST ANNUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK – DCEW

Speakers Include Home Depot’s Co-Founder Ken Langone, Bill Doucas, Ted Leonsis, Tim O’Shaughnessy and More Top Local Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C – (November 10) Washington, D.C. is about to get a taste of its first annual D.C. Entrepreneur Week (DCEW); a five- day interactive symposium that focuses on revitalizing and strengthening local entrepreneurship. Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, DCEW was created by a young local leadership in partnership with the D.C. Government’s Planning & Economic Development Office to bolster the thriving business community in the Washington, D.C. area; a region that boasts the 5th highest concentration of entrepreneurs in the United States (Grasshopper Group, July 2010).

Paxton Stuart LLC and other D.C. partners will present the first annual D.C. Entrepreneur Week November 15th -19th 2010, at various venues throughout downtown Washington, DC. Founded with the entrepreneur in mind, creator Charles Paxton Paret, an entrepreneur himself, has built a golden opportunity for up and coming leaders around the D.C. area to thrive.

The week aims to connect students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to create opportunity, gain knowledge, build relationships, and develop ideas in order to strengthen the local entrepreneurship culture. The multi-faceted symposium aims to answer pressing ‘real-world’ questions in an intimate setting from the business saavy who have already made their mark. Attendees will walk away with hands on knowledge and industry specific resources to enable them to grow their own opportunities.

Through a series of panel discussions, roundtables and forums, registrants will gain valuable knowledge and learn from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to empire. Registrants can expect to hear from leaders such as entrepreneur extraordinaire Ken Langone, AOL’s Ted Leonsis, Living Social CEO, Tim O’ Tim O’Shaughnessy, Elutions CEO Bill Doucas, Carlyle Group’s, Mark J. Johnson, First Savings CEO Larry Pratt and Opus 8 CEO, Tien Wong. Attendees will also have the opportunity to personally pitch their business plans in a two hour Pitch-A-VC roundtable, while also networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and avid investors. Local investors, such as Grant Allen, VP at Core Capital Partners, a $350 million dollar VC firm headquartered in the District will give participants real time input on their business.

DCEW will focus on various areas of industry and demographic groups such as Digital & Mobile Media, IT, Real Estate, Communications, Social Entrepreneurship, and Green & Clean Tech Startups’, just to name a few. Female entrepreneurs will find unique value through a wealth of content directly designed for ‘Women in Business’.

In addition to content-based events, attendees have the opportunity to network in DCEW’s Entrepreneur Lounge, located at 1503 Connecticut Ave NW, and at a series of social functions throughout the week, so that entrepreneurs can build relationships, leverage resources, and create opportunities.

The kick-off event will be launched on Monday, November 15th at 4P.M. at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The forum, Unleashing New Ideas, features a keynote lecture by Ken Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot and former director of the New York Stock Exchange. Additionally, a panel discussion called Making a Difference Through Entrepreneurship will follow that includes; Bill Doucas, chairman and CEO of Elutions; Ted Leonsis, founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Vice Chairman of AOL; and Tim O’Shaughnessy, founder and CEO of LivingSocial with a reception to follow.

DCEW founders and partners, speakers, local government officials and other special guests will be available for media interviews directly following the kick-off event in the green room behind the stage. Media should RSVP to tarasilver@silverstrategy.com for the kick-off and for other special interview requests.

Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.dcew.org for all pitch sessions at $24.99 per pitch session event and $99 for an unlimited week pass and free registration for the kick-off event through http://dcewday1.eventbrite.com/. The kick-off session is open to the public.

Same-day tickets may be available for purchase if events have not presold. Each pitch session is capped, most at 50 persons. A full and updated schedule of events and programming information is also available on the website at http://www.dcew.org/events. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, interested parties should contact Tara Chantal Silver for more information.
About DC Entrepreneurship Week
D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (November 15–19, 2010) was founded by Charles Paxton Paret of Paxton Stuart LLC and consists of a series of programs designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial business community in the Washington, D.C. area. Through panel discussions, roundtables, pitch sessions and interactive forums sponsored by a variety of leading business and educational organizations, participants will gain valuable knowledge from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to growth and success. Ultimately, D.C. Entrepreneurship Week seeks to build a long-lasting community of entrepreneurs that will add long-term value to the region. For more information, visit www.dcew.org.

Full Schedule (PLEASE SEE DCEW.org for updated schedule and changes):
Kick-Off Event: Unleashing New Ideas Entrepreneurship Week Event Also Includes Panel Discussion Featuring Bill Doucas, Ted Leonsis, and Tim O’Shaughnessy
FREE with Registration
Date: Monday November 15, 2010, 4 P.M., to be followed by a reception
Host: Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Venue: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business,
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium, 37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

P@VC: Digital & Mobile Media
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 9:00 – 11:00AM
Host: Thanasis Delistathis, Managing Partner – New Atlantic Ventures
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036

DISC: Bridging the Gap – Finding Capital from Seed to Venture Stage
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 9:00 – 11:00AM
Host: Julia Spicer, Director- Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
Mitch Martin, Senior Managing Director- The McLean Group
Michael Beirne, Managing Partner- The Acceleration Group
Venue: Sheppard Mullin LLP, 1300 I St., 11th Floor East, Washington DC, 20005

DISC: IT Outsourcing & Software Development
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Tien Wong, CEO – Opus 8 & LORE Systems
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036

DISC: The Future of Wealth Management
Date: Tuesday November 16th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Justin Wine, Vice President – Merrill Lynch
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St NW Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

DISC: Social Media Marketing
Date: Tuesday November 16th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Dale Little
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St NW Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

P@VC: Jeffrey Cohen, Quor Ventures
Date: Tuesday November 16th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Jeffrey Cohen – Quor Ventures
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036

DCEW: Super-Connect feat. EO @ Madhatters
Date: Tuesday November 16th, 6:30 – 12:00AM
Host: Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Venue: Madhatters, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

P@VC: “Women in Business” Idea, Early & Growth Stage

Date: Wednesday November 17th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Jane Kagawa, Managing Director – Palatine Capital
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington, DC, 20036

P@VC: E-Commerce & Digital Media
Date: Wednesday November 17th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Bion Ludwig – Brown Savano
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington, DC, 20036

DCEW: Super-Connect @ One Lounge
Date: Wednesday November 17th, 7 – 2AM
Host: One Lounge
Venue: 1606 20th St. NW, Washington, DC

P@VC: IT, Media Tech & Digital
Date: Thursday November 18th, 9:00 – 11:00AM
Host: Bobby Ocampo, Grotech Ventures

Grant Allen, Vice-President – Core Capital
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M. St NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036

P@VC: Growth Stage Technology / Media Innovations
Date: Thursday November 18th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Mark. J. Johnson – The Carlyle Group
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St. NW, Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

P@VC: Idea, Early & Growth Stage
Date: Thursday, November 18th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Justin Stach – Spring Capital
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M. St. NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036

P@VC: Early Stage In Washington DC
Date: Friday, November 19th, 9:00 – 11:00AM
Host: Joe Harar, Principal – TDF
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St, NW Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036

P@VC: Green Startups & Clean Energy
Date: Friday November 19th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Zach Pogue & Glenn Schatz, Managing Directors – Ecore Ventures
Ari Meisel, CEO – LEED AP

Venue: WDG Architecture, 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 300, Washington DC, 20036
GW’s Gov 2.0 Startup Lab
Date: Friday November 19th, 2:30-7 PM
Host: GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Venue: GW School of Media and Public Affairs: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052