Community Event

Monday, September 11, 2017

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One-on-One Mentorship (Choose a Time Slot)!

Meet one on one with experts and members of the DC startup community! Read the member bios below and follow the link to book your one-on-one time slot: https://slotted.co/dcsw

Each mentoring session is 30 minutes - arrive on time to check in!

Archana Mehta

10:00 to 12:00
Link to her GURU page - https://herahub.com/dc/archana-mehta/

Archana Mehta is owner and principal of AM Strategies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based marketing and communications firm designed to make your business more innovative and competitive in the new digital marketplace. Ms. Mehta has worked in a number of companies, including Fortune 100 and startup firms, focusing on client engagement, brand awareness, and B2B and B2C marketing strategies. Ms. Mehta brings a diverse and well-rounded background to your company, including specific technical skills she acquired with her master of science degree in mechanical engineering. Ms. Mehta is a trained pilot and a wine enthusiast. She is a certified specialist of wine (CSW) and is always eager to take on new challenges.

You may want to ask Archana questions related to:

  • Am I effectively communicating what I want to my intended audience?
  • Would you review my website and provide me with some tips?
  • What can I do to reach more people through my website?


Kim Fredrich (Sales)
12:30 to 14:30
Link to Hera Hub GURU page - https://herahub.com/dc/kim-fredrich-sales-guru/

Kim works with women-owned businesses to improve sales revenue. She’s a communicator at heart; listening and building relationships are instinctive for her. But with a business degree and wide ranging experience focused on revenue generation, she understands business too – it’s really all about the revenue.

Over the past nearly 20 years she’s practiced sales and marketing across a range of consumer and business industries, in-house and as a consultant, and in three different countries.

But wait! She’s also nice, approachable and she genuinely wants to help you succeed. She might even talk style with you.

You may want to ask Kim questions related to:

  • I don’t like selling. What should I do?
  • I’m putting out a lot of proposals and people aren’t getting back to me. What am I doing wrong?
  • I don’t like talking to people and I’m a major introvert. How can I sell?
  • I’m doing what feels like a lot of sales calls and I’m not actually making any sales. Why?
  • Where can I find people to sell to?


Phyllis Caldwell (Social Enterprise)
10:00 to 12:00

Independent corporate director, former financial services executive and founder of Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC. Wroxton Civic provides advisory services in the areas of housing, community development and capital access.

Corporate director roles include Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN), American Capital Senior Floating (Nasdaq: ACSF) and City First Bank of DC. Nonprofit board positions include Low Income Investment Fund (San Francisco, CA) and Center for International Forestry Research (Jakarta, Indonesia).


Hillary Berman (Marketing) 
13:00 to 15:00
Link to Hera Hub GURU page - https://herahub.com/dc/hillary-berman/

Hillary is a marketing consultant focused exclusively on supporting small businesses and start-ups. She understands the unique needs of small businesses working to grow on limited budgets and assists business owners with implementing marketing programs that make sense for their specific businesses. Whether you’re just starting out or established and need a boost, she can help sort through marketing clutter!

You may want to ask Hillary questions related to:

  • How can I deepen relationships with my clients?
  • Help! I need more customers! How can I build my lead pipeline or drive sales?
  • What should I do to recognize referrals?
  • How often should I send and what should I include in an email newsletter?
  • Do I really need print materials?
  • Should I run a sale?
  • How can I make social media work better for my business?
  • I’m going to an event – what do I need?


Pam Holland (Tech)
13:00 to 15:00

Pam Holland is the founder of TechMoxie, offering technology coaching, classes and support for individuals and small business owners looking for help with technology.

Some of what Pam may help with:

  • How do I set up a Mailchimp account?
  • Which social media sites make the most sense for my business?
  • What is the best way to edit photos for use in my social media?
  • Troubleshooting those annoyances on your smartphone or laptop that you never seem to have time (or patience) to figure out!


Faye Coleman
(Government Contracting)
12:30 to 14:30

For over three decades, Dr. Faye Coleman, Founder and Principal of FEC Enterprises, LLC, and former CEO of Westover Consultants, Inc., has been a leader in workforce leadership development, executive coaching/mentoring, organizational effectiveness and diversity training.

As an independent consultant, and through her various companies, she has used her finely tuned skills in multicultural workplace dynamics to help clients navigate the challenges, and ultimately reap the benefits of a richly diverse global workplace.  Dr. Coleman is an internationally recognized trainer and thought leader, with more than three decades of experience managing large-scale leadership training, technical assistance and capacity development projects.

She has worked throughout the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe with Federal, State and community-based organizations and with managers of small to mid-size corporations, associations, nonprofit groups, non-governmental agencies, and private sector companies, designing client-specific, culturally relevant initiatives and training programs that meet the complex and diverse needs of a rapidly changing global market place.

Dr. Coleman is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and symposia. Committed to “giving back,” she chairs the board of Women of the Dream Inc., and serves on the board of directors of Quantum Leaps, Inc., and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Listed in “Who’s Who of American Women,” Dr. Coleman, a skilled professional coach, holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from Simmons College, an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Education/Human Development from the University of Maryland.

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FuckUp Nights Washington DC: Sponsored by Justworks!

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.

Get ready to join FuckUp Nights Washington, DC with partners DC Startup Week and 1776 on Monday, September 11. We'll bring you 3 more great founder stories of failure. From lack of market research, to how to spend investments wisely, these stories are real, relatable and revered!

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How to Build a Career You Love

Are you feeling unfulfilled in your current job? If so, you're not alone! Mission Collaborative is a community of young professional that hosts free career transition workshops to help you build a career you love. In this session, we'll give you a taste for the unique ways we facilitate career transitions and share information about our upcoming workshops. You deserve to do work you love, so let's make it happen!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Netwalking: Walking while Networking

Come join us for a Netwalk: walking while networking. Sneakers or comfortable shoes Recommeded. Start location will be announced in September.

Netwalking® is an innovative company located in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on increasing access to healthy lifestyles for people and companies in DC and around the country.  Netwalking’s trademark creates unique walks for clients featuring distinctive urban spaces.  Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking outside the box and fostering genuine relationships. The active nature of each Netwalk helps inspire companies and professionals as they strategize solutions and new ideas. 

No two Netwalks are alike, as Netwalking develops these creative journeys to meet each Netwalker’s needs.  These individualized creative experiences are a service unlike any other complete with specialized mapping of the city and content creation online where clients can learn about the benefits of Netwalking and have the opportunity as a client to introduce their own journalistic perspective on these endeavors to foster a sense of community and well-being that go beyond the four walls of any business. 

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. 

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Ideation Jam Session | How Might We Create a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC

Do you have the desire to help reimagine how might we support small business in creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC? Join us for an exchange of ideas on how to create a local innovation community, build a collaborative experience around pressing business, cultural, and environmental challenges.  This jam session is for all entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, and innovation-focused individuals. You will have the opportunity to share and pitch ideas using Human Centered Design strategies — with an entrepreneur-first focus — to tackle challenges faced by entrepreneurs.


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Open Discussion on Building Communities - DCommunity Managers Open House

Everything we do at DC Startup Week is centered around our community and we’re constantly thinking about how we can add more value. This is why we're excited to announce that we’re putting together our first Open House for Community Managers with DCommunity Managers. DCommunity Managers is a local community of community managers.

At this Open House, we will have individuals who build and manage some of the most active communities like Made in DC, Public Good App House, and the Global Entrepreneurship Network community. Our guest moderator helped manage communities at 1776 Incubator now at General Assembly.

You should attend this meetup if you’re managing a hobby community, a meetup group, a developer community, or your business card reads community manager, community evangelist, developer advocate, DevRel manager, customer advocate, customer success, social media manager or the ninja equivalent (if you’re working with a startup).

Join us for the DCommunity Managers Open House during DC Startup Week.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

- EDT
The Public Good App House: Apps for Social Good and Public Good Technology

The Public Good App House is a non-profit initiative that promotes local technology responses to global problems, using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the taxonomy. We advocate for more sharing around developed technology projects, so that communities worldwide can benefit from open-source or free technology tools, even if they were created half a world away. The Public Good App House works on creating and supporting community around technology for social good, and amplifies the reach of technology projects that work towards solving community problems. During the presentation, we will show examples of innovative apps that have been demoed during our events, We will show the wiki that we use to catalog public good apps, and make a call to action for others to help raise the profile of local projects that are working towards attaining the SDGs.

We are actively seeking demo participants to share their public good technology apps and projects at a festival-style conference to be held in DC this coming November.

Come to learn about the larger community initiative and the festival in this session.

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Netwalking: Walking While Networking

Come join us for a Netwalk: walking while networking. We will start at Logan Exchange at 3:15. Sneakers or comfortable shoes Recommeded.

Netwalking® is an innovative company located in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on increasing access to healthy lifestyles for people and companies in DC and around the country.  Netwalking’s trademark creates unique walks for clients featuring distinctive urban spaces.  Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking outside the box and fostering genuine relationships. The active nature of each Netwalk helps inspire companies and professionals as they strategize solutions and new ideas. 

No two Netwalks are alike, as Netwalking develops these creative journeys to meet each Netwalker’s needs.  These individualized creative experiences are a service unlike any other complete with specialized mapping of the city and content creation online where clients can learn about the benefits of Netwalking and have the opportunity as a client to introduce their own journalistic perspective on these endeavors to foster a sense of community and well-being that go beyond the four walls of any business. 

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. 

- EDT
Happy Hour!

Come hang out with team Mapbox at Logan Exchange for DC Startup Week! Enjoy some drinks, snacks, and the opportunity to toy with some of our latest AR demos. 

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Entrepreneurship Visioning with Hustlers to Harvesters: Designing Viable Carpentry, Agricultural & Food Distribution Businesses in Ward 7

Boe Luther and Wallace Kirby are teaching weekly carpentry workshops to members of their community, as a part of their program Hustlers to Harvesters, training at-risk youth and returning citizens in carpentry and agricultural skills. This workshop will engage Hustlers to Harvesters participants in visioning for their own business ventures. Additional participants are welcome to join in for their own Lean Canvas mapping and to provide additional ideas and support as we think through how to make sustainable carpentry, agricultural and food distribution businesses in Ward 7.

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Angel Venture Forum (AVF) @HeraHub -Registration Instructions in Description

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angel-venture-forum-avf-herahub-registration-35058296308

Back by popular demand! It is Angel Venture Forum's "Venture Intelligence" education series and practice pitch sessions. There are 6 sessions plus a bonus session where entrepreneurs can practice their pitches. Active angel investors and local experts teach entrepreneurs the right way to approach funders and get the venture backing they’re seeking. Attendees will hear from active, engaged angel investors and find out what companies investors fund and their decision methodology. In these straight-up, practical, and detailed sessions both investors and entrepreneurs will be provided with a roadmap of exactly what is needed to close the perfect deal. By attending some or all of the sessions, entrepreneurs seeking capital will know:

Exactly what documents to assemble before pitching investors, How to develop and present your financials, Potential exit strategies that ensure you AND the investor wins, How to raise the right kind, size, and type of capital, The best investors to approach depending on your type of business, And much more.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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How Disability is an Asset to Entrepreneurship: Panel Discussion

People with disabilities are innate entrepreneurs. In fact, the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor reports that people with disabilities are twice more likely to pursue entrepreneurship compared to the non-disabled population. From the moment we wake up, get dressed, drive, communicate, and live our live, we as disabled people, have to adapt to a world that's not build to fit our needs. Yet most entrepreneurship resources and ecosystems are not accessible or inclusive for those with disabilities. During this session we will discuss some of the main barriers disabled people face when pursuing entrepreneurship and hear how entrepreneurs have utilized their disability as an asset for their entrepreneurship journey, business and venture.  

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Critical Legal Issues for Small Businesses and Startups: The Three ‘I’s – IP, Immigration and International Trade

Get a leg up on the legal issues that can face your business. Legal experts from IP, Immigration and International trade will discuss common issues and clarify what are some best practices to avoid getting stuck in a tricky situation.

* The event will be followed by networking reception at 4PM.

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How to Make DC the Capital of Inclusive Entrepreneurship – Conversations and Coffee with Halcyon Incubator and the Case Foundation

Join the Halcyon Incubator and the Case Foundation for coffee and conversations on why the DC startup community is a thriving region for inclusive entrepreneurship. The event will begin with a panel driven by the ecosystem builders in DC supporting local entrepreneurs. Then, entrepreneurs and investors will join in, fishbowl style, to add their voice to the conversation. Speakers will take a critical look at the common myths told in startup culture, share their insights on how we can re-focus the narrative on entrepreneurship and create a healthy ecosystem in DC that is grounded in inclusivity. Following the conversation, guests will enjoy coffee and desserts inside the historic Halcyon House.

RSVP is required for attendance. No walk-ins accepted. Valet parking will be included.

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Vinetta Project Final Showcase (Tickets Needed- See link in bio)

Announcing the final Vinetta Project Venture Challenge Showcase of 2017!

Join other founders, investors and influencers for our biggest event of the year as we watch the four Venture Challenge finalists pitch for a $20k cash prize. Plus, look forward to exciting announcements about 2018 plans.

Get your tickets with the link below and use our promo code: "STARTUPWEEK"

https://nvite.com/VinettaDC/mr33m2

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Break The Digital Barrier // Rompa La Barrera Digital

¡Acompáñenos para una única noche con expertos en soluciones basadas en tecnología y la red para optimizar las operaciones de su negocio!

Obtenga consultoría profesional en:

  • Redes sociales
  • Optimización de búsquedas en la red
  • Desarrollo de sitio web
  • Quickbooks
  • Sistemas de gestión de clientes
  • ¡y más!

¡Sin costo alguno!

Join us for a unique evening filled with experts in tech- and cloud based solutions to help you optimize your business operations!

Get expert advice in:

  • Social media
  • Search engine optimization
  • Website development
  • Quickbooks
  • Customer relationship management
  • and more!


Friday, September 15, 2017

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Bagels & Coffee @ Cove

Mingle with DC entrepreneurs over bagels and coffee on cove—DC’s neighborhood workspace. A clutch breakfast pitstop to fuel up for a day of exciting talks and workshops just around the corner and all over town. September 15th from 9AM-11AM. Go get em!

- EDT
Netwalking: Walking While Networking

Come join us for a Netwalk: walking while networking. Sneakers or comfortable shoes Recommeded. Start location will be announced in September. 

Netwalking® is an innovative company located in the District of Columbia with an emphasis on increasing access to healthy lifestyles for people and companies in DC and around the country.  Netwalking’s trademark creates unique walks for clients featuring distinctive urban spaces.  Each Netwalk features curated interactive activities shaped to energize, connect, and engage participants in thinking outside the box and fostering genuine relationships. The active nature of each Netwalk helps inspire companies and professionals as they strategize solutions and new ideas. 

No two Netwalks are alike, as Netwalking develops these creative journeys to meet each Netwalker’s needs.  These individualized creative experiences are a service unlike any other complete with specialized mapping of the city and content creation online where clients can learn about the benefits of Netwalking and have the opportunity as a client to introduce their own journalistic perspective on these endeavors to foster a sense of community and well-being that go beyond the four walls of any business. 

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. 

- EDT
Dialogue on Diversity Reception: Lunch & Learn

FREE Lunch Provided.

Join the community gathering as DC Government officials engage and disucss latest efforts to create equal access and opportunity for minority and low-income populations across Washingotn DC.

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Improv for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship and improvisation have so much in common: the pivot, listening and adapting to your partners perspectives, the ability to roll with the punches, the skill off seeing new possibilities where there are currently none, getting into your customers' shoes and so much more. This workshop presents improv as a way to practice those muscles in an incredibly fun way. The Washington Improv Theater has been training organizations of all kinds to use improv to improve leadership, communication and much more -- come enjoy this free session with WIT and Caroline Howe.

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Dialogue on Diversity Reception: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off — Mariachi Performance

Join the hispanic community to launch Hispanic Heritage Month, complete with Mariachi Band and Reception.