Monday, October 18, 2021
Join us to kick off DC Startup Week!
Join Kevin Morgan, Director of Technology Sector Attraction and Retention from the WDCEP moderate an amazing panel of three key players of the entrepreneurial ecosystem from DC, VA, and MD: Victor Hoskins, the President, and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Melissa Bradley, CEO of Ureeka and 1863 Ventures and Allyson Redpath, Director of Entrepreneurship at Maryland Dept of Commerce.
They will kick off DC Startup Week with a lively and important discussion on the state of entrepreneurship in the DMV as we recover from the pandemic, exciting trends they see for growth opportunities in the area, and resources that you all can leverage as you launch and grow your businesses.
These three individuals are key players in helping create a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region. You don't want to miss out on this great panel. Add it to your schedule today!
In the nonprofit sector, organizations often utilize a Theory of Change (ToC) model to articulate how their work directly results in a chain of outputs, intended outcomes, and ultimate impact. ToC models are used to allocate resources appropriately, inform strategic decisions, align program activities and services with the organization’s overall mission, and provide a framework to measure social impact. In this session, Nina Sabarre, Founder & CEO of Intention 2 Impact (I2I), will demonstrate how social enterprises can learn from the nonprofit sector to develop their own ToC model to maximize their social ROI and demonstrate impact to potential funders. Nina has over a decade of experience working with purpose-driven organizations to use data to drive their strategy, innovation, and impact. Some recent clients include Open Society Foundations, Transparency & Accountability Initiative, the Asian Pacific Islander Council of San Francisco, UN Food Systems Summit, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Elevate Prize Foundation, and Earthjustice.
Ready to make a real impact through your work? Join SEED SPOT for a virtual workshop on optimizing your social impact and raising impact investment. In this interactive workshop you will utilize the Impact Entrepreneurship Framework for structuring your business model around social impact and discover strategies for pursuing impact investment.
Consumers are increasingly looking for opportunities to align their spending with their values. Showing them that the environment authentically matters to you and your business goes a long way toward building loyalty and protecting our planet. Making meaningful environmental commitments doesn't have to be expensive, and in fact, many of them are more financially efficient than the alternative. This talk will walk through viable options for putting your environmental intentions into practice to sustainably grow your business and connect with your clientele. We'll also discuss strategies for embedding your sustainability goals into your company culture as you grow your business. Time will be reserved for reflection on which types of initiatives might work best for you, along with a Q&A period.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Hear from social impact experts on this panel on what impact investing means, what are the trends, and what are some of the opportunities that exist for you.
Great panel for early-stage social impact-focused entrepreneurs.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Living the Impact Startup Dream by Aligning Investors, Customers, Solutions and Mission" With Unstuck LabsJoin on Attendify
When you are a truly an impact business, you can't dilute your mission. It should be the core to your solution, customers. brand and investors. Join Wa'il Ashshowwaff, co-founder of Reyets, a social justice app that was recognized by Fast Company as one of the world changing ideas in this workshop as he shows you the framework to follow. Find out the four keys to unlocking a purposeful impact. Coming from 15+ years working with financial services, Ashshowwaf divides his time between overseeing Unstuck Lab Startup Studio, Reyets and mentoring social impact startups.
Miss networking in-person? Us too! Come safely network with us outdoors at the all-conference happy hour. We'll be connecting and cheersing on Wednesday, October 20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at metrobar during DC Startup Week 2021! Meet local founders and investors Create new business connections Engage with DCSW sponsors Drinks from local breweries, distilleries, and wineries Enjoy a COVID-safe outdoor setting The Community Networking Happy Hour Pass includes one drink ticket for $25. Cash bar is availalbe after!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hear firsthand from local social entrepreneurs as they share lessons learned from their successes and failures. Apply insights to get ahead with your ventures.
Behind every changemaker is a powerful story the world is waiting to hear, and that story is the messaging of one’s purpose. Whether leading a movement or a team, the ability to articulate one’s unique story and purpose makes all the difference when bringing an enterprise mission to life. In this session, you will see first-hand how the power of telling one’s story can be leveraged for purposes that include leadership, collaboration and co-creation.Expected Takeaways: Obtain the tools to craft an impactful personal, professional and organizational story. Learn to elevate your brand story by aligning the personal brands of the team with the corporate brand. Discover how to harness the latent defining moments of your story and how to use them in your personal and organizational purpose.
Friday, October 22, 2021
Serve DC, The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships, will lead a virtual session spotlighting best practices for innovation and collaboration, especially as it relates to addressing social impact and equity challenges with a multi-sector approach. This year's session will center around the experiences of local government, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities as they look to rebound and thrive in this new normal post-COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure the city's most vulnerable communities are served. We will also explore additional lessons learned and best practices on further leveraging these partnerships to reaffirm our commitment to building a resilient, equitable, and vibrant city.
How Your Social Impact Influences You Customer Experience, Employee Experience, and Overall Organizational CultureJoin on Attendify
So you have a mission but do you function and live by it as an organization and team? Join Marc Steren, a serial entrepreneur, CEO, mentor and coach on ways mission-driven leaders ingrain the “why” in every aspect of their businesses.
Close out DC Startup Week by celebrating our thriving startup ecosystem and networking with founders, investors, community leaders and more!
Grab a drink (it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right!?), lunch or water and hop on camera to close out DCSW21!