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Applications Are In!
We're thrilled to see the DC community support women entrepreneurs! Over 75 organizations have applied for BEACON funding and we're currently sifting through our first-round of review. Haven't heard from us? Don't worry - we're busy screening applications with care. Stay tuned for updates and the start of community voting next week!

BEACON Advisory Board Member Appointed as Chairperson of the National Women's Business Council.
BEACON Advisory Board member, Liz Sara, was appointed as Chairperson of the National Women's Business Council. She will serve a three-year term to help ensure that women remain a vital driver of our nation's economy. Congrats, Liz!

Startup Law 101 is on Aug 22 - don't miss out!
Did you miss out on Startup Law 101 last year? This year, we're welcoming over 100 women founders to Google's DC office for a full-day legal workshop on corporate formation, intellectual property, advertising, privacy and more! Come with your notebooks and thinking caps and save your seat before they're gone! 

Nominate a WOB for the Just Ambitious Small Business Awards
The D.C. Women's Busines Center will accept nominations through 8/31 for the following categories: Community Engagement of the Year, Women Empowerment Entrepreneur of the Year, Womanpreneur Under 40 of the Year, Creative of the Year, Startup of the Year, Veteran Women-Owned Business of the Year, and Outstanding Resource Partner. Self-nominations are encouraged. Click here for more info. 

Did you hear the DC Bar's Podcast on Non-Disclosure Agreements?
On the tips of Startup Law 101, we're featuring some awesome legal resources around town. Check out this helpful podcast sharing tips on non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements that are essential to your business!  

Amplify Your Voice with EnrichHER
EnrihHER would like to share YOUR lessons, tips and entrepreneurial advice as a guest blogger on their Medium platform. Simply complete this survey and organizers will be in touch! 
Upcoming Opportunities
Firm Deadlines

Have you checked out the latest Funding Alert issued by the DC Mayor's Office of Partnerships and Grant Services? Click here for the most recent issue and here to subscribe for the weekly notice.

CNBC is looking to highlight 100 technology-driven start-ups experiencing rapid growth because of their innovative products, apps, tools or services for the 2018 CNBC Upstart 100 List. Companies will be scored on a wide-range of quantitative metrics including scalability, sales and user growth, intellectual property, and more. Apply by 8/15.

The AMPLIFY: Women's Pitch Competition is a must-attend startup competition for entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and designers that explore up and coming trends in innovation, technology, and most importantly, showcases the best and brightest female tech entrepreneurs from around the world. Apply with your women-led, tech startup to receive a cash prize and additional resources. Apply by 8/15.

TED is looking for 20 people from all backgrounds whose work has the potential to spark real change across our planet. As a TED Fellow, you will receive transformational support to help catapult your career, including a TED Talk at the upcoming TED2019 conference. Apply by 8/26.

The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards is an international business plan competition created to identify, support and encourage projects led by women entrepreneurs. The awards aim to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges by supporting and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet and bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible. Apply by 8/31.


Applications are open for Tide Risers DC, a year-long cohort experience for women eladers working for the greater good. Learn more.

Do you run an accelerator program? 500 Startups has created a bootcamp for accelerator managers to share tips on how to run a successful program. Learn more and save if enrolled by 8/24.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program equips participants with practical skills in negotiation, marketing and employee management that immediately be put into action. Components include practical business education, access to capital and a supportive network of advisors and peers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and BloomShift will offer up to 25 hours of free digital marketing assistance for qualifying businesses. Any business registered in Washington, D.C. may apply but the program is designed to serve low and middle-income D.C.-based businesses who need marketing support to reach the next level. Learn more and apply now - rolling admissions are accepted until September 2018.

500 Startups wants to train accredited, underrepresented investors. Click here to learn more about the program and scholarship offers for "Venture Capital Unlocked: The Secrets of Silicon Valley."

Co-Founder Opportunity: District Mugs
District Mugs (a 2017 Beacon Award Grantee) is a volunteer-run nonprofit that introduces entrepreneurship to the homeless in D.C. by teaching them how to run a business of painting and selling coffee mugs. They help homeless individuals earn a small income while teaching them transferable skills. 80% of profits are passed back to the homeless participants. District Mugs is growing and is now looking for a Co-Founder. Click here for more info.

Job Opportunity: App Designer Needed to Turn a Chrome Extension into a mobile app. Makeitshe is looking for a developer to convert the Chrome Extension (javascript code is already written) so it can be used on mobile apps for Android and iPhones. Makeitshe was developed to raise awareness on the lack of representation of women in online media: women, for instance, only make up 33% of all mentions in online news articles. The extension enables the user to turn all male first names and male pronouns into their female equivalent with a formatting change and gives the percentage of male and female mentions in the page prior to the change. Interested? Contact Fannie at

Are you interested in learning to code but wondering how you'll afford the courses?The Flatiron School and Lyft have partnered to award all female applicants an automatic 50% Women Take Tech Scholarship to Flatiron's Online Web Development Program. Learn more

In3: The Inclusive Innovation Incubator is offering memberships starting at $125/month.  Memberships can include access to an open desk and office space, members-only community website, access to printing, private phone booths, and access to private events. This deal is only for a limited time! To schedule your tour, click here.

Looking for housing? Union House is a free 'Crash Pad' for Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs in DC. Learn more.

Are you interested in volunteering during D.C. Startup Week (Sep 24-28, 2018)? Various opportunities include mentors, day-of-event logistics, marketing, speaker, and core team roles. Learn more and apply today!

Are you interested in serving as a mentor? Empowered Women International is recruiting for mentors for the Entrepreneur Training for Success program. If interested in learning more, contact Alexandra Boycheck at Mentors are needed in Rockville (English) and Herndon (Spanish). 

Are you looking for a job or gig with a value-based company? Find teams that share your interests and values through

Angel Track is a masterclass and community for angel investors who are just getting started. They are specifically looking to support women and minorities interested in investing. Click here to apply for their Spring 2018 cohort.

Do you know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Share them with us via
Community News
8.9: GWHCC Academy: How to Link Small Businesses with Incubator Services

8.9 & 8.16: Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Working Group Program presented by the DC Women's Business Center 

8.9: Advanced Business Financial Workshop Series: Creating Wealth From Your Business

8.13: The Business of the Arts: Negotiations 101

8.14: Let's Push-DCWBC

8.14: Brewing the American Dream Webinar: Kitchen Incubators: Everything You Need to Know 

8.14: Summer Data Science for Business Leaders 

8.15: Build a Dream Workshop: Understanding DC's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

8.16: Halcyon Presents The Saudi Arabia Halcyon Incubator Pitch

8.16: Ok Google - How Do I Get More Customers?

8.16: Writing a Winning Business Plan

8.17: HeraHub Women in DC-Meetup

8.18: The POC Entrepreneurial Bootcamp presented by The Melanin Collective

8.18: You Let You Be Great- Motivational Workshop for Women 

8.19: The Beauty and the Boss Women's Empowerment Brunch 

8.20: First Annual Minority Business Industry Day

8.22: Startup Law 101 presented by BEACON, Google and ChIPs

8.22: Finance 101 for Startups presented by SCORE 

8.23: DC Startup Week End of Summer Bash 

#WEUPWOMEN Washington, DC presented by the Flatiron School 

8.23: DC Startup + Tech Summer Networking Mixer powered by Google

8.23: Let's Pitch Party and Networking Mixer

8.27: Mayor Muriel Bowser's Women's Equality Day Mixer 

8.28: GWHCC Academy: How to Prepare a Winning Federal Proposal 

8.28: The Latino Economic Development Center Presents: More Inclusive Stronger Businesses 

8.29: Introduction to Blockchain for Business Users & Beginners 

9.7: HerCorner presents: Free Coffee and Networking

9.8: Women in Advocacy and Politics Workshop DC 

9.19: DCRA + WDCEP Present: Entree DC - Where the Food and Drink Industry Meet

9.20: How Women Rise in the International Development Sector

9.25: 2018 Midterms: Women As Agents of Change 

Ongoing: DCRA's Small Business Resource Center offers one-on-one consultation on an on-going basis. Sign-up for a time convenient for you.

Ongoing: Register for the Made East River Directory for creative products/services based in Ward 7/8 neighborhoods 
Entrepreneur Spotlight
The Young Authors' Workshop was created to help elementary and middle school students engage in the editing process, ranging from group brainstorming and constructive criticism to personalized grammar instruction. The students explore fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with the end-goal of publishing a book at the course's conclusion. The year-round program is also offered during the summer and is available for school and organizations in the District of Columbia.

Founder Dieneria Brown created the Young Authors' Workshop to give students a place to express themselves, explore their imaginations, and improve their reading, writing, grammar, and public speaking skills. After receiving her B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing as well as an M.F.A in Creative Writing, Dieneria merged her passions to create the Young Authors' Workshop. 
Resource Spotlight
The Her Corner Fall Accelerator is a six-month in-person business growth program, designed by women business owners. By participating, you'll meet for a full-day each month to discuss your business goals in collaboration with like-minded women entrepreneurs. You'll not only acquire the knowledge you need to grow your business -- from vision to cash flow analysis, from marketing to business prospecting -- but you'll also gain the confidence to accomplish your goals. Learn more and apply here.
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