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Upcoming Events
Attend the International Women's Day Forum for 20% off. Enter code "20PERCENT" at checkout.
2.04: Beginner's Guide: Seminar Series for Restaurant & Retail Start-Ups | Join Sorrel Design for the first discussion panel of Beginner’s Guide, a seminar series for restaurant and retail start-ups. The first discussion will be with a panel of professionals that will focus on educating and answering commercial real estate questions.

Learn the Process of Starting a Business at the DC Public Library In this free workshop, the following topics will be discussed: Business Licensing, Corporate registration, Certificates of Occupancy (C of O), Home Occupancy Permits (HOP), Grant Opportunities, Vending, Farmer markets, Certified Business Enterprises (CBE).

2.05 and 3.19: Join Affiniti VC  for the Champion Speaker Series  at Broccoli Bar   | They are bringing champion venture capitalists who are women and people of color together with aspiring VCs, entrepreneurs, and others wanting to learn more about the industry and fundraising process. These fireside chats  are audience-driven with questions and topics curated by local aspiring venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from HBCUs in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.
Startup Saturdays for Future Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners  | The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights in partnership with Drs. Legand Burge and Grant Warner of Howard University will actively engage and challenge course attendees in the immersive Lean Startup entrepreneurship curriculum that is evidence-based and fast-paced.
Feb. 9 - Design Thinking
Feb. 16 - Intro to Lean Startup / Business Model Canvas
Feb. 23 - Customer Segments
Mar. 2 - Value Proposition
Mar. 9 - Intro. Customer Discovery

2.05, 2.12, 2.19, and 2.26: Inno.Ed Open Office Hours  | On Tuesdays in February 2019 staff from the Inno.ED office at the Department of Small & Local Business Development will hold open office hours at 202Creates.
2.07: Advanced Business Financial Workshop Series: Cash Flow Management & Impact on Operations | This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of industry best practices to accelerate the collection of revenue and maximize cash assets to make vendors payments and fund payroll. It will also offer suggestions to protect business accounts from fraud attacks, as well  as, how to stay abreast of useful advances in cash management technology. Contact Lyals Battle to register at or 202.464.2301.

2.11: Starting a Business 1.0 | Attend this workshop and learn everything about the complete regulatory process from how to get a business license, to acquiring a certificate of occupancy, as well as state registration(s). From licensing requirements to marketing to financing options, this program covers all the fundamentals you'll need to do business successfully in Northern Virginia.

2.13: CBE Entrepreneur Boot Camp | This boot camp will provide guidance to entrepreneurs on how to conduct their startup research and plan before reaching out to banks, angels, friends and/or family members to get funding. It will also explore how to write a business plan, how to become a Certified Business Enterprise.

2.20: DMV Top 100 Student Entrepreneurs Networking Event and Pitch Competition 

2.20: Beyond 5 -  A Dialogue about Building Sustainable Enterprises through Inclusive Economics | Blending interactive dialogue with accomplished startup founders and an experiential New Majority Marketplace, hosted by 1863 Ventures, WeWork Labs, and BLK&GRN.

2.20: Speaker Series: Erase Unconscious Bias From Your AI Datasets | This talk shares the risk of unconscious bias in algorithmic datasets, and how developers can overcome it.

2.28: Grow & Glow : Financial Capital | This panel is part of The Grow & Glow series which is an integrated program highlighting women and targeting women. From leadership panels to entrepreneurship seminars and networking events will be held bi-weekly starting in January 2019 at Inclusive Innovation Incubator.

3.13: How to Develop a Successful Business Plan | This seminar will assist participants in understanding the detailed processes involved in the development of a viable and comprehensive business plan. This workshop is for for-profit businesses only.

3.16: Her Impact Enterprise Pitch Competition | Join Ford Motor Company Fund and 1863 Ventures have initiated a new program in Washington, D.C. to help female social entrepreneurs grow their enterprises, increasing both impact and long-term sustainability. 

3.19: Tickets are now on sale for
Vinetta’s Project March Venture Challenge Showcase, which will take place at Booz Allen Hamilton's Innovation Center on March 19th at 6:30pm. If you're a female founder and would like to request a complimentary ticket to the event, you can fill out the application form here.

3.27: Small Business Toolkit from DSLBD | Capitol Hill Business Session | Learn about DSLBD's new free, centralized online portal - the Small Business Toolkit - that includes access to resources, events, agency and service provider points-of-contact, and business networking.
2019 Georgetown University Women’s Forum | Save the date for the 2019 Georgetown University Women’s Forum at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The second annual forum will celebrate Georgetown women from each of the nine schools and will include phenomenal keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. 
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, invites woman founders of tech companies to take part in a survey designed to understand the opportunities and barriers women entrepreneurs in tech face, and seek to identify promising ways for government and the private sector to support the growth of such businesses in both countries. If you have any questions, please reach out to Yvonne Quek at

Alice’s new impact report, What Women-Owned Businesses Really NeedThis is the first of a series of reports that analyzes a cross-section of 10,00 Alice users. Alice is the first machine learning technology to help business owners find their path by matching them to personalized opportunities and resources.

Do you want to speak at a DC meetup (such as Art + Code Collective, Black Code Collective, Women Who Code DC, TechTalkDC, etc.)? Pitch to multiple organizers at once

Do you work remotely (from home, co-working space, coffee shop, etc.)?
If yes, can you lend 10-15 minutes for a market research interview call? Female founder, Sarah Hostyk, has a few short questions regarding behaviors/needs. Please email
Funding Opportunities
The Vinetta Project's 2019 Venture Challenge  is now accepting applications! Finalists who make it on to the final Showcase will compete for $20,000 in cash. First-time applicants apply here and repeat applicants apply here. Even if not admitted to the pitch showcase, by applying you become eligible for a variety of capital opportunities, exclusive founders and funders dinners, a bi-annual problem hacking program, and more! Vinetta Project applications are open until 2/10 for their pitch competitions. 

Apply to Tory Burch’s Fellows Program March 12, 2019.  The program is designed to provide women entrepreneurs a supportive community to connect, learn and grow their business. 50 women entrepreneurs will receive:
  • 1-year fellowship
  • $5,000 for business education
  • 4-day workshop at the Tory Burch offices
  • A selected groups of Fellows will have a chance to pitch investors
EnrichHER, a platform that helps founders get access to capital, is seeking supporters to spread the word about funding opportunities for women-led business. Their first goal is to help 500 women-led business get funding. Join their Ambassador Squad Program or their Alliance Affiliate Program to spread this important message.

Social entrepreneurs of color, apply to participate in the one-day
Titan Generator program this March in Austin. Leaders From March For Our Lives, United We Dream, International Indigenous Youth Council, And Color Of Change Will Spend A Day In Austin, Tx Collaborating With 20-30 Entrepreneurs Of Color On The Urgent Issues Of The Day.

U.S. Department of Defense is looking for innovative companies to receive SBIR and STTR grants for a variety of topics. Submit by February 6 for a chance at the funding and to participate in the upcoming Air Force Pitch Day in NYC. 

Apply to the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. Get your application in by February 10 to compete for $1.5 million in cash and prizes.

Apply to the
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center's free Milestone Makers program  by February 25th to receive individualized mentoring, training, and resources. The goal is to help entrepreneurs set, hit, and celebrate milestones critical to company growth.

Grown in DC (Healthy Food Retail Program) | The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications for Grown in DC, an initiative of the Healthy Foods Retail Program established by the District of Columbia. The purpose of this grant is to sustainably expand local access to healthy foods either through or with farmers markets or through or with small food retailers (including corner stores). DSLBD intends to award up to five (5) grants from the $120,000 in total available funding to eligible DC-based for profit or non-profit organizations.
  • - To attend the first information session on February 7 register here.
  • - To request to host a public information session, please reach out to
The Black Girl Ventures (BGV) Pitch Competition is headed to SXSW on 3/11! BGV works to create access to capital for Black and Brown women founders and was founded right here in Washington, DC! In this untraditional competition, the audience votes and determines the winner. Apply to pitch or register to attend live in Austin, TX. 

The Peace Tech Accelerator is looking for early-stage startups and non-profits that are ready to scale on the cloud. Ideal applicants include a strong founding team, an innovative solution, and an impact focus related to their core innovation teams. Admitted companies will receive a $25,000 investment for a 5% equity stake. Non-profit and for-profit ventures welcome. Cohort begins 3/25. is coming to DC and they are looking for post-revenue companies. There is no fixed investment amount but they have funded companies between $100k and $1M.
See if you're a good fit and apply here + RSVP for the DC engagement.

Adobe wants to help early-stage creatives push their careers forward. As a 2019 Creative Resident, you'll be supported with a full year of salary, health benefits, mentorship, access to Adobe software, speaking opportunities and more.
Learn more and apply by 2/7.

Apply to FHI Ventures’ Social Enterprise Facilitator: FHI Ventures is a social enterprise accelerator supporting early stage businesses with the potential for high impact and a commitment to delivering social and financial returns.

Pipeline Angels Announces 2019 Spring Angel Investing Bootcamps  | Pipeline Angels aims at creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Join them!
Check out
funding opportunities by the Government of the District of Columbia. 
 Resources + Technical Support
Impact Accelerator Selection Tool is a public resource designed to help social entrepreneurs and impact accelerators more easily navigate the rapidly expanding ecosystem of support organizations. It provides a comprehensive listing of impact-focused accelerators, incubators, business plan competitions.

Get Involved in #GEW2019. 
The first round of Applications for Track Captains, Speakers, Volunteers, and Venues are closing! If you're interested in being apart of the 12th annual Global Entrepreneurship Week then now is your chance!

Apply to SEED SPOT Impact Accelerator (rolling deadline)
The Impact Accelerator provides entrepreneurs with a platform to take their ventures to the next level. The program lasts 8 weeks and meets twice weekly in the evenings. Unlike the majority of accelerators, SEED SPOT takes 0% equity in your company.

DC SBDC Counseling Winter Wednesdays @ DSLBD 
The Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD)  is partnering with the Howard University's DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC)  to increase small business counseling and technical assistance offerings at DSLBD. An SBDC counselor will be onsite at DSLBD on Wednesdays to provide free, confidential business counseling for any stage business. To sign up for an upcoming counseling session or to ask questions, please feel free to reach out to and Register here 
Join Hatch for a 6-month software engineering apprenticeship program for underrepresented persons 
Each Hatch cohort works together for the first part of the program. After that time, every apprentice pairs with an engineering manager with support from one or more technical mentors. Reach out here for more information:
2019 CONFERENCE Roadmap to Billions 
Join Black Women Talk Tech at the only annual tech conference created exclusively by black women founders for black female founders and their supporters. The conference’s goal is to showcase the brilliance of black women in tech, create a stage for our experiences, foster deep connections and create real funding opportunities. Register here

Do you know about the Green Book? The Green Book - coupled with the online resource - is designed to help Small Business Enterprise (SBE) business owners. View contracting opportunities and spending goals for 84 monitored agencies.

Need Help? You can hire an intern through DC Public Schools!
Did you know you can host an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools? Learn more about the DCPS Career Bridge Program and apply to host an intern during the school year! Be sure to mention "BEACON" in your application. 

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