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Need a mentor?

BEACON has partnered with WERKIN to help match and support mentor-mentee relationships for local women founders. Click here to learn more, sign-up and attend an orientation on June 12th. We're looking for both mentors and mentees, so be sure to spread the word!

Save the Date!
Join BEACON, DCFemTech and Get Found + Get Funded as we celebrate women in tech!  

June 1, 2018: 6:30-8:30pm
General Assembly -1133 15th St. NW

This engaging evening will share stories and triumphs of local women in tech. Following a fireside chat and panel discussion, stick around for drinks, bites and networking as we close-out Mayor Bowser's celebration of InnoMAYtion! 

Speakers include: Taylor Poindexter (Black Code Collective, Crowdskout), Joy Whitt (DMPED), Emily Ryan (Deloitte Digital), Shannon Turner (Hear Me Code), Charlene Brown  (ReciproCare), Anika Gupta (The Atlantic), Aurelia Flores (Pipeline Angels), Kristina Francis (Esteem Logic), Angel Rich (Wealthy Life) and Xina Eiland (Get Found + Get Funded).

Help Create a Roadmap for Non-Tech Founders!
Do you want to build a tech-enabled business but don't have a background in tech?  Help BEACON Grantee, The Mentor Method and Esteem Logic, craft a DC-specific roadmap just for you! Your feedback is essential to making this a success. So, sign-up and share your insights on June 12th! 

Interested in partnering with us, or have some news to share? Submit a Partnership Request Form and/or email We'll be in touch! 
Upcoming Opportunities
Funding Opportunities + Technical Support

The 2018 PepsiCo Choice Competition, presented in partnership with WBENC, seek to fund certified Women's Business Enterprises with solutions/products in the areas of environmental sustainability, wellness & nutrition, or economic development. Apply by 5/18.

The Vinetta Project 2018 Venture Challenge is accepting applications! The competition will award $20k in cash to female founders with tech or tech-enabled businesses. Apply by 5/20.

Founder Gym is an online training center for underrepresented funders who want to build successful tech startups. The program is scheduled for June 6-July 13th and is 100% virtual. Apply by 5/20.

The Gen2Gen Encore Prize offers $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support for innovative programs, products, and services to tap the talent of 50+ adults to help young people thrive. Apply by 5/25.

The Babson College Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab is an eight-month accelerator program designed for high-growth entrepreneurs. Cohorts are open in both Boston and Miami. Apply by 5/31.

The Global Startup Ecosystem is accepting applications for the Women's Digital Accelerator. Apply by 6/1.

The Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Event awards $35,000 in cash awards plus professional services. Apply by 6/10.

Conscious Venture Lab/ SHIFT Ventures' Urban Resilience | Smart Cities Program seeks to fund companies that improve the way we provide services in cities. Apply by 6/17.

Pitch with Purpose is a global pitch competition celebrating and rewarding diverse founders who have committed their companies to social good. Learn more and apply by 7/31.


The Vinetta Project is partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton to host a series of workshops focused on gaining access to the federal market. Register here if interested in: (1) accessing federal market opportunities, (2) small business certification, (3) revealing "who's who" in the federal space, (4) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, and more.

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.

The PeaceTech Accelerator provides an eight-week structured program in Washington, DC including mentorship, sprints and tutorials for startups that apply technology to assist communities in conflict and crisis zones. The program covers all aspects of scaling up, with a focus on scaling using the cloud. Participants will receive $50k in credits for Amazon Web Services and a $15,000 cash investment. Click here to learn more - admissions are rolling and the program begins June 4th. 

Are you or a team member a Georgetown student or recent alumni of any Georgetown degree program? Apply for the Startup Hoyas Summer Launch incubator program to receive dedicated support, workspace at WeWork White House, a $4,000 stipend per team, intros to local investors and invitations to exclusive events. Learn more and apply soon - admissions are rolling and the program begins 5/31.

Are you interested in building a tech venture without providing the technology? The FedTech program is a novel startup studio that identifies technologies from over 25 federal laboratories and universities, then builds teams and helps these teams find their market. There's no equity stake and no need to leave your day job initial. Click here to learn more and to view the 2017 highlight video. Applications for the Spring '18 cohort are now open.

Are you a non-university researcher or company? If you are an entrepreneur doing significant research and development, you may be a great fit for I-Corps: a seven-week accelerator to prepare teams to bid on Federal SBIR grants. If interested, email for more information.

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."
Community News
Upcoming Events
5.17: Punch Up Your Processes presented by Street Entrepreneurs

5.17: Tech Jobs Tour @ WeWork White House

5.17: Lesbians Who Tech: Cocktails and Conversations

5.17: State of Innovation: From the Bottom to Now We're Here presented by DC Inno

5.17: /Dev/Color DC Open House

5.17: All Things Non-Profit with DCRA

5.18: Femme Fatale Pop-Up Store Launch Party

5.22: Women Who Code DC - Entrepreneurship Night feat. Amelia Friedman

5.22: Cómo Empezar Su Negocio - DC (Español) 

5.24: The Future of Money with Marla Blow, Founder and CEO of FS Card Inc.

5.24: DC Tech Meetup #65: Drinks Edition

5.24: The Process Makes Perfect (Sales Workshop) presented by Street Entrepreneurs

5.24: DC Biz Chat: Financing Your Business presented by DC Economic Partnership & The Hive 2.0

5.26: Women Empower Expo (WEX)

5.29: 10 Tax Tips for Side Hustlers and Small Businesses

5.31-6.7 (Thursdays): Women-Owned Small Business Working Group Program (WOSB) presented by the DC Women's Business Center

5.30: Workready Washington: Small Business Networking Night with World Advisory

5.31: Podcast Power - How to Reach Your Audience and Build Your Brand

5.31: InnoMAYtion Closing Event

6.4: FCC Supplier Diversity Workshop with One-on-One Networking 

6.6: Pro Bono Legal Clinic

6.7: Small Business Fair 2018 presented by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

6.12: Female Entrepreneur Roadmap Roundtable: Creating a Tech-Enabled Business as a Non-Tech Founder

6.13: Small Business Support Expo - Capitol Hill presented by Eastern Market Main Street and CHAMPS

6.14: Boss Up! The Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition

6.18: 12th Annual DC Board of Barber & Cosmetology Forum

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: Every Monday is
Maker Monday at SHOP MADE IN DC. Join us anytime between 7am and 7pm for 10% off all food, beverages and more. Independent coworking available from 7am-5pm. 

Ongoing: "Guru" Sessions hosted by women founders at Hera Hub DC 

Ongoing: Register for the Made East River Directory for creative products/services based in Ward 7/8 neighborhoods 
Entrepreneur Spotlight
She Thinks Purple helps mission-driven women and organizations leverage storytelling and strategic communications to create radical change in the world. 

Founder and CEO, Danielle Kristine Toussaint, is a storyteller, strategist and social impact leader. She has been the writing pen behind op-eds and speeches for Huffington Post,, and TEDx. Danielle holds a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale and a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. 
Resource Spotlight
iFundWomen is a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. The platform empowers women to start and grow better businesses through a flexible crowdfunding platform that uses a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, access to pitch competitions with investors and a private community for our entrepreneurs to collaborate. 

Tech Lady Hackathon needs new leaders! The annual daylong community event with a mission of getting more women and newbies into tech is seeking two new co-organizers for its four-member leadership team. Apply by 5/25.

Black Girl Ventures seeks a Communications Intern. The position is open immediately for full-time (preferred) or part-time availability, and for a 3-6 month term. For more information including a full description and requirements, email  

Nubian Hueman has multiple positions open including retail consultants, marketing interns, event volunteers, and more. Click here to 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). BEACON is also recruiting mentors to engage with local women founders. Click here for more. 

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.

The Inclusive Innovation Incubator seeks part-time STEM instructors to teach coding and entrepreneurship curriculum to elementary, middle and high school students during after school, weekend and summer programs. Click here to learn more.

Do you know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Share them with us via
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