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(Left to Right) Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-2), Tambra Stevens (Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics & Agriculture), Esther Morales (National Women's Business Council), Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), Maia Sciupac (Create&), and Kristina Francis (Esteem Logic) at the Necessity Entrepreneurs Roundtable on Capitol Hill.

Local Features 

Tech Lady Hackathon Convenes 300 Women in Tech
BEACON Grantee, Tech Lady Hackathon 2017, held a successful event welcoming over 300 women to a day of skill-building, workshops and professional connections. Held at The Washington Post, attendees participated in a variety of both tech and non-tech related trainings such as implementing API, building a game with javascript, combating imposter syndrome, and balancing responsibilities as a working mom. BEACON was thrilled to support this event through the 2017-2018 Grant Program. Click
here for their recent feature in DC

Group Trip Wins Black Girl Venture's Boss Up! Pitch Competition
Congratulations to Jazmin Childress and Melanie Meek for winning the Boss Up! Pitch Competition presented by Black Girl Vision, a BEACON grantee. Childress and Meek are co-founders of Group Trip, an app that makes it easy to plan trips for you and your friends. As first-place winners, Group Trip will receive an equity-free investment, a meeting with an investor, attorney and accountant, a marketing package from Ms. Print USA, and more!

The BEACON community is on fire! Seven BEACON-affiliates were recognized as part of DC Inno's 50 on Fire! 50 on Fire honors the hottest companies, organizations and people from across a number of categories, each one operating within or around the city's innovation economy. 

Congratulations to Janice Omadeke (
The Mentor Method), Elizabeth Lindsey (ByteBack), Rebecca Yarbrough (The Offline SocietyThe Vinetta Project DC), Morgan Hungerford West (A Creative DC), Gira Desai (Aleberry), Monica Kang (InnovatorsBox), Ariel Pasternak (pineapple DC), and Alisha Ramos (Girls Night In)!

Founder & CEO of Walker's Legacy is featured in the Washington Business Journal
Natalie Cofield, Founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy, graced the feature cover story of the Washington Business Journal. Walker's Legacy Foundation received a BEACON grant award to support childcare for the Moms Who Enterprise program. 

Women Entrepreneurs Share Insight on Capitol Hill
Three BEACON community members were invited to Capitol Hill to share their experiences as necessity entrepreneurs. Kristina Francis of Esteem Logic, Maia Sciupac of Create&, and Tambra Stevenson of WANDA, joined Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-2), as well as Esther Morales, Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council

Partnership Opportunities
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Upcoming Opportunities
For High School & College Students
The Kilner Group's Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Contest seeks an exceptional student with entrepreneurial spirit to award $10,000. Applicants must create an executive business plan summary for an original company.
Learn more here. Apply by 11/17.

Applications are open for the 2018 HBCU@SXSW program, sponsoring HBCU students for travel and conference participation at SXSW. Apply by 11/30.

The Chivas Venture Competition is a global search to find and support the most promising startups with the potential to succeed financially and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Apply by 11/13.

Win a 46 x 60” Metro ad featured in the WMATA Metro in Washington, DC for one month + more if selected as the Grand Prize Winner in Femme Fatale DC’s Photobook contestLearn more and Apply by 11/14

Project Entrepreneur is increasing the number of women building high-growth, economically impact companies. The top 200 applicants will be invited to attend the Project Entrepreneur Intensive in NYC and winners will receive a $10K grant + spot in a five-week accelerator hosted at Rent the Runway. Apply by 11/27.

The D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions. Winners will secure up to $20k to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists. Apply by 12/10.

The JumpFund invests in early-stage, women-led, high-growth ventures. Ongoing due date.

Office space is available for rent at the NCRC Center for Economic Justice. Click
here for more info. 

Interested in joining the team that plans DC Design Week 2018 and/or hosting an event during the week? Click here to apply.

The United Women in Business Foundation is seeking items for a silent auction as part of their annual winter soiree. Would your business like to contribute? Contact for more information.

Do you know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Email to share!
Community News
Upcoming Events
11.2: Lesbians Who Tech + Allies DC - November Happy Hour

11.2: pineapple presents: "Eat Your 'Green' - Women, Wellness & Weed

11.2"Building Emotionally Intelligent Business: Power Moves for Entrepreneurs" presented by DICE Leadership Group - free with promo code, "BEACON"

11.2: Persian Women in Tech: DC Launch @ 1776

11.2: Perfect Your Pitch: Storytelling for Entrepreneurs @ WeWork Dupont

11.3-11.4: 2017 Deaf Entrepreneurship Network Convention and Expo

11.4: Mayor Bowser hosts Women's Leadership Conference 2017

11.7: Building an Impact Career in Washington, DC @ ImpactHub

11.8: Tax Strategies - WALA Creative Entrepreneur Series

11.8: Learning to Code with Thinkful

11.9: Think Local First Awards

11.9: Silicon [DMV]alley Panel Night presented by Columbia Business School Club of DC 

Tech and Social Impact @ 1776

11.10-11.12: DC Startup Weekend

11.11: InovFit Health Launch @ the Inclusive Innovation Incubator

11.13: ForoMET: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

11.13: Black Women Networking Social

11.13-11.15: Public Good App House Festival

11.14 & 11.29: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

11.15: Trademark "Basics" Workshop presented by WALA

11.17: Women in Consulting - DC Meetup

11.18: Meet One-on-One with Attorneys - DC Women's Business Center and DC Bar Pro Bono Program

11.29: United Women in Business - DC presents Annual Winter Soiree Happy Hour and Silent Auction

11.30: Jenny Kassan presents "Raise Capital on Your Own Terms"

Ongoing: Register for the Made East River Directory for creative products/services based in Ward 7/8 neighborhoods 

Want to share an opportunity or event with the Beacon community? Email!
Resource Spotlight
Did you know the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCRA) Small Business Resource Center provides one-on-one counseling sessions on topics such as obtaining a business license, becoming a certified business enterprise, and more? Sessions are free and offered nearly everyday.

Also, if looking to expand your professional expertise, there are opportunities to serve as a certified trainer for the Build a Dream entrepreneurial training program. Click here to learn more and sign-up today!
Entrepreneur Spotlight
momEmatch connects moms who need family related services, with other local moms who can provide them. We value the experience, wisdom, and nurturing that only a mother can offer. The sense of security and trust that comes from having another mom helping with homework, cleaning, delivering meals, or picking your child up from school, will create stronger communities one family at a time. 
Do you have a women-focused event to share? Upload it to the BEACON website in less than five minutes and reach hundreds of women entrepreneurs in the DC-area!
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