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BEACON Grant Program: Deadline Extended! 

BEACON has received overwhelming interest in our 2017-2018 Grant Program!
In an effort to best support applicants, we will extend the deadline to July 31st, 2017. Those who have already applied will be able to edit their applications up until this date.

BEACON will also host a Facebook Live Q&A session on July 26th at 6pm to answer questions about eligibility, project framing, grant implementation timeline, and more! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to check it out!

Applications close July 31st - Apply Today!

Now Accepting Applications!
Do you have an innovative and collaborative idea that supports women entrepreneurs in the District? It's not too late to apply for up to $10,000!

BEACON in the City

Local Feature
BEACON was featured in one of Washington DC Economic Partnership's latest publications, "How Washington, DC is Diversifying the Tech Sector."  Find out how city partners are working together to study and collaboratively solve issue of diversity and inclusion in our tech ecosystem. 

Grant Program Q&A on Facebook Live
We've received overwhelming interest in our Grant Program and want to make sure to answer all of your questions! So, join us for a Facebook Live session featuring the BEACON Fellow. Feel free to submit questions live via comments, or email them ahead of time to 

Partnership Opportunities
Interested in partnering with us or powering a head shoot both at your next event? Submit a Partnership Request Form and we'll be in touch!
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Distinctly Creative is an art collective + company whose mission is to give a diverse, holistic, and collaborative  representation of the DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) creative scene - - and beyond, through a wide array of social and professional development opportunities.

Distinctly Creative was founded by Morgan Davis, a Howard University graduate currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Maryland University College.
Funding Opportunities
The JumpFund invests in early-stage, women-led, high-growth ventures. Ongoing due date.

Pipeline Angels seeks to change the face of angel investing and create capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. The DC Fall Pitch summit will held on 10/12. Apply by 8/2.

37 Angels
selects eight women-led businesses to compete for $50-$150k investment every two months.
Apply by 9/4.

Know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Email to share!

Community News
Do you have legal questions about patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets? Do you know if your privacy policies and terms of service provide adequate protection? Are you sure your employment and partnership contracts are up to par?

Whether you're a creative, tech or brick-and-mortar business, this workshop is for you!

BEACON has partnered with Google and
ChIPs to power a FREE, full-day legal workshop for women entrepreneurs. We hope you can join us! Register today!
Upcoming Events
7.21 -7.22: Women in Tech Demo Day presented by Capital One

7.25 @ 6pm: Black Girl Vision Office Hours

7.25 @ 5:30pm: DC Angel and VC Investment Trends by the Startup Leadership Program

7.26 @ 6pm: BEACON Grant Program Q&A on Facebook Live

7.26 @ 6pm: BAE Brunch: Business & Entrepreneurship

8.4-8.6: Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition 

8.7: Deadline to apply for Femme Fatale's Pop-Up Shop

8.9 @ 6pm: The Hive Summer Workshop Series: Protecting Your Assets - Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs

8.10 @ 5:30pm:  Startup Gauntlet II by the Startup Leadership Program

8.11 @ 6pm: Creating Your Own Opportunities: A Conversation on Entrepreneurship

8.12 Black Alumni Networking Expo

8.16 @ 6pm:  The Hive 2.0 Summer Workshop Series: Sustainability for Small Businesses

8.23 @ 9:30am: Start-Up Law 101: IP and Other Foundations for Your Business presented by BEACON, ChIPs, & Google 

8.31: Deadline to apply for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

9.13-10.18: Angel Venture Forum: Venture Intelligence Series @ Hera Hub

9.14: The Vinetta Project Final Showcase
Resource Spotlight
BUILD Metro DC is a four-year in-school and out-of-school time program that engages high school students from under-resourced communities through entrepreneurship training, and college and career readiness. Click here to learn more about BUILD's program. To support the mission, you can donate, mentor students, or volunteer at BUILD's next event, email
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