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BEACON community members during the "D.C. Founder Stories" panel, 2018 Circular Summit presented by Alice. (Pictured Left to Right) Shelly Bell-Founder of Black Girl Ventures and BEACON Board Member, Takia Ross - Founder of Accessmatized, Shay Johnson - Co-Founder of MAGIC (Maximizing Achievement for Girls in Careers) and Deloris Wilson - Inclusive Innovation Fellow, BEACON.
March is Women's History Month! In case you're wondering how to celebrate, here's a taste of what's happening around DC:
Attend an event that highlights women - such as Verizon's Conversation with Women Tech Leaders (3.14), the National Museum of Women in the Art's discussion on gender parity in museums (3.18), or Halcyon's Fast Forward series on the  Future of Work  (3.20).

Nominate an amazing woman who codes, designs or works with data for the 2018 DC FemTech Awards. 

Take the Grubhub pledge to dine in or order delivery from women-led restaurants. Throughout the month of March, Grubhub will contribute $1 for every pledge (up to $1 million) toward community initiatives. The first $100k will go to the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs organization. 

Join the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to help improve Wikipedia articles about women artists and encourage more women to become editors (3/17).

Check out the
various events hosted by the DC Public Library.

Take a look at the Washingtonian's feature of five female chefs who are making their mark on the DC food scene. 

...and more! We'll continue to share happenings from around the neighborhood throughout the month of March. Stay tuned!


We're thrilled to have joined the 2018 Circular Summit powered by Alice. Over 300 women founders, investors, policymakers and more shared insights and inspirations with an international community of attendees. A number of BEACON community members were featured as speakers, panelists and attendees - including Ruth Chandler Cook of HireHer, Shelly Bell of Black Girl Ventures, Julia Westfall of Hera Hub and more! We're thrilled to welcome new founders to BEACON and are excited to keep the momentum going! 

Amelia Friedman, Founder of Hatch Apps and Co-Founder of the Vinetta Project - D.C., was recently featured in Time Magazine in support of D.C.'s recognition as a top city for women in tech. With support from Halcyon, Y Combinator and a strong ecosystem in the District., Amelia raised a $1 million seed round for her app-building tech startup. Congrats, Amelia! 

Janice Omadeke, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method and BEACON Grantee, was a featured speaker during the Kauffman Foundation's 9th Annual State of Entrepreneurship Address. Click here to hear her remarks. Thanks for working to empower women and minority-led companies Janice!

Three BEACON community members teamed up to discuss "Food Freedom"  and shared insights on our concept of wellness during an episode of Pineapple Radio. Check out what Samanta Attard of Happy Healthy Human and Lina Salazar of Live Well had to say!

The polls are open! City Paper's "Best of DC" is open for votes! Make your voice heard and be sure to amplify DC's women + women-owned businesses throughout all categories! 

Interested in partnering with us? Submit a Partnership Request Form and we'll be in touch! 
Upcoming Opportunities
Accelerators, Incubators, and Competitions

The Knight Foundation has an open call for ideas focused on "how might cultural institutions use technology to connect people to the arts?" Anyone can apply for a $50K grant to create a prototype of their idea of a thoughtful approach for using technology in the cultural sector. Learn more and apply by 3/6

Are you a woman of color founder + attending SXSW? Apply to pitch at the "Pop-Up Pitch Competition" presented by Black Girl Ventures at the WeDC House. Click here to learn more. Apply by 3/10.

The Holiday Hustle: Workroom & Showroom is a four-day training and vending opportunity where entrepreneurs learn how to turn their passion into profit and interface directly with consumers during the Spring holiday season. As a BEACON grantee, the Holiday Hustle Program is powered by Global Empowerment Solutions in partnership with WACIF and the Minnesota Avenue Main Street program. Apply by 3/11.

Applications are open for Black Female Founder's Pre-Accelerator Program! #BFF Labs is an eight-week program for aspiring early-stage entrepreneurs. Every Saturday for 2.5 months (10am-4pm) in the DMV area, founders participate in immersive and interactive workshops led by subject-matter experts. Apply by 3/21.

Calling all food entrepreneurs! Glen's Garden Market has launched AccelerateHERdc, a women-owned food business competition awarding a $10k investment, one year of strategic marketing and merchandising mentorship, free entry into the Good Food Awards, and more to a female food producer with retail-ready and sustainably-minded products from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed region (DC, MD, VA, WVA, NY, PA, DE). Apply by 3/31.

Hillman Accelerator, which provides seed funding and support for early-stage startups with unique founding teams, will host office hours in D.C. on 3/23. Click here to request a meeting.

Halcyon Incubator is equipping early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. The application for the Fall 2018 Fellowship is now open. Learn more and apply before 5pm on 4/4.

Halcyon Arts Lab seeks to support emerging artists who are interested in further developing a socially-engaged practice and creating connections and partnerships in Washington, DC. The nine-month fellowship includes housing, studio space and more. Apply by 4/4.

The PROSPECTUS Online Business Accelerator Program uses original curriculum, a cohort model and a structured learning environment to aid multicultural women entrepreneurs and business owners in scaling and commercializing their entrepreneurial ventures. Enrollment closes 4/8.

Backstage Capital has invested more than $2M in 50+ companies led by underrepresented founders. Their review period for new founders will open on 2/15. Applications are accepted year-round. 

The American Dream Business Competition seeks entrepreneurs to compete for a $1,000 prize at the 2018 Black Expo America event in Washington, DC. The competition will be held on 3/10 and registration is open now. Click here to learn more.

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.

Exhibition/Award Opportunities

Are you or someone you know a filmmaker? Nominate a District of Columbia resident filmmaker to be considered for Filmmaker of the Month, an initiative of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. 

The 2018 DC FemTech Awards are accepting nominations! Do you know an amazing woman that should be recognized for her work in code, design or data in the DC region? Nominate her by 3/21!

The EnrichHER Spark Conference is designed to help entrepreneurs with coaching, capital and connections. The May conference will feature an Entrepreneurship Showcase and is currently identifying multicultural speakers - click here to learn more and submit a nomination.

Oprah (yes, Oprah) is casting female business owners who are ready for the next level. Share your story to be considered for an upcoming series!

Tech Inclusion is looking for speakers
Submit your info for consideration.

The Food Tank Summit is looking for food system experts, innovators and leaders to speak in 2018. Suggest a speaker here

In the food business or know a restaurateur? Encourage them to submit to the 2018 Good Food 100 Restaurants Survey by 5/2.


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.

Black Girl Ventures seeks a Community Manager (unpaid) focused on inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship. 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  

Are you a digital artist interested in exhibiting your art in the "physical world," or throughout Washington, DC during a major international festival? In partnership with ARTECHOUSE, By the People invites you to submit your digital designs to take part in an augmented reality exhibition, 'art hunt.' Click here to learn more and submit your work. 

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is requesting input on the design of and approach to a new program anticipated for implementation within the next year. The project seeks to increase access to capital for DC entrepreneurs, and particularly for underrepresented entrepreneurs, such as people of color and women by creating an investment fund for early stage ventures. Comments on the technical aspects of the program design, work plan,and approach to implementation are welcome through 3/6. Submit comments and learn more here, or share your thoughts with BEACON at 

The DC Stem Fair is seeking STEM professionals to judge middle and high school projects. Spend 2-3 hours reviewing and judging projects on March 17th. Click here to learn more.

Think Local First DC is looking for interns! Are you or someone you know interested in working on projects critical to building a strong local economy in our nation's capital? Send your resume + why local matters to you to

Were you affected by Impact Hub's closing? The
Inclusive Innovation Incubator will honor your membership for a specified period of time. Contact for more info. 

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

3.7: How to Pitch Your Startup to an Investor

3.7: Women Under 40 PAC Presents: Women in Action 2018

3.7: Vision Board Workshop at Hera Hub

3.7: Pathways to #HerBusiness: Lessons and Inspirations from Female Entrepreneurs presented by Empowered Women International 

3.7: Thrive Workshops: Your Board and Fundraising

3.7: Google Digital Marketing Workshop in honor of Women's History Month

3.8: HER Corner Accelerator Info Session (Virtual)

3.8: How to Start a Business Workshop - presented by SCORE

3.8: The Muster DC presented by Bunker Labs and Capitol Post

3.8: Define Your Business Essence presented by Street Entrepreneurs

3.8: Women Leaders Around the World: Entrepreneurs, Educators, and...

3.8: Women in the Arts Pop-Up: Celebrating International Women's Day

3.8 & 3.15: Woman-Owned Small Business Working Group Program - Certify as a WOSB 

3.8: Easy Financials for Startups: What Investors Want to See 

3.8: H
ow Tax Law Changes Affect Your Small Business

3.10: Encore Entrepreneurship: Working for Yourself After 50 presented by WACIF

3.10:  American Dream Pitch Competition at Black Expo America DC

3.10: Diaspora Women Leaning In: A Business & Development Brunch

3.12: Minding Your Business: Indie Artists as Creative Entrepreneurs 

3.13: Credit, Savings and Small Business Development presented by the Latino Economic Development Center

3.13: Generate & Nurture Leads to Boost Sales 

3.14: 10 Tax Tips for Side Hustlers and Small Businesses
3.16: The Spectrum Circle Awards Luncheon

3.16: The 9th Annual Business Expo presented by the Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce 

3.16: The Business of Arts: Cultivating Your Community

3.20: Ask the Experts! How to Market Your Business presented by the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs in partnership with Social Driver, Brllnt, and more.

3.20: Enhancing Women's Access to Capital presented by the Embassy of Canada

3.20: Using QuickBooks to Maintain Bookkeeping (personal laptop required)

3.20: Culture and Inclusion Breakfast Roundtable 

3.21: Vinetta Project - March Female Founder Showcase

3.21: District Bliss DC Vendor Social 

3.22: Springboard Dolphin Tank | BEACON Series - Fashion Tech

3.22: Google Digital Tools: Get Your Next Customer with AdWords Express

3.24: Google Digital Marketing Workshop presented by Black Girl Ventures

3.26: #NextLevel Tools for Your First-Time Founder Journey presented by Black Female Founders, the Mentor Method and DLSBD

3.27: Strategies for Pursuing Government Construction Contracts

3.29: Boss Up! The Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition

Ongoing (Thursdays, 3.15-5.17): Great Street Grant Bootcamp - Six Sessions

Women's Voices Theater Festival

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
At J2 Real Estate, we find homes, sell homse and make homes home. With decades of real estate experience in the DC metro area including over #350,000,000 in sales and over 1,000 homes marketed, sold or renovated, J2 Real Estate is your DC real estate one-stop-shop. 

Founder and President, Jonnie Jamison, has been actively involved in the Washington, DC real estate market since 2003. 

here to learn more about Jonnie and her company. 
Resource Spotlight
The DC Small Business Help Workshop Calendar is a new monthly resource providing information about upcoming workshops and training opportunities available to startups, new and existing small businesses in the District. Check out the March line-up by visiting the link above and contact if interested in posting an upcoming workshop or training. Special thanks to the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development for producing this calendar!
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