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Upcoming Events

5.15: How to Use Disability as an Asset for Business | Join the Disability StartUP network for a conversation with James Jean-Claude, a serial entrepreneur who seeks to improve the human condition and create value for customers and investors via commerce, creativity, and collaboration.

Investment Matters | A Ward 7 Small Business Speaker's Series | Join the Department of Small and Local Business Development. (DSLBD) for a speaker series on investing in Ward 7's small businesses.

5.16: 2nd Annual Ward 4 Small Business Summit | The summit will provide critical resources for small business owners in the retail, services and creative economy.

5.17: Selling Tech To Dc | Join industry leaders, tech companies, government experts and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer  for a tech business workshop. The goal is to re-envision how tech services are procured by DC Government.

5.17: Women Winning in Government Contracting | Join the Woman Behind the Business for a half-day seminar  on how to build your business through the public sector. Learn what contracting officers needs, how to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFP's), gain tips for managing your finances, and more! Use GOVCON for $35 off through 5/15.

5.19: Coding Day for Beginners: Workshop | Flatiron School DC | A day-long workshop teaching the three key building blocks of the modern web: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

5.20: Deltek Industry Benchmark Showcase | Join Deltek for the unveiling of its annual contracting industry study, identifying trends and forecasting key market issues in government contracting.

5.22: How to Land a Developer Job: Panel | Flatiron School DC  | Hear from Capital One, CommonLit, United Income, and CSIS about the skills and personalities that hiring developers look for when building teams. Learn about growth opportunities for people beginning tech careers in DC and what you should look out for if looking to bring on tech team members.

5.22: Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching | Are you a food, beverage or craft-brewing small business owner? Join Samuel Adams and the Latino Economic Development Center for networking and consulting on topics including marketing + e-commerce, packaging, sales + distribution, and more.  

5.23: Strong Women, Strong Coffee - Growing Your Business | Join BB&T for a coffee meetup group connecting women entrepreneurs in DC. 

5.23: Let's Plan for Entrepreneurs | Join the DC Women's Business Center to brainstorm a feasible business concept and a working business plan

5.28: How to Build a Perfect Fundraising Deck In 10 Slides | Join GSP Financial + Advisory and K Street Capital Investments for a webinar on practical, real world fundraising knowledge to prepare you for investor pitch events.

5.28: Learning From Experience: Being LGBTQIA In Tech | Join a panel of LGBTIQA+ techies as they discuss their experiences in tech and offer advice for others on how navigating tech ecosystems and making workplaces more inclusive.

5.28 & 5.29: Growing Your Entrepreneurial Mindset | Expand your creative capacity and develop your entrepreneurial instincts in this workshop presented by Capitol Post.

5.30: PitchMasters: D.C. Workshop | Join four companies seeking to become “pitch-perfect” as they present investor decks to the group and receive feedback. This is a great opportunity for companies to get ready for that “ask," sponsored by NEXT, Maryland Tech Council and Newport.

5.30: UWIB DC Presents: How to Communicate Effectively in a Global Workplace | Join the United Women in Business of DC to improve your networking skills with a cross-cultural twist! Our workplace is becoming more global - and increased online connectivity will continue to break down cultural barriers. Now more than ever, knowing how to collaborate effectively across cultures is a necessary skill for success.

6.05: Building Brands People Love: Made In DC | Join General Assembly for a conversation on the building blocks that go into crafting a brand that people will fall in love with.

6.06: Digital Storytelling For Social Impact  | Reignite your passion for social good by sharing an evening with some of the most impactful and inspirational voices from the sector. Join us for drinks at General Assembly and hear powerful stories from leading change makers. Have you wondered how are some ways you can leverage your skill sets to contribute to social issues such as climate change, education, inclusion and health care? Don't miss out! 

6.06: Small Business Insurance 101 Workshop | Join the Latino Economic Development Center for a workshop on how to protect your small business to make it thrive.

6.12: Women's Entrepreneurship Conference  | Learn about product branding, financing and more, presented by George Mason University.

6.13: Ladies Lounge | Confronting Imposter Syndrome | Join General Assembly to hear from panelists on experiences confronting imposter syndrome and how they’ve overcome feelings of self-doubt. Learn how to recognize your strength and learn how to combat the phenomenon that is plaguing women and workplaces across the world.

6.18: How To Be A Productivity Ninja | Learn the characteristics of being a “Productivity Ninja” - how to be calm and prepared as well as skilled and ruthless. You’ll walk away having identified specific tactics to improve your personal productivity and well-being!

6.20: Black Girl Ventures DC powered by Google Cloud for Startups | Black Girl Ventures works to create access to capital for Black and Brown women founders. The BGV Pitch Competition flips the traditional pitch competition on its head: allowing the audience to donate, eliminating the panel of judges, and empowering the community (audience) to ask questions and vote for the winner.

6.20: The Future Of Virtual & Augmented Reality | Join General Assembly for an expert panel discussion on how diverse industries are looking to use Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the future, and how you could get into this exciting field.

6.20: How To Break Into Tech - Veteran Event | Join General Assembly for a panel discussion with former alumni who have taken the leap into full-time tech careers. Learn how they did it and receive advice on how they might have done it differently.  All (veterans and civilians alike!) are welcome to attend.

6.25: Talk Data To Me: Changing The Way Businesses Run & People Live | During this event monthly series, Data Assembly will host DC's data thought-leaders to discuss the possibilities that data brings to life. They’ll cover how today’s wealth of data drives business and product decisions across all industries and share their visions for the future.

6.27: Inside The Minds Of Brilliant Designers | This inspiring monthly series by General Assembly invites key players in DC's design community to offer a rare insider’s look at how they work and create. From branding to user experience to city planning, panelists will discuss how they approach projects from a design point of view, how design thinking methods help with problem-solving, and much more.
 Technical Support + Funding Opportunities
Hera Fast Pitch DC 2019 Call for Applications 
Hera Hub DC, Washington, DC's leading female focused coworking space, in partnership with NEXT: powered by Shulman Rogers, wants to fund innovative, for-profit startups in the DC Metro area that are 51% woman or non-binary femme owned. Twelve finalists, 8 growth stage and 4 early stage, will compete for cash and in-kind prizes valued at over $10,000. The deadline for application submissions has been extended to Friday, May 17th, at 11:59 pm. 

Apply to the RGA Cannes Lions Innovation Exchange Program 
The program includes leadership and support from Kinship, the newly launched ventures, technology and business innovation arm of Mars Petcare, and will extend its marketing and advertising focus to tech startups in the growing sphere of purpose-driven companies.Apply by May 15th! 

Apply to Future VC Internship
The Future VC internship programme aims to create to a peer-support group through developing a network amongst participants with weekly catch-ups to share learning and challenges. Each individual is placed in an internship with a partner funds, and will have access to training. Apply by May 17th!

Want to compete for a $20k cash prize? Applications are open for the second-round of the Vinetta 2019 Venture Challenge. If you are a repeat applicant, apply here. New applicants, apply here. By applying, the Vinetta team can identify the best programming for you and your business while you access all that Vinetta has to offer. Apply by May 20th.

Win a trip to Silicon Valley with YSYS and Colorintech 
YSYS are partnering with Colorintech to offer five aspiring entrepreneurs a place on the Immersion Program in Silicon Valley. To apply to the competition, you will need to be age 18–24, from a BAME background and working on an idea that uses technology to make an impact — your project can take any form! Application close on May 20th! 

Startup Pitch Competition @ India Ideas Summit 
The U.S.-India Business Council , venture development firm Humble Ventures and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation are partnering to create a pitch competition that highlights diverse entrepreneurs in the DC area. Selected participants will receive mentoring sessions from experienced entrepreneurs and have the chance to compete live on June 13th at the India Ideas Summit. The winner will receive $10,000. Submission deadline is May 24th. 

Future of Work & Learning 2019 
Future of Work & Learning program will support startups that are helping adults bridge the skills gap through access to college completion tools and wraparound services, alternative credentialing, upskilling, and reskilling. The program will support entrepreneurs with an award-winning program curriculum, one-on-one mentorship with sector leaders, and tailored engagements with strategic partners and investors. The top two peer-selected companies will each receive at least $100,000 in pre-committed investment. Apply by May 31st. 

Apply For Robust Retail Grants
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Robust Retail: Citywide grants on a rolling basis starting April 15, 2019 and closing June 15, 2019. The Robust Retail Grant Program supports existing DC-based retail businesses adapting their models to meet changing customer demands. Up to $10,000 per business will be awarded, for a total of 40 businesses. Apply Now!

Stacy’s Rise Project: Help Women Rise 
Applications are open for the first-ever Stacy’s® Rise Project Program directly helping women grow their food-focused businesses. Five female entrepreneur finalists will be awarded a $20,000 funding prize, entrepreneurial advice and network support. One of these founders will win an additional $100,000 grand prize to help take their business to the next level. Apply by June 21st.

Apply to Fund BLACK Women, a crowdfunding platform for black women founders. 

The Bumble Fund targets early-stage companies led by women of color and other underrepresented founders, solving a problem that disproportionately affects women. Average investment $25-$50k.
Apply to teach with the Black upStart! The 2017 BEACON grantee is seeking practitioners in legal, accounting, entrepreneurship, innovation and technical fields who have mastered their skills and would like to share them with a thriving entrepreneurial community.

Need help? You can hire an intern through DC Public Schools! Provide immeasurable exposure and mentorship for an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools. Apply to host an intern and mention "BEACON" in your application.

Do you know a woman that is a returning citizen, fleeing domestic violence or recently transitioning from homelessness? Contact Deloris Wilson at BEACON for household donations:
Resource Spotlight

MAYORS OFFICE ON WOMEN'S POLICY AND INITIATIVES: The Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all women and their families within the District of Columbia. MOWPI, working in conjunction with the DC Commission for Women, is in a unique position to serve as a liaison between the public and private sectors and the Executive Office of the Mayor. Join programs like Fresh Start Wednesdays and Work Smart DC to connect with other women business owners, learn salary negotiation tips and more!


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