Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition

    Friday, August 4 - 6, 2017

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Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition

Friday, August 4 - 6, 2017

Friday, August 4 - 6, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Eastern Foundry
1100 Wilson Blvd
10th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22209

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Ideas for the people - by the people

Startup Weekend DC: Civic Impact Edition is where you can come pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, and present your work to a panel of esteemed judges- all within 54 hours. 

Any idea that helps the community become a better place is welcome. Your concept can include those that help transform government (ex. FiscalNote), drive civic engagement(ex. Phone2Action), advance public safety (ex. LiveSafe), foster information security (ex. Qadium) or tackle social problems (Edovo).  To sum it up, we’re looking for ideas for the people, by the people.  

DC has a concentration of non-profits and other mission-oriented organizations, with one non-profit for every 86 residents.  DC’s proximity to the federal government makes it a natural home to organizations striving to influence policy and change the world. This concentration of thought leaders and government resources is unparalleled.  Startup Weekend DC Civic Edition will bring together entrepreneurial minds like you to tap into this thriving ecosystem to address the most pressing problems in our communities and make a positive difference.  

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 600 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday August 4th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday August 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday August 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ebony Pope
Senior Manager, US Ventures

Ebony is the Senior Manager of US Ventures at Village Capital. In her previous role at the firm, she managed the Education: US 2016 venture development program. She graduated with her MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O'Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle Director for the Social Venture Fund. Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four-year colleges and universities. A non-profit organization operated like a start-up, New Urban Learning allowed her to oversee a range of responsibilities including hiring, governance, marketing, student recruitment, and external relations. Before her work in education, she lived in the Bay Area, where she was an Account Strategist for Online Sales at Google. Ebony holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.

Samson Williams
Chief Strategy Officer, CoFunder

Currently Chief Strategy Officer of CoFunder, an Ireland based VC FinTech firm specializing in providing crowdfunded (P2P) financing to startups and small businesses in Northern Ireland, the EU and UK and expanding operations to USA and Africa in 2017

Kate Glantz
Founder and CEO at

Kate Glantz is a mission-driven community builder and entrepreneur living and dreaming at the intersection of technology and social good.

At SEED SPOT, Kate is the DC Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives and leads all programming for every entrepreneur at SEED SPOT DC. She activates the DC community to surround SEED SPOT entrepreneurs with the support and resources they need to succeed.

In addition to her work at SEED SPOT, Kate is the co-founder and CEO of, a donation platform for celebrating life's biggest moments. Prior to, Kate led global health communications campaigns for the State Department and Centers for Disease Control and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and Senegal.

Kate was a fellow at the Halcyon Incubator, a Tory Burch Fellow, and a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Scholar. She was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the D.C. Innovation Awards, a New Power Woman of D.C. Tech by Trending 40, and Top 25 in Tech by Washington Life Magazine. She received her B.A. in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and resides in Washington, D.C.

Carey Anne Nadeau
Founder and CEO

Carey Anne Nadeau worked for nearly a decade as a data scientist and analyst at the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute before founding Open Data Nation as a graduate student at MIT. At Open Data Nation, she brings expertise in open data and data science to bear on the most pressing urban issues.In 2016, Carey Anne was named Washington Life Magazine's 25 Innovators and Disruptors, DCInno's 50 on Fire, and served as a District of Columbia Ambassador for creative technologists. 

Carey Anne earned a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from The George Washington University.  

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Paul
  • Erica
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Steven Rodriguez
Startup Community Manager

Steven is a worldwide startup community manager, helping to build one of the the largest and most influential independent global community of innovators, entrepreneurs and startups with more than 12,000 entrepreneurial leaders across 165 countries. He is a local DC entrepreneur and lives and breathes this ecosystem with a passion. Through his connection to the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Steven has the opportunity to serve as a resource for the region and to give back to other Startups what has been so freely given to him.

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