Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. - Women's Edition

    Friday, October 3 - 5, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. - Women's Edition

Friday, October 3 - 5, 2014

Friday, October 3 - 5, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

1776 and General Assembly
1133 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 2000

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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.

About Startup Weekend, D.C. - Women's Edition:
The Women's Edition of Startup Weekend DC is first of its kind in this community. Traditionally most entrepreneurship events, including Startup Weekend, have more men participating than women. In the Women's Edition, we want to change that ratio and create an event focused around promoting women entrepreneurship in the DC community without excluding male participants.  This event will take place at General Assembly and 1776

We're also happy to announce that Booz Allen Hamilton is our local sponsor for this event. Booz Allen Hamilton is committed to creating an environment where talented women in technology can build exceptional careers. With great excitement, Booz Allen joins 1776 and Startup Weekend DC to empower the next women leaders in technology and women entrepreneurs. Booz Allen is a leading provider of global management consulting, technology, and engineering services to major corporations, institutions, not-for-profit organizations and the U.S. government. As part of its partnership with 1776, it is tackling global-scale problems by working with startups and entrepreneurs. 

Happy to announce our judges:

- Donna Harris, Co-founder of 1776

- Leslie Jump, Founder & CEO of Startup Angels; Startup Weekend and Up Global Board Member; Advisor to Sawari Ventures, LLC

- Jennifer Lannon, Accelerator Program Manager at Springboard Enterprises

- Aimee George-Leary, VP of Booz Allen

Shelly Porges, former Senior Advisor of the State Dept Global Entrepreneurship Program

Booz Allen is hosting a lunch panel:
moderated by Allyson Burns, senior vice president at the Case Foundation and Revolution LLC-  “From Startup to Corporation: Leading Strategic Innovation at Scale,” which will talk about insights and strategies on overcoming the challenges of scaling a venture at every stage-- startup, mid-growth, and large company-- and remain innovative. Panelists:

• David Guttman, chief executive officer at CityScan
• Ann Marie Isleib, regional vice president platform at
• Susan Tynan, founder and chief executive officer at Framebridge, Inc.
• Angela Zutavern, Booz Allen VP Strategic Innovation Group leading the firm's work around analytics and big data

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Friday October 3rd

6:00 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, and network.

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:10 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:35 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 October 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm
Lunch / Panel

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 October 5th

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!


Allyson Burns
SVP of Communications at Revolution LLC

Allyson Burns is the SVP of Communications at Revolution LLC.
Prior to joining Revolution, she was Director of Communications for AOL, where she was responsible for consumer advocacy, public policy communications, and PR efforts for AOL’s commerce and marketplace sites.

Ann Marie Isleib
Regional Vice President Platform

Ann Marie Isleib is the Regional Vice President Platform at Previously, she spent 10 years in a variety of sales positions at Oracle. 

Susan Tynan
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Framebridge, Inc.

Susan Tynan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Framebridge, Inc. Previously, she was VP of Product at TaxiMagic (now Curb), General Manager at LivingSocial, and Managing Director of Health Investments at Revolution, LLC. 

Julie McPherson
Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President, Strategic Innovations Group

Julie McPherson is a leader the firm’s Strategic Innovations Group (SIG), leading Booz Allen’s Culture of Innovation and Digital Workforce businesses.

Caron De Mars
Connect to Success-women's entrepreneurship program U.S. Embassy Portugal, US Department of State

Caron De Mars founded two businesses and was an angel investor before joining the State Department as an Economics Officer in 2001.  She has lived in Brazil, the Philippines, and Jordan.  She worked on scientific innovation in the Middle East and North Africa. Her most recent assignment was as the Global Entrepreneurship Director for the State Department.  Caron spent the summer in Portugal working on a program for female Portuguese entrepreneurs called Connect to Success. She is currently studying Italian in preparation for her job in Rome as Counselor of Environment, Technology, and Scientific Affairs.

Angela Zutavern

Event Judges

Leslie Jump
CEO, Startup Angels

Leslie Jump has 25 years experience building, advising, and investing in new companies in the US as well as internationally. Her current focus is Startup Angels, a platform to inspire and enable new angel investors across the US and around the world. Previously Leslie was a partner in Sawari Ventures, a Cairo-based venture capital firm investing. She continues to serve as an advisor to Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures' accelerator for seed-stage investments, as well as on the boards of several startups and nonprofits.

Donna Harris
Co-Founder, 1776

Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a major initiative which convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique. 

Donna is also a Founding Member of the K Street Capital angel network and is an active angel investor. She is a Member of the GEW Global Board, a Board Member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University and an alumna of Springboard Enterprises. 

Jennifer Lannon
Sales & Business Development

Aimee George-Leary

Shelly Porges

Global Entrepreneurship Advocate & Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown

Coaches and Mentors

Lilibeth Gangas

Katherine Faley

Jason Chen
Innovation Director at The Kaizen Company

Jason has 14 years of experience leading business planning and consulting engagements to advise entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, and multi-national companies/organizations in both the private and public sector. Regional experience includes the United States, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and former Soviet Union.

Sibyl Edwards

Andie Rauta
Mastermind of the World

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. - Women's Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Farah
  • Barbara
  • Jumana
  • Cynthia


Holly Knowlman
Founder & Editor, Stupid Magazine

Holly is the founder and editor of Stupid Magazine: A print-first media company about pop music. Alongside building Stupid, Holly curates a weekly newsletter about media business models, is a writer at TWG and and faffs about on Medium sometimes.

With a background in PR and community management, her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, Mashable, Huffington Post, TNW, Poynter and on CBC’s Spark. Her music industry experience includes work for publicity agencies, artists, promoters, and major music festivals NXNE and WayHome. She is an advisor to #Paid (the best platform for connecting brands with social media influencers) and Small Rooms, Canada’s leading podcast for technology entrepreneurs.

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