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Evan Burfield is passionately committed to turning the D.C. region into the center of entrepreneurial efforts to reinvent America. A serial entrepreneur, Evan is the chairman of Startup DC, the chairman and founder of Synteractive, the chairman and co-founder of Hallway.co, and a mentor with The Fort.
Evan’s community leadership flows from his belief in entrepreneurship as the engine for solving the major problems facing America and the world today -- from education to energy efficiency. As chairman of Startup DC, part of the Startup America Partnership, he has pioneered bold initiatives for expanding startup activity in these areas, such as K Street Capital and Reboot America. Evan also works closely with aspiring young entrepreneurs through venture acceleration within high schools.
Evan became an entrepreneur in 1996 when he founded netDecide, shortly after graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Before he turned 25, he built netDecide into the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions for top tier financial service firms such as Bank of America and Ernst & Young, before selling netDecide to Informa in 2003. In 2005, Evan graduated with First Class bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Joint Honors Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, he won the Webb Medley prize for most outstanding thesis for his work on the effects of organizational incentives on knowledge sharing. In parallel to his studies at Oxford, Evan was also the Director of Strategy for Oakwood Global Finance, where he led the private equity firm’s analyses of new global markets and new business models in financial services. In 2006, Evan returned to Washington, D.C. to found Synteractive, a consulting firm that builds innovative social apps for startups, corporations, and government agencies. Synteractive was honored as #64 on the 2010 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America and was named the 2010 Microsoft Federal Partner of the Year for their innovative work in building Recovery.gov.