DCWEEK for Entrepreneurs – The New Venture Track

November 6, 2011

3:57 pm

While DCWEEK offers content and events for everyone, the festival offers a special place for entrepreneurs and those looking at creating new ventures. In fact, on Thursday, November 10th at the DCWEEK Core Conference, there is an entire track focused on entrepreneurship and new ventures, hosted in the Spectrum Theater. Here are the highlights.

The day leads off with MAVA’s TechBUZZ  event where several seed-stage startups will pitch to connect with angels and other qualified investors looking to invest.

After TechBUZZ, the track will feature various speakers talking about entrepreneurial resources, a panel session on getting funded featuring Charlie O’Donnell, Taylor Davidson, Natalia Oberti Noguera, Don Rainey and Paul Singh, followed by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs talking about getting past the seed stage of business and what it took to get there. This session includes Michelle Madhok of She Finds, Stephanie Hay of Fast Customer, Shane Green of Personal and David Steinberg of SnappCloud, moderated by Andrew Ray from Bingham  – special thanks to Bingham for sponsoring this session.

Throughout the day, FounderCorps will be hosting open office hours in the lobby of the Spectrum Theater where anyone can meet with FounderCorps members to get advice, mentorship, and feedback on your startup, company, or idea.  Learn more about FounderCorps  and don’t miss this opportunity to meet with experienced technology entrepreneurs.

From 4pm – 6pm, there are 2 very special events taking place.  The first is presented by Ambrose. Greg Slamowitz, Co-CEO of Ambrose, will present his popular talk on Leading A Growing Company: Are Your People Engaged, Aligned, Empowered and On Fire?  The NY based company has worked with over 1,000 start‐up companies over the past 15 years providing an outsourced HR administration, payroll, and benefits platform tailored to the needs of small to mid-sized Technology Companies, allowing the companies to focus on their core businesses. Slamowitz will share various techniques with the DCWEEK Venture Track audience for leading a growing company. In his talk, Greg will speak about aligning human capital, developing corporate culture, embracing change, among other managerial and leadership techniques ideal for startups and technology companies.

Interested in attending? You must have a DCWEEK conference, gold or patron badge. For those who’d like to attend the Ambrose session, please RSVP here so they have a good idea of who will be sitting in and can best tailor their presentation for you. And as a special offer, Ambrose will provide a credit to any new client that attended DC Week – $1K for businesses with 20 or more employees, or $500 for businesses with fewer than 20 employees. This offer will extend through the end of 2011.

After Greg’s presentation, Tech Cocktail friend Andrew Warner of Mixergy will interview the founder and CEO of the growing financial startup Dwolla, Ben Milne. This special fireside chat will wrap up the Venture Track, but the day doesn’t end there! Go grab some dinner nearby and then head over to the Marriott Key Bridge and take the elevator to the top floor where Tech Cocktail will host it’s Tech Cocktail Mixer @ DCWEEK showcasing a mix of 18 local startups of various stages. If the startups weren’t enough, the view of city, the cocktails and appetizers will be. It’s also the last Tech Cocktail DC Mixer of 2011 – so see you there!

Editor’s Note: Tech Cocktail is the co-producer of DCWEEK. Bingham and Ambrose are both paid sponsors of DCWEEK.

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.

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