Fortify.vc DC Area Coming-Out Party: Distilled Intelligence

October 6, 2011

3:45 pm

Fortify.vc isn’t your standard Venture Capital firm, at least not the type of firm we’ve become use to in the DC region. There’s just something different about the firm’s partners Jonathon Perrelli and Adam Fazackerley.  They talk differently, they’re approachable and pragmatic where others are distant and theoretical. The most important difference to early stage entrepreneurs is that Fortify is actively investing in seed stage companies.

Fortify.vc is making an investment in the region that is personified by their coming-out party, Distilled Intelligence 1.0, scheduled to take place October 11th from 9:00am to 5:00 pm at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Center of Innovative Technology (CIT) in Herndon, Virginia, when 55 DC-region startups will pitch for $25K in cash and prizes.  Fortify enlisted the sponsorship of some of the area’s fiercest supporters of entrepreneurship in the capital region, including Cooley, DLA Piper, The University of Maryland Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and CIT GAP Funds.

Adam Fazackerley, General Partner of Fortify.vc and Master of Ceremonies, for the event had this to say:

“We had a large number of submissions and many great companies to choose from.  The overall quality, diversity and level of talent made this a challenging process. Initially, the down select number was 50, but the caliber of the startups was so strong that we felt compelled to expand the field.”

According to the event organizers, they are on track to draw more than 500 people. Tickets are on sale at distilledintelligence.com for investors and entrepreneurs who are interested in attending. Tech Cocktail readers can register with discount code FORTIFY, which provides 10% off the price of admission. It pays to be a Tech Cocktail reader! Unfortunately, this discount does not apply if you are are VC or Angel Investor (they’ll be watching).

Jonathon Perrelli, Founder and General Partner of Fortify.vc had this to say:

“This is a unique time for innovation and investing in the Mid-Atlantic region, and we are fortunate to see such support for Distilled Intelligence 1.0 from the technology community, sponsors, startups and investors. Although it feels like we are throwing two weddings on the same day as we cater to the needs of both founders and investors equally, all of the hard work will pay off for this region.”

The 55 presenting companies included that will be demoing at the event are as follows:

Blinkmatch App
Bookshelf Genie
Chexout
Contractually
CVCertify
CYNCZ
Dojitsu
dxTopDoc
EducateNCare
EnviroDock
Exmovere Holdings
Feastie
Forensic Innovations
GameTimeConcepts
Geostellar
GivebackMail
Grandstand
Gryphnmobile
H2 As Fuel (no website)
Infratrac
JobsOn
Klaggle
Lemur Technologies
Marz Industries
Masking Networks
Metalayer
Mindful
MoGo Mobile (no website)
Monthsof.me
New Vision Health
Nexercise
Next Gamenation
Nonmunda Games
Parking Panda
Peer2Peer Tutoring
Proconit
Proqur
PureBang
Ruckus
Saylo
Seqrpay
SheChooses
Shopsy
Simpletix
Start Some Good
Synkmonkey
Tixelated
Troopswap
Trxsystem
Uppidy
Venga
Warrior Energy
Watchparty.tv
Whinot.com
Worldpipe.tv
YellowFlag.net

We’ve covered some of these companies in the past, and we’ll be covering some of the new companies in more detail in the coming weeks.

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Glen Hellman (@glehel), is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and works for venture capitalists as a turn-around specialist. He is the Chief Entrepreneureator at Driven Forward LLC, frequently muses on his blog, Forward Thinking, and works with entrepreneurs to help them figure out what to do and get them to do it.

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