May 28, 2015
Last month, the Washington D.C. Economic Partnership (WDCEP) accepted applications from startups for its Live Free in D.C. competition – a contest aimed at giving one lucky startup the ability to live and work in the nation’s capital at zero cost. Yesterday, it was announced that the Boston, MA-based online legislative platform, Quorum, is the winner of the competition and will move into the District on June 1st to, of course, live free in DC.
Live Free D.C. was a competition initially announced at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival in Austin, TX. According to WDCEP, applicants to the competition were reviewed by a select panel of board members from Accelerate D.C. (the mentor-venture program created by the organization). In narrowing down the winner of the competition, the judges considered several factors. For one, they looked for companies that had long-term growth potential if they were to relocate to the District. They also looked at the age of the startup, their current revenue, history of media exposure, product and market fit, and whether their teams had a sense of commitment. And, of course, they looked at which startups would receive optimal benefits from being located in D.C.
“We applied for the ‘Live Free in D.C.’ competition because it provides us with the space and resources we need in order to continue growing as a company,” said Quorum cofounder, Alex Wirth, in a statement. “The housing and work space as well as the support from WDCEP will help our team to hit the ground running this summer.”
Quorum was founded by Wirth and fellow Harvard grad Jonathan Marks. Through their platform, users are provided with quantitative insights into legislative data, tracking the records of each member of Congress and visualizing their voting history, participation in various committees, and essentially everything you’d ever want to know about our legislators.
The Boston company will live in D.C. between June and August, where they will get the chance to form relationships with community and business leaders, spread the word about Quorum throughout the D.C. community, and get valuable access to mentors and advisors through Accelerate D.C. Quorum will spend the entirety of their time at coworking Canvas.
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