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Here’s how the DC region is getting connected during #GEW2018

The celebration of local founders and technologists kicks off Friday, November 9.

The crowd at a Global Entrepreneurship Week event in D.C. in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

This is a guest post by Global Entrepreneurship Week DMV organizer Steven A. Rodriguez. Technical.ly is a media partner for the event.

The Washington, D.C., region is rising across the national stage as an entrepreneurship hub. With a focus on inclusive innovation and a spotlight on support for women entrepreneurs, the region is poised to showcase its #ESHIP chops on the international stage.

This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrating four distinct themes: Women, Youth, Inclusion and Ecosystem Connect. During GEW, we will highlight powerful voices, ambassadors and partner organizations that promote, encourage and support the development of entrepreneurs within each of the four spaces.

Global Entrepreneurship Week USA kicks off in the Greater Washington, D.C., region on Friday, November 9, with the annual Techstars Global Startup Weekend.

The following Monday, November 12, this writer and SUEGO will kick off the first series of sessions with an online Facebook Watch Party to celebrate Veterans Day. Registration is still open for interested attendees.


Some events to look out for:

Visit the InnovateCoalition site for a full list of events. There’s also info on how to unlock some #GEW2018 perks.

Launching this year is the #FoundersRising Awards 2018, where up and coming business founders have been nominated by organizations across the region to highlight throughout the week. They will have the opportunity to compete for the #FoundersRising Award.

To close the celebration for the year, the annual Street Pitch powered by Street Entrepreneurs will host seven entrepreneurs on November 27 who are pitching their companies to a panel of 21 judges and an audience of angel investors. It’s hosted by Brandon Andrews from ABC’s Shark Tank.

This year’s event series is powered by SUEGO, Black Girl Ventures, 202Creates, Vinetta Project, University of Maryland, Inncuvate and other ecosystem stakeholders.


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