DC daily roundup: Blink Charging heads to Bowie; DC at the Builders Conference; HawkEye 360 scores $40M

Plus, the Wizards and Caps stay in the district.

Nationals Park in Washington D.C., January 29, 2024. ( Hill)

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EV leader Blink selects Bowie for global HQ

Blink Charging Co., an electric vehicle charging equipment provider, last month announced that it’s moving from Miami to Maryland. The production facility in Bowie is expected to produce more than 50,000 charging units each year.

“Blink Charging is proud and excited to be establishing our global headquarters and production facility in Maryland, marking a pivotal moment in our journey toward a greener future,” said Brendan Jones, Blink Charging’s president and CEO, in a press release.

There are many more power moves this month, notably in higher education. For instance, NIH alum will spearhead cancer research at Virginia Tech and American University appointed its 16th president.

➡️ Find details on leadership changes and more in my new Power Moves edition.

See our (current) Builders Conference lineup

On May 9, we will host our annual Builders Conference — a day of discussions and data analysis on local tech, startup and innovation communities.

It’s in Philly, but several DMV experts are confirmed to speak at the conference, including Andrew Gamino-Cheong of Trustible and Joey Clark of JP Morgan Chase. Stay tuned for more announcements about the conference and our networking gala.

➡️ Learn more about who’s speaking at the Builders Conference here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Nominations for’s RealLIST Connectors are still open. This is our yearly series where we track local tech community members who inform others and link people together. Let us know who should be on the DC list by next week. []

• ICYMI: In a dramatic turn of events, the Washington Wizards and Capitals will remain at Capital One Arena through at least 2050, coupled with a new $515 million investment from DC. [Axios]

• HawkEye 360 Inc., a Herndon company, scored a $40 million investment to increase its satellite constellations. [Washington Biz Journal]

• Women in Technology named its first-ever Lifetime Achievement awardee: SAIC CEO Toni Townes-Whitley of Reston will be honored at the 25th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on May 9. [Women in Technology]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Baltimore-based, former DC-resident founder Dawn Myers will be appearing on “Shark Tank” on April 5. Celebrate the feature and the relaunch of her company The Mint with a special event in DC that night. [Details here]

• Unstuck Labs hosts its “Unstuck Tuesday” pitch feedback sessions weekly. The next date is April 9.  [Details here]


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