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6 tech and startup events you won’t want to miss this May

In and out of DC, May is stacked with options for building up the rolodex, discovering the latest in civic tech and maybe even nabbing some funding for your startup.

At a past Philly Tech Week kickoff event. ( photo)
Full disclosure: This article mentions TEDCO and NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers, two of's Ecosystem Builder Clients. Those relationships are unrelated to this report.

With a new month comes a fresh, clean social calendar. And what better way to fill up those slots than to get ahead in your career? (Okay, fine, maybe brunch. But this is a close second).

From 2022 wrap-ups to fresh new faces in the district to the chance to maybe grab some funding for your startup, May is filled with opportunities for in-person ecosystem-building and networking. As we all emerge from our winter cocoons, it’s time to dust off those business cards and get back to, well, business.

Teed up below are six occasions all across the DMV, from a day at College Park to a business appreciation-focused gathering in Virginia:

Innovate Maryland & MII Pop-Up

University of Maryland Ventures and TEDCO’s Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) are teaming up for an Innovate Maryland pop-up event. The day’s activities will highlight research from the university’s College Park campus and celebrate achievements from 2022. It will also award the University of Maryland’s Inventions of the Year for 2022.

  • Tuesday, May 2
  • 4-6 p.m. EST

Register here

Philly Tech Week

With over 40 events, our 13th annual conference will host in-person and virtual options for technologists and entrepreneurs to network, iterate and learn. Our Builder’s Conference, in particular, will bring together several folks from the DC area to discuss the latest in tech and entrepreneurial trends.

  • May 4 to 13
  • Cost: $10.00 to $50.00

Get tickets here

AfroTech Exectuive DC

AfroTech’s multi-city event series stops by DC in May for a night of discussions and networking for executives, investors and tech founders.  Speakers include Ronnie Kwesi Coleman of Meaningful Gigs, Kori Hale of CultureBanx and Omi Shelly Bell of Black Girl Ventures.

  • Thursday, May 11
  • 3-7 p.m.
  • The Gathering Spot
  • Cost: $219.00

Apply here

Code For America Summit  

Code for America’s two-day event will host technologists, policy experts, designers and others for panels and discussions on how government embraces technology and the civic tech transformation. The event specifically focuses on service design and delivery, policy and administration, operations and management and people power and community.

  • Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17
  • 2500 Calvert St. NW
  • Cost: $599.00

Register here

Make Your Mark

Hosted by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development, Make Your Mark is a business appreciation event for local entrepreneurs. Business owners will have the chance to meet with county government officials from the tourism, taxpayer services and development services offices, among others.

  • May 18
  • 4-7 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia

Register here

NEXT Raise Seed to Series A Investor Showcase

NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers is hosting an investor showcase to launch its new investor platform. In partnership with Carl Grant, Capital Raise and Deloitte, selected startup founders will get to chat one-on-one with investors and tune into panels from VCs and angel groups. Founders need to apply by May 10 and will be notified by May 17 if they’re selected.

  • Thursday, June 1
  • Park Potomac

Apply here

Companies: NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers / University of Maryland / TEDCO / Code for America

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