ICYMI: Here’s what else happened in #dctech this week

This week's newsletter shorties roundup features news about our annual Awards, a new podcast focused on the DMV startup ecosystem, Halcyon's international expansion and more.

Halcyon House in Georgetown. (Photo via Halcyon on Facebook)

Georgetown-based Halcyon, an incubator for early-stage social impact entrepreneurs, is teaming up with Amazon Web Services to expand internationally.

The organization plans to host an intensive incubator program for early-stage, women-founded social enterprise tech startups in Bahrain. Halcyon will also team up with a local partner, Startup Bahrain, to run the 2021 Bahrain Women’s Intensive program. Women founders selected to participate in the program will receive mentorship and training from Halcyon’s network, be introduced to the U.S. market and have a chance to meet some investors. The cohort will also receive AWS cloud computing credits, technical support and mentorship from AWS experts.

“From the moment these entrepreneurs begin their experience virtually in January, they’ll receive the best support our network has to offer,” said Halcyon cofounder and CEO Kate Goodall in a statement. “Like all our other fellows before them, these women will find at Halcyon a community that believes in the power of their ideas to drive the world forward.”

Halcyon will announce the cohort of 10 ventures later this year, with tentative plans to bring them to its Georgetown headquarters in July 2021 for a weeklong residency.


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Thursday, Oct. 22

  • New podcast The Monthly Blend will feature talks on the DMV startup ecosystem. The monthly show is co-hosted by Anthony Millin, chair of NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers, and Tien Wong, creator of the Big Idea CONNECTpreneur forum.
  • Georgetown-based Halcyon is taking its programming abroad through a new partnership with Amazon Web Services. The organization plans to launch an incubator targeting women social entrepreneurs in Bahrain, per WBJ.
  • Yamaha WaterCraft Group launched two new websites built by Chantilly, Virginia-based Whereoware, a full-service digital marketing agency. Yamaha reported that site traffic has increased for the new sites, which feature some updated branding, enhanced user experience, high resolution imagery and video streaming capabilities.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • Cyberscoop’s CYBER TALKS virtual events are happening through Oct. 23 as part of its weeklong cyber festival, CyberWeek. Check out the agenda and register to check out some of the events featuring cyber experts from around the world.
  • Grab your free ticket for this Q&A event with the storytellers behind “Residue,” a newly released Netflix film that follows filmmaker Jay back home to D.C. where he discovers that gentrification has taken over his old neighborhood.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce launched a new $25 million challenge to promote projects that address the economic and health risks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation. The department is looking for projects that can prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus pandemic and future events. Applications for the challenge will be accepted until Dec. 3.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

It’s official: The nominees for the 2020 Awards in D.C. are in! Check out which technology companies and leaders have been nominated below and cast your votes by EOD Monday, Oct. 26. Winners will be announced on Oct. 30.
And hey, check out the season two premiere of Off the Sidelines, our investor education podcast — and listen for yours truly.

Monday, Oct. 19

  • Bethesda, Maryland-based GreenGen Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount into Pittsburgh-based Conservation Labs, a company building solutions and products for cost-effective and sustainable water usage. This investment comes after GreenGen Ventures made investments this past year in DatakwipSenseware and Wynd Technologies.
  • Ashley Perry, chief solutions officer at D.C.-based Socially Determined, was named among Modern Healthcare’s 2020 class of Top 25 Emerging Leaders. This annual list recognizes healthcare leaders for their early-career contributions.
  • Maryland-based biotech company Novavax is working on building a new development unit to get its seasonal flu vaccine program off the ground. The company promoted Russell Wilson to executive VP and NanoFlu general manager to lead it.
Companies: Halcyon

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