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Shorties Roundup: Halcyon tapped Dahna Goldstein as its first director of impact investing

In this new role, Goldstein will oversee all of Halcyon's impact investing strategy and initiatives after formally leading the social impact incubator's investment group Halcyon Angels. Plus, here's what else you might have missed this week in #dctech news.

Dahna Goldstein. (Photo via LinkedIn)

Georgetown-based Halcyon Incubator has appointed Dahna Goldstein as its first director of impact investing.

Goldstein first started working with the incubator for early-stage social impact entrepreneurs when she began leading its investment group Halcyon Angels part time through its launch in 2019. In this new role, Goldstein will oversee all of Halcyon’s impact investing strategy and initiatives, Washington Business Journal first reported. She officially stepped into the role at the beginning of January.

This appointment comes as the social impact incubator has been experiencing major growth. Halcyon recently announced the 14th cohort for its 18-month fellowship, and it’s expanded internationally with the help of Amazon Web Services to host an intensive incubator program for early-stage, women-founded social enterprise tech startups in Bahrain. Check out the cohort of eight Bahrain women who are currently participating in the program.

Check out the shorties from this week that we shared in DC’s daily newsletter:

Thursday, Feb. 11

  • Germantown, Maryland-based biotech company Seraxis closed a $40 million Series C led by Eli Lilly and Company. The company plans to use the fresh funding to primarily complete its cell therapy treatment for insulin-dependent diabetes and start clinical trials.
  • The Washington Football Team has selected New York-based marketing agency Code and Theory to help it pick a new permanent name. Code and Theory will advise D.C.’s NFL franchise team on a name, logo, branding and experiential offerings.
  • Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has entered a rolling regulatory review process with the FDA, and other drug approval agencies in the UK European Union and Canada, WBJ reports. The company is still running its late-stage clinical trials during this time.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

  • D.C.-based GiveCampus has updated its digital and educational fundraising platform to allow donors to give through Venmo and PayPal. The company implemented these payment methods to alleviate more barriers when it comes to donating online.
  • Dataflow automation company Prefect Technologies closed an $11.5 million Series A. The D.C.-based company plans to use the fresh funding to expand its open-source and commercial offerings.
  • GreenGen has promoted Ric SanDoval to executive VP and COO as the company sets its sights on major growth plans. SanDoval will now lead GreenGen’s global operations for its buildings and infrastructure businesses.
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Tuesday, Feb. 9

  • Applications are open until Feb. 16 for the 2021 AT&T Aspire Accelerator. The six-month program is open to edtech startups working to close the homework gap. Each of the eight companies selected to participate will receive $125,000.
  •  National Geographic is working on a documentary about infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony FauciThe upcoming film titled “FAUCI has no release date yet, but be on the lookout.
  • The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has promoted Colin Andrews to senior director of government affairs. Aside from leading the Arlington-based association’s government-focused events and policy forums, Andrews will be responsible for leading TIA’s advocacy strategy and engagement on Capitol Hill.

Monday, Feb. 8

  • You still have a chance to sign up for coronavirus vaccine updates in D.C. and take a test. As of Feb. 7, here are the latest coronavirus stats for the District:
    • Total number of D.C. residents tested: 419,234
    • Total lives lost: 956
  • Fairfax, Virginia-based healthcare IT company Kreative Technologies is investing $1.5 million into expanding its Fairfax operations with plans to hire nearly 300 new employees. Checkout some open roles at the company.
  • After receiving an unsolicited proposal last month, Tysons, Virginia-based IT corporation DXC Technology rejected a $10 billion buyout offer from French IT firm Atos. The company said after its board reviewed the proposal, it felt that the purchase price undervalued DXC and its potential. Here’s an official statement from DXC on the situation.
Companies: Halcyon

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