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DC Entrepreneur Week

Nov 15, 2011 04:50PM ● By Anonymous

DCEW Speakers Include Mayor Vincent Gray, Ted Leonsis, Carl Schramm and a Special Performance by Musical Talent Cobra Starship

WASHINGTON, D.C – (November 10) Washington, D.C. is about to get a taste of its second annual D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (DCEW); a five- day interactive symposium that focuses on revitalizing and strengthening local entrepreneurship with the D.C. Government’s Planning & Economic Development Office occurring in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, DCEW was created by young local leadership; a region that boasts the 5th highest concentration of entrepreneurs in the United States (Grasshopper Group, July 2010).

Progress Through Business, Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, and other D.C. partners will present the second annual D.C. Entrepreneur Week November 14th -18th 2011, at various venues throughout downtown Washington, D.C. Founded with the entrepreneur in mind, DCEW co-founders, Charles Paret and Peter Stuart, have built a golden opportunity for up and coming leaders around the D.C. area to thrive through a series of panel discussions, roundtables, forums and educational opportunities. Registrants will gain valuable knowledge and learn from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to empire. The week aims to build relationships and develop ideas to strengthen the local entrepreneurship culture while answer pressing ‘real-world’ questions in an intimate setting from the business savvy who have already made their mark. Attendees will walk away with hands on knowledge and industry specific resources to enable them to grow their own opportunities.

Through a series of panel discussions, pitch sessions, roundtables and forums, registrants will gain a mass of access to like-minded people in the field. Attendees will take part in an impressive kick-off event at Georgetown University Monday, November 14, at 5 p.m. that includes Mayor Vincent Gray, Carl Schramm, President, Kauffman Foundation and Co-Chair, Startup America Partnership and panelists, Timothy Keenan, President & Chairman of High Performance Technologies, Alyssa Lovegrove , CEO and Founder of New Venture Mentors, David Ross, Janssen Healthcare Innovation group, Susan Wilson, CEO and Founder of FundHer monitored by Jeff Reid, director of entrepreneurship and real estate finance initiatives at Georgetown University.

Attendees will have the opportunity to personally pitch their business plans in Pitch-A-VC roundtables, while also networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and avid investors. Investors include Fortify.VC, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, GroTech Ventures, Amplifier Ventures, TDF, CIT, Enhanced Capital Partners, Updata Capital Partners, Brown Savano, New Atlantic Ventures, Spring Capital, Core Capital and Arborview Capital representing billions of dollars in Assets Under Management (AUM).

DCEW will focus on various areas of industry and demographic groups such as Digital & Mobile Media, IT, Real Estate, Communications, Social Entrepreneurship, and Green & Clean Tech Startups’, just to name a few. Female entrepreneurs will find unique value through a wealth of content directly designed for ‘Women in Business’ as well as 5 special evening receptions and nightlife events around the city that include live music from the popular group Cobra Starship.

DCEW partners and speakers will be available for media interviews. Media should RSVP to DCEW sponsor and partner, Tara Chantal Silver of SilverStrategy at for the kick-off and other special media requests.

Tickets are available for purchase at individual events range from Free to $25 and $199 for an unlimited DCEW week pass.

Same-day tickets may be available for purchase if events are not sold out. Each pitch session is capped, most at 50 persons. A full and updated schedule is also available on the website at Sponsorship opportunities are still available, interested parties should contact Tara Chantal Silver for more information. About DC Entrepreneurship Week

D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (November 14–18, 2011) was founded by Charles Paxton Paret and Peter Stuart of Paxton Stuart LLC and consists of a series of programs designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial business community in the Washington, D.C. area. Through panel discussions, roundtables, pitch sessions and interactive forums sponsored by a variety of leading business and educational organizations, participants will gain valuable knowledge from each other and industry innovators. Ultimately, D.C. Entrepreneurship Week seeks to build a long-lasting community of entrepreneurs that will add long-term value to the region.

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Media Contact:
Tara Chantal Silver
SilverStrategy, LLC
(202) 390-2255