DC Startup Week Shows Washington DC Region Knows How to IGNITE Innovation

More than 90 events and 2,000 attendees

by DC Startup Week Team

For Immediate Release: 21 September 2017

Washington, DC — The Washington DC Region concludes hosting its second annual DC Startup Week (DCSW) festival, focused on celebrating the “Capital of Inclusive Innovation.”

After a week packed with community building activities and entrepreneurial programs, the Washington DC Region celebrated its success at the conclusion of DCSW. The week-long festival highlighted over 30 small business and organizations through several tracks focused around roles that contribute to successful startups.

More than 2,000 individuals participated in the event, which the region hosts for the second consecutive year. The festival was comprised of more than 90 activities, including forums, presentations, workshops, and trainings that aimed to cultivate the culture of entrepreneurship. Celebrating the diversity of the region, these activities brought together people of varied backgrounds and spanned 31 different locations across the city, stimulating participants to collaborate and grow their ideas.

DCSW co-founder Chida Sadayappan said: “DC Startup Week tapped on an underlying need from several corners of the Washington DC Region’s startup and small business communities to showcase what it has to offer.” What makes this truly a remarkable festival is that participation was completely free for the networking and programming, providing for equal access and opportunity across diverse segments of our communities according to co-founder Steven A. Rodriguez, “DC Startup Week dovetails nicely with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s efforts to become the Capital of Inclusive Innovation.”

Rodriguez praised the exceptional efforts of 28 other local and regional organizations for organizing the various programs and activities, especially outside the traditional downtown DC hub. A special thank you goes to the unfunded public-private partnership with DC Government’s Department of Small and Local Business Development, BEACON DC, and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership for their efforts in the celebration.

During the conclusion of the 2017 DCSW’s inaugural 7 Minutes in Heavenpitch competition, Chida recognized the speakers, advisors, volunteers and plethora of stakeholders involved. The winner and finalists of the competition received prizes and spotlight opportunities, including theTechstars Startup Digest Washington DC Region curated newsletter. The next festival celebration was announced for September 24–28, 2018.

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact: Chida Sadayappan, [email protected], +1.888.944.6461

Photos are available for download here.