DC Startup Week and Booz Allen Hamilton Celebrate D.C. Innovation

Day-long Event to Highlight DMV-area Entrepreneurs and Feature Startup Pitch Competition 

August 26, 2019 – Washington, DC – Washington DC Startup Week, the annual gathering of the startup community in the Washington, D.C. area today announced a day-long celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton on September 9, 2019. The event will be part of the fourth annual DC Startup Week, which is expected to draw more than 7,000 founders, entrepreneurs, investors and other attendees to a wide slate of exciting events held throughout Washington, D.C. during the week of September 9th through 13th.

“DC Startup Week is thrilled to have Booz Allen Hamilton on board as a major supporter this year and hosting a full day of programming at their Innovation Center will give Startup Week attendees a one-stop conference experience that showcases the very best of what the D.C. innovation community has to offer,” said Rachel Koretsky, Lead Organizer of DC Startup Week. “Through the Innovation Center, Booz Allen is already a keystone of the D.C. startup community, offering a fantastic venue for growing companies and entrepreneurs to meet, work and learn from each other as they grow the next generation of big ideas.”

Startup Week visitors to the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center – located at 901 15th Street, NW – will be treated to a showcase of speakers, panels and events highlighting innovative technology solutions that are being developed in the D.C. area. Events include:

  • Remarks by Dee Dee Helfenstein, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Panel discussions on topics including the future of AI innovation, trends in venture capital investing, connecting corporate values to community causes and more with panelists and moderators from organizations including SparkLabs, Vinetta Project, Lyft, and the Case Foundation.
  • A pitch competition for DMV-area startup founders and teams who will be given the opportunity to pitch their company, product and service to a live and virtual audience of potential customers, connectors, investors and advisors.

The day will be capped off with a fireside chat featuring Susan Penfield, Chief Innovation Officer at Booz Allen, Marlene Aquino, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Booz Allen, and Duane McKnight of the DC Inclusive Innovation Fund. The trio will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a panel on innovation, diversity and the role of venture capital in effecting change.

“At Booz Allen, we’re committed to fostering new ideas and innovative solutions, and DC Startup Week is a powerful gathering of forward-thinking entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Helfenstein. “Our Innovation Center is designed to ignite creativity, collaboration and friendly competition between startups, and we’re excited to open our doors during Startup Week to help bring these leaders together and showcase the many ways in which the District continues to be a leading hub for innovation.”

Booz Allen Hamilton hosts Innovation Hubs around the country in communities that are hotbeds of innovation. Designed to ignite solutions through collaboration and interdisciplinary engagement, Booz Allen’s Innovation Centers combine the best thinking from startups, commercial industry, academia and government to build original solutions and add new value.

To register as a DC Startup Week attendee and learn more about the full schedule of events, please click here

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