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CONNECTpreneur Forum - Blockchain, Crypto, ICOs & BEYOND!

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Hyatt Regency Bethesda

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Bethesda, MD 20814

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CONNECTpreneur Bethesda Forum - Blockchain, ICOs and Crypto

Come to "The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic" and learn how Blockchain technology will disrupt the way you do business. We have a panel of top Blockchain and crypto experts, and a Fireside Chat with Loci‘s CEO, who just completed one of the world’s hottest Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

This will be our 29th consecutive SOLD OUT event over the last 7 years!

Over 70% of previous attendees surveyed say that CONNECTpreneur is the "Number One" tech and investor event in the Mid-Atlantic region!

DCInno calls CONNECTpreneur "The Best Networking Event in DC" and a "NETWORKING JACKPOT" of the Region's TOP Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, CXOs, Angels, and VCs.

Why attend this UNIQUE EVENT, which is like NONE OTHER in our region?

CONNECT - Unprecedented networking with super high quality, C-level attendees, entrepreneurs, and investors

LEARN from World Class speakers - Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICOs, entrepreneurship

CELEBRATE entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation

Program Highlights:

  • FIRESIDE CHAT with Rockstar CEO John Wise, Chairman & CEO of Loci, Inc. which recently completed one of the world’s hottest ICOs
  • We expect 500 business leaders, including 250+ CEOs & Founders, as well as 80+ angels & VCs
  • SHOWCASE of 8 emerging tech companies
  • Heavy NETWORKING before, during, and after the event

A plated breakfast and unlimited coffee/tea are included.

CONNECTpreneur is a bi-monthly networking mashup, which has been attended by over 8000 business leaders over the past 7 years.

We will be completely SOLD OUT, so there will be no on-site registration. All attendees MUST BE pre-registered.

Register now!

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And visit our Website at connectpreneur.org




8:20 - 8:25 am - WELCOME

S. TIEN WONG, Chairman, Tech2000 and Lore Systems


JOHN WISE, Chairman & CEO, Loci, Inc. ICO and Blockchain pioneer, Inventor


10:10 - 11:00 am - PANEL: "CRYPTO, BLOCKCHAIN, ICO & BEYOND"

Moderator: NAGESH RAO, Chief Technologist, U.S. Small Business Administration; USA Eisenhower Fellow; Council Member & Government Advisor, LAUNCH

BRIAN PARK, COO, Startup Grind; Director of Product & Technology, Real Time Cases, Inc.; Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Verizon's Fishbowl Labs

SHAHID SHAH, CEO, Netspective Communications; Co-Founder & Chairman, CitusHealth; Investor and Board Member, Ryohee and twazer

11:00 am - NETWORKING

PREVIOUS INVESTOR PARTICIPANTS (partial list): Revolution Ventures, Carlyle Group, Kinetic Ventures, Sterling Partners, Core Capital, Grotech, Novak Biddle, New Atlantic Ventures, True Ventures, Edison Ventures, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners, ABS Capital, Updata, CapitalSource, Venturehouse, Boulder Ventures, Multiplier Capital, Saratoga Investment Corp., Maryland Venture Fund, New Markets Venture Partners, 500 Startups, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Tullis Health Investors, Enhanced Capital, Amplifier Venture Partners, DFW Capital Partners, Farragut Capital, NextGen Angels, CIT GAP Funds, TEDCO, BluVenture Investors, Leeds Novamark, 1776, Private Access Network, CAV Angels, RLMcCall Capital, ID Private Equity, Cranbrook Capital, Baltimore Angels, Acceleprise, US Boston Capital, VentureCross Partners, Berman Enterprises, Dingman Angels, Neuberger & Co. Ventures, McLean Capital, Angel Venture Forum, Brilliant Keypoint Investments, Paras Ventures, NextSteps Capital, Noblestar Capital, Grindstone Partners, New Vantage Group, New Dominion Angels, National Capital Companies, MTECH Ventures, Mosaic Capital, Opus8, Starise Ventures, Blue Heron Capital, Duncaster Investments, Private Capital Network, Next-Stage Development Group, Lancaster Angel Network, Palace Investment Co., Blue Marlin Partners, Mid-Atlantic Angels, Decisive Investment Group, Harrell Partners, Ruxton Ventures, MD Center for Entrepreneurship, Conscious Venture Labs, K Street Capital, Exhilarator, Select Venture Partners, Fortify Ventures, and Keiretsu Forum.



LORE Systems

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker

Association for Enterprise Growth

TEDCO - Maryland Technology Development Corp.



Meltzer Group

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship (UMD)

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Institute for Excellence in Sales

Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services

Ryan & Wetmore

Hafezi Capital

National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs


PRESS: http://connectpreneur.org/press

"No B.S. that was the best biz networking event I have ever been to."

Darren Womer

CEO, National Capital Companies

"CONNECTpreneur is the region's leading event for bringing together people who will drive our economy forward."

Lyles Carr

Sevior Vice President, The McCormick Group

"Not every investor and startup meeting in town is worthwhile. I would run through walls to get to yours though."

Joe Kessler

CEO, Next Stage Development Group

"You pulled off a great conference. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for inviting me!!"

John Backus

Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures

"Thank you again for the invitation to CONNECTpreneur. It is so incredible to watch the Forum become THE entrepreneurship/investor forum in the Washington, DC metro area, and maybe the entire Mid-atlantic region."

Dennis Defensor

Senior VP, Worldwide Sales, OROCK Technologies

"What a great conference...There was a distinct energy and enthusiasm at your meeting, unlike the usual droll meetings like this. So well done."

John Holaday

CEO, DisposeRX; Founder, EntreMed

"One of the best events I have ever sponsored!"

Mark Ellenbogen

Partner, BDO

"Great event this week! Great speakers, atmosphere and people! Reminded me of the good ole days!"

Tom Kohn

Professor, American University; Founder, Transactis

"It was amazing. Best event I have ever attended!"

Jill Chodorov, Angel Investor

"I thought you put on a terrific event. I was really impressed with the caliber of people and the format of the event."

Jim Van Eperen

Angel Investor; Director, Raffa Insurance Services

"That was one of the best VC conferences I can remember attending. It had all the positive energy of the boom years, without the unbridled reckless exuberance."

Jim Long

Founder, VentureCross Partners

"Bravo! Great program."

Tony Cord

Partner and Managing Director, Newport Board Group

"It was first class....well done!"

Chad MacDonald

CEO, Connected Services

"Amazing how many high-level people you had..."

Wade Tetsuka,

CEO, US Transactions Corp.

"It was very successful! A good combination of networking time, information, and presentation of deal opportunities. The interview approach worked well I thought, and the room was certainly full."

George Harrop

Managing Director, CapitalSource

"It was a really good crowd of operators and investors…rare for these so-called 'forums.'"

David Giannini

Chairman and CEO, CirrusWorks

"Event was great. Quality attendees, good energy – contacts – content."

Bud Morrissette

CEO, Interstate Group Holdings

"It was an outstanding event! Thank you for having us be part of CONNECTpreneur...I feel like I've experienced the best of breed in networking and relationship groups. Nicely done."

Jack Quarles

Co-Author, Same Side Selling

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