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CONNECTpreneur Summer Forum - June 13

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INOVA Conference Center

3225 Gallows Road

Fairfax, VA 22037

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The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur SUMMER Forum - Fairvax, VA

June 13, 2019

PRESENTED BY INOVA and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

"The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic."

This will be our 38th consecutive SOLD OUT event over the last 8 years!

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

This UNIQUE EVENT is like NONE OTHER in our region, because of the high quality of our attendees, speakers and presenters.

And YES, the networking is unprecedented!

Program Highlights:

- FIRESIDE CHAT with Pete Jobse, Managing Director, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator and Invoa Strategic Investments, Inova's $140 million early stage investment vehicle

- We expect 350 business leaders, including 100+ CEOs & Founders, as well as dozens of angels & VCs

- SHOWCASE of 10 Emerging tech companies

- Heavy NETWORKING before, during, and after the event

Buffet breakfast and unlimited coffee/tea will be provided.

CONNECTpreneur is a bi-monthly networking mashup, which has been attended by over 9000 business leaders over the past 8 years.

Attendance will be strictly capped at 400 attendees. We expect another SOLD OUT crowd, so there will be NO on-site registration.

All attendees MUST BE pre-registered.

For more information on previous events, presenters, speakers, etc. or to download program books from our previous events, please visit our website at connectpreneur.org.

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2019



8:45 - 9:00 am - WELCOME REMARKS

S. TIEN WONG, CEO, Opus8, Inc.

JULIE COONS, President & CEO, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce


PETE JOBSE, Managing Director, Inova Strategic Investments and Inova Personalized Health Accelerator; Former President & CEO, Center for Innovative Technology

Introduction: MARK HAAS, Co-Founder, Association for Enterprise Growth


10 Promising Early Stage Companies will Present in a "Rocket Pitch" Format

Companies will be announced on June 7

Companies will be introduced by:

MIKE LABRIOLA, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

ANTHONY MILLIN, Partner, Shulman Rogers and NEXT Legal

10:40 - 11:30 am - NETWORKING RECEPTION


Revolution Ventures, Carlyle Group, Kinetic Ventures, Sterling Partners, INOVA, The Motley Fool Ventures, ASB Capital, Core Capital, Grotech, UPDATA, Enhanced Capital, Novak Biddle, New Atlantic Ventures, Edison Ventures, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners, Venturehouse, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Boulder Ventures, TDF Funds, New Markets Venture Partners, True Ventures, Ballast Point Ventures, Multiplier Capital, Saratoga Investment Corp., Maryland Venture Fund, 500 Startups, Amplifier Venture Partners, DFW Capital Partners, Farragut Capital, NextGen Angels, CIT GAP Funds, TEDCO, BluVenture Investors, Leeds Novamark, 1776, Private Access Network, CAV Angels, K Street Capital, Select Venture Partners, ID Private Equity, Cranbrook Capital, Baltimore Angels, Pennington Partners, Acceleprise, Blue Marlin Partners, 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, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Grindstone Partners, Exhilirator, New Vantage Group, New Dominion Angels, National Capital Companies, MTECH Ventures, Mosaic Capital, Opus8, Blue Heron Capital, Duncaster Investments, Next-Stage Development Group, Lancaster Angel Network, Decisive Investment Group, Harrell Partners, Ruxton Ventures, Fortify Ventures, Conscious Venture Labs, and Keiretsu Forum.



Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers


Association for Enterprise Growth



SunTrust Bank

New York Life

Baltimore Angels

Startup Grind

Keiretsu Forum

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship - University of Maryland

Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services

Founder Institute

EO - Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Influencer Collective

Center for Advancing Innovation

Ryan & Wetmore

Institute for Excellence in Sales

National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Please "Like" us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Connectpreneur

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @connectpreneur

And visit our Website at connectpreneur.org


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

Chairman, Clear Government Solutions

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

Lyles Carr

Senior 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, QRx Pharma

"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

"I thought the event yesterday at Marymount University was absolutely outstanding! The attendance was fantastic and the content was extraordinary. Thank you for curating such a great event. The Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board was extraordinarily impressed. Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of it and we look forward to the event."

Victor Hoskins

Director, Arlington County (VA) Economic Development


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The is ample free parking on the INOVA Campus.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can e-mail the organizers at info@opus8.com.

What's the refund policy?

All sales are final and there are no refunds. Any cancellations received before May 26 may be credited towards a future CONNECTpreneur Forum.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Once you register on Eventbrite, you are good to go! We will send you a couple of confirmation email s in the days leading up to the event.

Can I update my registration information?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

The “Service Provider” ticket is fully transferable. The Investor/Entrepreneur/CEO ticket is transferable only to another investor, founder or CEO. It is not transferrable to a service provider.

How can I apply to present?

If you have a promising early stage company that is raising capital or wanting to make a product announcement, please contact Kathy Broe at kbroe@lore.net. We have a Committee review process for prospective presenting companies.

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