CONNECTpreneur Summerfest - Networking Extravaganza - June 8, IN PERSON

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CONNECTpreneur Summerfest - Networking Extravaganza - June 8, IN PERSON

CONNECTpreneur Summerfest - Networking & Pitch Extravaganza, IN PERSON - Tysons Corner, VA June 8, 2023

By CONNECTpreneur

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, June 8 · 5 - 10pm EDT


Valo Park Conference Center 7950 Jones Branch Dr McLean, VA 22102

About this event

  • 5 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Summerfest - Networking & Pitch Extravaganza

IN PERSON - Tysons Corner, VA

June 8, 2023

"The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic."

Who said Summer is slow and quiet in the DMV? NO WAY!!

Come out and CELEBRATE innovation, get INSPIRED, and MAKE DEALS at this fun, high-energy Summer Festival of entrepreneurship and early stage investing!

This will be our 53rd consecutive Sold Out in-person event over the last 12 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, because of the high quality of our attendees, speakers and presenters.

And YES, the networking is unprecedented!


- 350 business leaders, including 130+ CEOs & Founders, as well as 100+ angels & VCs

- ROCKET PITCH SHOWCASE of 12 promising Emerging tech companies

- Panel of All Star VCs and investors

- Heavy NETWORKING throughout

- Music provided by the Halley Shoenberg Trio, one of the nation's top jazz ensembles

- AFTER PARTY at REFRACTION, the region's premiere innovation community (8th Floor of Valo Park)

All attendees MUST BE pre-registered due to strict building security. Attendance is capped at 500 attendees. We expect another SOLD OUT crowd, so there will be NO on-site registration.

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

DATE: Thursday, June 8, 2023


5:00 - 6:10 pm - REGISTRATION / NETWORKING - Valo Park Atrium

6:10 - 6:25 pm - WELCOME REMARKS - Valo Park Auditorium

TIEN WONG, Founder and Host, CONNECTpreneur


VICTOR HOSKINS, CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

JENNIFER TAYLOR, CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council

6:25 - 7:00pm - Panel of All-Star Investors - " Current Trends in Early Stage Capital"

Moderator: RANDY DOMOLKY, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Private Access Network

DAHNA GOLDSTEIN, General Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Halcyon Fund

TOM WEITHMAN, Managing Director, Virginia Venture Partners; Chief Investment Officer, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corp.

7:00 - 7:45 pm - COMPANY SHOWCASE / ROCKET PITCH - Valo Park Auditorium

Companies will be announced June 1.

Companies will be introduced by:

ANTHONY MILLIN, Founder and Chair, NEXT, Powered by Shulman Rogers; Venture Partner, Third Sphere


7:45 - 8:30 pm - EXPO AND NETWORKING - Valo Park Atrium

Wine & Cheese Reception in the Atrium featuring the music of the Halley Shoenberg Trio

8:30 - 10pm - AFTER PARTY @ REFRACTION - Valo Park, 8th Floor North


Over 4000 accredited private investors, VCs, angels, corporate investors and family offices have attended CONNECTpreneur events over the past 12 years, including the following:

Revolution Ventures, Carlyle Group, Google Ventures (GV), Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Sierra Ventures, Intel Capital, Garage Technology Ventures, ABS Capital, Sterling Partners, Nokia Growth Partners, Camber Creek, Koch Industries, 1863 Ventures, Conscious Venture Fund, Core Capital, Grotech, UPDATA, Rethink Impact, New Atlantic Ventures, PROOF.VC, Edison Ventures, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners, Venturehouse, Boulder Ventures, TDF Funds, Ballast Point Ventures, Multiplier Capital, Saratoga Investment Corp., Maryland Venture Fund, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, UrbanUs, Third Sphere, Option3Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, True Ventures, Enhanced Capital, Novak Biddle, 500 Startups, Kinetic Ventures, Halcyon Angels, DFW Capital Partners, Farragut Capital, NextGen Angels, CIT GAP Funds, TEDCO, BluVenture Investors, Leeds Novamark, 1776, Early Light Capital, Private Access Network, CAV Angels, K Street Capital, RLMcCall Capital, Cranbrook Capital, Baltimore Angels, Pennington Partners, Acceleprise, Blue Marlin Partners, US Boston Capital, VentureCross Partners, Berman Enterprises, Dingman Angels, Neuberger & Co. Ventures, McLean Capital, DiamondTech Ventures, Brilliant Keypoint Investments, Paras Ventures, NextSteps Capital, Noblestar Capital, Grindstone Partners, Exhilirator, New Vantage Group, New Dominion Angels, National Capital Companies, MTECH Ventures, Mosaic Capital, Opus8, Blue Heron Capital, Duncaster Investments, Private Capital Network, Next-Stage Development Group, Lancaster Angel Network, Tysons Angels, Harrell Partners, Active Angel Investors, Select Venture Partners, ID Private Equity, Angel Venture Forum, NY Private Equity Forum, Landmark Capital, and Ruxton Ventures.



Valo Park

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers


Northern Virginia Technology Council

New York Life

Truist Financial

Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services

Ryan & Wetmore

Baltimore Angels

Dingman Center Angels

MIT Alumni Angels of DC

Startup Grind

Keiretsu Forum

George Mason University - Mason Enterprise

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Founder Institute

EO - Entrepreneurs' Organization

Center for Advancing Innovation

Institute for Excellence in Sales

National Association of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (NABOE)

Annual Wharton DC Summit

Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI)


US International Development Center



"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

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

"I thought the event yesterday 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 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

President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Corporation

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

John Backus

Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures and

"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

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

Mark Ellenbogen

Partner, BDO

"Congratulations to you and your team for your tireless dedication and excellence in program execution! The sponsors and participants were impressed with your leadership and ability to consistently deliver high value!"

Dr. Diane Tai

President, Award International, Inc.

"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 Ventures

"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


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

You can park in the South or West parking garages (see map here). If you park in the South garage, take the elevator to L level to the lobby and follow CONNECTpreneur signs. If you park in the West garage, take the elevator to P2, cross the walkway to the building, and follow signs. If you have any issues, please call Amanda at (571) 565-9104.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can e-mail CONNECTpreneur Community Manager Skylar Rallison at

What's the refund policy?

All sales are final and there are no refunds. Any cancellations received before June 23, 2022 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 transferable?

The “Service Provider” ticket is fully transferable. The Investor/Entrepreneur/CEO ticket is transferable only to another investor, founder or CEO. It is not transferable 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 We have a Committee review process for prospective presenting companies.

About the organizer

Organized by

CONNECTpreneur is an affiliate of Opus8, Inc. We facilitate hi-end C-level connections, dealmaking, capital formation, and education. CONNECTpreneur is a community of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. Since 2011, over 20,000 business leaders from around the world have attended our bi-monthly Forums and monthly virtual "Rocket Pitch + Power Networking" events. The conferences are widely considered to be among the best tech and investment networking events in the country. More info at