East Coast VentureCON SummerFest & EXPO

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Capital One Headquarters

1680 Capital One Drive

Conference Center

McLean, VA 22102

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East Coast VentureCON SummerFest & Expo = Power Networking with the region's top VCs, angels, and early stage companies and founders.

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Powered by Capital One, CONNECTpreneur, and the Northern Virginia Chamber, the 2019 East Coast VentureCON SummerFest & EXPO will be the best networking event of the Summer with 450 business leaders from all over the MidAtlantic in attendance.

Who said Summer is slow and quiet in DC? 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!


- 450 business leaders, including 150+ CEOs & Founders, as well as dozens of angels & VCs

- ROCKET PITCH SHOWCASE of 20 promising Emerging tech companies

- 40 EXHIBITORS including leading VC firms and angel groups, as well as presenting companies and sponsors

- Heavy NETWORKING sessions

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

All attendees MUST BE pre-registered due to strict building security. Attendance is capped at 400 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 connectpreneur.org.

DATE: Wednesday, August 7, 2019




6 :45 - 7:00 pm - WELCOME REMARKS

TIEN WONG, Founder and Host, CONNECTpreneur

IAN JOSEPH and DIANE ZANETTI, Senior Vice Presidents, Capital One

JULIE COONS, CEO, NOVA Chamber of Commerce


Partial List:

Africa Investment Tours



Community Data Platforms






ICE Neurosystems

Kelly Klee Private Insurance




Oodles Deals








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


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.


Capital One

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers

Cordia Partners

The Motley Fool Ventures

Center for Innovative Technology - GAP Funds

New York Life

Maryland Tech Council

Baltimore Angels

Dingman Center Angels

Early Light Capital

Startup Grind

Keiretsu Forum

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Founder Institute

EO - Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Influencer Collective

Center for Advancing Innovation

Ryan & Wetmore

Institute for Excellence in Sales


PRESS: http://connectpreneur.org/press

“You have hosted one of the best events I have ever attended.”

Venkat Ramineni

CEO, Start Business in America

"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

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

John Backus

Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures and PROOF.VC

"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

Former President, Qivliq / AKIMA

"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; serial entrepreneur and investor

"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?

Parking is limited on the Capital One campus. In the event overflow parking is needed, Capital One will provide a shuttle bus for the short ride from the overflow parking lot to the event venue.

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 July 15 may be credited towards a future East Coast VentureCON or CONNECTpreneur event.

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 emails 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 exhibit/present in the Rocket Pitch Showcase?

If you have a promising early stage company that is raising capital or wanting to make a product announcement, please contact us immediately at ecvc@opus8.com. We have a Committee review process for prospective presenting companies.

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Capital One Headquarters

1680 Capital One Drive

Conference Center

McLean, VA 22102

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