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The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum - May 19 IN PERSON

The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum - May 19 IN PERSON

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International Square - 5th Floor

1850 K Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

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The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum - Washington DC May 19, 2022 "The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic."

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The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum - Washington DC

May 19, 2022

"The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic."

This will be our 46th consecutive Sold Out in-person event over the last 10 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 the Mid-Atlantic, because of the high quality of our attendees, speakers and presenters.

And YES, the networking is unprecedented!

Program Highlights:

- Updates from Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia; George Washington University, and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

- VIP Investor Panel: "Latest Trends in Early Stage Investing"

- We expect 300+ business leaders, including 100+ CEOs & Founders, as well as dozens of angels & VCs

- Showcase of 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 11,000 business leaders over the past 10 years.

Space is very limited at this venue, and we expect another Sold Out crowd, so there will be no on-site registration.

All attendees must be pre-registered.

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

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @connectpreneur

And visit our Website at connectpreneur.org




8:45 - 9:20 am - WELCOME REMARKS

S. TIEN WONG - CEO, Opus8; Founder, Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum

LEONA AGOURIDIS, Executive Director, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

JOHN FALCICCHIO - Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia

MARK S. WRIGHTON, President, George Washington University

DAN DOOLEY - Managing Director, Tishman Speyer

9:20 - 10:25 am - COMPANY SHOWCASE / ROCKET PITCH - Promising Early Stage Companies

Companies will be introduced by:

ANTHONY MILLIN - Chair of NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers; Venture Partner, Third Sphere

ANDY TUCKER, Partner, Nelson Mullins

WILL CHOI, Assurance Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman


Capital Provisions





Micronic Technologies

University Startups

Alexanders Grace

10:25 - 11:15 am - INVESTOR PANEL: "Latest Trends in Early Stage Investing"

MODERATOR: DR. ANUJ MEHROTRA - Dean, George Washington University School of Business

MELISSA BRADLEY, Managing Partner, 1863 Ventures; Co-Founder Ureeka

CHRIS ENG, Principal, Sands Capital

ANNA MASON, Managing Partner , Rise of the Rest Seed Fund at REVOLUTION

MARK WALSH, Managing Director, Ruxton Ventures; Former Head of the Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

11:15 am - Noon - NETWORKING


Over 3000 accredited private investors, VCs, angels, corporate investors and family offices have attended CONNECTpreneur events over the past 10 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, 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.


Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

DMPED - Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia

George Washington University

Tishman Speyer

NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers

Nelson Mullins




Association for Enterprise Growth

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

SunTrust Bank


New York Life

Baltimore Angels

Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services

Startup Grind - Columbia, MD

Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI)

Keiretsu Forum

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Institute for Excellence in Sales

Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Founder Institute

Center for Advancing Innovation

Ryan & Wetmore


U.S. International Development Center (USIDC)

National Association of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (NABOE)


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 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

President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Corporation


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

The venue (5th Floor 1850 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006) is located one block from the Farragut West Metro station and 3 blocks from the Farragut North Metro station. There are several parking garages and on-street parking around the building.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can e-mail CONNECTpreneur Community Manager Skylar Rallison at srallison@opus8.com.

What's the refund policy?

All sales are final and there are no refunds. Any cancellations received before April 30, 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 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 presenters@opus8.com. We have a Committee review process for prospective presenting companies.

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