CONNECTpreneur Fall Forum, BETHESDA, Sept 14th, 2017

Thursday  14 September  2017  7:00 AM
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Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Fall Forum Bethesda- Sept 14, 2017

"The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic."

This will be our 27th consecutive SOLD OUT event over the last 6 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.

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 Rockstar CEO / Entrepreneur TOM GARDNER, Co-Founder and CEO, The Motley Fool Entrepreneurial WAR STORIES panel of leading Entrepreneurs!

We expect 500 business leaders, including 250+ CEOs & Founders, as well as 80+ angels & VCs

SHOWCASE of 10 Emerging tech companies
Heavy NETWORKING before, during, and after the event

A plated breakfast and unlimited coffee/tea are included.

CONNECTpreneur is a quarterly networking mashup, which has been attended by over 7000 business leaders over the past 6 years.

We expect another SELLOUT crowd, so there will be no on-site registration. All attendees MUST BE pre-registered.

Register now!

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8:15 - 8:25 am - WELCOME


S. TIEN WONG, Chairman of Tech 2000 and Lore Systems



TOM GARDNER, CEO & Co-Founder, The Motley Fool


9:10 – 9:55 am - COMPANY SHOWCASE / ROCKET PITCH (Companies will be announced on September 7)



Moderator: MARK WALSH, Serial Investor and Entrepreneur, Advisor, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Former Head of Innovation and Investment, U.S. Small Business Administration; Former Chair, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Former Chair, Union College

JENNY ABRAMSON, Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact, LP; Ex-CEO and President, LiveSafe

ZVI BAND, Founder & CEO, Contactually; Co-Founder,ProudlyMadeInDC and DC Tech Meetup

KATE GOODALL, CEO, Halcyon; COO, S&R Foundation


10:45 am - NETWORKING






Revolution Ventures, Carlyle Group, Kinetic Ventures, Sterling Partners, Core Capital, Grotech, Novak Biddle, New Atlantic Ventures, True Ventures, Edison Ventures, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners, Updata, Venturehouse, Boulder Ventures, Multiplier Capital, Saratoga Investment Corp., Maryland Venture Fund, New Markets Venture Partners, 500 Startups ,Amplifier Venture Partners, DFW Capital Partners, Farragut Capital, NextGen Angels, CIT GAP Funds, TEDCO, BluVenture Investors, Leeds Novamark, TEDCO, 1776, Private Access Network, CAV Angels, K Street Capital, Select Venture Partners, RLMcCall Capital, ID Private Equity, Cranbrook Capital, Fortify Ventures, 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, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Grindstone Partners, Exhilirator, New Vantage Group, New Dominion Angels, National Capital Companies, Enhanced Capital, 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., Decisive Investment Group, Harrell Partners, Ruxton Ventures, MD Center for Entrepreneurship, Conscious Venture Labs, and Keiretsu Forum.






LORE Systems


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker

BNY Mellon

Montgomery County Economic Developent Corp.

Association for Enterprise Growth

Meltzer Group

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship (UMD)

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative


Institute for Excellence in Sales

Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Tech Council of Maryand Venture Mentoring Services


Ryan & Wetmore

Hafezi Capital










"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

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 entrepreneurshi[/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





Please note: All sales are final and nonrefundable. Any cancellations received prior to September 1 may be credited toward our upcoming Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Fora: November and December 2017

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Bethesda Hyatt Regency
Bethesda Metro Center 1, Bethesda, 20814, Maryland, United States
Bethesda Hyatt Regency
Bethesda Metro Center 1, Bethesda, 20814, Maryland, United States