CONNECTpreneur Holiday Networking and Pitch Extravaganza

The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Holiday Networking & Pitch Extravaganza - IN PERSON at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner, Virginia. December 20, 2021.


About this event


The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Holiday Networking & Pitch Extravaganza!

December 20, 2021


Hosted by CONNECTpreneur, the Tower Club, and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Extravaganza will be the best business networking event of the Season.

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

Featuring incomparable CEO and Investor Networking, plus 10 promising early stage companies!

Full house of investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, CXOs, and business leaders!

This will be our 45th consecutive SOLD OUT in-person event with over 11,000 attendees 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 our region, because of the high quality of our attendees, speakers and presenters. The networking is unprecedented!


Program Highlights:

- The region's top business leaders, CEOs & Founders, private investors, angels & VCs

- ROCKET PITCH SHOWCASE of promising Emerging tech companies

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

- Heavy NETWORKING sessions

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

- Appetizers, beer and wine, and other refreshments


We will be following all state and local Covid protocols

The Tower Club has ample balcony space for outdoor networking, and we will have plenty of facemasks and hand sanitizer.


CONNECTpreneur is a bi-monthly networking mashup, which has been attended by over 12,000 business leaders over the past 10 years.

All attendees MUST BE pre-registered due to venue capacity. 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.


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

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @connectpreneur

And visit our Website at connectpreneur.org

For info on SPONSORSHIP, please email us at sponsors@opus8.com

If you want to be considered as a PRESENTER/EXHIBITOR, please email presenters@opus8.com



DATE: Monday, December 20, 2020



5:00 - 6:15 pm - REGISTRATION AND POWER NETWORKING - Atrium, Crescent Lounge & Balconies

6:15 - 6:30 pm - WELCOME REMARKS - Fairfax Room

TIEN WONG, Founder and Host, CONNECTpreneur

KARA MAYLE, Regional General Manager, ClubCorp

JULIE COONS, CEO, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

DR. ARTI SANTHANAM, Executive Director, Maryland Innovation Initiative Fund at TEDCO

6:30 - 7:30 pm - COMPANY SHOWCASE / ROCKET PITCH - Fairfax Room

Companies will be announced on December 13, 2021

Companies will be introduced by:

ANTHONY MILLIN, Partner and Founder, NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers

7:30 - 8:45pm - EXPO AND NETWORKING - Atrium, Crescent Lounge & Balconies

Networking Reception featuring live jazz by the Halley Schoenberg Trio




Revolution Ventures, Carlyle Group, Kinetic Ventures, Sterling Partners, Core Capital, Grotech, UPDATA, Novak Biddle, New Atlantic Ventures, Edison Ventures, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners, Venturehouse, Boulder Ventures, TDF Funds, Ballast Point Ventures, Multiplier Capital, Saratoga Investment Corp., Maryland Venture Fund, New Markets Venture Partners, True Ventures, 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, RLMcCall Capital, 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, Enhanced Capital, MTECH Ventures, Mosaic Capital, Opus8, Blue Heron Capital, Duncaster Investments, Private Capital Network, Next-Stage Development Group, Lancaster Angel Network, Decisive Investment Group, Harrell Partners, Ruxton Ventures, MD Center for Entrepreneurship, Fortify Ventures, Conscious Venture Labs, and Keiretsu Forum.



  • The Tower Club
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers
  • AEG
  • First Financial Group
  • Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • StellaPop
  • NFP
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • SunTrust Bank
  • New York Life
  • Baltimore Angels
  • Startup Grind
  • Keiretsu Forum
  • Dingman Center Angels
  • Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Institute for Excellence in Sales
  • Wharton DC Innovation Summit
  • Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services
  • Founder Institute
  • Center for Advancing Innovation
  • Ryan & Wetmore
  • National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs