The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Summerfest - Networking & Pitch Extravaganza
IN PERSON - Rockville, MD
August 3, 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 54th 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!
- 300+ business leaders, including 100+ CEOs & Founders, as well as 100+ angels & VCs
- ROCKET PITCH SHOWCASE of promising Emerging tech companies
- Panel of All Star VCs and investors
- Panel of experts on Workforce Attraction & Development
- Heavy NETWORKING throughout
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 connectpreneur.org.
DATE: Thursday, August 3, 2023
4:30 - 5:45 pm - REGISTRATION / NETWORKING
5:45 - 6:05 pm - WELCOME REMARKS
TIEN WONG, Founder and Host, CONNECTpreneur
DR. ANNE KHADEMIAN, Executive Director, The Universities at Shady Grove
MARC ELRICH, County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland
6:05 - 6:40pm - WORKFORCE PANEL - "Creative Ways to Attract and Develop Talent in Maryland"
JEFF GALVIN, CEO, American Gene Technologies; CEO, AddImmune
CARMEN ORTIZ LARSEN, Founder, BioEthx; CEO, AQUAS, Inc.; President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County
MIKE PRIDDY, CEO, Intervise; Board Member, The Universities at Shady Grove
6:40 - 7:20 pm - ALL-STAR INVESTOR PANEL - "Current Trends in Early Stage Capital"
DONNA HARRIS, Founder & CEO, Builders + Backers; Board Member, Global Entrepreneurship Network
PHIL JUNG, Partner, Sovereign's Capital; Co-Founder/Treasurer, Jeremy Lin Foundation
KATHERINE HILL RITCHIE, Senior Director Venture Funds, TEDCO
7:20 - 8:00 pm - COMPANY SHOWCASE / ROCKET PITCH
Companies will be announced on July 25
8:00 - 8:45 pm - EXPO AND NETWORKING
Wine & Cheese Reception
PREVIOUS INVESTOR PARTICIPANTS (partial list)
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, Koev Brothers, 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, 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, Ringbolt Capital, 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.
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State of Maryland Department of Commerce
AEG - Association for Enterprise Growth
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County
New York Life
Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services
Ryan & Wetmore
Dingman Center Angels
MIT Alumni Angels of DC
Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative
EO - Entrepreneurs' Organization
Center for Advancing Innovation
Institute for Excellence in Sales - IES
National Association of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (NABOE)
Annual Wharton DC Summit
Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI)
ETS - Enterprise Transformation Solutions
US International Development Center