FounderCorps is involved in a number of activities over the next few weeks that I thought were worth mentioning. Please come out and see us at these events, and support our partners. And, if you have other ideas for how we can continue to help our entrepreneur ecosystem comment on this blog or visit the FounderCorps site.
Social Entrepreneurship Conference
On November 10th, the George Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship is hosting a conference on Social Entrepreneurship in an Age of Austerity. It’s a full day event that investigates a broad scope of issues around creating avenues for social entrepreneurship. Senator Warner and Mario Marino are two of the headline speakers at the event. FounderCorps organized a panel on connecting entrepreneurs and networks. I’ll be joined on this panel by April Young, one of the founders of Mindshare, Gregory Fairchild, a professor at the Darden School of Business and an expert on promoting entrepreneurship in underserved areas and Michael Chodos, the SBA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development. The link for the event is here.
DC Week is a HUGE entrepreneur networking, education and community development movable feast that’s been organized by Peter Corbett and Frank Gruber and a supporting cast of the who’s who in the region. These guys continue to lead from the front and coalesce meaningful activities for our entrepreneurs, particularly in social media. FounderCorps partners with them in various ways, including DC Week. DC Week kicks off today and goes on all week. A link for DC Week is here.
Jamie Harvey and Sponto have released a social application designed especially for DC Week. Check it out here. Jamie was one of the founding members of FounderCorps, and is a great example of an entrepreneur who finds time to give back to the community (check out Geekeasy) while working 80+ hours a week on his startup Sponto.
FounderCorps members are going to be out in force at the Core Conference day of DC Week — Thursday November 10th – at the Artisphere Theater. A few of our members will be talking about mentorship and entrepreneurial resources in our community on a panel. Around 10 of us will also be staffing a booth in the lobby of the Artisphere from 1 to 5pm. Look for our black FounderCorps shirts for instant mentoring.
DC Entrepreneurship Week
Before the confetti is cleaned up another great entrepreneur event follows DC Week. DC Entrepreneurship Week coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week and provides DC entrepreneurs with access to another group of experts and entrepreneur development opportunities. Peter Stuart has done a great job of organizing resources and putting together a strong menu of events. A link to DC Entrepreneurship Week is here.
FounderCorps member Kurt Bauman is joining a panel discussion on Exits on November 16th. If you don’t know Kurt, he is a terrific guy and very tuned into what it means to be an entrepreneur and how to grow companies here and elsewhere. He says it like it is. If you want to hear his thoughts the link for the event is here.
Clara Conti, Adam Viener, Jim Condon and I are doing a panel on Tuesday November 15th on Financing a Startup From Angel to VC. Clara, Adam and Jim have financed business every possible way you can, so I am expecting lots of useful information and advice on how to finance an emerging business. If the conversation is anything like it is at one of our FounderCorps monthly dinners it will be entertaining. The link for the event is here.
It’s great to see FounderCorps continue to progress in its mission, and contribute to our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Look out for us in our black FC shirts at these or other events. We’ll be happy to see you.