Description: Washington, D.C. is experiencing a startup boom as entrepreneurs and innovators collaborate and connect with cutting-edge startup strategies made available through DC’s growing tech infrastructure. During this session, special guests highlighted key tech initiatives for the District and other urban areas, the benefits for entrepreneurs, and the social impact that opportunity hubs, co-working spaces, accelerators, and incubators can have on a city’s most vulnerable communities.
Moderator: Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant, Values Partnerships (Casting Agent for ABC’s Shark Tank)
Special Remarks: Erin Horne McKinney, Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, District of Columbia; Co-Founder, Black Female Founders
Ron Busby, President and CEO, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Herbert Niles, Deputy Director, Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, District of Columbia; Aaron Saunders, Founder, Luma Labs; Founder and CEO, Clearly Innovative, Inc.
Jason Towns, Managing Partner and Founder, The Towns Group LLC; Creator, Groundwork.vc Venture Fund
Alton Turner, Banking Program Monitor, District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
Justin Vélez-Hagan, Ph.D., Founder and National Executive Director, The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce