Funny or Die's Brad Jenkins, Fusion's Rebekah Dryden, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and John Della Volpe of Harvard University's Institute of Politics discuss young American's faith in government and the American dream, and how presidential candidates might appeal to them in 2016. (Washington Post Live)

inGENuitY | Dec. 2, 2015 | The Washington Post

A summit to inform, innovate and inspire the millennial entrepreneurial spirit.

A summit for and about millennials.

A summit to find a cause and build a brand.

Gen Y is upending industries, swaying elections and transforming society.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says millennials are making decisions about where they live based on transportation options. (Washington Post Live)
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discusses the Obama Administration's plan to support start-ups and reinvigorate the economy. (Washington Post Live)
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., Dropbox's Amber Cottle and Heather Podesta of Heather Podesta + Partners discuss how best to navigate the politics of Washington as a start-up with regulatory hurdles. (Washington Post Live)
Josh Tetrick, chief executive of Hampton Creek, and Julie Samuels, executive director of Engine Advocacy, discuss the regulatory challenges of breaking into an established market. (Washington Post Live)
Thrillist co-founder Ben Lerer and theSkimm co-founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin talk with The Washington Post's Robin Givhan about breaking through the noise in an inundated market. (Washington Post Live)
Whiteny Wolfe, formerly of Tinder, is the chief executive of Bumble -- a dating app where women make the first move. Wolfe spoke with The Washington Post's David Cho about her personal journey as a women in the technology field at The Post's millennial entrepreneur summit Dec. 2 (Washington Post Live)
Partpic's Jewel Burks, &pizza's Michael Lastoria, Netcito's Peter Mellen, Pluralsight's Nate Walkingshaw and The Post's Zachary Goldfarb discuss what it takes to create and sell product in a start-up economy. (Washington Post Live)
Sidewire's Andy Bromberg, FamousDC's Amos Snead and co-creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Pat Quinn joined The Washington Post's James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck at inGENuitY 2015 to discuss how to create compelling content for an inundated generation. (Washington Post Live)
Venture Hive's Susan Amat, William Crowder of Comcast Ventures' Catalyst Fund, CRVIII's Jamal Simmons and The Washington Post's Brian Fung discuss inclusive entrepreneurship. (Washington Post Live)
The Case Foundation's Sheila Herrling, GoodWorld's Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, Brigade's James Windon and The Washington Post's Colby Itkowitz discuss how small businesses can do good while still keeping the lights on and the rent paid. (Washington Post Live)
Evan Burfield, 1776 awards the 2015 inGENuitY pitch contest award to founder and chief executive Kate Glantz. (Washington Post Live)


8:00 a.m. | Doors open

8:30 a.m. | Welcome remarks

Fred Ryan, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

8:35 a.m. | Fostering a generation of entrepreneurs
The Obama Administration’s plan to support startups and reinvigorate the economy

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
Interviewed by Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

8:55 a.m. | Navigating a generational change
A closer look at how millennials are upending the transportation industry

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Interviewed by Lois Romano, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

9:15 a.m. | Why you can’t avoid Washington
Experience from Congress, K Street and the digital Beltway

Amber Cottle, Dropbox
Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta + Partners
Rep. Jared Polis (D- Colo.)
Moderated by Paul Kane, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

9:40 a.m. | Caught in the crosshairs
What happens when a small business disrupts a regulated industry

Julie Samuels, Engine Advocacy
Josh Tetrick, Hampton Creek
Interviewed by Alison Snyder, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

10:05 a.m. | inGENuitY 2015 Pitch Contest Semi-Finals
Ten pitch contest semi-finalists present to a live audience and panel of judges.

William Crowder, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
Penny Lee, Venn Strategies
Hosted by Evan Burfield, 1776
Location: Auditorium

10:25 a.m. | Building a brand
Finding a niche in a generation addicted to content

Ben Lerer, Co-founder, Thrillist
Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, Co-founders, theSkimm
Moderated by Robin Givhan, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

10:50 a.m. | Creating buzz
Pivoting and marketing to your advantage

Whitney Wolfe, Bumble
Interviewed by David Cho, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

11:15 a.m. | Breakout sessions:

1. So you want to be an entrepreneur
Creating and managing in a startup economy
Jewel Burks, Partpic
Michael Lastoria, &pizza
Peter Mellen, Netcito
Nate Walkingshaw, Pluralsight
Hosted by Zachary Goldfarb, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

2. So you want to go viral
Creating compelling content for an inundated generation
Andy Bromberg, Sidewire
Pat Quinn, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Amos Snead, FamousDC
Hosted by James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post
Location: Community Room

12:30 p.m. | Lunch
Location: Cafeteria

1:30 p.m. | Welcome back remarks
Lois Romano, Editor, Washington Post Live
Location: Auditorium

1:35 p.m. | Inclusive entrepreneurship
Diversity is good for creativity and business – how to get more of it

Susan Amat, Venture Hive
William Crowder, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
Jamal Simmons, CRVIII
Moderated by Brian Fung, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

2:00 p.m. | Turning a cause into a company
Small businesses are playing a big role in addressing populations in need.

Sheila Herrling, Case Foundation
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, GoodWorld
James Windon, Brigade
Moderated by Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

2:25 p.m. | Video: Funny or Die
Location: Auditorium

2:30 p.m. | inGENuitY 2015 Pitch Contest Finals
Five pitch contest finalists present to a live audience and panel of judges.

William Crowder, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
Penny Lee, Venn Strategies
Hosted by Evan Burfield, 1776
Location: Auditorium

3:00 p.m. | Remarks
Marty Baron, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

3:05 p.m. | Engaging millennials in 2016
Passionate and politically divided, young Americans are poised to sway the next presidential election

John Della Volpe, Harvard University Institute of Politics
Rebekah Dryden, Fusion
Brad Jenkins, Funny or Die
Moderated by Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
Location: Auditorium

3:40 p.m. | Closing remarks
Location: Auditorium

3:45 p.m. | Sponsor remarks
David White, Wells Fargo
Location: Auditorium

4:00 p.m. | inGENuitY 2015 Pitch Contest Winner Announcement
Hosted by Evan Burfield, 1776

4:15 p.m. | Cocktails and networking


Do you have an original business idea in the industries that affect the way we live — education, energy, health, transportation, food or social impact?

We invite you to submit an application to pitch your original business idea at the Dec. 2 inGENuitY Summit.

Semifinalists and finalists will be judged by a panel of business, policy and marketing experts and will be presented to an audience of entrepreneurs, potential investors, policymakers and community leaders. One winner will receive a prize package with generous contributions from The Washington Post, 1776 and additional sponsors.



Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker


Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx


Ben Lerer
Co-founder and chief executive
Thrillist Media Group


Whitney Wolfe
Chief executive


Rep. Jared Polis


Josh Tetrick
Chief executive and founder
Hampton Creek


Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg


Brad Jenkins
Executive Producer
Funny or Die DC

Heather Podesta

Heather Podesta
Founder and chief executive
Heather Podesta + Partners


Evan Burfield
Co-founder and co-chief executive

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Sheila Herrling
Senior Vice President for Social Innovation
The Case Foundation

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Nate Walkingshaw
Chief product officer

Amos B Snead

Amos Snead
Bryant Row

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Dale Nirvani Pfeifer
Chief executive and founder

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Julie Samuels
Executive Director

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Jewel Burks
Co-founder and chief executive


Michael Lastoria
Chief executive and co-founder

William Crowder - Comcast Ventures / Catalyst Fund - in New York City

William Crowder
Venture Advisor
Comcast Ventures’ Catalyst Fund


John Della Volpe
Director of polling
The Institute of Politics at Harvard University

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Rebekah Dryden
Director of Elections Coverage

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Jamal Simmons

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James Windon
Co-founder and president


Andy Bromberg
Co-founder and chief executive


Amber Cottle
Head of global public policy and government affairs


Peter Mellen


Susan Amat
Chief executive and founder
Venture Hive


Pat Quinn
Quinn for the Win

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Penny Lee
Venn Strategies



[Announcement: The Washington Post and 1776 partner to host inGENuitY 2015 summit and pitch contest]

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