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What to watch for the week of Nov. 14: Two festivals to offer startups tips on growing

For entrepreneurs who like to talk shop in a festival setting, Washington is the place to be. A week after Digital Capital Week connected hundreds of entrepreneurs in a nontraditional gathering, two back-to-back events aim to bring together novice business owners looking for inspiration and instruction.

On Monday, the five-day D.C. Entrepreneurship Week event kicks off with a series of pitch sessions, workshops and evening social gatherings.

The event is designed to help business owners make the connections to develop their enterprises. Speakers include Ted Leonsis, chairman and majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; and Carl Schramm, president of Kauffman Foundation. The activities will take place at various venues.

Starting Friday and continuing for 54 hours until Sunday, organizers of Startup Weekend Washington D.C. plan to connect entrepreneurs with more-experienced business owners who can give them feedback, fellow beginners with whom they may want to team and venture capitalists who may want to finance their ideas. The event will run concurrently in numerous cities.

An added feature will be a contest, called the Global Startup Battle of 2011. Participants will be invited to submit a one-minute video pitch of their product or service by Monday, Nov. 21. Winners from all the cities will compete at the Demo Asia conference in Singapore in early 2012.

The event is to begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Microsoft Conference Center, 5404 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 700, in Chevy Chase.

Other events of note

Maryland Technology Development Corp. is sponsoring the all-day Entrepreneur Expo beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Rd. in Linthicum Heights.

The Arlington County Chamber of Commerce has invited transportation officials to discuss how the commercial real estate add-on tax is being used. The session is to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the chamber office, 2009 14th St. North, Suite 111, in Arlington.


The D.C. Chamber of Commerce discusses trade opportunities with the Republic of Botswana at a session set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, 1531 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce discusses how a business’s credit score can affect its ability to obtain funding, beginning at 6 p.m. at Arlington Economic Development, 1100 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 1500, in Arlington.


The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce plans to assemble a panel of representatives from federal intelligence agencies to discuss contracting opportunities. The session is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Rd. in Alexandria.

— V. Dion Haynes



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