DC Startup Week 2021 – Live and Virtual Conference

October 18, 2021

October 22, 2021

8:00 AM To 6:00 PM

Online: EDT (USA)

https://bit.ly/3mgxOL9

$0 - $1000

Event Description

Join us for the DMV’s largest entrepreneurship conference with over 100+ Virtual Events, 250+ Speakers + Limited Live VIP programming.

GRAB YOUR FREE VIRTUAL OR LIMITED VIP PROGRAMMING PASS FOR DC STARTUP WEEK 2021 TODAY!

Every year, DC Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs and change-makers for a five-day conference where they exchange ideas, network, grow, and celebrate the DMV’s largest entrepreneurial community.

We are proud to host our 6th conference on October 18th – 22nd. #DCSW21 will have 100+ events, 250+ speakers, and five tracks of content designed to bring together and uplift the startup community across the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

This year’s conference will be a hybrid experience with both virtual (free) and one limited in-person (VIP) pass option with COVID protocols. Anyone can attend the virtual conference for free, regardless of where you live. The VIP day will feature a lunch, content sessions, networking opportunities, a pitch competition, a happy hour, and some surprises.

This year our theme is “It’s Your Time.” After the last year and a half we’ve collectively experienced, we believe that now is the time for growth, partnerships, new ideas, pivots, overcoming challenges, and building teams. Before DCSW begins, we challenge you to declare what it’s time for you to accomplish in your business. You can then leverage the week’s content, resources, and connections to help make your declaration happen.

We have 5 content tracks this year: 1) Early-Stage Founder, 2) Growth Stage, 3): Service-Based, 4) Social Impact, 5) Culture to support your startup at each stage.

GRATEFUL FOR OUR SPONSORS

DC Startup Week 2021 is only made possible through the support from our incredible sponsors who are vested in the DMV entrepreneurial ecosystem: NEXT Powered by Shulman Rogers, WeWork Labs, Washington Business Journal, WTOP, Technology Rivers, 2Gether-International, Mass Light, Boldr, Sage Communications, Upace, Disruptive.CEO, IRL Agency, Rhythmic Technologies, Manifesta, and Lamb Consulting. Excited to announce more of our sponsors shortly.

CHOOSE YOUR #DCSW21 PASS:

This year there are a few different passes from you to choose from. Further details are in the ticket section.

Virtual FREE Pass: This free pass includes access to all 5 days with 100+ virtual events at DCSW21 featuring 150+ expert speakers, founders, and investors.

VIP (In Person) Day + Virtual Pass (October 19): This $127 pass includes access to all virtual events, a 1-day in-person event designed for early-stage and growth stage founder (2 tracks) lunch, networking opportunities with other founders and speakers, keynote speeches and talks, an outdoor option for happy hour, and other surprises!

The cost will increase to $147 on September 21st, so grab your ticket now!

ADD-ONS TO YOUR #DCSW21 EXPERIENCE:

Community Networking Happy Hour Ticket: This $25.00 pass includes access to all 100+ virtual events and entrance to our community networking happy hour event on Wednesday, Oct 20th. The ticket includes one drink ticket.

Grab your pass now to meet thousands of other entrepreneurs and celebrate the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that makes the DMV area great!

To learn more, visit www.dcstartupweek.org and follow us on social media (@dcstartupweek) to stay updated on the latest news! Tag us with #DCSW21

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. Do all attendees need a ticket to enter? Yes, everyone must have a ticket to participate in DC Startup Week 2021. You will receive a message when to RSVP for sessions via our online platform once you register through Eventbrite. (Schedule is coming soon!)

2. Do I have to be a founder or a part of the startup community to attend? Everyone is welcome, and we encourage attendees to have an interest in entrepreneurship or to be interested to become a part of the community. If you are thinking about becoming a founder or working for a startup this event you cannot miss!

3. Do I have to attend all 5 days of DCSW21? You are welcome to attend as many or as few events as you would like. We offer over 100 events, 200+ expert and founder speakers in 5 content tracks through the 5-day conference. Please feel free to attend the events that you find that add value to you and your startup. The conference will host both virtual (free pass) and in-person events (ticketed pass). If you would like to attend all events, we would love that as well!

4. When can I see the schedule? The schedule is coming in early October. If you register now, you will receive an email when the schedule is live.

5. What are the safety precautions at the in-person events? At the in-person events the venues we are working with have both indoor and outdoor options to allow you to pick the area in which you are most comfortable. Due to the current news of the additional possibility of variants, we ask that all attendees need to show proof of vaccination the day off and we will be encouraging attendees to wear a mask and to use hand sanitizer throughout the day.

6. What if the in-person VIP events get canceled due to Covid-19? If a Covid-19 variant prevents us from gathering in person for one or both of the VIP day experiences, we will hold the content virtually over zoom and will host the happy hour and lunch at a later date once it is safe to gather in person.

7. What is the theme for DCSW21 this year? This year our theme is “It’s Your Time.” After the last year and a half we’ve collectively experienced, we believe that now is the time for growth, partnerships, new ideas, pivots, overcoming challenges, and building teams. Before DCSW begins, we challenge you to declare what it’s time for you to accomplish in your business. You can then leverage the week’s content, resources, and connections to help make your declaration happen.

8. Do I have to be a founder or a part of the startup community to attend? Everyone is welcome, and we encourage attendees to have an interest in entrepreneurship or to be interested in becoming a part of the community. If you are thinking about becoming a founder or working for a startup this event is one you cannot miss!

9. Who attends DCSW21? There will be thousands of attendees of DCSW21 where the attendees range from founders, startups, community leaders, investors, and more. The founders and startups who attend are at various stages ranging from idea phase, early-stage, and growth stage. It does not matter what part of the startup lifecycle you’re in or if you are a part of the startup community, check out our schedule, content, and events, as you DON’T want to miss out.

10. How can I apply for the pitch competition? This year we are hosting two pitch competitions for early-stage and growth-stage founders. Applications open mid-August and close mid-September. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to access the pitch competition application.

11. How can I best leverage DCSW21 to network during the week? This year our event will be a hybrid in-person (VIP ticketed pass) and virtual event (free pass). For the virtual platform, you will get specific instructions on how to fill out your profile on the system. Then we encourage you to use all the virtual networking features on the platform to introduce yourself and what you do, go to sponsor booths, and attend some of the “networking coffee chat” sessions throughout the week. For the in-person events, we are hosting a community network event (ticketed event) on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021. Both VIP days will have networking including in the day and a happy hour to close out each evening.

12. If I have technical issues who should I contact? If you are having any technical issues the best way to contact us is via email at info@dcstartupweek.org.

13. I bought a ticket, and did not receive the email confirmation? Please first check your spam folder if the email confirmation went to spam instead of your inbox. If you still cannot find it, the best way to contact us is via email at info@dcstartupweek.org.

14. Can I still be a speaker at DCSW21? The date to apply to be a speaker for the event has passed, however, if you are interested in speaking at an upcoming DC Startup Week or one of our other events throughout the year, please subscribe to our newsletter so that you will be the first to know when the new speaker applications open.

15. Can I still be a sponsor at DCSW21? Yes! We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses of every size. From Community Sponsors to Title Sponsor and many in between (Track Sponsors, Event Sponsors, Pitch Competition Sponsors, Happy Hour Sponsors, and others we have yet to announce), we will work with you to find a level that fits your business needs and goals. If you are interested to learn more, please fill out the form here.

16. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? The best way to contact us is via email: info@dcstartupweek.org.

Organizers

DC Startup Week

https://www.dcstartupweek.org/

About the Organizers

DC Startup Week (DCSW) is the fastest-growing startup community in the DMV region with over 8,000 entrepreneurs. Once a year, we bring together our expansive community over 5-days to connect, collaborate, share resources and celebrate our thriving ecosystem. Throughout the year, we strengthen our united community by curating inclusive, thought-provoking, and meaningful events and partnerships.

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