Topics include the investment “donut hole”, D.C.’s seed-stage investor ecosystem, forging your own personal connections, and the changing D.C. market.
The region has a wealth of innovators and inventors. In both private and federal labs, it’s easy to imagine thousands of fantastic inventions ready to be part of the next big company, but the transition isn’t always easy, and not all inventions are created equal.
When it comes to inventions built in labs across the D.C. region, “the idea is that you would ultimately commercialize them and bring them to the market, and someone would use them,” said Bob Smith, Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program of Virginia at George Mason University.
Fosterly is once again conducting a startup census, with a form that is now easier to use, according to Adam Zuckerman, founder of Fosterly.
Fosterly collaborated with research experts from Virginia Tech to increase the scientific rigor of the 2017 census. The census report is a collaborative effort with commentary and analysis provided by some of our region’s leading subject matter experts.
Ross Baird, founder of Village Capital, believes that venture capital isn’t doing a good job of getting new ideas to society. In his new book, The Innovation Blind Spot, Baird explains that the industry could do more to spur innovation.
This week marks D.C. Techweek, an opportunity for entrepreneurs and companies in the greater Washington region to better raise capital, recruite talent, select advisors, and network.
Techweek’s mission is to spread the creation of innovation hubs to diverse places.
“We think technology is one of the biggest drivers of our economy. It’s one of the only industries that’s experienced positive job growth over the last twelve months,” Matt Coursen, managing director at Jones Lang Lasalle told What’s Working in Washington.