He cites as an example the education technology industry which is booming in the Washington region: companies such as Full Measure Education, Blackboard, and EverFi, which recently received over $190 million in investment funding.
“They’re doing great things over there, and I think it’s something we can all be proud of. We all should be more aware of that community,” Anderson told What’s Working in Washington.
DCA Live’s events are designed to boost awareness of strong communities. One upcoming event is part of the company’s Trending 40 series, a monthly event recognizing 40 leaders in different fields of Washington business. The June 22 event focuses on entrepreneurs in the federal space.
“The federal contracting, federal technology space is not a new industry for Washington. But I think it’s also important to realize that it’s not just the big players, the names you know, that are in that. There’s lots of entrepreneurs, there’s lots of energy,” said Anderson.
Anderson also said that Washington deserved events and spotlighting like this because its entrepreneurial culture is “incredibly diverse, in the challenges it’s taking on.”
In the work to show off this diversity, “the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting people, to be at the center of this community, to help build the community, that’s what gets me going,” he said.