Big Idea CONNECTpreneur

Event Details

Time 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
Address Chevy Chase
5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015

The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum - WASHINGTON, DC

September 25, 2019


Want to hear about a DC tech company that's the "largest and fastest-growing startup in American history"?


Then come to "The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic" and meet our special guest speaker, SUPERSTAR CEO Tim Hwang of FiscalNote! Plus, you get to hang out with 350+ investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, CXOs, and business leaders!

This will be our 40th consecutive SOLD OUT event over the last 8 years.

Over 70% of previous attendees surveyed say that CONNECTpreneur is the "Number One" tech and investor event in the Mid-Atlantic region.

This UNIQUE EVENT is like NONE OTHER in our region, because of the high quality of our attendees, speakers and presenters. The networking is unprecedented!


Program Highlights:

- FIRESIDE CHAT with TIM HWANG, CEO and Founder of FiscalNote, the "largest and fastest-growing startup in American history" and the largest tech employer HQ'd in Washington, DC

- We expect 350 business leaders, including 100+ CEOs & Founders, as well as dozens of angels & VCs

- SHOWCASE of 10 Amazing emerging tech companies 

- Heavy NETWORKING before, during, and after the event


About Tim Hwang:

Tim is an entrepreneurial prodigy and one of the brightest young entrepreneurs in the USA. He hails from Bethesda, MD, and, at age 21, Tim cold emailed Mark Cuban and convinced him to invest in FiscalNote. He has raised a total of $230 million from top-tier investors, and is on a huge growth and acquisition spree, including buying CQ Roll Call from The Economist. FN is the largest tech employer based in DC. Here's a recent article on Tim in Forbes:


We will serve a Continental breakfast buffet and unlimited coffee/tea

CONNECTpreneur is a bi-monthly networking mashup, which has been attended by over 9500 business leaders over the past 8 years.

Space is very limited at this venue. There is parking in the building, but we recommend Rideshare or METRO (Friendship Heights Metro station)

We expect another SOLD OUT crowd, so there will be no on-site registration.

All attendees MUST BE pre-registered.


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Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @connectpreneur

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For info on SPONSORSHIP, please email us at sponsors [at]

If you want to be considered as a PRESENTER/EXHIBITOR, please email presenters [at]









8:40 - 8:45 am - WELCOME REMARKS

S. TIEN WONG, CEO, Opus8, Inc.



TIM HWANG, CEO and Founder, FiscalNote 



Companies will be announced on September 20

Companies will be introduced by:

MIKE LABRIOLA, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

ANTHONY MILLIN, Partner, Shulman Rogers and NEXT Legal


10:30 - 1130 am - POWER NETWORKING



Revolution Ventures, Carlyle Group, Kinetic Ventures, Sterling Partners, Core Capital, Grotech, UPDATA, Novak Biddle, New Atlantic Ventures, Edison Ventures, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners, Venturehouse, Boulder Ventures, TDF Funds, Ballast Point Ventures, Multiplier Capital, Saratoga Investment Corp., Maryland Venture Fund, New Markets Venture Partners, True Ventures, 500 Startups, Amplifier Venture Partners, DFW Capital Partners, Farragut Capital, NextGen Angels, CIT GAP Funds, TEDCO, BluVenture Investors, Leeds Novamark, 1776, Private Access Network, CAV Angels, K Street Capital, Select Venture Partners, RLMcCall Capital, ID Private Equity, Cranbrook Capital, Baltimore Angels, Pennington Partners, Acceleprise, Blue Marlin Partners, US Boston Capital, VentureCross Partners, Berman Enterprises, Dingman Angels, Neuberger & Co. Ventures, McLean Capital, Angel Venture Forum, Brilliant Keypoint Investments, Paras Ventures, NextSteps Capital, Noblestar Capital, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Grindstone Partners, Exhilirator, New Vantage Group, New Dominion Angels, National Capital Companies, Enhanced Capital, MTECH Ventures, Mosaic Capital, Opus8, Blue Heron Capital, Duncaster Investments, Private Capital Network, Next-Stage Development Group, Lancaster Angel Network, Decisive Investment Group, Harrell Partners, Ruxton Ventures, MD Center for Entrepreneurship, Fortify Ventures, Conscious Venture Labs, and Keiretsu Forum.



Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

NEXT by Shulman Rogers

Association for Enterprise Growth


Cordia Partners



SunTrust Bank

New York Life

Baltimore Angels

Startup Grind

Keiretsu Forum

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Institute for Excellence in Sales

Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentoring Services

Founder Institute

Center for Advancing Innovation

Ryan & Wetmore

National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs








"No B.S. that was the best biz networking event I have ever been to."

Darren Womer

CEO, National Capital Companies

Chairman, Clear Government Solutions


"CONNECTpreneur is the region's leading event for bringing together people who will drive our economy forward."

Lyles Carr

Senior Vice President, The McCormick Group


"Not every investor and startup meeting in town is worthwhile. I would run through walls to get to yours though."

Joe Kessler

CEO, Next Stage Development Group


"You pulled off a great conference. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for inviting me!!"

John Backus

Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures


"Thank you again for the invitation to CONNECTpreneur. It is so incredible to watch the Forum become THE entrepreneurship/investor forum in the Washington, DC metro area, and maybe the entire Mid-atlantic region."

Dennis Defensor

Senior VP, Worldwide Sales, OROCK Technologies


"What a great conference...There was a distinct energy and enthusiasm at your meeting, unlike the usual droll meetings like this. So well done."

John Holaday,

CEO, QRx Pharma


"One of the best events I have ever sponsored!"

Mark Ellenbogen

Partner, BDO


"Great event this week! Great speakers, atmosphere and people! Reminded me of the good ole days!"

Tom Kohn

Professor, American University

Founder, Transactis


"It was amazing. Best event I have ever attended!"

Jill Chodorov, Angel Investor


"I thought you put on a terrific event. I was really impressed with the caliber of people and the format of the event."

Jim Van Eperen, Angel Investor

Director, Raffa Insurance Services


"That was one of the best VC conferences I can remember attending. It had all the positive energy of the boom years, without the unbridled reckless exuberance."

Jim Long

Founder, VentureCross Partners


"Bravo! Great program."

Tony Cord

Partner and Managing Director, Newport Board Group


"It was first class....well done!"

Chad MacDonald

CEO, Connected Services


"Amazing how many high-level people you had..."

Wade Tetsuka,

CEO, US Transactions Corp.


"It was very successful! A good combination of networking time, information, and presentation of deal opportunities. The interview approach worked well I thought, and the room was certainly full."

George Harrop

Managing Director, CapitalSource


"It was a really good crowd of operators and investors…rare for these so-called 'forums.'"

David Giannini

Chairman and CEO, CirrusWorks


"Event was great. Quality attendees, good energy – contacts – content."

Bud Morrissette

CEO, Interstate Group Holdings


"it was an outstanding event! Thank you for having us be part of CONNECTpreneur...I feel like I've experienced the best of breed in networking and relationship groups. Nicely done."

Jack Quarles

Co-Author, Same Side Selling


"I thought the event yesterday at Marymount University was absolutely outstanding! The attendance was fantastic and the content was extraordinary. Thank you for curating such a great event. The Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board was extraordinarily impressed. Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of it and we look forward to the event."

Victor Hoskins

Director, Arlington County (VA) Economic Development




What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of parking in the Maggiano's building and the adjacent Chevy Chase Pavillion.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can e-mail the organizers at bicp [at]


What's the refund policy?

All sales are final and there are no refunds. Any cancellations received before September 2 may be credited towards a future CONNECTpreneur Forum.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Once you register on Eventbrite, you are good to go! We will send you a couple of confirmation emails in the days leading up to the event.


Can I update my registration information?



Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

The “Service Provider” ticket is fully transferable. The Investor/Entrepreneur/CEO ticket is transferable only to another investor, founder or CEO. It is not transferrable to a service provider.


How can I apply to present?

If you have a promising early stage company that is raising capital or wanting to make a product announcement, please email us at presenters [at] All presenters also get an exhibit table, which is key during networking sessions before and after the program. We have a Committee review process for prospective presenting companies.