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CONNECTpreneur Winter Forum featuring Seth Goldman

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30am to 11:30am

George Washington University MARVIN CENTER
800 21st Street, NW
3rd Floor Grand Ballroom and Continental Ballroom
Washington, DC 20052


November 21, 2019
Come to "The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic" and meet our special guest speaker, SUPERSTAR ENTREPRENEUR Seth Goldman, Founder and TeaEO of HonestTea and Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, (NASDAQ: BYND), the Hottest IPO of 2019 with a market cap of almost $9 Billion!!
Plus, you get to hang out with 400+ investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, CXOs, and business leaders!
This will be our 41st consecutive SOLD OUT event with over 11,000 attendees 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 SETH GOLDMAN, Founder and TeaEO of HonestTea and Executive Chairman of recently IPO'd Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND)
  • - We expect 400 business leaders, including 100+ CEOs & Founders, as well as dozens of angels & VCs
  • - ROCKET PITCH SHOWCASE of 12 emerging tech companies
  • - Heavy NETWORKING before, during, and after the event

We will serve a Continental breakfast buffet and unlimited coffee/tea
CONNECTpreneur is a bi-monthly networking mashup, which has been attended by over 11,000 business leaders over the past 8 years.
We expect another SOLD OUT crowd, so there will be no on-site registration.
All attendees MUST BE pre-registered.

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If you want to be considered as a PRESENTER/EXHIBITOR, please email




8:40 - 8:45 am - WELCOME REMARKS
S. TIEN WONG, CEO, Opus8, Inc.
JIM CHUNG, Associate VP of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, George Washington University

SETH GOLDMAN, Founder and TeaEO of HonestTea and Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND)

(Companies will be announced November 14)
MIKE LABRIOLA, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
ANTHONY MILLIN, Chair of NEXT, powered by Shulman Rogers

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.


  • George Washington University
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • NEXT by Shulman Rogers
  • Association for Enterprise Growth
  • BDO
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • 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

"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 and PROOF.VC

"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 Koh, 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, President & CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority


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 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.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is plenty of parking around the venue. The nearest METRO station is Foggy Bottom.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can e-mail the organizers at

What's the refund policy?
All sales are final and there are no refunds. Any cancellations received before November 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.