This Week at Capitol Post (August 13-17)

Summer Summer Time | This Week at Capitol Post, Aug 13 – 17th

We are down to the last few weeks of summer! Before the post-Labor Day pace (and traffic) picks up, we want to share a few important dates and events to get on your calendar below! Join us below. . .

But, First, Thank You’s

Thank you to our fantastic mentors Carrie Brady (Google Cloud), Shawn Olds (Campaign Partners), and Craig Buerstatte (U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship) who shared their time with us and eight other veteran-owned companies at Capitol Post last Thursday for a roundtable. Some photos from the morning are posted here. A big thanks to Shawn Olds for leading the charge on this great session! 

Thank you to Bob Podizus and Jenn Mathis (One Degree Capital) for reviewing financials yesterday during our Startup School. Some pics from the morning are here.  

Thank you to the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for asking our community manager Elizabeth Watson to speak about How to Link Small Businesses with Incubator Services last Thursday evening. 

Thank you to Ada Oppengeim (military spouse) for displaying her beautiful artwork on our walls at Capitol Post. To get a glimpse of her talent, check out her site. Amazing! 


Our Workshops/Events at Capitol Post. 

Fri, Aug 17. GovCon Connect Welcome Back from Summer Breakfast & Roundtable, Wilson Bridge Room sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, 08:30 – 09:30 AM. Please RSVP here

Wed, Aug 23. Startup School Final Pitch Rehearsals, Wilson Bridge Room sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, 08:30 – 11:30 AM. 

Thu, Aug 30. Capitol Post Welcome & Overview. Learn more about Capitol Post’s programs, services, and co-working space, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Wilson Bridge Room sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. RSVPhere.

Fri, Sep 7. Capitol Post & GovTribe present GovTribe 2.0 Launch & Training, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Wilson Bridge Room sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, RSVP here

Fri, Sep 28. DC Startup Week presents Flourishing as a Founder – How the Science of Happiness Applies to Entrepreneurs, Wilson Bridge Room, 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Standby for RSVP site.  

Our Workshops/Events around the DMV. 

Mon, Sep 10. Capitol Post presents Startup Standup ($3,500 prize awarded to the pitch winner of Startup School). MetroStage, Alexandria, VA, 5:00 – 7:30 PM. Pitches from the members of our Startup School Cohort 5 infused with music performance by veteran artists in between. Bunker Labs DC’s September Bunker Brews will meet before and after the event. RSVP here.

Partner Workshops/Events (Local) – Aug. 

Fri, Aug 17 – Sat, Aug 18. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office presents Invention Con 2018, USPTO Campus, Alexandria, Virginia. 

Sat, Aug 22. Defense Entrepreneurs Forum DC presents Drink and Think with Dcode, Washington DC. POC: Jen Sovada.

Thu, Aug 23. FH+H presents Best Practices in Buy-Side M&A: Lessons for Small- and Medium-Sized Business, The Forge at FH+H, Tysons, VA

Sat, Aug 25. Final Salute presents Next Uniform, Durant Recreation Center, Alexandria. POC: Sarah Komm.

Partner Workshops/Events (National) – Sep.

Fri, Sep 28 – Sun, Sep 30. Patriot Boot Camp presents Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Denver, CO. Apply here.

Call for Startup School! 

Interested in applying for our next cohort starting in September? Learn more and apply here.  

Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs

Last week, we mistakenly omitted Deniz Emre from our list (insert Marine joke here). Bunker Labs DC is excited to announce the second tribe of the Veterans in Residence program that kicked off Thu, Aug 2 at the WeWork Dupont Circle. Lead by Bunker Labs DC City Leader Seda Goff and WeWork’s Rachel Gartlan, the following veterans / military spouses will work at no cost for six months at the WeWork Dupont Circle location. Please help us welcome: 

Name Service 
E. Sean Lanier U.S. Army
Jayson Browder U.S. Air Force
Joe Donnelly U.S. Marine Corps
Joe Himpelmann U.S. Army
Justin Mullins U.S. Army 
Ken Allgood U.S. Air Force
Deniz Emre U.S. Marine Corps
Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer Military Spouse (U.S. Army) 
Pete Scott U.S. Army 
Shahriar Chowdhury U.S. Army 
Tina Claflin U.S. Coast Guard 

Support Our Members 

Wed, Aug 22. The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) presents DC Comedy Bootcamp Grad Show, 7:30 PM, DC Improv. If Capitol Post brings ten or more people, the tickets are half off ($10 instead of $20). Email Elizabeth Watson if you are interested. 

Thu, Aug 23. Hills Vets and the National Indian Gaming Association present their Joint Networking Social, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, 224 2nd Street SE, Washington, DC. RSVP here.

Deadline, Sat, Aug 25. Ms. Jo’s Petite Sweets and True Made Foods are both finalists in the StreetShares Veteran Small Business Award. Voting Deadline: Sat, Aug 25th. Let’s help Erinn and Abe get to the top of the ballots. Voting takes less than 15 seconds. Vote here.

Member Monday. 

Eugene Bounds, CEO of Bounds Associates, Check out his interview on our blog here(quick excerpt: What is the book that has greatly influenced your life? First, Break All The Rules—What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

In The News. 

True Made Foods. This veteran-owned startup is raising millions to change the condiment game — with veggies – Washington Business Journal (Sara Gilgore) 

True Made Foods. $1 Off Print-at-home coupon: and 50% Off Code on Amazon on any of our products: TRUETHNX

Grants, Fellowships, Contests & Opportunities

Fri, Aug 24. Cooley Capital Call October 18th. Template to apply here. Submit to Sabrina Morales

Sun, Aug 26.Apply to be a TED Fellow Deadline: Sun, Aug 26. 

Fri, Aug 31. The 4th Annual Timmy Awards DC. Categories. Best Tech Startup. Best Work Culture. Best Manager. Best Workplace Diversity. Nominate a company here. Deadline: Fri, Aug 31. 

Thu, Sep 20. Apply to be one of the five companies to pitch at the Muster Raleigh-Durham (RDU) on Thu, Sep 20th. A chance to win $10k. Apply here

Aug 31. Purdue University is looking for feedback on knowledge gaps that business owners and founders face in the early stages of starting. To share your perspective, please click here


Operation Gratitude is looking for an awesome event campaign manager with comms, social media and event spin for a three-month contract. Contact Samantha O’Neill for more info.  

Need a copier? MP Copiers, Inc. will donate a copier to a local veteran starting a new business. (thank you, Charles McCaffrey, for passing this along!) 

Quote of the Week. 

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

Have a great night!

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