This Week at Capitol Post (September 24-28)

Startup Standup Winner(s), Fall Cohort Launch & DC Startup Week | This Week at Capitol Post, Sep 24-28th

Brace your thumb. Scroll through for a longer-than-normal update from us this week! Lots of great opportunities and events.  

In a Nutshell. 

Startup Standup Wrap Up. Thanks to all who came to support our Startup School’s pitches on Mon, Sep 10th at Metrostage. Anomaly Six’s Jeff Heinz & Brendon Huff took home the top prize and in a classy move, handed over their $3,500 check to Elizabeth Watson of Remindful in recognition of her outstanding pitch. 

Check out the photos and read more about the winners and what’s next here: Anomaly Six and Remindful. Interested in being a Remindful Beta User? Click here

DC Startup Week. We are proud to partner with DC Startup Week to promote over 100 events celebrating our community of entrepreneurs in the DMV! Come check out our event on Fri, Sep 27th at Capitol Post sponsored by AEDP (more below). To register for an event(s), go to:

Capitol Post Startup School Cohort Six Launch. Standby for the announcement of our next batch of companies starting tomorrow, Sep 26th. 

But, First, Thank You’s

Startup Standup Judges. A big thanks to our Startup Standup Pitch judges, Morgan Roth (SOSi), Mike Denning (Blu Venture Investors), Doug Doan (Hivers & Strivers),Marc Vogtman (GovTribe), and Justine Evirs (Bunker Labs).  

Startup Standup Performers. Shout out to John Gossart (Goodworld) & Dani Figuero (Operation Encore) for their fantastic acoustic solo performances in between pitches. 

Veterans Business Outreach Center & Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to partner Charles McCaffrey (VBOC) for inviting Abe Kamarck (True Made Foods) and Capitol Post to speak about starting businesses last Tuesday at Casey Jones’ Fair Winds Brewery. Pictures here and here

MOAA. Thanks to our partner MOAA for inviting us for the third year to represent at the Military and Veteran Networking Forum last Thursday night at the Air and Space Museum. 


Our September Workshops/Events at Capitol Post. 

Wed, Sep 26. Startup School, Week 1: Program Intro & Psychology of the Founder, Wilson Bridge Room, 08:30 – 11:30 AM, POC: Seda Goff.  

Fri, Sep 28DC Startup Week presents Flourishing as a Founder – How the Science of Happiness Applies to Entrepreneurs lead by Capitol Post member Erica Mohr, sponsored by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Wilson Bridge Room, 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Follow DC Startup Week

Our October Workshops/Events at Capitol Post. 

Wed, Oct 10. Startup School Kickoff Lunch BBQ (Meet the current Startup School class & enjoy some Mission BBQ), Wilson Bridge Room, 11:30 – 1:30 PM, POC:Elizabeth Watson. RSVP here.

Our September Workshops/Events around the DMV. 

Thu, Sep 27.WeWork Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs presents, Lunch & Learn: Resolve Solutions (E. Sean Lanier), 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, WeWork Dupont Circle, POC: Seda Goff

Our October Workshops/Events around the DMV. 

Tue, Oct 16. Bunker Labs Washington D.C. presents October Bunker Brews – The Breweries that Veterans are Tapping Into, Heritage Brewing Company, 5:00-7:00 PM. RSVP here

Partner Workshops/Events (Local) – September.  

Wed, Sep 26. General Assembly presents, Web Developer Talent Spotlight, 4:00 – 6:30 PM, Washington DC. RSVP here

Thu, Sep 27GovTribe presents, How to Talk to Contracting Officers, 1:00 PM, webinar, POC: Marc Vogtman.

Thu, Sep 27. DC Startup Week and Cogent Law Group present, How They Built It: A Conversation with Industry Leaders, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, WeWork K Street. 

Fri, Sep 28. VETOGA presents, 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala, 6:30 – 10:00 PM, Alexandria, VA, RSVP here.

Partner Workshops/Events (Local) – October 

Thu, Oct 4. Streetshares New Office Open House, 7:00 PM, Streetshares, Reston, VA. RSVP here

Thu, Oct 4. Samuel Adams Brewing & Streetshares present, Business Speed Coaching, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Streeshares, Reston, VA. 

Thu, Oct 4. GE Aviation presents GE Aviation Accelerator Launch, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Washington D.C., RSVP here featuring Sean McBride and Bunker Labs Board MemberBenjamin Cheatham

Fri, Oct 5. Service Women’s Action Network presents, An Evening of Cocktails & Conversation, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Washington D.C., RSVP here.

Wed, Oct 10. Alexandria Small Business Development Center presents, Startup Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Alexandria, VA. RSVP here.   

Thu, Oct 17. ZeroModel presents, Launch Open House, Alexandria, VA, 4:00 – 7:00 PM, RSVP to Katie Leonard.

Thu, Oct 18. FH+H presents How Senior Marketers Scale the Heights through Art & Science (Happy Hour), 4:30 – 6:30 PM, McLean, VA. RSVP here.

Partner Workshops/Events (National) – Sep. 

Sun, Sep 23 – Tue, Sep 25Military Influencer Conference, Orlando, FL. 

Thu, Sep 27. Bunker Labs presents, Muster Philadelphia, Hussian College, Philadelphia, PA. RSVP here

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

Partner Workshops/Events (National) – Oct.

Tue, Oct 9 – Wed, Oct 10. Commit Foundation presents Pursuing Your Purpose, Seattle, WA. RSVP here.

Fri, Oct 12 – Sun, Oct 14. Defense Entrepreneurs Forum DEF2018 Annual Conference, Denver, CORSVP here. Local DC POC: Jen Sovada

Support our Capitol Post Members.

Wed, Sep 26. HillVets presents HillVets Rooftop Autumn Soiree, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Rooftop Overlook, Washington DC. RSVP here.

Fri, Oct 5. Armed Services Arts Partnership and Team RWB present, Veterans Comedy Show at the Landing, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Alexandria, VA. RSVP here.

Sat, Oct 6. Gin Dance Company presents The Story of our Lives, 7:30 PM, Reston, VA. RSVP here.  

Member Ask. 

ScoutComms is looking for your help as it develops a new tagline that is short, memorable and relates to our evolving mission as the leading communications and marketing firm specializing the veterans and military communities. Click here to provide feedback on their suggestions or email COO Brian Wagner

Welcome New Capitol Post Members. 

Tamika Edwards 

Erik Bates

Brendan McElroy

Jon Walman

In The News. 

Women Who Mean Business feature on Stephanie Landrum, CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and Meghan Ogilvie, CEO of Dog Tag Bakery Washington Business Journal, by Sara Gilgore. 

Local Tech Leaders. The Washingtonian’s annual roundup of the top local leaders in tech. (Washingtonian). Congrats to veterans Blake Hall, CEO of and General Paul Nakasone for making the list. 

Best for Vets Places to Live 2019, (Military Times Reboot Camp), Congrats to Alexandria and Arlington for making the top places to live for medium cities. 

Capitol Post grows veterans into vetrepreneurs, by Elizabeth Howe. 

Contests & Funding Opportunities. 

Nominate a veteran-owned company to the DC Inno 50 on Fire.

USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

Member Monday Spotlight.  

Juan Biddix, Owner of SARGE FITT, Read more about Juan and his business on our blog here

New Baby Alert! 

Congrats to Capitol Post member Michael Chang on the birth of his son Michael McKenna Chang on September 12th. To quote Michael, he said he, “eats a ton and farts like a Howitzer. . .everything I’ve ever wanted.” Obligatory onesie pic to follow! 

Support our Partners. 

Dog Tag Bakery. Applications for their Winter 2019 cohort are due next week. Learn more and apply here

Veterans Curation Program. Applications for their session beginning Nov 5th. Learn more and apply here. POC. Erin Cagney

Books We Are Reading. 

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (with so many kids going back to school and college, we thought we’d pass along a gem that has come up in a number of conversations. . .good for employees as well!) 

See you on Friday at our DC Startup Week event! 



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