This Week at Capitol Post, Jan 14 – 18th

Bunker Brews Tonight in Tysons | This Week at Capitol Post, Jan 14 – 18, 2019

We’re back and kicking off 2019 with our first update of the year! Read on for news, events, and the roll-up for the DMV veteran entrepreneurship community.

Bunker Brews Tonight! It’s not too late to join us this evening for the Bunker Brews in Tysons Corner. Connect with the local veteran entrepreneur community and learn how to start a podcast to share your perspective, promote your business, or tell an imaginative story. RSVP:

Food & Beverage Roundtable. Thank you to the 18 Mentors and Founders who traveled as far as West Virginia to attend our Food & Beverage Roundtable last Thursday at Valor last Thursday. And thank you to our host Gaynor Jablonski for putting on a fantastic spread for the event.

Startup Standup Encore. Congrats once again to Badges United Foundation for taking home the top $3,500 prize  at last month’s Startup Standup. AND congrats to Easter Seals for winning the battle of the karaoke non-profit! Read more about Badges United Foundation’s victory here and Easterseals here.


Workshops/Events at Capitol post

Tue, Jan 22. Capitol Post Welcome Meeting & Roundtable. Learn About Our Programs & Services, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Wilson Bridge Room, RSVP here.

Capitol Post DMV Workshops/Events – February.

Tue, Feb 19. Capitol Post and Bunker Labs DC present the 3rd Annual Muster DC, 12:00 – 6:00 PM, District Winery, Washington DC, RSVP here.

Partner Workshops/Events (Local) – January.

Thu, Jan 17. Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine host A Commonwealth Coffee, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC, RSVP here.

Thu, Jan 17. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals presents Cohen Community Mixer, Silver Spring, MD, RSVP here.

Tue, Jan 22. Alexandria SBDC presents the Business of Food, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Alexandria, VA, RSVP here.

Thu, Jan 31. Veterans Curation Program presents Meet and Greet, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, VCP Laboratory, 816 N. St. Asaph St, Alexandria, VA, RSVP to Erin Cagney.

Thu, Jan 31. Veterans Leadership Council presents Professional Networking Event with McChrystal Group, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Alexandria, VA, RSVP here.

Local Competitions/Contests/Fellowships.

Air Force Pitch Day. Topics posted here. Pitch solutions Jan 8 – Feb 6. Submit applications here.

Hardware Cup. 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup for early-stage hardware startups. Apply here. Deadline: Sun, Jan 27.

2019 Vinetta Venture Challenge. Open to DMV-area female founders with tech or tech-enabled businesses (startup must have at least 1 active female founder to be eligible), Prize: $20k. Apply here. Deadline, Sun, Feb 10.

PeaceTech Accelerator.  Looking for early-stage startups that are ready to scale on the cloud. Ideal applicants include a strong founding team, an innovative solution, and an impact focus related to their core innovation themes. C5 Accelerate invests $25,000 for a 5% equity stake in each participating company. Cohort begins Mon, Mar 25. More info here.

Veteran Business Battle. Rice University presents the Veterans Business Battle. (DC plug to Shawn Olds, CEO of boodleAI that won last year). Deadline: Apr 12-13, 2019. Apply here.

Spotlight on a Capitol Post Member.

Thomas Bloom, Drakewise Productions. Read more on the Capitol Post blog here.

Veteran Entrepreneurs In The Press.

‘Startup Standup’ competition awards $3500 to veteran small business,

Real estate startup raises $4.5M to expand in D.C. area — with backing from an NBA legend, Washington Business Journal, Mike Maher.

Welcome, New Capitol Post Members.

Charlotte Dixon, Owner, C. G. Dixon & Associates, Inc.

Congratulations To. . .

Jen Pilcher who recently took over as the CEO of Patriot Boot Camp

Sandboxx CEO Sam Meek who welcomed son Oliver on Tue, Jan 2.


Entrepreneurship Tips and Resources for Veterans, MOAA (thanks for the shout out!)

Transitioning Servicemembers Cheat Sheet

30 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Startup, AngelList Blog

A new law changes how small-business size is determined. What will that mean for government contractors? Washington Business Journal

Quote of the Week.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist.

AND. . . So Long, Farewell.

A big thank you to our Director of Programs Seda Goff who is now PenFed’s Director of Veteran Entrepreneurship and our campus manager Elizabeth Watson who will join HillVets as its Director of Programs and Communication! Good news: Seda will be staying on as a city leader for Bunker Labs DC, so she’ll still be close, and Elizabeth will continue to work out of Capitol Post in her new role. We wish them both the best of luck in their new positions and thank them for their impact!