AccelerateDC is an initiative of the Washington D.C. Economic Partnership created to provide an outstanding venture mentoring service to entrepreneurs in the Washington D.C. area. We have collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and adopted some of their best practices that have served their community well for 13 years and counting. We are confident that combining MIT’s successful methods with our own resources tailored to the DC community will provide a robust platform for entrepreneurs to bolster the growth of their startup.
Office Hours (http://acceleratedc.org/): AccelerateDC hosts office hours on the second Thursday of each month. Registration is required in advance, visit their website for more information.
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) serves as the center for entrepreneurship and innovation within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park (UMD). President Wallace D. Loh is actively promoting and building a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the university of 37,600 students and 3,257 full time faculty. Within this broader mission, Mtech leads science and technology entrepreneurship and innovation efforts at UMD, where 2012 research expenditures totaled $472M. Mtech has had a $27.8 billion impact on the economy and has created and retained 7,053 jobs in the State of Maryland since 1985. In 2011, Mtech’s programs served 555 companies and had 865 entrepreneurship course enrollments. These programs provide a solid foundation, and programmatic model, for the rest of the university’s related efforts. Mtech uses a three-pronged approach: (1) Educate – curricula and programs for educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, (2) Create – initiatives and resources to launch and support technology-based new ventures, and (3) Connect – programs to match researchers, technologists, and startups with outside funding and support from local, regional, and federal programs.
Office Hours (http://www.eoh.umd.edu/): Get answers from experienced entrepreneurs and legal/business professionals on how to build a successful startup company. Receive free and impartial advice, brainstorm business strategies, investigate funding opportunities and learn about the vast resources available to entrepreneurs. Get advice on how to:
- build and finance a startup company
- develop and protect intellectual property
- navigate the technology transfer process
- refine your business strategy for rapid grwoth
- tap into other entrepreneurial resources
George Washington University Office of Entrepreneurship
The George Washington University Office of Entrepreneurship is committed to promoting excellence in multidisciplinary entrepreneurship, innovation, and regional engagement in new venture creation at the George Washington University. Founded in 2010, the office has worked closely with thousands of aspiring student, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs, and now serves as a focal point to foster, promote, and perpetuate quality academic research, education, and outreach programs. It leverages the unique strengths of our university’s schools in the nation’s capital to serve society at large through the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship.
Office Hours (http://entrepreneurship.research.gwu.edu/entrepreneur-office-hour): The Office of Entrepreneurship hosts office hours for current or aspiring entrepreneurs in the GW community: for students, faculty, staff, and alumni only. Chat with our Executive Director, Jim Chung and receive free and impartial advice on how to:
- build a successful learn startup company
- brainstorm startup strategies
- find startup funding opportunities
- learn about the entrepreneurship resources available at GW
- navigate the technology transfer and patent processes