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1776 Crystal City Incubator Open House


Brought to you by 1776.

Come see the best of what 1776 has to offer! Our Incubator Open House marks the first day that our Crystal City Campus will be officially open, and we’d love for you to stop by and learn what 1776 programming is all about. 

Get an insider view of what a day in the life of a 1776 member looks like. You’ll have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of 1776’s very best mentors, attend master classes, and collaborate with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the region.

Pick and choose events, or attend them all.

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast & Mentor Speed Networking

Kick off your morning by meeting some of our most popular 1776 Mentors. You’ll have the chance to fill up on a hearty breakfast before meeting Mentors in speedy five-minute networking sessions. You’ll learn about the Mentors background and how they can help you and your growing Startup.

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Mentor Office Hours Breakout

Did anyone from the Speed Networking event catch your eye? If so, you can sign up for an extended thirty-minute Office Hours session with that Mentor on-the-spot to get tactical, one-on-one advice and guidance for your company.

  • Xavier Hughes, CIO to the Office of the President and Secretary of Labor
  • Bill Bavin, Partner at ChessieCap
  • Craig Dixon
  • Laura Taylor, President and Founder, Gaia Group
  • Konrad Waliszewski, Founder & CEO at TripScout
  • Nicole Harburger, Senior VP at GMMB
  • Laura Chang, Consultant at EchoUser
  • Pete Smith, Founder at Smith Impact
  • Angie Jusino, Director of Business Development at Aronson
  • Alan Langelli, Director & Senior Manager at Aronson
  • Arika Pierce, Co-founder at Gide
  • Mitch Kominsky, Senior Technology Counsel at the House Committee on Oversight
  • Janet Woodka, Senior Advisor and Director of Regional Operations at US EPA
  • Kelly Donohue, Partner at WBK
  • Jessica Hall, Director, Innovate Practice at 3Pillar Global
  • Scott Gillum, President at Gyro
  • Brad Smith, Director of Policy at FasterCures

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Master Class: Maximize Your Chances for a Successful Capital Raise

In this Masterclass, learn how to build a fundraising strategy for the scale and growth of your business. By the end, you’ll know how to grab the attention of investors, build authentic relationships, and address your company’s strengths and weaknesses before you ever send out a pitch deck.

  • Sam Pollaro – Chief Executive Officer, Venga

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch 

A delicious lunch will be served in our gorgeous new Crystal City kitchen where you can mix and mingle with new and old 1776 members alike.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Master Class with Dan Tangherlini

  • Dan Tangherlini, Former Administrator at GSA, COO Artemis

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Industry Mentor Roundtables Networking

Sit down with impressive and influential leaders in fields like education, health, cities, transportation, energy and cyber. Each industry roundtable will be packed with 1776 Mentors who can give you unprecedented access to customers and partners, and key insights to help you navigate these complex industries.

  • Marvin Turner, Director at US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Jim Anderson, Vice President, International at Earth Networks
  • Vishnu Amble, Principal at E.ON
  • Mike Goldstein, Co-Chair, Higher Education Practice at Cooley
  • Michael Robbins, Founder at Span Learning
  • Jean-Claude Brizard, President at UpSpring Education Group
  • Dan Tangherlini, Former Administrator at GSA, COO Artemis
  • Art Guzzetti, VP for Policy at American Public Transportation Association
  • Pratik Patel, Founder & CEO at Plasticity
  • Roman Gurule, CEO at Connexio
  • Kat Mahan, VP at Emdeon
  • Usama Malik, Founder & Managing Director at InnoAction Advisory Services
  • Ali Alavi, Senior Director of Software Engineering at RSA
  • Brian Murray, Partner, WBK
  • Adam Lehman, Founder at Rock Ridge Advisors

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Snack/Coffee Break 

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Master Class: How to Get More Customers

Discover what customers want and build a product or service that sells. In this masterclass, you’ll learn how to outwit your competitors and differentiate your idea by taking action using the same secret sauce as the most successful startups.

  • Liam Darmody, DC Market Manager at Hired, Inc.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Happy Hour

Pre-party with some of the best views in the area, before we head back across the river for the Challenge Cup DC competition at 5:30 pm.


Register to attend