Shulman Rogers
Shulman Rogers, a full service law firm with nearly 100 attorneys, provides corporate services including business planning, mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment, intellectual property, immigration, government contracting, tax, telecommunications, cybersecurity, corporate governance, as well as other areas. In addition, the firm has vast experience in real estate transactions, both commercial and residential closings, leasing, landlord-tenant, commercial development, acquisition, sales and related matters. Our litigators offer extensive experience in complex litigation, and all methods of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. Personal legal services include trust and estate planning, family law, real estate settlements, medical malpractice and personal injury.

Startup Our Vets

 

Through the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from Washington DC will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the "Startup Our Veterans" Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Saturday, April 30, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship.


Planning Solutions Group
Planning Solutions Group is a financial planning firm that specializes in developing innovative concepts for wealth creation and preservation. PSG is comprised of 3 partners with over 60 years of combined industry experience, a team of associate planners, and a dedicated support staff which includes two an attorney who provides advanced estate and tax planning solutions, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for the development of creative investment strategies.

CONNECTPreneur

 

The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.


Do What You Love! Passion Drives Success, by George Deeb

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-04-29

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, George Deeb, Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures and Chicago Founder Institute mentor, explains why passion is the key to startup success. He says "If you are not passionate about what you are building, you might as well pack up your bags right now, as your startup will never work".

Below, an excpert from Do What You Love!! Passion Drives Success has been republished;

 

Lesson #50: Do What You Love!! Passion Drives Success

 

"Passion is one of those intangibles that drives an entrepreneur, gets them through the good times and the bad times, and ultimately dictates the success of any startup.  If you are not passionate about what you are building, you might as well pack up your bags right now, as your startup will never work.

Webster's Dictionary defines passion as "an intense, driving or overmastering feeling of conviction" or "a strong desire for or devotion to some activity or concept".  I couldn't have said it any better.  Passion needs to ooze from every pore of a startup entrepreneur.  This passion is usually instilled by some core knowledge of the product or service that is being built, which translates into clear domain expertise and first-hand knowledge and confidence that you are heading in the right direction.  This passion also translates into infectious enthusiasm, that ultimately feeds the energy and drive of every employee in your office.  And, most importantly, this passion is the glue that holds the company together and gets it through its most difficult times.

When I launched iExplore, the whole business idea was conceived based on my personal frustrations experienced while planning my personal vacations as an avid adventure traveler.  I wanted a "one-stop shop" to look for all adventure tours in one place, I wanted the confidence of buying from a trusted resource and I wanted the flexibility to customize my itinerary and dates to my exact needs.  iExplore would fill the huge void in this highly-fragmented, packaged-tour industry, and our passion to build a better customer experience sparked the fire to iExplore ultimately becoming the #1 adventure travel website.  So, my personal passion as an avid adventure traveler and my personal experiences in the industry, fueled the vision and direction of the company.

But, it was more than that.  Because I was so passionate about iExplore, I came to work jazzed up every day, and that enthusiasm rubbed off on all of our employees.  And, I was intently-focused on hiring other empassioned adventure travelers, that shared the company vision based on their own personal adventure travel experiences.  It was like the iExplore staff was a team of whitewater rafters, all paddling in unison to avoid the potential business hazards of the rushing rapids, because, in fact, we all were whitewater rafters in real life.  So, our personal and business passions had become one, making for a very powerful combination and recipe for success."

Click here to continue reading Do What You Love!! Passion Drives Success and for more startup insights from George, check out more from the Red Rocket Blog and follow him on Twitter @GeorgeDeeb.

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