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.


Launching a Startup on Sabbatical: How to Get the Most Out of Your Leave, by George Roche

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-06-24

Led by a desire for social change, George Roche did what many employees dream of - he took a sabbatical. During his four month leave, he took part in the Washington DC Founder Institute and launched Small Small - a benefit company that sells Ethiopian spice and sauce and gives back to Ethiopian farmers with each sale.

George recently shared his experience with Forbes, outlining how to get the most out of your sabbatical, and getting your company to agree to it in the first place.

Below are George’s tips for How to gain approval and be productive during your sabbatical;

1) Figure out what you want to do.

Create something that’s new and bold. Brainstorm with friends, family, and potential customers to land on a progressive idea that’s tackling traditional issues with a new approach. In the case of Small Small, our impact is from creating demand for Ethiopian agricultural products and from reinvesting a portion of every sale to NGOs teaching modern agriculture in Ethiopia. A new approach to an old problem.

2) Make your case impossible to turn down.

Offering sabbaticals is a win-win for the employer and the employee. Outline your goals and tie them to your professional brand, explaining how it will help you and (more importantly) your employer grow. Keep the potential experiences relevant to your employer.

3) Build a network.

Having a group of stalwart supporters and mentors to bounce ideas off of is critical. Use the sabbatical as a way to expand your business network. Make new contacts and put yourself out there. Stay in touch with the people you meet—call, send regular email updates, and meet in person when you can. When you launch the organization or introduce a new product, you’ll be thankful you did. Also, surround yourself with people who have started organizations before—they’ll be able to immensely help along the way and think through your plan.

4) Make a plan and keep it structured (but flexible).

Sabbaticals typically last between one to six months (which go by faster than you might think). Make an outline of how you need to spend your time before you get started. List your activities and goals and create project milestones to match. It’s better to give yourself short deadlines. This forces you to work towards milestones effectively. Remember that flexibility is key with startups—you’ll encounter new challenges that shift your original plans. Roll with the punches. Even if you aren’t able to get everything done, you’ll still be amazed by your progress.

5) Plan for your (inevitable) return and share the wealth.

The sabbatical will come to an end before you know it. But you and your employer invested time and resources, and stopping outright would be a loss for all. Try to find a way to keep the connections alive—nights and weekends but with full disclosure to your employer.

Just like debriefs at the end of work projects, catalog your experiences and knowledge gained from your “time off” and share them with your colleagues. Your employer is counting on you to bring back fresh insights from your experiences. Offer to write lesson plans, host brownbag lunches, and share your knowledge.

If you’re serious about starting or working for a benefit company—while bringing new experiences to your current job—then start looking into your employer’s sabbatical offerings today. You’ll only have regrets if you don’t.

Click here to read the full article on Forbes.

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