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.


Grad Profile: DigitalGroundUp demystifies digital marketing for non-marketers

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2013-10-23

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe.

This profile on DigitalGroundUp, a graduate of the Chicago Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2012 by Reva Minkoff, DigitalGroundUp bridges the disconnect between the small business world and digital marketing. 

The rapidly evolving digital marketing landscape can be difficult to scale, particularly without direct, firsthand work experience. Buzzwords like “programmatic marketing,” “omnichannel,” and “big data” can sound like a foreign language altogether to non-marketer types, and trends come and go so quickly that trying to keep up can feel like running a never-ending marathon. 

DigitalGroundUp strives to make marketing a little more accessible to non-marketers by providing an interactive platform to teach the subject through interactive software. 

Founded in 2012 by Reva Minkoff, DigitalGroundUp was birthed out of a desire to bridge the disconnect between the small business world and digital marketing. 

“Small businesses need to have an online presence to compete in today’s economy,” Minkoff writes in a blog post. “But they have no idea how to do this, and no one is really trying to teach them.”

Minkoff elaborates further, arguing that digital marketing agencies, consultants, and specialists place a premium on their services that SMBs simply can’t afford. With the odds stacked against them, many SMBs fall behind on their digital marketing strategies because they simply don’t have the manpower or financial resources to invest in online user acquisition and retention.

DigitalGroundUp’s platform differs from the traditional classroom-and-textbook approach to learning. Instead of asking students to passively watch a video or read a manual, DigitalGroundUp adopts an interactive approach to learning, requiring students to demonstrate a thorough understanding of a concept before proceeding to the next lesson. 

Furthermore, the lessons can be completed across any timeline in any location--all the user needs are a laptop and Internet connection.

To start learning on the DigitalGroundUp platform, students simply pay a one-time fee. Courses never expire, so users have the flexibility to learn at their own pace. 

This sort of business model caters well to SMB owners and employees who want to pick up a new discipline while still working a day job. DigitalGroundUp lets students learn anywhere on their own timelines, while actively ensuring that the material is being digested and understood. 

As DigitalGroundUp grows in adoption, we hope to see more and more SMBs becoming increasingly educated and aware of the digital marketing landscape and best practices. Then, perhaps those tricky marketing buzzwords won’t seem so intimidating or foreign after all.

 

 

Learn more about DigitalGroundUp: 

Grad Profile: DigitalGroundUp demystifies digital marketing for non-marketers

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