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.


How To Win Over Angel Investors and Boost Your Brand Credibility With Just One Pitch

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-22

The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event.

An early-stage startup can never have too many pitching opportunities. From telling a stranger on the bus to pitching in front of thousands at a major competition, each and every chance one gets to spread the word and get feedback is golden. Jilliene Helman (Founder, Realty Mogul) had her golden opportunity at the 13th Founder Showcase. In the post below, she highlights what she learned from the experience and how her pitch earned her Investments from Angels and valuable brand credibility.

Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now. Get yours today!

 

"We participated in the 13th annual Founder Showcase only seven days after we officially launched our website! 

Sounds crazy right? 

Well, if there is one tip we can share with the future entrepreneurs, it is to take advantage of every opportunity to pitch your business and idea out in front angel investors, media and potential customers.  The more opportunities you have to expose your business to a wide audience and receive feedback, the more refined the pitch becomes and the greater likelihood of gaining credibility in the marketplace.  So for us, Founder Showcase delivered on both those aspects.

First, we honed in on our message.  Only seven days into our live website, we were still developing how to clearly explain a sophisticated idea, and more importantly what potential clients wanted to hear.  As a result of Founder Showcase and receiving quality feedback, we were able to create a 19-word slogan:  Realty Mogul is a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted investment properties.  This refined definition of our company is not used solely for pitch competitions, but is what every person in our company uses to explain our business – whether it be in an interview for PR purposes, or in a conversation with a potential client.  Our message to the entire marketplace is the same, eliminating any possibility of mixed messaging and delivering a powerful synopsis of our business in seconds. 

Secondly, participating in Founder Showcase enabled us to share our business and establish new relationships with members of the panel and the audience.  As a real estate business, we were in the position of needing to grow two client bases simultaneously – on one side real estate professionals to bring new deals to our platform, and then on the other the actual investors into the deals on our platform. 

Consequently, Founder Showcase helped us deliver brand credibility about who we are and what we do to an audience that included individuals from both sides of our business model.  In addition, because of Founder Showcase, we established relationships with Angel Investors who decided to become investors into the actual company. 

In sum, get out to as many events as possible and network, pitch your idea and listen to the feedback. The Founder Showcase helped us start building momentum that we have yet to relinquish!"

 

About the Founder Showcase

Now in its 16th edition, the Founder Showcase is a major seed-startup event that gathers over 500 startup investors, founders, and press in Silicon Valley to hear from startup experts, and see promising seed-stage companies. In addition to getting the best speakers, we pride ourselves on showcasing the best early-stage companies before anyone else (pun intended). Past contestants have raised over $355 million, and we have showcased companies like Udemy, RelayRides, Thumbtack, and Kaggle in their infancy.

If you'd like to network with top Silicon Valley startups, investors, and CEOs, purchase your tickets to the 16th Founder Showcase today.

How To Win Over Angel Investors and Boost Your Brand Credibility With Just One Pitch

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