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.


And the Finalists for the 15th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition are...

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-13

While many worthy companies competed, only a select few could make it to the final round of the Founder Showcase, to compete onstage in front of hundreds of investors and press. Today, we are proud to announce the finalists of the 15th Founder Showcase

Tickets for the 15th Founder Showcase are still available. Click here to get yours today.

Competing on stage at the event will be;

  • Daylighted: Based in San Francisco, Daylighted transforms hotels and restaurants into digital art galleries by offering them the opportunity to easily display and sell photography.
  • emberlight: Another San Francisco-based company, emberlight is a home automation product that turns any light into a smart light, giving homeowners lighting control from anywhere in the world.
  • Feetz: Feetz utilizes new materials and 3D manufacturing processes to make custom-sized shoes, alleviating the need for shoppers to try on countless shoes before finding the perfect fit.
  • LifeAssist: LifeAssist builds wearable assistance devices for seniors to help them live independently, serving as a sort of “OnStar for people.”
  • TrustLeaf: TrustLeaf simplifies borrowing money from friends and family by organizing funds in a professional looking proposal, giving small business owners one less thing to worry about.
  • Vibease: Vibease is the world’s first wearable, smart vibrator that can be used for chatting and sharing intimate moments, even when couples are miles away from each other.


Getting to know the Founder Showcase Finalists

What was the inspiration behind starting the company?

Anson Liang (Co-Founder of TrustLeaf): Once I had a friend agree to loan me money for a startup, but figuring out the details of an agreement and putting it into writing was so stressful that I decided to decline his offer, even though I could’ve used the money.

Alex Cammarano (Co-Founder of Daylighted): In our team, we all love photography and travel. During our trips, we took tons of pictures and tried to sell them online, and discovered amazing photos and artists online, great photographers we had never heard about before. So we decided to bring art to the people, and not the other way around.

 

What has been the most challenging part of starting this company thus far?

Lucy Beard (Founder of Feetz): Solving complex physical good problems is hard, solving them bootstrapped is harder, and finding great people to join the hardest.

Anson Liang (Co-Founder of TrustLeaf): We actually raised our friends and family funding round on our own platform. Of course, we were constantly reminded of the irony: we were raising money from our friends and family to fund our enterprise that in turn helps entrepreneurs raise money from their friends and family.

 

What has been the most satisfying part?

Atif Noori (Founder of emberlight): Probably building the team, and seeing each person really motivated to drive their respective areas of the product. Second is when people that I talk to love the product and tell me that they want a dozen yesterday!

Alex Cammarano (Co-Founder of Daylighted): Getting the first customers was already rewarding, but it was all the most satisfying to have them recommending us to other potential customers.

 

Why do you think you will win the competition?

Jean Anne Booth (CEO of LifeAssist): We expect to win because seniors tell us we have a great product in an enormous market space, with over 20 million seniors 75+ today.

Atif Noori (Founder of emberlight): Although we may be an earlier stage company than the rest of the competitors, we have a combination of an experienced team, product vision, and market potential that could lead to something big.

 

Where do you want your company to be 1 year from the Founder Showcase, on May 15, 2015?  What will it look like? What progress would you have made?

Lucy Beard (Founder of Feetz): 10,000 customers will be smiling as they put their shoes on - walking down the street with an extra little bounce in their step! We will have launched in several retailers and signed on a major footwear brand.

Jean Anne Booth (CEO of LifeAssist): The company will have raised two rounds totaling $10M, and be on track for a market launch at the end of 2015. We’ll have signed the final contracts for first retail channels including AT&T Innovation Store and Verizon, and be in discussion with Walgreen’s and CVS.

 

To see these companies compete for the grand prize at the 15th Founder Showcase, click here to get your tickets.

And the Finalists for the 15th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition are...

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