What We Do
InnovateCoalition™ is a community not-for-profit focused on connecting, growing and promoting the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. We help publish the Hitchhiker's Guide to the DMV Startup Community, co-produce #FoundersRising Awards, implement world renown ESHIP programs, and promote activities throughout the region.
Why It Matters?
The most important factor for success, either for individuals or businesses, is access to societal networks: talent networks, money networks, networks of ideas and networks of vendors & services. We help grow and strengthen those networks to bolster the creation of jobs, companies and wealth.
How You Can Help
InnovateCoalition™ is a grassroots, supporter-driven organization. We'd love your time, your talent and your focus in growing and strengthening the business community. You can volunteer on one of our committees, or become a supporter by sponsoring our efforts.
2018 Startup Weekend Highlights
Team Wally wins the Startup Weekend DC powered by Grow with Google Competition!
Check out Volume V highlights from the 2018 Techstars Startup Weekend program in Washington, D.C. from September 21–23.
Volume IV: Spotlight on Alicia Burke
Volume III: Spotlight on Elisa Cheng
Volume II: Spotlight on Carol Auh
Volume I: Spotlight on Jules Lange
Road to Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 Begins
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 18-24, 2019.
10 million people
One global celebration to empower entrepreneurs to grow and accelerate their business.
Innovation drives economic growth and changes lives—and it’s our entrepreneurs who bring those innovations to life. To move those innovations takes some serious gumption and the right team of founders, funders, designers, managers, developers, marketers, sales leaders, makers and resources.
GEW is where connections happen and teams come together to get inspired, prepare for the next challenge and celebrate the Greater Washington, D.C. Region's entrepreneurship community.
How To Get Involved
Community PartnersCollaborate on programming and events
- Grow the celebration
- Scale your impact
- Media promotion
IndividualsParticipate at events
- Select and build your schedule
- Connect with business owners
- Engage with quality speakers
What the #ESHIP Community is Saying
Wonderful event! A great variety of speakers and locations. I made a lot of awesome connections that will definitely help in the future!
Sammie PaulCOO, MEANS Database
Awesome networking, great moderators and panelists, and a highly engaging atmosphere.
Adar HowardDirector of Teaching and Learning, One World Education
Very informative panels. Good opportunity to meet with startup movers and shakers.
Florence NavarroChief Empowerment Officer & Founder, Kichocheo LLC
Great networking opportunities with startup community members.
Mike MalloyProgram Manager, Halcyon Incubator
This was a great chance to connect with people from various sectors and network. The panel I attended was super informative and extremely motivating for the work I do on a daily basis.
Kamil ArringtonProgram Director, DMV PAL
Great for anyone who is interested in becoming an entrepreneur and doesn't know where to start, these free workshops and panels allows someone to explore the opportunities that lay ahead of them. Good for networking too.
DuEwa SpicerOwner, Infinite Zen Holistic Psychotherapy
The range of programming was rich and wonderful!
Joy JonesFounder, MoonRock Digital
DMV Coalition Partners
GET THE SCOOP ON #GEW2019
Connect with a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions across the Greater Washington, D.C. Region.