#GEW2020 #TheFutureIsNow

Business Growth and Acceleration for Economic Impact

  • Nov. 16-22, 2020


  • D.C. / M.D. / V.A.

WHAT IS Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Largest Entrepreneurship Celebration in the World

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), launched by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in 2008, is the largest entrepreneurship community in the globe with more than 30,000 members in the network. Once a year, Innovate Coalition, in partnership with hundreds of Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESO’s) across the globe, bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and government leaders in the Greater Washington, D.C. / M.D. / V.A. Region and over 7-days to connect, collaborate, share resources and celebrate our thriving Inclusive Innovation ecosystem.

170 countries

20,000 partners

35,000 events

10 mil. people

NETWORK WITH Panelists + Speakers

Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist, Canva

Patricia Edwards

Founder, XIS Enterprise

Connell Wise

Founder, Connell Wise & Associates

Ellen Bateman

Director for U.S. Ecosystems, Global Entrepreneurship Network

Juan Camilo Cardona

Founder, EPICO Global

Yurani Sandoval

Founder, Single Parent Power

Monica Kang

Founder, InnovatorsBox

Steven A. Rodriguez

Worldwide Community Strategist & Speaker

#ZeroBarriers #NewMajority


Throughout the year, we strengthen and unite the community by curating inclusive, thought-provoking, and meaningful events and partnerships to grow the ESHIP (entrepreneurship) ecosystem.


We’re announcing our programming and events slowly over the next few months. Stay tuned...

Fri. 5:30 PM - Sun. 11:00 PM

Techstars Startup Weekend

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.


Check out the latest mentors, judges, and snag a ticket here to get access to an all-inclusive selection of food, drinks, and materials for the entire weekend program.

5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

#GEW2020 #GETHAPPIED Kick-Off Celebration

Kick off #GEW2020 with drinks, good food and great networking.


We'll begin the celebration with a few of the latest D.C. / M.D. / V.A.-area startups who will also be pitching in a 5-minute rapid-fire presentation, and then move on to #GETHAPPIED at the Happy Hour celebration for the community 😉

09:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Facebook Watch: Overcoming Growth Challenges, powered by SUEGO

This Facebook Watch series distills diverse mentor's decades of experience into short lessons to help you overcome growth challenges across 20 thematic areas:


Business Concept

  • Business Idea
  • Product Portfolio
  • Revenue Model
  • Customer Portfolio
  • Market Position


Customer Relations

  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Service
  • Communications and PR
  • Branding



  • Financials
  • Funding
  • Production and Deliveries
  • IT Systems
  • Facilities



  • Legal Issues
  • Business Processes
  • Partnerships
  • Employees
  • Ownership & Board


The link to the livestream will be provided Nov. 15th!

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

202Creates Coworking Day

Each month, the 202Creates team invites the District's creatives and entrepreneurs to work out of OCTFME's Southeast office, meet fellow creatives & folks in our Residency Program, attend skill-building sessions, tinker in our Podcast and Photography Studios, get drop-in support for specific business or legal questions, share thoughts & experiences during round tables, and more! See below for the full line-up of workshops & speakers we have planned throughout the day.


Professional consultations available with:

  • Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) from 10a-2p
  • A Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Specialist will be here from 10a-3p for certification consults
  • Coach Nic DC will be here from 11a-3p for small biz development consults
  • Tammy Hui of Tammy Hui Law, PLLC from 11a-3p for small biz/nonprofit law consults
  • Bryant Johnson Photos will be here from 11a-3p for Photoshop consults
  • Keila of Little Fish Accounting here from 2-5p for small accounting consults
  • Saige Colbert will be here from 1:30-5p for artist development consults
  • Thomasina Perkins-Washington of Capital Public Relations will be here from 11a-2p for public relations consults
  • Jonathan Brady from Export DC & Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will be here from 2-5p for export consults


1:00 p.m. – Lunch and Learn
More details coming in October.

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman Foundation

The world-renowned program that brings entrepreneurs and the Washington D.C. community together over coffee and conversations to overcome growth challenges together.


Hosted alongside its international counterpart, Startup Huddle, across the world this week in solidarity of #GEW2020.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

EPICO Pavilion, presented by SUEGO

EPICO stands for Entrepreneurship, Product, Innovation, Community, and Outliers, which are the five themes that the event evolves around.



We have a massive lineup of Speaker "Focus 12" Sessions + Meet Ups taking place, all under one roof!




  • 5:00 pm | Setup
  • 5:30 pm | Networking and Food (Exhibit Hall)
  • 6:00 pm | Focus15 Sessions, Hackers/Founders
  • 7:00 pm | Focus15 Sessions (05-08), CMX Connect
  • 8:00 pm | Focus15 Sessions (09-12), DMVStartup
  • 9:00 pm | GO TO Startup Crawl!



Focus12: short solo presentations featuring the wisdom and experience of the DMV community. Focus12s are linked by a shared theme, topic or trend, with each group of four presentations taking place in a one-hour time block.



TO SUBMIT YOUR MEET UP, CLICK HERE (apply by August 14, 2020 for consideration).



What to expect:

  • 12-minute, rapid-fire EPICO Talks around critical entrepreneurship topics to inspire, connect, and educate.
  • Learn about the participating Meetups and chat with the organizers one-on-one to find out more ways to get involved.
  • Bring plenty of business cards and lots of energy! There will be a number of people you will want to network with.
  • Find opportunities with the exhibiting sponsors (and grab some sweet swag)



This event marks one of the few times that various meetup communities will come together to run their monthly event under the same roof from across the Greater Washington D.C. / M.D. / V.A. Region.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Future Agro Challenge Pitch Competition

The world-renowned Future Agro Challenge is here! Join us to hear five (5) agriculture + tech founders pitch to win $5,000.00 in cash and in-kind prizes (winner gets travel and room/board to the national finals).


Applications are still open, submit your startup here: https://incohq.co/gew2020fac


We will be announcing the Pitch Competition finalists Nov. 18th!

HOW TO Get Involved


We can’t put on this week without you. Join our team to help us unite the D.C. / M.D. / V.A. business community.



We are here to support you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.


Speaker Proposal

Is there a topic you are passionate about? If you have an idea for an event, fill out the form below.



Empower the community and interact with more than 7,000 entrepreneurs. We’d love to hear from you!



Help us put this week together by providing in-kind support. This week would not be possible without you.


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OUR Community Partners

xis global
international council on trade and development
university of maryland
technical.ly dc
1863 ventures
dc government mayor's office for veteran affairs
bay atlantic university
epico global
1 million cups
startup leadership program

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