In 2022, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded US Ignite a grant to support underserved small businesses and startups in Washington, DC, and Arlington, Virginia. This two-year project serves to expand access for regional small business and startup support and aid in the development of a technology-focused workforce.

As a hub for digital community transformation, this project will allow more residents within the DMV region to engage in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, access resources, and tap into new opportunities so they can continue to impact their communities positively.

We need the participation of leaders within industry, academia, support organizations, municipal governments, and alliances to design and implement inclusive innovation. Collaboration within new groups will be critical to our success! Please use the two buttons below to learn how to get involved.

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Featured InnovateDMV News

Anacostia Community Internet Solutions Team wins Connect Anacostia Business Model Hackathon

After a 12-hour hackathon and pitch, judges crowned the Anacostia Community Internet Solutions team as the winners of the Connect Anacostia Business Model Hackathon. The judges also selected the Fresh Start Digital Financial Key team for second place. First place winners received 10,000 Amazon Web Services credits each and $2,000 and second place winners received 10,000 Amazon Web Services credits each and $1,000.

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Startups and Small Businesses

InnovateDMV recognizes the power of diverse perspectives and experiences in driving transformative solutions. By fostering a program culture that honors inclusion and equity, we strive to create support services that cater to the unique needs of the community, ensuring our support services positively impact the lives of a wide range of individuals.

All local founders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are invited to explore the website for resources, events, and opportunities happening in the DMV region.

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Featured Training: Lean Business Model Canvas Workshops

We are thrilled to offer a series of free, virtual workshops designed to help startups and founders in the DC metro area enhance their business models. This workshop series focuses on upskilling new and established founders with essential knowledge about the Lean Business Model Canvas and new ways to look at their entire business.
Join this group of founders for five expert-led sessions. Plus connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and build a stronger foundation for your business.

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All startups and small businesses in Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA,  are invited to complete our online survey to help improve the support systems and tools available to startups and small businesses in the region. Your responses will have an invaluable impact on new and improved resources available to fellow entrepreneurs.

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Service organizations and governments

Organizations and other entities that serve small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs are invited to share their knowledge and observations of technological gaps that exist in the current ecosystem. The responses will help us design and implement inclusive innovation support for the region.

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If you are interested in getting involved or learning more please send an email to [email protected].

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