The DC Tech sector is growing rapidly as the region’s rich technology assets continue to produce new startups. The technology ecosystem in the District is more of a community, where you can connect with like-minded people no matter where you are in the startup lifecycle. Below are some of the city’s resources.
Digital DC - http://digitaldc.co/
Digital DC is a marketing and branding campaign and economic development initiative to promote Washington, DC as the leading community in the innovation and high-tech economy. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the world for technology companies and venture capital investment, Digital DC represents and supports the vibrant, dedicated, and unique community of local and international tech and innovation-based businesses that are thriving in the District. The Digital DC initiative will highlight the growing number of District-based tech companies, provide the best resources to cultivate digital companies relocating and developing in the District, and supply job and training opportunities.
There are a large number of technology focused meet ups in the District that cover a wide range of topics from learning about the Lean Start Up method for starting a business to connecting with people that have a background geospatial information systems. The largest tech meet up in the city is the DC Tech Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/DC-Tech-Meetup/.
The best way to explore the meetups is to visit http://www.meetup.com/ and search for meetups that interest you nearby.
Incubators and shared workspaces provide start-up firms and small businesses with an entrepreneurial environment, professional network, savvy mentors and critical resources to develop and grow successful businesses. They serve as a forum for entrepreneurial development, where new companies co-habitated in a physical space or join a virtual network to exchange ideas, access key business support services and test-drive their ideas. Business incubation has been adapted to meet a variety of needs, from fostering commercialization of technologies to increasing employment in economically disadvantaged communities. Please find a list of incubator resources below.
1133 15th Street
920 U Street
U Street Corridor
1203 19th St. NW
Near Dupont Circle
1800 Wyoming Ave NW
1200 18th Street NW
The Hive DC
2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
& The Hive 2.0
1231-B Good Hope Rd. SE
2217 14th Street NW
U Street Corridor
916 G Street, NW
Another great place that you can work on your business is your local library. Many have meeting rooms and have wifi that you can use for free. Here is a list of all the libraries.
A makerspace (also referred to as a hacklab or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. DC has two spaces dedicated to tinkering and exploring gadgets. These spaces offer a place to learn about and work on a variety of projects including microcontrollers and 3D printing.
DC Tech Hackpad
The DC Tech Hackpad was created to help you acclimate yourself to the DC Tech ecosystem as quickly as possible. Please find the hackpad here: https://hackpad.com/How-to-Hack-the-DC-Tech-Ecosystem-EYfL7X7gepL
Fosterly is a community of entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs, who span the professional spectrum from business to photography to web-development and more, have a desire to efficiently locate relevant information and connect with others in their community. Fosterly streamlines and facilitates this process. Find more information here: http://www.fosterly.com/
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