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DSLBD and Partners Excel at Startup Weekend Gov 2.0

Monday, June 18, 2012
Business One-Stop Pitch Places 3rd Out of 30 Ideas Pitched in 54 Hours

Washington, DC—The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), and D.C. tech entrepreneurs teamed up to develop a business one-stop concept that nearly snagged top honors in the 2012 StartUp Weekend Gov 2.0.  

"DSLBD and our partners share a commitment to unleashing the enterprising spirit of entrepreneurs," said DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) Director Harold Pettigrew. "Our team's success shows that that spirit exists in the government itself."

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: everyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54-hour process of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with pitches to entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. The Startup Weekend Gov 2.0 leaves the private sector empowered to launch startups that solve public problems.

To view pictures from Startup Weekend Gov 2.0, please visit DSLBD's Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/LhjoSU.

About the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development

The District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) fosters the economic growth, development, and retention of District of Columbia based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District’s commercial corridors. For more information on all of DSLBD’s services, go to http://dslbd.dc.gov, contact us at [email protected], visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smallbizdc, or follow us on Twitter at @SmallBizDC.

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