DEN DC Events

Upcoming events

    • 06 Oct 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Fish and Richardson, 1425 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005. Metro: McPherson Square (Orange and Blue Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

    Lean Startup and the Business Model Canvas with Eric Koester

    At the October 6, 2014 meeting of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC, Eric Koester, COO of Main Street Genome and Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Georgetown, will present a workshop on the Lean Startup Approach, Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas.

    Eric will cover the topics with interactive exercises.  The evening is sure to be informative, engaging and fun.

    The event is jointly sponsored by the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore.

    Come make some new connections!

    Light refreshments will be provided.


    Eric Koester is the cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of Main Street Genome, a DC-based startup focused on delivering data-centric tools to small businesses to enable smarter buying. Previously Eric was the cofounder of Zaarly, a home services marketplace backed by Kleiner Perkins, Meg Whitman and Ashton Kutcher, named one of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2012. Eric has a long career in startups and technology including serving on the executive team of Appature (acquired in 2013), part of the Ventana Medical Systems team (acquired by Roche in 2008) and as an attorney with Cooley LLP focused on venture and high-growth companies.

    Currently Eric also serves as a professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetown University and on the board of UP Global, a worldwide organization providing entrepreneurial programming such as Startup Weekend, Startup America, Startup NEXT and Startup Digest in more than 750 cities around the globe.  Eric is part of NextGen Angels, a group of angels under the age of 40 investing in the Washington, DC metro area.  He is a prolific writer on startups and technology including books Starting A High Tech Business Venture (2009) and Green Entrepreneur Handbook (2010), and his blog

    For more information, please contact

    Lex McCusker

    (973) 896-5754 

    • 11 Nov 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    DEN DC Dolphin Tank – Come Hear the Pitches

    The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC (DEN DC), in conjunction with Springboard Enterprises, will again be holding a Dolphin Tank Session.

    This year’s session will be on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

    Dolphin Tank pitches are only 2 minutes long, but teams receive large amounts of valuable feedback.

    Here’s how it works:

    ·         You stand up and give your 2-minute pitch;

    ·         A panel of 'seasoned entrepreneurs' tells you what they liked about your idea and you;

    ·         You get additional feedback about what you might want to think about or things you might not know but should know and maybe even a connection or two;

    ·         Then the audience asks any questions and offers suggestions or advice that might help you;

    ·         You earn your Dolphin pin and get ready to give your two cents to the next person who pitches.

    Enter your startup for the DEN DC Dolphin Tank Session.  Slots are available for 4 – 6 Startups.  Startup teams must include at least one DEN DC Member.

    Anyone interested in pitching at this fall’s DEN DC Dolphin tank should contact

    Katya Vert-Wong

    (240) 997-5073

Past events

17 Jun 2014 DEN DC Structured Networking Event
01 May 2014 CEO Roundtable: Rachel K. King, D'81, Chief Executive Officer, GlycoMimetics
18 Mar 2014 Speaker: Victor L. Hoskins, D'79, Washington DC Deputy Mayor
06 Mar 2014 DEN DC Guppy Tank
25 Feb 2014 DEN DC 2014 Annual New Venture Contest
16 Jan 2014 "Valuation" with Jan Klein
09 Jan 2014 DEN DC 2014 Annual New Venture Contest - Webinar for Prospective Participants
10 Dec 2013 DEN DC 2014 Annual New Venture Contest - Webinar for Prospective Participants
14 Nov 2013 "Crowd Funding" with Adam Pressman of CrowdFund Roundup
05 Nov 2013 Networking, Recruiting and Information Session at Opower
10 Oct 2013 Dolphin Tank
12 Sep 2013 "Protecting Your Ideas and Brands with Patents and Trademarks." Peter S. Weissman, Emerging Business Practice, Blank Rome, LLP
31 Jul 2013 "Financial Planning for Entrepreneurs." David Greene, Vice President and Financial Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management
26 Jun 2013 Gregg Fairbrothers, Founding Director, Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network
26 Jun 2013 DEN DC 2013 Annual Meeting
05 Jun 2013 Chris Silberman, Campus Manager, 1776
14 Mar 2013 DEN DC 2013 Annual Business Plan Competition
08 Jan 2013 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Online Mini-Course
16 Jun 2012 DEN DC Picnic
17 May 2012 Annual Meeting | Election of New Board
29 Mar 2012 The Guppy Tank: An Evening of Non-Combative VC Pitches
24 Mar 2012 DEN DC Annual Business Plan Competition
23 Feb 2012 DEN-DC Meet-Up | Arlington
15 Dec 2011 Attracting Startup Investment: Speaker, Networking and Holiday Party
03 Oct 2011 DEN-DC Meet-Up
28 Apr 2011 Networking: Atttracting Startup Investment
02 Apr 2011 Big Greeners Handle the Green – Financial Literacy Needs to Start Early
08 Dec 2010 Networking Happy Hour
11 Nov 2010 CEO Dinner Roundtable
10 Jun 2010 How to negotiate your best deal--and get out of a bad one
10 Jun 2010 Annual Meeting
06 May 2010 The Lives of DEN-DC Startups
28 Jan 2010 Sustainability and Business – Outlook for 2010
10 Dec 2009 How to Win a Business Plan Competition (Keep Trying!)
01 Dec 2009 CEO Dinner Roundtable
01 Oct 2009 DEN DC Networking Night
05 Feb 2009 An Evening of Networking for Entrepreneurs, VC/PE Professionals and Professional Service Providers
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