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Speakers Include Home Depot’s Co-Founder Ken Langone, Bill Doucas, Ted Leonsis, Tim O’Shaughnessy and More Top Local Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C – (November 10) Washington, D.C. is about to get a taste of its first D.C. Entrepreneur Week (DCEW).  A five- day interactive symposium that focuses on revitalizing and strengthening local entrepreneurship.  Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, DCEW was created by a young local leadership in partnership with the D.C. Government’s Planning & Economic Development Office to bolster the thriving business community in the Washington, D.C. area; a region that boasts the 5th highest concentration of entrepreneurs in the United States (Grasshopper Group, July 2010).

Paxton Stuart LLC and other D.C. partners will present the first annual D.C. Entrepreneur Week November 15th -19th 2010, at various venues throughout downtown Washington, DC.   Founded with the entrepreneur in mind, creator Charles Paxton Paret, an entrepreneur himself, has built a golden opportunity for up and coming leaders around the D.C. area to thrive.

The week aims to connect students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to create opportunity, gain knowledge, build relationships, and develop ideas in order to strengthen the local entrepreneurship culture.  The multi-faceted symposium aims to answer pressing ‘real-world’ questions in an intimate setting from the business saavy who have already made their mark.  Attendees will walk away with hands on knowledge and industry specific resources to enable them to grow their own opportunities.

Through a series of panel discussions, roundtables and forums, registrants will gain valuable knowledge and learn from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to empire.  Registrants can expect to hear from leaders such as entrepreneur extraordinaire Ken Langone, AOL’s Ted Leonsis, Living Social CEO, Tim O’ Tim O’Shaughnessy, Elutions CEO Bill Doucas, Carlyle Group’s, Mark J. Johnson, First Savings CEO Larry Pratt and Opus 8 CEO, Tien Wong.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to personally pitch their business plans in a two hour Pitch-A-VC roundtable, while also networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and avid investors.  Local investors, such as Grant Allen, VP at Core Capital Partners, a $350 million dollar VC firm headquartered in the District will give participants real time input on their business.

DCEW will focus on various areas of industry and demographic groups such as Digital & Mobile Media, IT, Real Estate, Communications, Social Entrepreneurship, and Green & Clean Tech Startups’, just to name a few.  Female entrepreneurs will find unique value through a wealth of content directly designed for ‘Women in Business’.

In addition to content-based events, attendees have the opportunity to network in DCEW’s Entrepreneur Lounge, located at 1503 Connecticut Ave NW, and at a series of social functions throughout the week, so that entrepreneurs can build relationships, leverage resources, and create opportunities.

The kick-off event will be launched on Monday, November 15th at 4P.M. at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  The forum, Unleashing New Ideas, features a keynote lecture by Ken Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot and former director of the New York Stock Exchange.  Additionally, a panel discussion called Making a Difference Through Entrepreneurship will follow that includes; Bill Doucas, chairman and CEO of Elutions; Ted Leonsis, founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Vice Chairman of AOL; and Tim O’Shaughnessy, founder and CEO of LivingSocial with a reception to follow.

DCEW founders and partners, speakers, local government officials and other special guests will be available for media interviews directly following the kick-off event in the green room behind the stage.  Media should RSVP to tarasilver@silverstrategy.com for the kick-off and for other special interview requests.

Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.dcew.org for all pitch sessions at $24.99 per pitch session event and $99 for an unlimited week pass and free registration for the kick-off event through http://dcewday1.eventbrite.com/. The kick-off session is open to the public.

Same-day tickets may be available for purchase if events have not presold.  Each pitch session is capped, most at 50 persons.  A full and updated schedule of events and programming information is also available on the website at http://www.dcew.org/events.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, interested parties should contact Tara Chantal Silver for more information.

About DC Entrepreneurship Week
D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (November 15–19, 2010) was founded by Charles Paxton Paret of Paxton Stuart LLC and consists of a series of programs designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial business community in the Washington, D.C. area.  Through panel discussions, roundtables, pitch sessions and interactive forums sponsored by a variety of leading business and educational organizations, participants will gain valuable knowledge from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to growth and success.  Ultimately, D.C. Entrepreneurship Week seeks to build a long-lasting community of entrepreneurs that will add long-term value to the region.  For more information, visit www.dcew.org.

Full Schedule (PLEASE SEE DCEW.org for updated schedule and changes):

Kick-Off Event: Unleashing New Ideas Entrepreneurship Week Event Also Includes Panel Discussion Featuring Bill Doucas, Ted Leonsis, and Tim O’Shaughnessy

FREE with Registration

Date: Monday November 15, 2010, 4 P.M., to be followed by a reception

Host: Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Venue: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business,

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium, 37th and O Streets, NW

Washington, DC 20057

P@VC: Digital & Mobile Media

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 9:00 – 11:00AM

Host: Thanasis Delistathis, Managing Partner – New Atlantic Ventures

Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036

DISC: IT Outsourcing & Software Development

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 – 2:00PM

Host:  Tien Wong, CEO – Opus 8 & LORE Systems

Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036

DISC: The Future of Wealth Management

Date: Tuesday November 16th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Justin Wine, Vice President – Merrill Lynch
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St NW Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

DISC: Social Media Marketing

Date: Tuesday November 16th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Dale Little
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St NW Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

P@VC: Jeffrey Cohen, Quor Ventures

Date: Tuesday November 16th, 3:00 – 5:00PM

Host: Jeffrey Cohen – Quor Ventures

Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036

DCEW: Super-Connect feat. EO @ Madhatters

Date: Tuesday November 16th, 6:30 – 12:00AM

Host: Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Venue: Madhatters, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

DISC: Future Of  Mortgage Market

Date: Wednesday November 17th, 9:00 – 11:00AM
Host: Larry Pratt, CEO – First Savings Mortgage Corp.
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St NW Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

P@VC: “Women in Business” Idea, Early & Growth Stage

Date: Wednesday November 17th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Jane Kagawa, Managing Director – Palatine Capital

Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington, DC, 20036

P@VC: E-Commerce & Digital Media

Date: Wednesday November 17th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Bion Ludwig – Brown Savano

Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St. NW Suite 710, Washington, DC, 20036

DCEW: Super-Connect feat. Wok+Wine

Date: Wednesday November 17th, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Host: Wok+Wine

Venue: Dupont (TBA)

P@VC: Early Stage In Telecom & Communications

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 9:00 – 11:00AM
Host: Joe Harar, Principal – TDF
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M St, NW Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036

P@VC: Growth Stage Technology / Media Innovations

Date: Thursday November 18th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Mark. J. Johnson – The Carlyle Group
Venue: Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman LLP, 2300 N St. NW, Suite 6148, Washington, DC 20006

P@VC: Idea, Early & Growth Stage

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Justin Stach – Spring Capital
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M. St. NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036

P@VC: Green Startups & Clean Energy

Date: Friday November 19th, 12:00 – 2:00PM
Host: Zach Pogue & Glenn Schatz, Managing Directors – Ecore Ventures

Ari Meisel, CEO – LEED AP
Venue: WDG Architecture, 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 300, Washington DC, 20036

P@VC: IT, Media Tech & Digital

Date: Friday November 19th, 3:00 – 5:00PM
Host: Grant Allen, Vice-President – Core Capital
Venue: Paxton Stuart LLC, 1850 M. St NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036

GW’s Gov 2.0 Startup Lab

Date: Friday November 19th, 2:30-7 PM

Host: GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Venue: GW School of Media and Public Affairs: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Tara Chantal Silver

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