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How to Build, Sustain, & Grow with the Innovation Ecosystem

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center (map)

There are over 20 different types of coworking spaces, incubators, and accelerators in the DMV area, each with its special sauce. Founders at all stages need more support, mentorship, and guidance. However, in the midst of starting and growing your business how do you find resources to help you. Hear from leaders of the organization from the Vinetta Project, Seed Spot, SparkLabs, Dcode, FedTech, and other organizations on ways you can get involved and learn about the work that they are doing to help grow a stronger innovation community.


Rebecca Gevalt

Director of Alumni Engagement, Dcode

Rebecca Gevalt is the Director of Alumni Engagement at Dcode, an accelerator with the mission of breaking down barriers between non-traditional technologies and government. The Dcode community includes more than 65+ startup companies and hundreds of industry partners/government stakeholders... Read More →

C'pher Gresham


As the Chief Executive Officer at SEED SPOT, C’pher leads the charge in bringing SEED SPOT’s impact to communities and schools across the globe. He is a professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Maryland and a Mentor-in-Residence at the George Washington University... Read More →

Kelly O'Malley

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Vinetta Project

Kelly O'Malley is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at the Vinetta Project. Prior to joining Vinetta, Kelly was a Co-Founder and COO of Shop Or Not, an SMS e-commerce platform. Before Shop Or Not, she ran strategy at Fit Girls Guide, a fitness startup, and spent... Read More →

Sarah Chen

Principal, FedTech & Co-Founder, The Billion Dollar Fund For Women

Named Forbes 30 Under 30, Sarah’s leadership career spans across venture capital and innovation, in both emerging markets in Asia and the United States. Currently Principal at Fedtech, she focuses on bridging the gap between venture and deep tech, inspired to commercialize great... Read More →

Brian Park

Managing Partner, SparkLabs

Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is the Managing Partner at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (Formerly Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area. He is also the Director of Technology for Curator Solutions, which is an Edtech SaaS startup that creates interactive tools for trainers and instructional designers.He was also formerly... Read More →

Wayne Chen

Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Wayne Chen is a Chief Technologist of Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group. In this role, he helps to accelerate open innovation among the Federal government agencies with the innovation ecosystem through technology scouting and strategic partnerships. He also leads innovation... Read More →

Later Event: September 9
Founder’s Pitch & Lunch