February 15, 2024
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PRESS RELEASE: 2024 Kicks Off with a Tech Boom in the District of Columbia

Honoring Black History Month and Innovation in the DMV


Contact Information:
DC Tech & Venture Coalition (DCTAV)
Washington, DC

Contact: press@dctav.co

Release Date: February 15, 2024

Washington, DC - On February 7th, we hosted the first DC Tech Meetup (DCTM) of 2024. Over one hundred tech entrepreneurs, investors, and enthusiasts showed up, kicking off the year to a great start. We are grateful to the incredible Black founders, investors, and community leaders who helped us highlight Black-led innovation in honor of Black History Month.

The evening kicked off with our workshop "From Zero to Funded," in which Shalanda Armstrong (Managing Partner of 100KM Ventures) shared the ins and outs of understanding if and how you should raise capital for your startup. Over 30 founders and prospective founders packed the room to get Shalanda’s honest advice.

For the main event, six local companies shared demos of their products. As usual, DCTM offered attendees a glimpse into the future of innovation in the heart of the nation’s capital. From sports management to indie beauty founder empowerment, here are the companies that captivated the audience:

Mozart Data

Unlock the power of your data with Mozart Data's comprehensive data management solutions. Store, manage, analyze, and optimize your data with ease.

Presenter: Doo Shim, Product Manager


SportsMarkit allows sports teams and programs of all levels and sizes to effectively and accurately organization their activities. Modernizing the process of managing the countless tasks associated with running a sports team- whether it's payments, communications, registration, we help streamline your responsibilities so you can focus on the game you love.

Presenter: David Gibson, Founder and CEO


At Femly, we're on a mission to sprinkle a little magic in the world of menstrual care!

Femly meets your needs wherever you are. Our vision is one where cost isn't a barrier to access and our high quality options are available in restrooms, online, and wherever you need us most. Let's make period care a worry of the past and focus on conquering today with confidence and a dash of inclusivity!

Presenter: Arion Long, Founder and CEO

Yeleen Beauty Makerspace

The ultimate destination for ambitious and driven indie beauty founders looking to take their brands to new heights.

Presenter: Rahama Wright, CEO


Viewlo is an innovative mobile platform that gives users the ability to gain instant eyes and ears on locations globally, which enables cultural connectivity and live insights through on-demand video streaming. The broadcaster gets compensated for their time and service, so it’s not just a view, it’s a connection that benefits both sides.

Presenter: Jose Gonzalez, CEO

Amplify Data

Amplify is a white-labeled solution for SaaS companies to offer data directly in customer analytical environments. No ETL, APIs, or integration needed.

Presenter: Ameya Pathare, Co-Founder and CTO

The "Founders and Funders" panel, moderated by Haley Bryant (Principal at Hustle Fund), featured several panelists who shared their insights on their entrepreneurial and investor journeys. These incredible speakers are role models for the DC Tech community and show how persistence, creativity, and the ability to leverage connections are crucial for launching your career to success.

Thank you to our panelists:

We also had the opportunity to highlight our community partner who helped us pull together the event, Nicole Streeter (Chief Legal Officer at the Council of the District of Columbia). Nicole is co-chair of the Washington D.C. regional board of How Women Lead, an organization of 15,000+ members re-defining Women's Leadership in the 21st Century. Be sure to check out and lend support to this meaningful mission!


To demo your DC-based tech company at a future DCTech Meetup, complete the application form at https://DCTechMeetup.com


DC Tech Meetup (DCTM) convenes technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader innovation community regularly to learn and share. On the first Wednesday of almost every month, hundreds of innovators gather to see demos, launch products and meet their future co-founders, partners and funders.


The DC Tech & Venture Coalition (DCTAV) is a coalition of tech executives and founders, active tech investors, and ecosystem leaders working to make DC the world’s best city for tech and venture. Learn more at https://DCTAV.co

Honoring Black History Month and Innovation in the DMV