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The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Presented: TechBUZZ Fall 2016

November 2, 2016
1:00pm – 7:30pm

The event of the year for active investors in the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.

MAVA shined the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic again in 2016. A diverse and experienced cross-section of Early Stage Investors, VCs, and experienced CEOs provided valuable feedback in response to the TechBUZZ presentations. Whether on stage or in the audience, the insights of our investor panels was informative and thought-provoking.

Read the Press Release Announcing the Startups!

TechBUZZ Summer 2016

MAVA shined the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic for one last time in 2016. A diverse and experienced cross-section of Early Stage Investors, VCs, and experienced CEOs provided valuable feedback in response to the TechBUZZ presentations.

TechBUZZ is the area’s premier event where early-stage entrepreneurs and active investors come together to see the best and brightest, to connect with one another, and to celebrate the strength of the startup scene in our region. The program will be fast-paced & interactive and the networking top rate. Whether on the stage or in the audience, innovative Company Builders and active Investors won’t want to miss this action-packed afternoon when it returns in 2017.

TechBUZZ Fall Happened At

1600 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Enter the National Geographic Society through the courtyard, then gather “under the stars” in the lobby—an illuminated re-creation of the sky on the night of the Society’s founding in 1888—before entering the auditorium.


Networking, Registration and Demo Tables Open

1:00 – 2:00

CEO Keynotes, Company Pitches & Investor Feedback

2:00 – 5:30

Networking Reception


Taking The Stage: The Presenting Companies

Security / Cyber

Arlington, VA

Consumer / Ecommerce

Potomac, MD

Software / SaaS (Online Community)

Rockville, MD

Software / SaaS

Tysons Corner, VA

Security/ Cyber

Alexandria, VA

Education Technology

Richmond, VA

Software SaaS

Ashburn, VA

Ecommerce (Special Event Rentals)

Washington, DC

Security / Cyber

Herndon, VA

Healthcare IT / HeathTech

Rockville, MD

Education Technology (K-14)

Alexandria, VA

Security / Cyber

McLean, VA

Software / SaaS

Myrtle Beach, SC”

Education Technology

Rockville, MD

Software / SaaS

Chantilly, VA

Mobile Security

Herndon, VA

Software / SaaS (Logistics & Trading)

Columbia, MD

Software / SaaS (Marine Service Technology)

Annapolis, MD

Software / SaaS (Consumer & Enterprise)

Alexandria, VA

Software / SaaS (Employee Communication)

Boston, MA


Amazing keynote addresses and active investor feedback supported a world-class day of seed stage company pitches.


Carolyn Parent
President and CEO, LiveSafe

Keynote Speaker


Mark Walsh
Head of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Keynote Speaker


Sean Dowling
Vice President, Osage Ventures

Investor Panelist


Cheryl Foil
Principal of Tech & Innovation, Kiddar Capital

Investor Panelist


Brinda Jadeja
Partner, In-Q-Tel

Investor Panelist

James K

James Keeratisakdawong
Vice President, Corea Capital Partners

Investor Panelist

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts
General Partner, Harbert Growth Partners

Investor Panelist

liz sara

Liz Sara
Mng Director, BestMarketing, Dingman Center Angel Investor

Investor Panelist


Tom Weithman
Managing Director and VP, CIT Gap Funds

Invetor Panelist


Pat Wilson
Principal, Route 66 Ventures

Investor Panelist



Turbo Sponsor


Accelerator Sponsor

CIT Gap Funds

TechBUZZ Partners

1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. 1776 is building a global community to provide the intellectual, social and financial capital these startups need to succeed.


Arlington Economic Development (AED) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business community, its tourism industry and its real estate development.

Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2009, its mission is to invest profitably in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and advance early stage innovators to the next stage of capital formation. Its vision is to be the most trusted resource for angel capital investment and entrepreneurial mentorship in the Greater Baltimore region.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been the leading seed stage capital provider for Southeastern Pennsylvania’s technology sectors, investing over $175 million in more than 1,750 regional technology companies, many of which have gone on to become industry leaders, for over 30 years. Ben Franklin has also launched university/industry partnerships that accelerate scientific discoveries to commercialization, and has seeded regional initiatives that strengthen our entrepreneurial community.


Betamore is an award-winning campus for technology and entrepreneurship with a two-fold mission. First, we aim to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based startup companies through business collaboration and incubation. Second, and arguably most important, we offer a career-focused education led by current industry experts to a growing public community of learners.


Bethesda Green brings business, government and community together through programs and services to promote a sustainable society and has a business incubator that is developing the next generation of energy and environmental products and services.


Bunker Lab DC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses at inside Capitol Post located in Alexandria, Virginia.


The Dingman Center Angels is a Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the Mid-Atlantic region. Our members are entrepreneurs, CXO’s, venture capitalists and business leaders who have founded, funded and built world-class companies. Our investors come from a wide array of industry expertise and in association with the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship, create an extensive entrepreneurial community.


ETC is a community of entrepreneurs and startups growing together in the City of Baltimore. The ETC offers three unique programs: ETC’s Incubation Program– offering business support services to tech startups, AccelerateBaltimore– a startup accelerator launching soon, & Beehive Baltimore– Baltimore’s coworking community.


Fishbowl Labs is a vibrant community of startups working out of the AOL campus in Dulles, Virginia. Our community provides free office space and support for talented entrepreneurs to help overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company. We also collaborate with some amazing folks across AOL.


hotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. An initiative of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center serving the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses.


LiftOff Health is the first Virtual Health Business Incubator in the Washington D.C. area. We leverage our unique local resources and provide health focused education, mentorship, resources, documents, and services to help entrepreneurs and business around the world to succeed.


Loudoun County Department of Economic Development is here to help build your business. Dedicated to recruiting new business, growing our existing industries and improving our county’s business climate, we’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.


Mach37 is America’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. MACH37™’s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.


Maryland Business Incubation Association was founded in 2002 to advance business incubation in Maryland. Representing 22 incubators, MBIA supports nearly 550 companies across the state in both urban and rural areas.


New Dominion Angels is an investor group formed to capitalize early-stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are not a managed fund. We are a group of like-minded members who make individual decisions whether to invest in companies that present to the group.


Potential Energy DC is building a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and policy experts in the Washington, DC metro area to solve energy challenges.


Refraction is a 23,000 square foot non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists located in Reston, VA.


Startup Grind DC is an event series and websites designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.


The Startup Leadership Program is a highly selective, world-class training program for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become top startup CEOs. SLP Fellows have founded nearly 1600 successful startups & raised more than $500M in funding.


TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other.


TiE DC has a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.