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Strengthen, showcase, and support DC’s innovation ecosystem to promote inclusivity for underserved communities and entrepreneurs.


Highlight pathways for DC residents to have a fair chance at opportunities in the innovation economy, in our city and beyond.


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STORIES / Innovators in DC

The rising seniors landed the second place spot in the Final Competition for the NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) with their submission from H2NO to H2O. Their idea takes NASA technology designed for water purification and incorporates it into school water systems to remove impurities. With support from Mayor Bowser, these rising seniors will continue to work with Inclusive Innovation Incubator to develop their technology. #BarrierBreakers
Bria Snell, India Skinner, and Mikalya Sharrieff Students, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
“I founded Texiles™ in 2017 to tackle what I saw as a neglected part of the apparel lifecycle: post-consumer clothing waste. Our mission is to achieve zero clothing waste in American landfills through the recycling and repurposing of all used apparel.” #BarrierBreaker
Kaveri Marathe Founder & CEO, Texiles
“There are at least 20 colleges and universities within the District and about 300,000 students who attend these schools. Nearly one-third of these students do not have access to funding to complete their degrees. In 2017, PYT saw its first cohort of students graduate from college and has helped more than 200 students cross the finish line.” #BarrierBreaker
Stacie Whisonant Founder & CEO, PYT Funds, Inc.
“I draw my inspiration from the students that I serve and my personal experiences. The kids are the future and they give me hope for a better tomorrow. My experiences allow me to utilize poetry as a tool for informing, reflecting, and therapy. My constant urge to be a better person and excel keeps me focused and on track.” #BarrierBreaker
Charity Blackwell Director of Writing, DC Scores
“Surge Assembly is all about helping our clients accelerate, grow, and streamline their organization by delivering integrated digital solutions and the elite talent needed to fuel those solutions. FIN. Digital provides creative and interactive solutions, thoughtful user interfaces and immersive campaigns. We build big ideas.” #EquityBuilder
Rakia Finley Founder, Surge Assembly & Co-Founder, FIN Digital
“Hear Me Code is more than just a coding class. I see tech as a tool for creating change to build the kind of world I want to live in. It’s just as much about building community and developing the next set of women leaders in tech.” #EquityBuilder
Shannon TurnerFounder, Hear Me Code
“FFDC is the District’s womyn-only collective of local womyn creatives & entrepreneurs. We spell womyn with a “y” because it is a small reminder that every womyn is completely whole on their own, and we decide our own path in life no matter what our male driven society has to say about it.” #EquityBuilder
Yasmin RadbodFounder, Femme Fatale DC
“In partnership with DCPS and charter schools, we serve 300 students at seven high schools in the District of Columbia this school year. We operate school-based business incubators, in which more than 40 student business teams launch and run their very own startups.” #EquityBuilder
BUILD Metro DC A Social Entrepreneurship Non-Profit
“Social enterprise is the future of business, and it is our hope that we can set forth a movement in the business community to spark a new status quo –where all businesses operate with social good at the heart and forefront of all they do.” #EquityBuilder
Social Impact 360Mentorship For Student Social Entrepreneurs
“Upon successful completion of our training program, our students will earn FIVE technical certifications including a certificate in customer service solutions. They also will complete 16 hours of customer service solutions training and receive a customer service certificate through a certified facilitator.” #EquityBuilder
Hope Project DC D.C. Job-training Program
“LearnServe International equips high school students from diverse backgrounds with the entrepreneurial vision, tenacity, confidence, and leadership skills needed to tackle social challenges at home and abroad.” #EquityBuilder
Learn Serve International A Social Entrepreneurship Non-Profit
“At its core, the WSE is about empowering our kids: to believe in themselves and get involved; to start early at building essential skills and connections and confidence; to roll up their sleeves and go for it! When the students have opportunities to discover, they can show off what they’re really capable of!” #EquityBuilder
World Series of EntrepreneurshipA Youth Entrepreneurship Competition
“We are the WeWork of fitness. We provide a space for independent fitness instructors to teach classes. This allows them to become their own businesses. We essentially are building fitness entrepreneurs.” #EquityBuilder
Kimberly Moore President, Flaunt Group DBA Fitness Snob
“I grew tired of my mindset. It put things into perspective, that my insecurities, my self-doubts, were spurred by this never ending cycle to be tormented by my own thoughts exclaiming that I wasn’t good enough. I’m telling you now, that you’re good enough and we love you for you and adore your uniqueness.” #BarrierBreaker
Leah BeilhartFounder & CEO, Behold.Her
“We are changing the way theatre is made by eliminating gatekeepers and by passing the power every three years. We are also expanding the idea of who can be a playwright! Our Producing Playwrights include a Costume/Set Designer, Dramaturg, two devisors and three text-based playwrights.” #MovementMakers
The Weldersa Playwrights' Collective
“District Mugs is currently working with 14 homeless and low-income individuals at DC. Currently we are able to provide an income of at least $40 to each our homeless and low-income participant. Our goal is to help our participants either start their own small business or earn an income from painting mugs for District Mugs.” #BarrierBreaker
Shreya BhargavaFounder & Co-Director, District Mugs
“My innovation is helping DC residents take care of their skin and hair with non-toxic cruelty free shea butter products that generate living wages for women shea producers. I started the company after serving in the Peace Corps and each product is made in small batches using the purest ingredients.” #EquityBuilder
Rahama WrightFounder & CEO, Shea Yeleen
“Collaboration is necessary in all aspects of live, work, play– especially in regards to real estate. We enjoy working with developers to re-imagine space to support their goals and social mission.” #MovementMaker
Stacey Price Co-Founder & Creative Director, Shop Made In DC
IMBY leverages technology to broaden the audience of people that participate in their communities for a more transparent and efficient zoning process. Let’s talk about how great communities create amazing experiences. #KnowledgeSeeker
Michelle Chang Founder & CEO, IMBY
“By educating, funding and providing a community for women business owners, we not only have a higher chance of success but also a higher likelihood of bringing stable local employment opportunities and economic impact to our communities.” #EquityBuilder
Dr. Roshawnna NovellusFounder & CEO, EnrichHER

MEDIA / innoMAYtion in the News


Bowser Administration Launches Annual ‘innoMAYtion’

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development – DMPED  |  5/3/2018

Month-long initiative will spotlight the people and companies shaping innovation in the District of Columbia.

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InnoMAYtion returns with a chance to connect with civic tech

Technical.ly DC  |  5/1/2018

The month of May arrived Tuesday, and for the D.C. government that means it’s time for InnoMAYtion. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s monthlong celebration of entrepreneurship shows the intersection of tech and local government, and celebrates entrepreneurship in the District.

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Here are the winners of the 2018 DCFemTech Awards

Technical.ly DC  |  4/26/2018

These 54 women are D.C.’s top devs, designers and data scientists. More than 600 nominations were submitted this year.

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DC students named finalists in NASA spinoff competition

Technical.ly DC  |  4/26/2018

Eleventh graders Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff developed their water filter project at Inclusive Innovation Incubator.

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