DMV Cohort
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Attend the Pitch Competition July 26th

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About this program

With support from Capital One’s Impact Initiative and funded (in part) through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration 2Gether-International (2GI) is launching an accelerator focused on DMV founders with disabilities of early-stage startups in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia (DMV).

Throughout the program, participants are given tools and guidance to develop and strengthen their pitch with the program ultimately culminating in a pitch competition where entrepreneurs can earn funding for their business. This opportunity takes a strengths-based approach to helping participants significantly improve their pitch and business model, as well as help them to perceive their own disability as a competitive advantage rather than a weakness. Throughout the duration of the program 12-15 disabled founders will be competing for $5K seed funding.

What can selected startups expect?

  • A series of startup workshops tailored to the unique experiences of people with disabilities.
  • Access to custom one-on-one coaching from accredited leadership coaches.
  • Peer-to-peer founder discussion and networking groups.
  • World-class speakers and mentors in the entrepreneurship and/or disability sector.
  • Connections to investors and support fundraising both during and post-program.

The program will run from June 13th - July 26th

What are we looking for?

  • The startup must be led by at least one woman with a disability. See how we define disability here.
  • Must be working on a high-growth business.
  • Must have a product that's in the market - an MVP is okay.
  • Must have availability to meet and attend: classes, peer-to-peer sessions, speaker series, and coaching sessions (tentative schedule below).
  • *Note that startups do not need to be working on accessibility technology to apply.

Tentative Schedule

  • Accelerator Bootcamp Sessions: Tuesdays from 11:00 - 1:00PM EST
  • Speaker Series: Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00PM EST
  • Coaching sessions- As determined with your coach (at least once a week, for 6 weeks)
  • Week of July 26th Pitch Competition.

Apply to the program today!

Meet the Facilitators

We are here for your success! We are a small team of experienced individuals. We've helped over 100 companies scale their ventures and we're ready to do the same for you!

Keevin O'Rourke

2GI Managing Director

Russell Stein

Dir. Entrepreneurship
Gallaudet university

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