Beacon, Women Entrepreneurs Network

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Support the development of BEACON, a campaign to connect DC’s female entrepreneurs and make Washington DC the most influential and supportive city for women entrepreneurs.

Progress Updates:

October 2019: Building off the success of their one-day events in 2017 and 2018, Beacon has expanded Startup Law 101 into a three-part series empowering women founders with legal tools for their business.

April 2019: Through their directory of 450 businesses, direct-service campaigns and our ecosystem-builder grant program, BEACON has supported over 1,000 women entrepreneurs in the metro-DC are and built a subscriber list of over 3,500. 30 awards totaling $100k have been granted to women-led organizations in alignment with BEACON’s four pillars and with impact across DC’s eight wards.

September 2018: Mayor Bowser and BEACON awarded 11 grants totaling $50,000 to organizations supporting women entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. Read more here. 

September 2017: Mayor Bowser and BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative awarded 19 grants totaling $50,000 to support women entrepreneurs in Washington, DC.  More than 85 organizations and companies applied for the program and 67 advanced to a community voting round that saw over 5,000 votes cast by members of the public.  Click here for the full press release.

  • Timeline: in-progress (launched November 2016)
  • Lead and key partners: external
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  • Related action areas: talent, business environment