With the blustery cold weather finally rolling into D.C. to stay, there’s one thing to look forward to during this chilly season: Lore System’s Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Winter Forum. For the past few months, we at IntheCapital have always extolled CONNECTpreneur as being one of the best networking events in the Washington, D.C. region…and we haven’t changed our tune, especially considering the amazing roster of executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and companies the Winter Forum has lined up.

The one speaker I’m particularly looking forward to hearing is Joe Payne, CEO of Eloqua (a leading marketing automation software company). Joe is a paragon of D.C. Tech success, having taken Eloqua public in an IPO earlier this year. During the event, Joe will discuss his experience during the IPO process, how his company progressed to that point, and how he plans on scaling Eloqua for continued growth in the future.

Beyond Joe’s presentation, there are a slew of other amazing entrepreneurs and tech titans that will be speaking at the event, including a panel with Paul Singh, Partner and Master of the Hustle of 500 Startups, Tom Dann, Managing Director of the Maryland Venture Fund, and Tom Weithman, Managing Director of the CEnter for Innovative Technology (CIT) Gap Funds. Like past CONNECTpreneur events, there will also be a live showcase of six to eight early stage media, infrastructure, and tech companies that will be pitching to the investors that attend.

The real selling point to the event is the opportunity to network with some amazing companies and investors, which there will be ample chances for. Already confirmed on the attendees list are investors from the following groups:

  • Novak Biddle
  • Core Capital
  • New Atlantic Ventures
  • CIT
  • New Markets Venture Partners
  • Maryland Venture Fund
  • TEDCO
  • Blu Venture Investors
  • US Boston
  • VentureCross Partners
  • Berman Enterprises
  • Blue Water Capital
  • Dingman Center Angels
  • Neuberger & Co. Ventures
  • Saratoga Investment Corp.
  • Multiplier Capital
  • McLean Capital
  • Washington DC Archangels
  • Angel Venture Forum
  • Endeavor DC
  • National Capital Companies
  • Enhanced Capital
  • MTECH Ventures
  • Mosaic Capital
  • Opus8
  • Starise Ventures
  • Blue Heron Capital
  • Duncaster Investments
  • Private Capital Network
  • Next-Stage Development Group
  • Lancaster Angel Network
  • Harrell Partners
  • Stanford Venture Advisors
  • MD Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Skada Capital
  • Great Falls Capital
  • Hafezi Capital
  • Keiretsu Forum

Yeah, we aren’t kidding when we stand by our statement that this is one of the best networking events you can attend in the region.

Be sure to purchase your tickets here to take advantage of the early-bird prices before they expire on midnight Friday.

See you all there!