Like DC Inno Approved? A fresh version comes out every other Friday with new ideas of tech and networking events to check out. Here’s a list of great tech, business and networking events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, to hit up in the next two weeks. 


Friday, Nov. 24

Event: 3rd Annual Fête en Noir at the W Hotel

  • Location: W Washington D.C. Hotel, 515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 24, 9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, party, weekend picks
  • Price: $10-$20

“JBC presents: 3rd Annual Fête en Noir

Calling all sneakerheads! And all those who just love wearing comfy shoes to a party. You can forget the heels and slip on your favorite Boosts for the night! Whether you plan to spend your Black Friday shopping or eating leftovers, come unwind with us at POV dressed in your favorite black attire.”

The Weekend, Nov. 25-26

Event: The Black Owned Small Business Expo

  • Location: Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, small business, weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Join us Saturday, November 25, 2017 for this AMAZING event. Each year we bring together more than 60 small businesses from around the Washington D.C., Baltimore and surrounding metro areas for a day of shopping, networking, and supporting small businesses in our community. With new and exciting businesses added every year this in an event you won’t want to miss. As ALWAYS, it’s FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.!”

Event: The 2nd Annual DC Capital Cup

  • Location: Vita LoungeDc, 1318 9th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 25, 12 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking
  • Price: $25

“Hello DC Community! The High Society Events, Dr, Trichome & Jacob Martin are bringing you The Capitol Cup. The best DC Grown Flower and Edible Makers WINNERS CEREMONY AND CONCERT. Also Vendors from The best DC upcoming AND established businesses.”

Event: Made in DC Pop Up Shop

  • Location: 4430 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 25, 12 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Shop our December Pop Up including rotating assortment of DC makers including jewelry and accessories, paper goods, home, art and food. Stay tuned for details on new market vendors, holiday activities and more!”

Monday, Nov. 27

Event: Bethesda Networking Luncheon

  • Location: Rock Bottom, 7900 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 27, 11 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Bethesda Networking Luncheon at Rock Bottom. Come out and meet 20-35 business professionals! 1st meeting FREE for guests and includes lunch.”

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Event: 202Creates Co-Working Day | November

  • Location: Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment, Southeast Office, 200 I Street SE, Suite 1800, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 10 AM-6 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussions
  • Price: Free

“Join us for another 202Creates Co-Working Day! Bring your ideas, creative energy, and don’t forget your laptop. This month is special edition as we are focusing on how to stay healthy physically, financially, nutritionally and emotionally throughout the holidays. Come prepared to share your story. Lunch will be served!”

Event: Startup Grind hosts Jon Chapman (cofounder & President of Everfi)

  • Location: The Alley, 2055 L St NW (4th Floor), Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, speaker event
  • Price: $10-$25

“Jon Chapman is cofounder & President of EverFi, one of the hottest EdTech companies in the DC area focusing on teaching, assessing, badging, and certifying students in critical skills. EverFi has raised close to $250M from Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, Eric Schmidt, Ev Williams, NEA, other top VCs, and even U2 Bono.”

Event: Giving Tuesday Happy Hour for Byte Back

  • Location: Local 16 DC, 1602 U St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Help Byte Back meet our GivingTuesday fundraising goal by having a few drinks with us! Local 16 DC will generously be donating 10% of sales in our room to Byte Back, so join us for $5 drinks and appetizers and invite your friends!”

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Event: Innovators Breakfast Series: Data Science + HR

  • Location: 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Join General Assembly & Booz Allen Hamilton for the DC Innovators Breakfast – a quarterly series that brings together leaders from the DC business community to network and discuss strategies for advancing innovation.”

Thursday, Nov. 30

Event: GoARTful Launch Party

  • Location: Alley, 2055 L St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, launch party, networking
  • Price: Free

“goARTful is a first of its kind subscription service for art! Explore original, quality art to liven up the walls of your home, office, or business, and source directly from local D.C. artists. Art is for everyone.”

Event: Jenny Kassan presents “Raise Capital on Your Own Terms”

  • Location: Impact Hub DC, 419 7th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Join the Democracy Collaborative and Impact Hub DC in welcoming Jenny Kassan to DC for a launch event and discussion of this essential new handbook for grassroots entrepreneurs!”

Friday, Dec. 1

Event: DistrictBridges Tree Lighting Extravaganza & Happy Holiday Hours

  • Location: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“On Friday, December 1st we will be decking the halls, and by halls we mean the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza for the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza! Merrymakers will enjoy complimentary cocoa, candy canes, and carols. We might even be lucky enough to get a visit from Santa Claus!”

Event: FinTech Friday Happy Hour at Five

  • Location: ChurchKey, 1337 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 1, 5 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join the MPOWER Financing, Rooam, and Village Capital teams for our monthly FinTech happy hour! This is an informal event to connect FinTech startups with the broader ecosystem in the DC-area.”

The Weekend, Dec. 2-3

Event: Sip and Sew DC

  • Location: Sew Creative Lounge, 3711 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 2, 12 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, arts, fun, networking
  • Price: Free

“Discover the art of sewing from two master seamstresses, Cecily S. Habimana (Simply Cecily) and Tisha Thorne (Tisha Sewing Studio). Learn basic techniques to complete a project in a fun, laid back environment while sipping a glass of wine! We complete a new project in each class, so feel free to sign up for future classes too.”

Event: Holidays through History

  • Location: Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, arts
  • Price: $15-$20

“Anderson House, Dumbarton House, and Woodrow Wilson House invite you to celebrate the holidays through history. Enjoy tours of the three festively decorated historic houses and sample historic cocktails unique to each site.”

Monday, Dec. 4

Event: Recognition, Reimbursement, Results: Opportunities Ahead for Remote Monitoring

  • Location: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, 901 K Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 4, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Please join the Connected Health Initiative and Politico for an engaging panel discussion about where we stand, what’s at stake, and what’s next for remote monitoring in the connected health ecosystem. The panel will be moderated by Politico eHealth reporter David Pittman.”

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Event: D.C. Fall Evening Program Pitch Night

  • Location: WeWork 80 M St SE, 80 M St. SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitches, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“SEED SPOT DC Evening program ventures will pitch their businesses to friends, family, and SEED SPOT community members. Please RSVP – we can’t wait to meet you!”

Event: Cocktails and Careers with The Bridge

  • Location: WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th St NW, Washington DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“On December 5 from 5-6:30pm come stop by WeWork Chinatown. Have a drink, network with recruiters and job seekers, hear from experts who have made successful career pivots and how to position yourself for the most successful transition.”

Event: 2017 George Mason University Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series

  • Location: George Mason University Research Hall, Room 163, 10401 York River Road, Fairfax, VA
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, speaker event, conference
  • Price: Free

“As with previous events, the Forum will consist of a series of 15-20 minute case study presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The focus of the meetings is on cybersecurity innovation including innovation rationale and motivation, technology, metrics, and lessons learned.”

Event: DC Nightowls Founder Stories: Ajay of UrbanStems

  • Location: cove Dupont, 1666 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec 5, 7:30 PM-11:00 PM
  • Event Type: panel discussion, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

Bring your own creative and productive tasks. We will bring our passion to get things done after hours. We’ll also have the opportunity to hear from Ajay Kori, co-founder of UrbanStems, on his journey so far, in a casual post-intros conversation. We’ll hear a story about how a flower delivery company went from idea to $13M+ in funding while based in DC.”

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Event: Pitch Angel VCs at Startupalooza + Capital Raising Workshop

  • Location: The Yard, 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, conference
  • Price: $15-$25

“After more than 10 years of helping selected Entrepreneurs raise capital – we’ve figured how to open it up to everyone! This innovative event gives every Entrepreneur a shot at getting the attention of Angel Investors on the lookout for new deals. Tech & Digital Media VCs and execs get a unique opportunity to survey the marketplace at their own pace.”

Event: Your Digital Afterlife

  • Location: New America, 740 15th St NW, #900, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, panel discussion, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join Future Tense for a happy hour conversation to explore these new ways of living and dying online and to learn practical advice on how to set your own digital affairs in order.”

Thursday, Dec. 7

Event: The Story Collider – DC – December 2017 – Odyssey

  • Location: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event,
  • Price: $15-$20

“Join us Thursday, 7 December, for five true, personal stories of science! At The Story Collider, we believe everyone has a story. From the tragic to the hilarious, we explore the deeply human side of science.”