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Virtual InvestDC Forum Helped Connect Local Firms to Investors Around The World

On Tuesday, July 11, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in partnership with the DC Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Virtual InvestDC Forum. This innovative approach to connect DC businesses with domestic and foreign investors was the first of its kind organized by DC Government. Via a direct web link, DC businesses were pitching to investors across the United States, Canada, China and India.

The forum included welcome remarks by the Chamber’s President and CEO, Vincent Orange, followed by an introduction to the dynamic business environment by DMPED’s Chief of Staff, Andrew Trueblood. Business partners presenting on their engagement and programs in Washington, DC included Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, and HSBC North America.

Three DC firms pitched their products and services for investment to the virtual audience. A synopsis of each pitch and contact information for each firm is listed below.

To view the Forum, please click on this link and in the new window click the “play” button to begin. The minute mark for the beginning of each pitch is located next to the firm name.

Cmax (55:15)

An Emergency Shelter System Prototype that provides immediate housing for refugees. It is created to dignify and improve the quality of life of people made homeless by large-scale movements of people, Wars, Natural Disasters such as, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, landslides, heavy rainfall, and other complex emergencies. The innovative design was recently awarded for best product design at the Ibero American Design Biennial (BID16).

Nicolás García Mayor, Founder & CEO
[email protected]

ZaneNet (01:10:06)

ZaneNet presented their Chronic Disease Patient Web Portal (PWP) which is an online mobile application and web portal that is currently being used at the Diabetes Treatment Center (DTC) at Howard University Hospital. It serves as an online communications tool, linking patients to the DTC team to better facilitate coordinated care and diabetes self-management. Using this tool patients can securely message their health care provider, request prescription refills, check their appointment status and access accurate and reliable library resources related to their diabetes care.

Luigi Leblanc, VP of Technology
[email protected]

Cove (01:27:10)

Cove started as a place to get things done - a workspace with friendly faces just around the corner in your neighborhood. We built a network of coves so you can find a productive oasis no matter where you are in the city — just pull up your phone and explore our locations and the people in them. The future of work is happening today and cove is leading the charge; cove has been featured in the BostonGlobe, YahooNews, the Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, NPR as well as many other media outlets and publications. We will be conducting a Series B equity capital raise in the late fall to drive location and market expansion.

Robby Goldsberry, DC City Manager
[email protected]