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Sponsored: NEW! Early Stage Companies NOW ADDED to the program joining
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DC-Based 1776 to Merge with Philadelphia's Benjamin's Desk
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Arlington-Based Higher Logic Acquires Informz and Real Magnet
o Owner of Washington City Paper Looking to Sell Alternative Weekly
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Two Key Executives from McLean-Based WidePoint to Depart
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Paul Lalljie to Retire as CFO of Sterling-Based Neustar
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TechBUZZ - Early Stage  Companies Added - Oct. 19
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Higher Digital, Hitachi Vantara Federal, Engility
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o DC-Based 1776 to Merge with Philadelphia's Benjamin's Desk

Washington, DC -- After partnering since the spring, DC-based startup accelerator and seed fund 1776 said on Monday it will merge with Philadelphia-based coworking network Benjamin's Desk. Evan Burfield, the co-founder and CEO of 1776, will become executive chairman of the combined organization, which will operate under the 1776 brand. Burfield will also become the CEO of UNION, a platform being spun out of 1776 that powers startup hubs and corporate open innovation programs. Benjamin’s Desk co-founders Anthony Maher and Jennifer Maher will lead day-to-day operations as co-CEOs. 1776 said the combination will supply entrepreneurs with additional resources in major Northeast markets like DC; Wilmington, Del.; Philadelphia; and New York. "By combining with the Benjamin's Desk network, we will be able to extend 1776's work in a more dynamic and impactful way," said Burfield. More than 1,000 startups and independent entrepreneurs currently operate from 1776 and Benjamin's Desk facilities. The combined network will manage, operate or license nearly a quarter million square feet of office space, including more than 94,000 square feet currently operated under the 1776 brand and more than 138,000 square feet managed by Benjamin's Desk and its licensing partners. "After challenging entrepreneurs to solve complex problems all over the world, we realized the need for a platform that can connect startups to crucial resources while helping them stay in their hometowns," said Burfield. "We expect that making UNION more widely available…will help even more young companies create jobs and impact their communities." The 1776 Seed Fund, which has invested in more than 34 startups over the past three years, will continue to operate as a separate legal entity from the 1776 incubator network.
http://www.1776.vc
https://benjaminsdesk.com/ 
https://www.1776.vc/press/benjamins-desk-merges-with-1776/ 
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o Arlington-Based Higher Logic Acquires Informz and Real Magnet

Arlington, Va. -- Higher Logic, the Arlington-based developer of a cloud-based online community platform, said on Monday it has acquired a pair of marketing automation software companies in New York-based Informz and Bethesda-based Real Magnet. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. The company said the moves will allow it to use broader customer and member interactions as the cornerstone of its lifecycle engagement platform. "Informz and Real Magnet are both clear leaders demonstrating advanced marketing automation capabilities for the market," said CEO Rob Wenger. "Our vision with these acquisitions is to work with Informz and Real Magnet to create the ultimate virtuous cycle for community and engagement. Higher Logic now boasts more than 340 employees and 2,600 customers, with offices in Mesa, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; and Saratoga Springs, NY; in addition to its headquarters in Arlington. Higher Logic also acquired Socious and Kavi Workspace earlier this year.
https://www.higherlogic.com 
http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb14806196.htm 
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o Owner of Washington City Paper Looking to Sell Alternative Weekly

Washington, DC -- The Nashville-based owner of the Washington City Paper is putting the alt-weekly publication up for sale. Nashville-based SouthComm plans to divest the paper as part of its push into the B2B space, according to Washingtonian. Chris Ferrell, the CEO of SouthComm, told Washingtonian he'd like to find a buyer for the City Paper by the end of this year. "If a buyer doesn’t emerge we’ll have to figure out what to do," he told the publication. "I think there will be lot of interest in Washington City Paper." The company purchased the paper in 2012. The news comes three months after the Baltimore Sun Media Group announced plans to close the 40-year-old Baltimore City Paper, citing declining revenue.
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/ 
https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/10/13/washington-city-papers-owner-puts-it-up-for-sale/?ito=792 
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o Two Key Executives from McLean-Based WidePoint to Depart

McLean, Va. -- WidePoint, a McLean-based provider of managed mobility services specializing in cybersecurity and telecom expense management, said on Monday that Executive Chairman Steve Komar and CFO Jim McCubbin both plan to depart the company on Oct. 31. Komar, the company's former CEO, will retire, while McCubbin will step down to pursue other interests. The two have been at WidePoint for more than 20 years, playing major roles in helping to build and guide the company. Jin Kang, who took over leadership of the company in July following the resignation of Jeff Nyweide, will remain as president and CEO. "WidePoint would like to thank both Steve and Jim for their many years of service and achievements on behalf of the company," said Kang.
https://www.widepoint.com/ 
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/widepoint-announces-completion-of-ceo-transition-300536681.html 
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o Paul Lalljie to Retire as CFO of Sterling-Based Neustar

Sterling, Va. -- Neustar, a Sterling-based provider of real-time information services, said on Monday that Paul Lalljie, its long-time chief financial officer (CFO), will retire from the company on Oct. 23. The company has launched a search for his successor. Lalljie started his career with Neustar in 2000, serving in a variety of roles, including vice president, financial planner and treasurer. As CFO, he's overseen all of the company's global finance functions, including treasury, accounting, financial planning and analysis, real estate management and investor relations. He has led the company through 19 acquisitions, six share re-purchases for $1.2 billion, five rounds of financing and most recently, its sale to Golden Gate Capital. The Northern Virginia Technology Council named him "CFO of the Year" in 2012.
https://www.neustar.biz
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171016005862/en/Paul-Lalljie-Chief-Financial-Officer-Retires-Neustar 
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NEW! Early Stage Companies NOW ADDED to the program joining
TechBUZZ Seed Stage Presenters on Oct 19. Limited Seats remaining.

October 19, 1-7:30pm, in Washington, DC. TechBUZZ is the East Coast’s premier pitch and launch event for tech startups and investors. NEW for this Fall, TechBUZZ will also showcase early-stage companies, further along in their growth. Now the half-day program hosted by MAVA three times per year brings active investors and business together to launch 18 of the brightest emerging seed stage tech companies from across the Mid-Atlantic in a high-energy, fast-paced, four-minute pitch format, PLUS a spotlight on early-stage companies as well. Speakers will include Konstantin Zvereff, CEO of BlueCart, a web mobile platform revolutionizing the hospitality wholesale procurement process, and accomplished entrepreneur noted for creating social impact through sport, Drew Chafetz, Co-founder and CEO of love.futbol, who’ll share his inspiring story of creating community with shared soccer interests. A diverse lineup of active early stage investors will share industry insights with a top caliber business audience. Participating investors include NEA, GE Ventures, Camber Creek, 3TS Capital, Rethink Impact and Razor’ Edge Ventures, with many others. Since debuting in 2011, MAVA’s flagship seed-stage program has launched more than 330 tech startups on the TechBUZZ stage, that have raised collectively more than $700M in capital investment. Innovators, advisors and investors tracking the latest tech trends and looking to spot the “next big thing” , or invest in market-launched and invested companies, should not miss this event. The half-day program offers unparalleled networking with THE community that supports seed and early stage tech companies on the East Coast. Register Today!

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(Tysons, Va.) Tysons-based Higher Digital, a consulting providing product management and digital transformation services, has named the first five members of its newly created advisory board. They include: Chairman Chuck Spence; Brian Kraff, the CEO of Market Hardware; Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, the president of Contra Costa College; Lou Pugliese, senior innovation fellow and managing director of the Teaching and Learning Action Lab at Arizona State University; and Kristin Stehouwer, the chief operations officer and chief academic officer of Northwood University.
http://www.higher.digital

(Reston, Va.) Reston-based Hitachi Data Systems Federal, a provider of data and analytics services to the federal government, said on Monday it has changed its name to Hitachi Vantara Federal, aligning with the recent name change of its parent to Hitachi Vantara. The company said the new entity unifies the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho.
http://www.hitachivantarafederal.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171016005620/en/Hitachi-Data-Systems-Federal 

(Chantilly, Va.) Chantilly-based Engility, a provider of specialized technical services to federal government clients, said on Monday it has won $63 million in new task orders from the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. Under the deals, the company will deliver healthcare informatics, medical coding, training and compliance services at 14 Air Force bases.
http://investors.engilitycorp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251345&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2308714 

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> Network Team Leader - International Food Policy Research Institute - D.C.


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Network Team Leader and Deputy Head for its IT unit for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership to the organization on network and cloud infrastructure. This position also requires a "player manager" who not only manages the work of others on the Network Team but also directly contributes to the work of the team. Must be a team player, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enjoy taking on new challenges. As a Network Team Leader and Deputy Head, he/she will provide technical leadership to collaborative initiatives within a wider consortium of organizations and act as the unit head when needed. This position will report to the Head, IT Services and is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, DC. For essential duties, required qualifications, preferred qualifications, and to apply, please click here.

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October 19, 1-7:30pm, in Washington, DC. TechBUZZ is the East Coast’s premier pitch and launch event for tech startups and investors. NEW for this Fall, TechBUZZ will also showcase early-stage companies, further along in their growth. Now the half-day program hosted by MAVA three times per year brings active investors and business together to launch 18 of the brightest emerging seed stage tech companies from across the Mid-Atlantic in a high-energy, fast-paced, four-minute pitch format, PLUS a spotlight on early-stage companies as well. Speakers will include Konstantin Zvereff, CEO of BlueCart, a web mobile platform revolutionizing the hospitality wholesale procurement process, and accomplished entrepreneur noted for creating social impact through sport, Drew Chafetz, Co-founder and CEO of love.futbol, who’ll share his inspiring story of creating community with shared soccer interests. A diverse lineup of active early stage investors will share industry insights with a top caliber business audience. Participating investors include NEA, GE Ventures, Camber Creek, 3TS Capital, Rethink Impact and Razor’ Edge Ventures, with many others. Since debuting in 2011, MAVA’s flagship seed-stage program has launched more than 330 tech startups on the TechBUZZ stage, that have raised collectively more than $700M in capital investment. Innovators, advisors and investors tracking the latest tech trends and looking to spot the “next big thing” , or invest in market-launched and invested companies, should not miss this event. The half-day program offers unparalleled networking with THE community that supports seed and early stage tech companies on the East Coast. Register Today!
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> GOV CON Fiscal New Year Soiree - OCT 23 - Kennedy Center Wash, DC

Join Jennifer Schaus & Associates on MONDAY OCT 23, 2017 at The John F Kennedy Center for The Federal GOV CON Fiscal New Year Event. Federal Government Agencies confirmed attendance: DHS (Departement of Homeland Security); USAID (US Agency For International Development); HHS (Health & Human Services); GSA (General Services Administration). This networking event includes these agencies & over 200+ Federal Contractors. Monday October 23, 2017 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm at the The John F Kennedy Center - Terrace Level - KC Cafe REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE @ https://govconkencen102317.eventbrite.com More About Jennifer Schaus & Associates: http://www.JenniferSchaus.com
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> Aerospace & Defense 2018: Where Are We Headed? Nov. 1 - Ritz Carlton DC

Escalating geo-political tensions, international terrorist acts and increased defense spending have given a boost to the outlook for the aerospace and defense industry. This program will provide insights on where the opportunities for growth are from both the government and market perspective. Come, listen, and ask questions.Full event details and registration at https://www.sheppardmullin.com/newsroom-events-1194.html
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> Aronson LLC Government Contracting Fall Conference - Oct. 18

Successful and Sustained Growth of Mid-Tier Government Contractors | What are successful mid-tier companies doing to grow and sustain in the government market? How are they competing against large government contractors on full and open procurements? Help take your business to new heights in this CPE-eligible, half-day conference by sharpening your awareness of the day’s most important government contracting issues, ranging from strategic planning, financing for growth strategies and minimizing risks. Register today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/government-contracting-fall-conference-tickets-36226864527?aff=PotomacTech
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> Join Women in Technology at our Event: Where is Cybersecurity Going - And Where Should It Go? on October 19th!

Join WIT on October 19th for our WIT.Connect event! Cybersecurity is not new -- but it is hotter than ever. Today it is foundational to digital business and innovation, as it protects companies and the clients they serve. While technology evolves toward enhanced protection, so do the tactics, techniques and procedures available for cyberattacks in all sectors, including the critical infrastructure. As data and networks grow and become increasingly central to everything from retail to medicine to defense and intelligence, they become increasingly complex and more attractive targets. The threat landscape worldwide continues to expand, challenging “cyber protectors” across all aspects of government ands ociety. Join us for a highly interactive and engaging panel discussion on the future of Cybersecurity! Register Here.
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> Board Diversity: Where Does DC Rank? -- Oct. 17 - Tysons

Hosted by The Leadership Foundry and Kogod School of Business at American University with featured keynote speaker Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr. The event is on Tuesday, October 17th at Maggiano’s, Tyson’s Corner. Be the first to hear and see the 2017 research "Advancing Women to the Corporate Boardroom". You will learn: What has changed from last year? Have MD, VA, and DC corporations appointed more women board directors? Are things getting better? What can we expect for the future? Register Here.

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> MITRE & ACG Tech Showcase w/focus on AI - Oct. 25

Putting “analyst”, “warfighter” and “physician” in the same sentence might initially seem odd, yet all three are trying to assimilate a mountain of data into a prognosis about your health, the intent of a foreign nation, or whether a target is hostile or friendly. Join us at the 2017 Fall Technology Showcase on Oct. 25 in McLean as we explore various Artificial Intelligence (AI) topics and issues. We will focus on innovative AI technologies as well as “trusting” AI. How we get from the drafting board to the user. Other topics include: technical challenges and innovative solutions, regulatory issues, and overcoming potential roadblocks. The event is a collaboration between ACG National Capital and MITRE. For more information and to register, go to: https://www.acg.org/national-capital/events/2017-technology-showcase
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> Executive Seminar: Translating Cybersecurity into Business Intelligence - Nov. 8-9 - McLean, VA

The board of directors is increasingly responsible for cybersecurity oversight, requiring cybersecurity and risk executives to measure cyber risk precisely and communicate it effectively to the board. On Nov. 8 and 9, a select group of cybersecurity leaders will come together to learn exactly that: how to transform cybersecurity data into board-quality business intelligence. The two-day executive seminar combines instructor-led training with real-world exercises. Participants will walk away from the seminar with techniques to measure cyber risk, think like a board member, prioritize security metrics, rank cybersecurity initiatives for budget approval, and convert cybersecurity metrics into useable business intelligence and board-ready reports.
https://www.securesystemscorp.com/news-events/events/ 
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> Campaigns & Marketing Summit - November 13 - DC

Campaigns & Marketing Summit brings together brand marketers, PR and advocacy professionals, and political campaign strategists to explore the latest tactics, strategies, tools and platforms in their respective fields. This unique fusion in both speakers and attendees produces fresh insights and empowers attendees to push the boundaries of what’s possible in their own fields. One thing you’re guaranteed to take away from CAM Summit: actionable strategies and tactics that set you apart from peers.
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