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2015 inGENuitY Summit Brings in Impressive Group

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On the last day in their office building before they move across the street, The Washington Post teamed up with 1776 and gathered successful and emerging millennial entrepreneurs for conversations, a pitch contest and networking. The summit was for and about millennials and the ways in which they disrupt, innovate, and inspire today’s society. Like it or not, the Gen Y cohort is swaying elections, changing industries, and becoming leading entrepreneurs. The inGENuitY Summit served to inform and inspire this enigmatic group of movers and shakers.


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A full day’s agenda was planned for the summit during which various speakers, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs spoke to the group. The audience heard from the brains behind Thrillist, theSKimm, Bumble, and more. We were honored to see FamousDC co-founder, Amos Snead, among the impressive group.

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Amos (center) discussed the ways in which FamousDC found success in a world of millennials. “It’s about the people,” he says, “Good content should be concise, compelling, and consistent; but focusing that content around the people is what allows it to go viral.”


Amos was joined by equally impressive entrepreneurs, Pat Quinn– co-creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Andy Bromberg- co-founder and CEO of Sidewire Inc. James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck of the Washington Post moderated the Q&A.

Thanks to Christine DeLargy, The Washington Post, and everyone at 1776 for the inviting us to join the Summit.



8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote conversation: Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce interviewed by Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post

General session segments: The entrepreneurial economy; Why you can’t avoid Washington; Spotlight interviews with entrepreneurs and CEOs rocking the boat and making waves

Featuring: Jewel Burks, Partpic; David Cho, The Washington Post; Amber Cottle, Dropbox; Robin Givhan, The Washington Post; Paul Kane, The Washington Post; Ben Lerer, Thrillist; Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta + Partners; Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)Josh Tetrick, Hampton Creek; Danielle Weisberg, theSkimm; Whitney Wolfe, Bumble; Carly Zakin, theSkimm

Live and learn breakouts: Breakout conversations on experience, advice and to pick the brains of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors

Featuring: Andy Bromberg, Sidewire; James Hohmann, The Washington Post; Michael Lastoria, &pizza; Peter Mellen, Netcito; Pat Quinn, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Amos Snead, FamousDC; Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post

inGENuitY 2015 Pitch Contest Semi-Finals 

NETWORKING LUNCH: Enjoy local fare provided by Union Kitchen while mixing and mingling with summit participants


1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

General Session Segments: Engaging millennials in 2016; Turning a cause into a company; Inclusive entrepreneurship

Featuring: Susan Amat, Venture Hive; David Cho, The Washington Post; Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post; John Della Volpe, Harvard University; Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post; Brad Jenkins, Funny or Die; Dale Pfeifer, GoodWorld; Jamal Simmons, CRVIII; James Windon, Brigade

inGENuitY 2015 Pitch Contest Finals hosted by Evan Burfield, 1776 with judges William Crowder, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund; Penny Lee, Venn Strategies

Happy Hour
Enjoy beer, wine and bites from local and up-and-coming vendors