Accelerate 2023 250ARLINGTON, Va.--()--The Accelerate Investor Conference is back for its third year at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus, November 1-2, 2023. Spurring the region’s innovation and entrepreneurship engagement to a new level, the conference will showcase the Virginia, Maryland, and metropolitan DC region as a destination for business development, venture investment, and job creation.

Top venture firms from across North America participate to attend top keynotes and industry panels and watch 40+ high growth tech and life science companies pitch for their next round of capital. These cutting-edge startups compete for top prizes and are joined by 25 regional student teams presenting business concepts.


"As Virginia’s most active early stage investor, we are excited by the development of the Accelerate Investor Conference. We’ve got a burgeoning ecosystem that’s attracting both regional and national venture investors.” said Tom Weithman, VIPC Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director, Virginia Venture Partners. “The mid-Atlantic region has a strong pipeline of tech startups, innovative growth companies, and a rich pool of talent. The Accelerate Investor Conference is providing a much needed platform to showcase these assets and provide great peer to peer networking opportunities for VC and angel investors.”

This year’s lineup for keynote and fireside chat speakers includes:

  • Maryam Haque, NVCA, Executive Director, Venture Forward
  • Jack Miner, CIO, TEDCO
  • Tom Weithman, CIO, VIPC & Managing Director, Virginia Venture Partners
  • Vincent Harrison, Venture Capital Analyst, PitchBook Data

The newest addition to the Accelerate Investor Conference is Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS @ Washington, DC, who will select a life sciences company to receive residency for one year, which includes access to a lab bench and workstation, access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS network, and mentorship from experts across The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Visit the event website for the selection and eligibility requirements. The awardees will be announced at the conference on November 2.

Accelerate sponsors include Smart City Works, ManTech, AE Industrial Partners, Arlington Virginia, Belcan, Fairfax City, King & Spalding, Fairfax County, George Mason University, MAAN Ventures, Microsoft, Morgan Franklin Consulting, NVTC, Prince William County, Sands Capital and Pacific Western, Virginia Bio and Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation.

About Accelerate Investor Conference

The Accelerate Conference is an investor event and startup business competition that showcases the Mid-Atlantic region (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) as a powerhouse for innovation and business opportunity. The competition fuels innovation-based business growth by showcasing the best and brightest new tech startups to potential investors to foster their development within the region. Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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