The Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership (WDCEP) has just launched a major initiative to lure startups to the nation’s capitol. The new program – really a contest – will coincide with SxSW, where the WDCEP has partnered with the festival to, “produce the first “official” DC music showcase in Austin.”1 The SxSW showcase, dubbed WeDC, is much more than just a music showcase, however:
For five entire days, Washington, DC will have its headquarters at an exclusive location across from the Austin Convention Center – where most of the technology portion of the conference will be held. We will be hosting a five-day showcase where partners can activate their brands, ideas, panels, and more.2
The contest itself, dubbed Live Free in D.C., offers startups a pretty enticing prize. The winner of the contest will receive free housing, free office space, and “culinary and cultural experiences” in Washington D.C. from June 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015.3 There are a few conditions that have to be met, however:
- Must be 21 years or older and a citizen of the United States
- Start-up must be a technology-based concept with a business plan and pitch
- Has not received nor has plans to receive additional funding during the course of the campaign from any other municipality
- Nominating companies must be a tech start-up that is currently not operating in and within the Greater Washington, DC region.
- Has confirmed attendance to SXSW 2015 and guarantees to participate in programming and meetings at the WeDC House during the dates of March 13, 2015 through March 16, 2015.4
For more details and to enter the contest, head over to WeDC’s SxSW competition page.