About Fosterly

Est. 2011

Fosterly is a community of entrepreneurs, creators, creatives, and collaborators, all working together to tackle new challenges in business and technology. We connect our members with resources, events, and opportunities, both online and offline.

Since 2011 when Fosterly was comprised of a blog post of local resources and "office hours" open to entrepreneurs at Chinatown Coffee, Fosterly has served as a nexus point for the creative economy and a convener of top influencers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

We’ve held events and conferences attended by hundreds of speakers, thousands of attendees, and countless organizations and companies. We’ve organized more than two dozen Study Halls, created the first database of startups and entrepreneurs in the region, connected interns with the startups who can hire them through Intern Match, and have helped promote hundreds of other organizations’ events.

We recognize that the nature of business and technology in the startup and creative economies are changing rapidly, and Fosterly's mission is to build a community that spans DC, Maryland, and Virginia that is empowered to succeed.

We are Fosterly, and we are here to help.


2016 Startup Census



It’s important for entrepreneurs, legislators, and the general public to remain familiar with the status and need of companies working to improve the region’s competitiveness as a hub of entrepreneurship. Accordingly, we’re conducting the region’s first granular Startup Census. We’ll distribute a comprehensive anonymized report in January, and all respondents are eligible for prizes including airline vouchers and gifts from the 9:30 Club, the DC United, the Washington Kastles, &Pizza, Cava Mezze, Urban Stems, and more.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Survey opens for submissions.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Last day to complete survey.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Survey results published and distributed.

The 2016 Census is made possible by these sponsors.

Verizon Logo
Womble Carlyle Logo
Virginia Tech
American University Logo
Maryland University Logo
McDonough School Logo
GMU Logo
George Washington University Logo
Loudoun County Logo
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Prince George County Logo
Fairfax County EDA Logo

Interested in becoming a Community Partner? Contact Tara Silver @ SilverStrategy or complete this form.


  • PwC
  • Verizon
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice


  • General Assembly
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • The George Washington University
  • The University of Maryland
  • Virginia Tech


  • Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Fairfax County Government
  • Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership


  • 1776
  • A-Level Capital
  • Analytical Space
  • Anzu Partners
  • Arlington Economic Development
  • Black Female Founders
  • CIT GAP Funds
  • Cogent Law Group
  • Community Business Partnership
  • The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
  • CONNECTpreneur Forum
  • Core Capital Partners
  • Curium Cyber
  • Data Community DC
  • DCFemTech
  • DC Tech Meetup
  • DC Web Women
  • DMV Startup
  • Emerging Technology Centers
  • Empowered Women International
  • Evolve
  • GFTB Digital
  • GP Ventures
  • Grotech Ventures
  • Halcyon Incubator
  • Her Corner
  • Hera Hub DC
  • Impact Hub DC
  • InnovatorsBox
  • JtechDC
  • Ladies America/ Ladies International Foundation
  • Project 500/AUCIC
  • ProudlyMadeInDC
  • Refraction
  • LoudounSmallBiz.Org
  • LoudounTechStartups
  • MakeOffices
  • Maryland Business Incubation Association
  • Mason Enterprise Center in Loudoun
  • Middleland Capital
  • Mobile2Social
  • Netcito
  • Netwalking
  • New Dominion Angels
  • NextGen Venture Partners
  • NotionTheory
  • Osage Venture Partners
  • REPlexus
  • River Cities Capital Funds
  • SCORE DC Chapter
  • SilverStrategy
  • Springboard Enterprises
  • Startups Ignite
  • SwingSpace
  • Tech in Motion DC
  • TechBreakfast
  • The Be Green Hub @BethesdaGreen
  • The Ola Initiative
  • The Wealth Factory
  • UXDC 2017 Conference
  • Village Capital
  • Vinetta Project
  • Virginia PTAP
  • Virginia SBDC
  • Web Content Mavens
  • WeWork
  • Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

Study Hall

Ultra collaborative co-working with a curated group of your peers.


UX/UI Developer Edition

This is a special edition Study Hall focused on user experience professionals and the developer community. The group will be curated to include a balance of seasoned pros and talented new comers. Space is extremely limited so apply early.


  • Host: Verizon
  • Location: 1300 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
  • Time: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

2017 Calendar

January – General Interest (TBD)

February – Women Only (DC)

March – Special Edition (TBD)

April – Women Only (MD)

May – Special Edition (VA)

June – Women Only (DC)

September – General Interest (MD)

November – Women Only (TBD)

Special Edition

Spend an afternoon working in a collaborative environment with exceptional entrepreneurs, creatives, and subject mater experts. Bring your questions, challenges, expertise, an open mind, and willingness to help others.

  • Topical timely and tightly focused.
  • Reserved for entrepreneurs in the selected domain.
  • Limited to 50 participants.
  • Application required.
December Study Hall Date
  • Special Edition
  • General Interest

    Spend an afternoon working in a collaborative environment with exceptional entrepreneurs, creatives, and subject mater experts. Bring your questions, challenges, expertise, an open mind, and willingness to help others.

    • For full-time / part-time and aspiring entrepreneurs.
    • Open to entrepreneurs in any market.
    • Limited to 50 participants.
    • Application required.
    January Study Hall Date
  • General Interest
  • Women Only

    Spend an afternoon working in a collaborative environment with exceptional entrepreneurs, creatives, and subject mater experts. Bring your questions, challenges, expertise, an open mind, and willingness to help others.

    • Hosted by Melanie Spring.
    • Reserved for women entrepreneurs.
    • Limited to 50 participants.
    • Application required.
    February Study Hall Date
  • Women Only
    • Community Voices

      What Fosterly means to D.C. region leaders in their own words.

      Fosterly has played a key role in growing the DC startup community. We originally met two of our co-founders at a study hall event, and have always been extremely grateful for the Fosterly community’s support as we’ve grown UrbanStems over the last few years.

      Jeff Sheely

      Co-Founder, UrbanStems
      Jeff Sheely Urban Stems

      Fosterly is exceptional - it's unique in its ability to convene leaders and new talent that have enabled collaborations and implementing innovative ideas across sectors.

      Lauren Worley

      Artist and Talent Director, ONE Campaign
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      Fosterly has created an incredible community in DC. I met my first investor and our first employee at Fosterly. I am grateful for their contribution!

      Dan Berger

      CEO, Social Tables
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      Fosterly is the authentic voice of D.C.'s creative class and a leading advocate for the growing creative economy.

      Carl Pierre

      Director, Eaton House
      Carl Pierre

      Fosterly's efforts continue to drive positive change and build towards a more inclusive tech community.

      Tiffany Thacker

      Senior Director, Technology & Entrepreneurship at WDCEP
      Tiffany Thacker

      Fosterly has established a reputation with both private sector and public sector leaders as a trusted resource.

      Mario Acosta-Velez

      Government Relations, Verizon
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      2017 Intern Match

      GMU Logo
      McDonough School Logo
      George Washington University Logo
      Maryland University Logo

      Building upon the foundational information collected by the 2016 Startup Census, Fosterly will conduct our third intern matching initiative in Spring 2017. In doing so, we will help promising local students from many of the local colleges and universities connect with exciting internships at DC area startups. Companies who participate in the Startup Census will receive early access to the Intern Match data set. Click below to receive more information when it becomes available if you are interested in participating.

      Our Team

      Fosterly is run by a small group of entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting the creative community.

      Adam Zuckerman Headshot
      Adam Zuckerman

      Entrepreneur, attorney, MBA, futurist, & people connector. Director, Ventures and Innovation at Discovery Communications. Guest analyst on CNBC.

      Frank V Taylor Headshot
      Frank V. Taylor

      Entrepreneur. Startup Advisor. Community Builder. Founder of RESTIN. Creator of #CollaborateDC and the #WeDC Ambassador Program at SXSW.

      Mickin Sahni Headshot
      Mickin Sahni

      Building an inclusive tech community in the Washington D.C. region with Fosterly. Practicing agile development and product management at Ventera.

      Melanie Spring
      Melanie Spring
      Study Hall Leader

      Writer, speaker, Entrepreneur. Creative brand strategist and Boss Lady at Sisarina. Inspiring creative humans to ``rock their brand.``


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