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.

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2016 Startup Census Report

To better understand the dynamics of our region’s innovation economy Fosterly has completed the first annual Startup Census for the Washington Metropolitan region. Over the course of six months, Fosterly surveyed hundreds of startups and analyzed the data to produce this comprehensive report.

We hope that this report will enable public and private sector leaders to make more informed decisions regarding policy and investments that impact the community.

The 2016 Census is made possible by these sponsors.

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


General Interest

  • For full-time / part-time and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Open to entrepreneurs in any market.
  • Limited to 50 participants.
  • Application required.

Women Only

  • Hosted by Melanie Spring.
  • Reserved for women entrepreneurs.
  • Limited to 50 participants.
  • Application required.

Special Edition

  • Topical timely and tightly focused.
  • Reserved for entrepreneurs in the selected domain.
  • Limited to 50 participants.
  • Application required.


May 2nd

Fosterly's Women Focused Entrepreneur Study Hall (Hosted By Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice)

May 23, 2017

Fosterly's VR/AR & Creatives Study Hall in partnership with DCVR Meetup (hosted @ Discovery Communications)

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

Tiffany Thacker

Senior Director, Technology & Entrepreneurship at WDCEP
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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

On-boarding for the 2017 Fosterly Intern Match is now closed. More than 100 of the DC region’s startups and over 500 students are participating this year.

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Building upon the success of previous years’ Intern Match (we’ve helped over one hundred local startups and entrepreneurial organizations hire many of the region’s best potential interns), Fosterly’s Internship Match Initiative is back.

The Spring 2017 Intern Match is open to all startups and entrepreneurial organizations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Students are invited to participate from the higher education institutions listed below. Intern Match is (and always will be) free for students, and there is an optional $99 payment for participating organizations.


Students from participating schools, startups, and entrepreneurial organizations from the DC region fill out an online application. Participating organizations in the DC region receive a list of all applicants and then contact the applicants they’re interested in. Discussions and interviews are conducted. Students get hired.* Everyone rejoices.


*Legal mumbo jumbo: Participating organizations are under no obligation to extend internship offer(s) and applicants are not guaranteed internship opportunities.


January 9th

    Organization and Intern Onboarding Opens

February 17th

    Organization and Intern Onboarding Closes

February 20th

    Early data provided to #FosterlyCensus participating orgs, who may reach out students immediately

February 27th

    Applicant data provided to all participating orgs, and all organizations can begin contacting students

March 31st

    Intern Match initiative closes


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Only students from participating higher education partners are eligible for Intern Match. Don’t see your school listed? Contact InternMatch@fosterly.com to inquire.

How does Intern Match really work? What’s the process?

Applicants and organizations fill out their respective applications. (If you’re an organization that participated in the #FosterlyCensus, your application will be quite quick.) Fosterly representatives and volunteers will conduct a manual review of the received information and will provide both internship applicants and organizations a list of potential matches (along with their associated information) via e-mail. It is then up to the applicants and organizations to connect to schedule an interview and take additional steps if needed.

Is there a cost to participate?

Intern Match is (and always will be) free to participate for students. Hiring organizations can choose whether they would like to pay a $99 fee. This fee goes toward Fosterly’s operations, but is optional in nature.

Is the optional $99 employer fee refundable?

Nope! It’s optional though, so choose wisely (and generously?).

Do we need to pay interns?

[Puts on lawyer hat.] Please consult your attorney. [Takes off lawyer hat.] Fosterly advocates for fair pay, and as such, we hope you’ll compensate your interns. That said, the U.S. Department of Labor has a six point test for whether you are legally required to pay your interns. Interested in what it says? Take a look here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm.

Is Intern Match only for undergraduate students?

No. Graduate students can participate as well.

I am a high school student. May I participate?

E-mail InternMatch@fosterly.com.

What’s the logic behind the blind matching?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about gender and racial bias in hiring (with at least one report saying that when judged anonymously, women outperform men in coding). We’ve devised a method where the initial data review will have a high likelihood of removing gender and racial bias from the initial match. Once a participating organization reached out to a student, true identity would be revealed when the student replies.

How does blind matching work?

Participating students will be asked to omit their name, e-mail address, and social media profiles from their resumes (but not from their online application form). Upon submission, each applicant will be assigned a random and unique applicant ID number. The data that will be provided to participating organizations will have all reasonably identifiable information omitted replaced with the applicant’s ID number, thus forcing them to make decisions based on merit. After participating organizations decide which applicants they want to contact they’ll then submit their contact information in an online form which will automatically send information about the company to the applicant. The applicant will then respond to the organization, thus revealing their true identity. (Trust us, it’s a lot simpler in practice than you might think.)

Are we guaranteed an intern if we participate as an organization?

Nope. Fosterly can only guarantee that your info will be passed along. However, if past Intern Match Initiatives serve as a benchmark, many participants will receive multiple offers.

Am I guaranteed an internship if I participate as a student?

Nope. Fosterly can only guarantee that your info will be passed along. However, if past Intern Match Initiatives serve as a benchmark, many participants will receive multiple offers.

My university or college isn’t listed as a higher education partner. Can I still participate?

We would love to onboard your school. Please have a faculty member or administrator contact Fosterly via e-mail at InternMatch@fosterly.com.

I’m a student that found a job. Woot! Should I notify you about my status chance?

Yes, please do. Head over to the [status update form] to let us know if your status changes and we’ll remove your info from the applicant pool.

Our Team

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

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Adam Zuckerman

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

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Frank V. Taylor

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

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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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