Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Impact Hub DC

9:00am to 6:00pm


Hacker / Hustler / Designer is designed to take early-stage tech entrepreneurs through a full day of programming covering design, finance, and emerging tech trends.  The goal is to provide practical insight to navigate towards building a successful startup.


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As entrepreneurs, we rise, grind and repeat. We sacrifice time with our friends and family all for the sake of our dreams…  But making major moves doesn’t always have to feel like work.  Hacker, Hustler, Designer is about connecting with DC’s leading innovators for a day of programming designed to make you a more tactical entrepreneur while celebrating black and brown excellence in DC.

This event is designed for early stage companies who have a product or idea that they have already built. Meaning that you either have paying customers or beta users. If you are in idea stage, the topics may be advanced but feel free to join and survey the content covered.

For Entrepreneurs

By Entrepreneurs


9:00 9:45  Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a discipline and a philosophy.  Beyond just the tech, it drives how we think about customer engagement and product design.  Learn how to apply design thinking to everything you do to build better products and customer experiences.

10:45 – 11:30

Cash vs Customer

Raising cash isn’t the only way to grow your startup. With the right pricing strategy, customer discovery and value proposition, you can hack fundraising by turning your fist customers into your first investor.

11:30 – 12:15

Financial Modeling

Everyone is deathly afraid of spreadsheets and finance… But its critical to understand the financial mechanics of your business.  Fire up that excel and lets build a model to forecast financial performance and run scenarios about your business.

12:15 – 1:15 – Working Lunch

1) Advisory Sessions – Select Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet with experts to discuss their business and get advice on pressing challenges and opportunities they face.


2) Founder Therapy – Jan and Ade will lead open dialogue about balancing the grind with keeping mentally and physically healthy. Not everyone understands the life of entrepreneurship so we want to provide a safe place for people to vent and gain guidance on how to press forward with their challenges.

1:15 – 1:45

Group Debrief

1:45 – 2:15

Series A Chasm

Hear from a seasoned investor to understand how to go from the “friends and family round” to landing your first institutional check.  Learn what investors are looking for and key pitfalls to avoid in your pitch.

2:15 – 3:30

Introduction to Paradigm Locker

Paradigm is the first 1-Stop-Shop for startup traction & growth strategy. Based on the startup’s stage, we curate actionable best practices, implementation strategies, and ways to track & measure performance to keep founders focused & data-driven.

2:15 – 3:00

Breakout Sessions

1) Advisory Sessions – Select Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet with experts to discuss their business and get advice on pressing challenges and opportunities they face.


2) Branding Session hosted by Alicia and Ralston Vaz of Thinkory – What is a brand worth?  Hint: Its worth everything and many startups miss the need to develop a unique value proposition and brand promise that helps you win (and keep) customers. Learn how to build or build upon your brand to stand out and be remembered.

4:00 – 4:15 – Coffee Break

4:15 – 5:00

The Future of Tech

You will have the opportunity to meet with professionals to discuss your business and get advice on pressing challenges and opportunities.  Followed by networking …

4:15 – 5:00

The Future of Tech

From AI to autonomous vehicles, people are betting big on the future of tech.  But what does it mean for everyday lives and communities of color? Learn how emerging technologies can be applied to your business to give you a competitive edge.

5:00 – 6:00

Group Session

Group session to discuss what everyone learned, get feedback followed by departure.


  • Adeleke Omitowoju
    Adeleke Omitowoju Founder, Paradigm
  • Stefanie A. Thomas
    Stefanie A. Thomas Senior Associate, Impact America Fund
  • Melissa Bradley
    Melissa Bradley Managing Director, Project 500
  • Quincy Walker
    Quincy Walker A.I. Consultant, Microsoft
  • Emmanuel Kaska
    Emmanuel Kaska Emmanuel Kaska, Advisor, Global Accelerator at Google
  • Jan Baker
    Jan Baker Managing Director, Impact Hub