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December 3, 2012
 
 
Pitching For Charity

 
Twenty startups crammed into an Arlington conference room on Friday to pitch business ideas to a standing room-only crowd of business leaders. The startup with the highest votes won money to donate to charity. The startup with the least had to steal money from a Salvation Army bell-ringer. (That last part may not be true.)
 
Troop ID biz dev VP Holly Tennant
In the end, Troop ID beat out its competitors, which included mobile app makers, a micro brewery, a clean water firm, and a social job search firm. The company provides digital verification of military credentials so that past and present soldiers can receive discounts and benefits. The McLean, Va.-based company recently hired Holly Tennant as biz dev VP; she comes from LivingSocial. Holly revealed an interesting stat from Wired magazine: While there are only 2,500 active-duty Navy SEALs, about four million people claim to be current or former Navy SEALs. We called Math magazine for comment.
 
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Pitch for Charity judges White House CTO Aneesh Chopra, Amplifier Ventures managing director and Startup Virginia guru Jonathan Aberman, Startup America Partnership managing director Donna Harris, Fortify.vc founding partner Jonathon Perrelli (holding up
The judges were former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra, Amplifier Ventures managing director and Startup Virginia guru Jonathan Aberman, Startup America Partnership managing director Donna Harris, Fortify.vc founding partner Jonathon Perrelli (holding up the blue 4), and TechCocktail co-editor Jen Consalvo. Each pitch received a 1-5 vote from the judges along with...
...a text vote from the 130 business people who came to watch, including CinemaRama founder Ryan Glynn. The vote tallies were tracked in real time on a large screen after the pitches were done. Troop ID received $2,000 to give to the National Military Family Association. Second place went to SeatJumper, which lets people upgrade their seat at arena events, and third place went to Kinergy Health, an online community that lets doctors and caregivers share patient care info.
Learn Cuisine founder Rasan Murtza
We try to document the ever more casual dress of tech employees, but this is the first time we've had a sock. We couldn’t resist showing this one worn by 16-year-old entrepreneur, Rasan Murtza of Learn Cuisine. He skipped school to pitch his startup, which provides restaurants online training for their employees. Pitch for Charity was thrown by Arlington Economic Development and Startup Virginia.

Fed Contracting: What To Expect
 
Deltek federal industry analysis director Deniece Peterson
DOD is still the top agency for federal contracting. In Deltek federal industry analysis director Deniece Peterson's recent look at the top 20 contracting opportunities, she found at least 13 are in defense. But the dollar value of contracts has dropped in the last year. At Deltek’s FedFocus event Thursday in McLean, Va., she revealed that the Air Force leads the list with just two large contracts. Another trend is more modular contracting, where agencies are breaking up large contracts for easier management or to set aside work for small businesses.
 
Deltek federal industry analysis director Deniece Peterson
When you have loads of insight on the inner workings of the federal government, everyone wants to talk to you. Deniece says the big gaps of time between RFP release and contract award will continue in 2013 and possibly widen. She says one of the reasons for the trend is that there are lots more fed decision makers at the procurement table. Other trends: Some of the top 20 contracting opportunities are new dollars (a good trend); budget uncertainty will continue but agencies will still spend billions; and agencies, particularly DOD, will seek out more small business work.

Summit Mountain
 
Summit Mountain
For those of you wondering what our co-founder Elliott Bisnow is up to, his Summit group just announced its plan to create a literal Summit for entrepreneurs. Play the video above, or see items today in Forbes and TechCrunch.

Hall Of Famers
 
IDI Group Companies president Giuseppe Cecchi and EagleBank chair and CEO Ron Paul
Hey startup entrepreneurs! Looking for a little inspiration? Head over to the Business Hall of Fame ceremony tomorrow to see new members get inducted. Congrats to this year's laureates, who include IDI Group Companies president Giuseppe Cecchi and EagleBank chair and CEO Ron Paul. They, along with Patton Boggs chair Thomas Boggs Jr., DARCARS founder and president John Darvish, and Creative Associates International president and CEO M. Charito Kruvant, will be honored at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony. The Dec. 4 event at the Washington Hilton benefits Junior Achievement of Greater Washington.
 
Hey tech people! We're looking for holiday party photos. Send fun people shots to Bisnow's Tania Anderson.
 
 
 
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