Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that they are traveling to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies, promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation, and visit potential job creators. The Mayor will travel to California on Friday, February 9 and return on Monday, February 12.
Deputy Mayor Kenner began engagement in California on Wednesday, February 7, and the mission will include meetings with tech giants Lyft, Cisco, and Yelp. The team will also meet with Oakland-based Kapor Center for Social Impact to discuss making the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive, and the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University to discuss the District’s work related to autonomous vehicles and mobility.
Additionally, the team will use the trip as an opportunity to seek ideas for the Bowser Administration’s recently announced Request for Information (RFI) for an Inclusive Innovation Fund. The new program aims to increase access to capital for District entrepreneurs, particularly for underrepresented entrepreneurs, such as people of color and women.
“Washington, DC continues to rank number one as a place for entrepreneurs who are women or people of color to thrive. But there are barriers that still need to break down, including access to capital.