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Fortify.VC invites you to startup in Washington, DC with investment and mentorship

From the international startup media hustlers who brought you the first news of Riverwood Capital’s $100k LatAm Startup Challenge and also organized Chile’s Startup Pavillion in TechCrunch Disrupt  SF, we thought we would share some east coast U.S.A. love today.

Our big news of the day comes from our founders funding founders friends at Fortify.VC who are based in my very awesome hometown of Washington, DC (and yes, of course, we personally know them).

Their second annual pitch competition, Distilled Intelligence 2.0, is now open for submissions.

Start your application now

10 startups are going to each receive $100k in seed capital and hands-on support directly from the Fortify.VC co-founders in their 6 month accelerator ‘The Fort‘ in downtown Washington, DC. To understand the value of this, let me give you a little perspective – last year’s inaugural group of Distilled Intelligence 1.0 winners have raised $27 million USD since October 2011!!!

And given that Fortify.VC has a Latin American based office in São Paulo, Brazil, they clearly understand the needs and challenges that exist in the local market and are very open and excited about receiving applications from all throughout Latin America. Vamos!



Distilled Intelligence 2.0 is a multi-day ‘startup pitch’ event based in Washington, DC (October 11 and 12). Rest assured that there will be lots and lots of deep pocketed investors there, great food and spirits.

Translation –  just because you are not one of the 10 selected startups on the stage, doesn’t mean you won’t be receiving any investment opportunities.

Want some pitching ideas or a point of reference?

On Day 1 teams have to pitch their startup in under 1 minute. Check out the video below to see some of the participants from Distilled Intelligence 1.0 event.  Which pitches were the most memorable to you and why? How are you going to stand out againt hundreds of others?




The event will be hosted in downtown, Washington, DC at The Carnegie Library located at 801 K Street, NW.

I know you are probably thinking, but that’s not Silicon Valley, yup, I hear you. But in Washington, DC is where we print the money and make all the rules. Need I say more???

But if you would like more proof of the incredibly cool startup scene that is growing there, check out what makes DC hot for startups in this recent article featuring Venture Beat’s Top 5 American Cities for startups.


Participation will allow you to instantly expand your brand to a new market and potential pool of investors.

Secondly, we need a Cinderella team to make an appearance this year in the winner’s circle and bring even more exposure to the incredibly talented South American startup scene!!!


Apply below through the Distilled Intelligence website.

If you are one of the startups who recently took advantage of AndesBeat consulting sessions, it’s like plug and play, baby! All of your answers are ready to go.  If you need support with preparing your pitch or translating your pitch in English, reach us through our contact form (choose the option for ‘other’)!

Start your application now

(please mention AndesBeat as your referral source)