Anyone else attending? Susan and I will. From email: You're Invited to Connect with Local Kiva Entrepreneurs Join us for a special event at DC's premier startup incubator, 1776. The evening will feature local Kiva Zip entrepreneurs selling their goods and promoting their small businesses. Mingle with the makers of artisanal candy, kombucha, Bolivian pastries, bamboo bikes, socially-conscious pet supplies and more. We hope you'll join us in supporting these local small businesses by purchasing their unique products or even lending to a currently crowdfunding Kiva Zip borrower! Speakers will include Kiva's new CEO Martin Tschopp and a Kiva Zip borrower offering the DC community an exciting new service. Kiva City DC Marketplace Sponsored by Capital One Date: July 21, 2015 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: 1776 in Washington DC Please RSVP below and we'll see you July 21! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-with-local-kiva-entrepreneurs-tickets-17532194265 What is Kiva City DC? Through a partnership with Capital One, the Kiva City DC program was launched in January 2013 with the goal of bringing the power of microfinance to small businesses in DC, ensuring the continued development of our city and its people. Kiva Zip is an access to capital tool that provides US-based entrepreneurs 0% interest, no fee loans up to $10,000. The loans are crowdfunded through Kiva's community of social lenders as well as the borrower's personal network. The idea is to bypass the barriers that block entrepreneurs from accessing traditional forms of capital, and instead use a method of "social underwriting" based on one's character and network of trust.