Past Winners

HomeGrown Farms receives first place prize at the 2016 NVC Finals

The Next New Venture: A Fresh Way to Farm

Entrepreneurship competition top winners receive more than $60,000 for environmentally friendly local produce.

HomeGrown Farms may provide a glimpse of the future of farming. And while it is certainly green, it is not the rolling acres that the word “farm” usually connotes.

Rather than the wide sky and ranging fields of the bucolic imagination, HomeGrown exists—like a leafy, high-tech Narnia—inside a 320-square-foot shipping container in New Jersey. Kale, spinach, arugula, fresh herbs and other greens grow year-round under LED lights in baths of nutrient-rich water... continue reading.


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The competition is organized by the GW Office of Entrepreneurship and GWupstart Social Innovation Lab, in addition to numerous volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, mentoring a team or getting involved in some other capacity, please contact us!

More than $260,000 in total prizes were awarded during the 8th annual GW New Venture Competition Finals on April 19, 2016. The ten finalists were selected to present their business pitches to a panel of judges and a live audience.

The teams represent ventures that competed in the Commercial Entrepreneurship Track or the GWupstart Social Venture Track.

View the 2016 prizes and sponsors!

 

Meet the 2016 Winning Teams!

Grand Prize Winner - HomeGrown Farms

HomeGrown Farms
HomeGrown Farms grows hyperlocal, sustainable produce year round by utilizing innovative indoor hydroponic technology. HomeGrown Farms: Grow Local, Eat Local.

Team

• Parth Chauhan, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2013

• Pranav Kaul, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2016

• Raghav Garg, Other, 2013

• Zeel Patel, Other, 2013

Cash Prizes

  • 1st Place Prize ($35,000)

  • GWU Best For-Profit Social Venture ($7,500)

  • Kulkarni Prize for Best Technology-based Venture ($7,500)

  • Sustainable Energy and Infrustructure Prize ($5,000)

  • Audience Choice Award ($5,000)

​​In-Kind Prizes

  • General Assembly, Course and Front Row Access (~$6,000)

  • Blank Rome, Legal Services ($5,000)

  • Arjuna Solutions, startup session ($2,500)

  • TechShop, class packages ($1,150)

  • 99 Designs, graphic design services ($400)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)

2nd Place Overall - Mental Health Promotion

Mental Health Promotion
Written by students, for students, MHP challenges traditional health education by addressing mental illness at its roots. 

Team

  • Kyrah Altman, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2019
  • Nora Hennessey, Eliott Schoolf of International Affairs, 2019

Cash Prizes

  • 2nd Place Prize ($15,000)

  • Blank Rome's Best Undergraduate ($10,000)

  • GWUpstart's Best Non-Profit Social Venture ($7,500)

In-Kind Prizes

  • General Assembly, Course and Front Row Access (~$6,000)

  • Social Driver, half day pop-up innovation lab ($3,000)

  • TechShop, class packages ($1,150)

  • 99 Designs, graphic design services ($400)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)

3rd Place Overall - Represently

Represently
Represently is a legislative constituent relationship management system for representatives that saves time in mail management, response organization, and communication metrics.

Team

• Joseph Nelson, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2016

• Kevin Connell, School of Business, 2016

• Nathan Pigott, Other, 2014

Cash Prizes

  • 3rd Place Prize ($10,000)

In-Kind Prizes

  • General Assembly, Course and Front Row Access (~$6,000)
  • TechShop, class packages ($1,150)
  • 99 Designs, graphic design services ($400)
  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)

4th Place Overall - Rooftop Tea Company

The Rooftop Tea Company
The Rooftop Tea Company is a social enterprise that is creating an ethical supply chain for premium organic teas. By building low-cost rooftop tea gardens in internationally developing communities, we will provide economic opportunities to women who would otherwise have limited access.

Team

• Cheyenne Tessier, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2017

Cash Prizes

  • 4th Place Prize ($5,000)
  • Best International Venture Prize ($7,500)

In-Kind Prizes

  • Hera Hub, co-working membership for six months ($12,000)
  • MakeOffices, membership and co-working space for six months ($7,600)
  • TechShop, class packages ($1,125)
  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)

Veteran's Prize Winners

Micro-Housing for Millenials
"Micro-housing for millennials" is an affordable housing proposal targeted for millennials and their frugal lifestyle in Washington, DC.  Per projections, the intent is to acquire a building in a renowned area, raise money, renovate the building to cater to millennial style, and double the investors' money in about 5 years.

Team

  • Derek Dorazio, School of Business, 2018
  • Varinder Galotra, School of Business, 2016
  • Ray Magee, School of Business, 2016

Cash Prizes

  • Quality Support, Inc.'s Veterans Prize ($5,000)

In-Kind Prizes

  • Marie Rudolph, Military Bowl tickets (valued at $500)

Honorable Mention

AbdiCare
AbdiCare has a compound (ABx) that we intend as a once daily inhalation aversion therapy for cigarette smoking cessation.

Team: Kham Ali, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2016

Prizes:

  • Honorable Mention Cash Prize: $1,000

  • Blank Rome, Legal Services ($5,000)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)


Project Dream Miles
Project Dream Miles allows runners to raise 10¢ or more for their favorite nonprofit for every mile they run.

Team

  • Yeshwant Chillakuru, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2017

  • Danish Imtiaz, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2018

  • Charles Dorward, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2017

  • Chanu Dasari, Other

Prizes:

  • Honorable Mention Cash Prize: $1,000

  • AdvantEdge, co-working space for six months ($13,000)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)


Proprisor
A visually driven online service market place and aggregator that connects homeowners to the right Home Improvement professionals.

Team:

  • Veer Taneja, School of Business, 2016

  • Satyam Gupta, Other, 2014

Prizes:

  • Honorable Mention Cash Prize: $1,000

  • iStrategy Labs, custom lab consultation ($3,000)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)


RightDate
RightDate puts real life back into online romance by provides singles and couples with dates within their community.

TeamLeah Farrar, GW Law, 2016

Prizes:

  • Honorable Mention Cash Prize: $1,000

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)

SeamlessColor

SeamlessColor is a 3D printing material company that produces color-customized filaments for artists and designers.

Team

  • Anna Wu, School of Business, 2018

  • Eman Mirdamadi, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2016

Prizes:

  • Honorable Mention Cash Prize: $1,000

  • Blank Rome, Legal Services ($5,000)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)

 


StaffU

We help college students find paid work that fits into their already busy schedule and enable businesses to find short-term help.

Team

  • Colin McFaul, School of Business, 2015

  • Nick Condry, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2017

Prizes

  • Honorable Mention Cash Prize: $1,000

  • WeWork, office space and membership for six months ($14,400)

  • Cove, one free month planning ($315)