Our Sponsors

The GW New Venture Competition is sponsored by many community supporters that provide both cash and in-kind services. There are also opportunities for GW students, faculty, alumni and staff to receive discounts from some our sponsors.

View profiles for the sponsoring companies of the 2017-2018 competition cycle.

Cash Sponsors

Enlightened Enlightened, Inc. ("Enlightened") is an award-winning, HUBZone certified, Information Technology (IT) and Management Consulting firm dedicated to helping our clients achieve success in meeting their objectives and solving their problems. Enlightened provides the highest level of service to our clients because we are thinking about their problems even when they are not. Founders Antwayne Ford (CCAS BS '87, GWSB MS '93) and Andre Rogers (SEAS BS '88) are both GW alumni.
James Webb Mr. James H. Webb formed Preferred Medical Holdings, LLC (PMH) in 2000. PMH developed Preferred Medical Imaging, LLC and Select Health Services, LLC along with five other smaller healthcare serivces organizations. In 2017, Preferred Medical Imaging was sold to Akumin where Mr. Webb now serves as a board member and continues to oversee the operations of Select Health Services. Mr. Webb is also Chairman and founder of 16 Capital Investments, LLC with a narrowed focus in the fitness and wellness space. Mr. Webb holds an MS degree from University of North Texas. His oldest son is currently a freshman at GW.

Strategic Investment Group, a pioneer in dedicated Outsourced CIO (OCIO) solutions since 1987, offers a comprehensive service platform for managing customized portfolios for institutional and private investors. Our proprietary process combines active portfolio management, rigorous risk management, and open architecture manager selection.

Gordon Crane Gordon Crane, Founder of Apple & Eve, is an entrepreneur and pioneer in the "better-for-you" fruit juice industry. In 1975, he founded APPLE & EVE, a brand of premium, all-natural fruit juices and fruit products that he grew into the largest privately held juice company in the United States  with sales in excess of $225 million. He initially began his business solely as a way to pay for his law school education which he also began in 1975 at Hofstra Law School.
Blank Rome logo Blank Rome is one of America's largest law firms and one of DC's premier law practices serving business leaders and entrepreneurs. It has provided exceptional service to clients for more than 65 years and through alumnus Peter S. Weissman (Law '96), Partner at Blank Rome, it has also become an integral supporter of GW's young entrepreneurs community and the GW New Venture Competition.
Andrew Joblon Andrew Joblon (GWSB BBA '06) is an investor and real estate developer with a successful career built on a combination of expertise, innovation and strategic risk-taking. With his extensive experience, deep knowledge, a strong network, and careful accumulation of capital, Andrew broke away to start his own venture: Turnbridge Equities. The company has quickly grown into a widely recognized Real Estate Development Company and surpassed expectations, carving out a reputation for excellence and vision. Turnbridge Equities now has developments across the country capitalized at over $700 million, world-class investors and highly sought-after properties.
Brian Herrman Brian Herrman is the president and CEO of China-America Healthcare Partners, a company that works with mid-sized Chinese medical device companies for the purpose of making long term investments in USA healthcare companies. Brian also works with Chinese hedge and private equity firms likewise, to find and then negotiate investments in USA healthcare companies. Brian received his BBA in Accounting from The George Washington University in 1977. He serves on the GW School of Business Board of Advisors.
Michael Quinn

Michael Quinn, founding partner of Q Advisors, has originated, structured, and executed more than 100 deals totaling more than $4 billion in transaction value. Prior to forming Q Advisors, Michael was a founder of and Chief Corporate Development Officer for VeloCom Inc., a Latin American wireless services provider. Michael received a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He is currently on the Advisory Board of The George Washington University School of Business and on the Board of the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Customer Value Partners Customer Value Partners (CVP) helps clients in the healthcare, national security and US government sectors achieve their customer and mission goals through better operational efficiency, workforce optimization and the practical application of technology innovation. CVP helps you transform your organizational performance through proven and secure enterprise-level innovations in Agile Systems Integration, Cybersecurity, Performance Transformation and Analytics.


Based in McLean, VA, Attain is a leading management, technology, and strategy consulting firm comprised of innovative problem solvers who disrupt the status quo to change the world and improve the lives of those we touch. From strategy and digital transformation -- including user-centric design, agile development, DevOps, and continuous deployment -- to cyber security, cloud services, business intelligence and analytics, infrastructure management, as well as industry-specific operational expertise, Attain brings proven performance and forward thinking to advance our clients' missions across the government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit landscapes.
ThinkBox has the experience, expertise, project partners and capital relationships to support energy and water consumers and producers in developing, financing and executing projects that reduce costs, redevelop infrastructure, generate renewable power, positively impact the environment, provide jobs and training, and support local communities.
Opportune LLP is a leading international energy consulting firm specializing in assisting clients across the energy industry, including upstream, midstream, downstream, power and gas, commodities trading and oilfield services. Opportune's practice areas include: chemical engineering, complex financial reporting, corporate finance, dispute resolution, enterprise risk, outsourcing, process and technology, reserve engineering and geosciences, restructuring, strategy and organization, and tax. For more information on Opportune LLP, please visit our website at www.opportune.com.
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The AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP, which works closely with struggling individuals age 50 and above by being a force of change on the most serious issues they face today: hunger, housing, income, and isolation. In 2012, the AARP Foundation introduced the AARP Foundation Prize to the GW Business Plan Competition which rewards student entrepreneurs who create innovative solutions to substantially advance the needs of low-income older people in one or more of the AARP Foundation's focus areas.

In-Kind Sponsors

1776 1776 is the Northeast corridor's largest network of incubators serving entrepreneurs. We are an incubator serving a community of bold entrepreneurs and startup companies solving complex challenges. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and startup companies succeed and reach their maximum potential.
99designs 99designs is the world’s largest logo and graphic design marketplace. With more than one million designers from 192 countries around the world, 99designs' suite of services helps businesses succeed through great design at an affordable price. Headquartered in Oakland, California, 99designs has operations in Australia, Germany and Brazil.
Advantage Workspaces For over 30 years, AdvantEdge has been a leader in the Washington, DC workspace industry, providing distinctive and customized office space for lease. With more than 80 years of combined managerial experience, we guarantee each client unparalleled support, individualized attention, and on-site assistance. Currently consisting of two locations in Class-A buildings, AdvantEdge offers high-end office space while maintaining affordability.
Alley Alley powered by Verizon locations are developed by Verizon, the world's leading technology company, in collaboration with Alley, a membership-only community workspace for creators. Each location is a curated community powered by the emerging technologies and thought-leadership of Verizon. With Alley, Verizon is bridging the gap between startup and corporation by helping the community workspace build next-level ecosystems for entrepreneurs.
Aveya Creative is proud to be the first on-demand digital branding agency, launched in Washington DC in 2012. Our clients are innovators worldwide, including startups from Y Combinator and 1176 and forward-thinking global organizations. Thanks to our flat-rate branding and marketing solutions, you can work instantly with talented humans who complete creative projects to perfection. Our experts are based on both coasts of the US and offer decades of experience in strategy, design, code and copy. Our passion is transforming bold ideas into amazing brands!
Blank Rome logo Blank Rome is one of America's largest law firms and one of DC's premier law practices serving business leaders and entrepreneurs. It has provided exceptional service to clients for more than 65 years and through alumnus Peter S. Weissman (Law '96), Partner at Blank Rome, it has also become an integral supporter of GW's young entrepreneurs community and the GW New Venture Competition by offering both the Best Undergraduate Prize and an in-kind prize for legal services.


The College of Professional Studies / Virginia Science and Technology Campus  focuses on interdisciplinary STEM research, including biological and health sciences, big data and analytics, high performance computing, energy science and technology and infrastructure safety engineering. The campus, established in 1991, offers approximately 20 academic degrees and certificate programs in business, cybersecurity, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology and nursing. VSTC is strategically located in the Northern Virginia technology corridor near Dulles International Airport. 
Gone are the days of sitting in a cubicle Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and here are the days of working when and where you want, doing what you want.  Here at cove, we are focused on empowering you to be productive whenever, wherever, and however fits your lifestyle.  Join cove and get things done.
Eastern Foundry is a collaborative workspace that offers government contractors the insight and resources they need to succeed in the federal market. Our members are immersed in a network of small businesses who are dedicated to bringing innovative solutions to the government.

GenB is a boutique digital product development firm that creates custom enterprise-grade web, mobile, tablet and private cloud applications. Using an integrated team approach, we help entrepreneurs launch and grow start-ups & help corporate innovators increase efficiency and impact for their organizations. Find our more @ www.genb.com

GA General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love. What began as a co-working space in 2011 has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 15 cities and over 25,000 graduates worldwide. As individuals and companies struggle to compete in an increasingly technological economy, General Assembly provides award-winning, dynamic training to close the global skills gap.
Hera Hub DC is a spa-inspired, shared workspace for female entrepreneurs located in Friendship Heights, DC. This flexible work and meeting space provides a productive work environment for women who primarily work from home. Hera Hub DC members have access to professional space to meet with clients and to connect as well as collaborate with like-minded business owners, giving them the support they need to be prosperous.

Impact Hub

Impact Hub DC is a membership-based, community space that connects local change agents to resources that accelerate their impact.
I Strategy Labs ISL is an award-winning digital agency founded on invention. The team consists of strategists, hardware designers, illustrators, web developers, producers and makers capable of building everything from apps and AR experiences, to films and TV spots, to massive campaigns that merge online and off like never before. Clients include Facebook, The Obama Foundation, Smithsonian, VW, CapitalOne, Air Canada, National Geographic, and more.
Make Offices MakeOffices provides a platform to grow your business by delivering turnkey, affordable, professional workspaces with flexible, month-to-month lease options that satisfy company needs without the burden and capital commitment of a long-term lease. Members are part of a vibrant community that regularly interact through hosted events and organic networking opportunities. By providing the office infrastructure and all-inclusive amenities, including fast WiFi, 24/7 access, locally-roasted coffee, and craft beer, for one, low monthly rate, members can spend more of their time and money growing their businesses. MakeOffices operate 14 locations across Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Washington, DC metro area. For additional information, visit www.makeoffices.com.
Marie Rudolph is the co-founder of the Military Bowl and supporter of the GW New Venture Competition. She will be awarding the best Veteran team/venture up to four tickets to the upcoming Military Bowl.


Refraction is a unique and dynamic co-working community serving the business leaders, creatives, and philanthropists of Northern Virginia. Refraction is a curated hub of creativity, collaboration, and innovation that helps businesses build more dynamic teams and grow their company. Collectively we experiement with ground breaking research and cultural trends to set new standards in business excellence and make the future of work an everyday reality.
SEED SPOT is nationally ranked by Gust as one of the Top 20 Accelerators in the World and in 2015 was named by Cisco & UBI Global as one of the Top 3 Social Impact Incubators in the United States. SEED SPOT also won a 2016 Emmy for their partnership with Univision supporting Latino entrepreneurs through Véndeme tu Sueño. With a mission to educate, accelerate, and invest in the dreams of social entrepreneurs, SEED SPOT exclusively supports entrepreneurs building products, services, and technologies that improve lives or communities. For more information, visit: www.seedspot.org.
Social Driver Social Driver is a digital agency. We help companies connect with people today through websites, social media and video. We have four creative studios: design, development, video and digital content to deliver on results. Our work is people centered and data-driven that's why some of the top brands and communications firms choose to experience digital with us.



An inspiring environment where ideas develop, businesses build and relationships evolve. Spaces NoMa is a creative place where you can work, check your email, and meet with clients. It's a place where you can pause to enjoy a really good cup of coffee or a healthy lunch, and where super-fast, unlimited wifi ensures you can work quickly and efficiently. Take inspiration from the beautifully designed space, chat with our friendly staff. Kindle your entrepreneurial spirit with the enthusiasm of the other workers you will meet and network with at this creative, social hub.
We Work logo WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide everything you need to make a life, not just a living. We have multiple locations in the DC area, including six buildings in the District as well as two in Northern Virginia.



Founding Sponsors

Rick Scott

Rick Scott is the 45th Governor of the State of Florida and has worked to cut taxes, pay down state debt and invest in education to grow opportunities for Florida families.

Annette Scott

As an avid reader, First Lady Annette Scott spends time visiting schools and libraries across Florida, encouraging children to read and write.