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.

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.
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.
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.
AARP Foundation logo
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

Advantage Business Centers logo AdvantEdge Business Centers is a leader in the Washington, DC shared workspace industry, having helped thousands of companies achieve their goals since opening in 1988. Our fully-serviced, on-demand office space provides personalized support for startups, small businesses, and corporate clients in two convenient locations in Class-A buildings within the District.
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.
Audienti is marketing software built to revolutionize how businesses use digital channels to gain new customers. By leveraging big data technologies, Audienti identifies actual people in your target market. Then, through patent-pending technologies, makes intelligent recommendations for the best ways to reach them across search, social & paid campaigns.
Aveya Creative offers on-demand branding and marketing solutions for growing companies through a secure e-commerce platform that lets clients work instantly with talented humans toward project perfection. Our experts are US-based with years of experience; no overseas outsourcing. Beyond dozens of options on our secure e-commerce platform, custom proposals are also available. At Aveya, we are passionate about innovation as the driving force toward a better world. Our purpose is to transform ground-breaking ideas into award-winning brands. Past clients include startups and scale-ups at WeWork worldwide, 1776, and Y Combinator.
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

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.
I Strategy Labs ISL is a digital is a digital agency founded on invention. The team consists of strategists, designers, developers, producers and makers capable of building everything from apps, to films, to massive campaigns and social strategies that transform organizations. Some of their clients have been Facebook, VW, Kroger, Hendricks' Gin, MillerCoors, Campbell's, NBC Universal, Disney, and more.
Make Offices MakeOffices provides a platform for serious work of all kinds through productive, collaborative workspaces and networking communities. They understand what it is like to be a startup with a tight budget, or a passionate entrepreneur leading a small business with no interest in committing to a multi-year lease in a traditional corporate environment. Hom eto amazing small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovation-focused teams from Fortune 500s, their communities are designed for companies looking for simple workplace solutions to get serious work done.
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 Acceleratorsin 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.
TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at Techshop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.
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.
Vistaprint Digital offers everything entrepreneurs need to launch, market, and grow their business online -- from social media and email marketing, to websites that seamlessly connect with Vistaprint print products.
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.


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.