The GW New Venture Competition is sponsored by many community supporters that provide both cash and in-kind services. We thank all of our sponsors as we could not run the Competition without your support.




Fosun International Limited is a Chinese international conglomerate and investment company. Founded in 1992 the company is headquartered in Shanghai and was incorporated in Hong Kong in 2004. The company is located in 16 countries and ranked 416th on the Forbes Global 2000 ranking. 


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Strategic Investment Group

SIG are pioneers in the Outsourced CIO (OCIO) industry, we combine a depth of knowledge and a spirit of innovation that together make us a global leader in our field.

Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP

One of America's largest law firms and DC's premier law practices. Peter S. Weissman, Partner, is a GW alum (LAW '96) and has been an integral supporter of the GW NVC.

Paragon Labs


ParagonLabs, powered by SHRM, serves as the bridge for the HR tech community, workers, and the workplace. We connect and engage the HR and tech communities and lead the conversation on how these communities can work together to build better workplaces and a better world.


Andrew Joblon

Mr. 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.

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Pat Sheridan

Pat Sheridan (CCAS BFA '99) is co-founder and Managing Partner of Modus Create. He currently serves as an advisory council member for the GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences.


Joe Sauma

Mr. Sauma (GWSB MBA '89) is the CFO of IAS Corp., a leading Food & Beverage export management organization. Currently on the GW Family Philanthropy Board.


Brian Herrman

Mr. Herrman (GWSB BBA '77) is the President & CEO of China-America Healthcare Partners. He is a current member on the GWSB Board of Advisors.



Michael Quinn

Mr. Quinn (ESIA '84) is a Founding Partner of Q Advisors. He is currently on the Board of Advisors at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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An enterprise IT services firm that helps organizations interested in leveraging cloud infrastructure, collaboration & productivity, and data sciences to transition.

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Congo is a conference discovery platform that enables Congoers to find valuable conferences and build purpose-driven contact networks without the valueless clutter. 


Opportune LLP

Opportune LLP is a leading international energy consulting firm specializing in assisting clients across the energy industry including power and gas, etc.

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Social Driver

A digital agency that connects companies with people today through websites, social media, and video. They have four creative studios: design, development, video and digital content to deliver on results.

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Mary Katherine Kienzle

Mary Katherine Kienzle (GWSB MBA '97) is the CFO at Alderman Ventures, Inc. as well as the CFO & Senior Vice President at Venture Capital Consulting, Inc.






GW School of Business
School of Engineering and Applied Science
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Elliott School of International Affairs
Milken Institute School of Public Health
College of Professional Studies
School of Nursing
GW Law
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Office of the Vice President for Research






Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering computing power, database storage, content delivery, and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. 

Martin Schultz

Martin Schultz & Associates

A Chicago-based, full-service, law firm that counsels various clients on various matters including startup and early-stage and expansion financing. Offers counseling services on matters involving the formation, operation, and execution of any business venture.

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The Farrell Group

The Farrell Group is a New York City-based Property and Casualty commercial insurance brokerage. The Farrell Group's mission is to make commercial insurance technological forward, easy to understand and cost-efficient for all customers, regardless of their size.

Unstuck Labs

Unstuck Labs

A venture building agency, hyper learning community, and accelerator founded by a team of career professionals turned entrepreneurs. As a creative technology company, we work with founders to validate and accelerate tech startup launches.

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Blank Rome LLP

One of America's largest law firms and DC's premier law practices. Peter S. Weissman, Partner, is a GW alum (LAW '96) and has been an integral supporter of the GW NVC.

GW NVC Sponsor 1776


The Northeast corridor's largest network of incubators serving entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and startup companies succeed and reach their maximum potential.


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Draper University

DraperU is redefining innovative education by equipping entrepreneurial-minded students with an immersive experience to learn, connect and grow in the working world.

GW NVC Sponsor MakeOffices - NEW


Where You Go to Grow Your Business. Get professional, turnkey, flexible workspaces, all-inclusive amenities (fast WiFi, coffee & beer, 24/7 access), events and organic networking opportunities to make connections and meet customers. It's everything you need to grow your business.

GW NVC Sponsor AdvantEdge

AdvantEdge Workspaces

A leader in the DC workspace industry, providing distinctive and customized office space for lease. Currently consisting of two locations in Class-A buildings.



EgyptAir is one of the world's pioneer airlines. Established in May of 1932, it became the seventh carrier in the world. It started its nonstop operation between Dulles Airport and Cairo International Airport, since June 2019 with its new dream liners 787-9 connecting to more than 75 destinations in the Middle East, Europ, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Hera Hub

Hera Hub DC

Hera Hub is a place for female founders to connect, share resources, and build community. A spa-inspired, shared workspace for female entrepreneurs located in Friendship Heights, DC. These spaces provide a productive work environment for women who work from home.



A healthcare IT-focused digital product development agency. We create custom HIPAA compliant web/mobile/tablet applications; offer HIPAA compliant cloud hosting, etc.

General Assembly

General Assembly

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.



Cove is focused on empowering you to be productive whenever, wherever, and however fits your lifestyle.  Gone are the days of working in a cubicle - join cove and get things done wherever you want!


Mass Light


Founded in 2000 by two Apple developers, their expertise in building, scaling, and maintaining complex public-facing applications for clients in the non-profit, defense, and commercial industries.

Social Driver

Social Driver

A digital agency that connects companies with people today through websites, social media, and video. They have four creative studios: design, development, video and digital content to deliver on results.

Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen is a food business accelerator. We build successful food businesses that launch locally, grow regionally, and scale nationally. We do this by supporting growth in four phases: launch, product-market fit, growth, and exit planning.

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99 Designs

Provides the top three teams in NVC with expert graphic design services of $400/each towards graphic design services, such as a logo or business cards.

Seed Spot


Nationally ranked coworking space by Gust as one of the Top 20 Accelerators in the World and was named by Cisco & UBI Global as one of the Top 3 Social Impact Incubators in the United States in 2015.

Watson Institute

Watson Institute

Watson Institute is a place where next-generation entrepreneurial leaders can find their community, discover their calling, and accelerate their careers. We provide the tools, network, and mindset for the next generation to solve challenges, and lead impactful lives.



At Anü, we develop technology to evolve professional referral networks using AI, that is trustworthy, bias free and enjoyable to use. We introduce early stage founders to great firm-based lawyers ready to be your partner as you continue to grow.

Open Gov Hub

Open Gov Hub

Open Gov Hub (OGH) is a dynamic meeting place that brings together many organizations and resources to help open up governments and empower citizens worldwide. Open Gov Hub runs a world-class, 20,000 square foot coworking space in downtown DC as part of its mission.