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Startup Hoyas Summer Incubator Hosts 17 Entrepreneurs

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The Startup Hoyas Summer Launch Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host 17 entrepreneurial ventures this summer in its startup incubator program.

Designed specifically for current Georgetown students and recent graduates who want to launch a new venture, the program provides a host of benefits for participants, including dedicated support from Georgetown faculty, mentors, and other experienced entrepreneurs; work space in the business school’s Rafik B. Hariri Building on the Georgetown campus; introductions to local investors and entrepreneurs, including access to the 1776 startup incubator; invitations to exclusive networking events; and the opportunity to present their ideas to the DC entrepreneurial community.

This year’s companies include:

Consequi helps young professionals and recent graduates who feel a disconnect between their prospective employment opportunities and their personal passions and wants. It is led by Christine Lai (School of Continuing Studies ’14), Kelly Jin, and Kruti Vora.

CropGenics is based on a patented technology fertilizer and additive that modulates RACK1A gene to confer drought resistance and maintain photosynthesis in plants. It is led by Sivanesan Dakshanamurthy (MBA '16).

Decoded is a music platform that is dedicated to helping independent artists grow their brands and connect with their fans. It is led by Chika Uwazie (School of Continuing Studies ’14).

DrumPulse Entertainment is an African entertainment and lifestyle brand seeking to make high quality African entertainment easily accessible to the African diaspora and to bring the best of African culture to the United States. It is led by Kweku Amoako (MBA ’14).

E Pluribus uses the credit card loyalty program model as a means of encouraging consumers to make healthy lifestyle choices. It is led by Benjamin Bryant (Graduate School ’16), Amanda Hu (Graduate School ’15), and Carline Stevens.

Ed-Strong is building an online platform for the management of graduate and undergraduate experiential learning courses. It is led by Madeline Pongor (MBA/Master of Public Policy ’15).

Flaminke is a platform where photography lovers and enthusiasts can subscribe to a lens rental service similar to the Netflix DVD model. It is led by Noel Tordesillas (MBA ’14) and Vivienne Tordesillas.

Gondolas de Gadea will bring the traditional gondola experience to the Georgetown waterfront. It is led by James Gadea (School of Foreign Service ’16).

Hope & Company is a fashion and lifestyle for-profit social enterprise that covers the cost of a girl’s education for one week with each item sold. It is led by Genevieve Ryan (JD/MBA ’15).

JmpStart is a platform that helps build connections in the entrepreneurial sphere with faster search and better results. It is led by Mayssa Chehab (MBA ’15).

JS Biomedicals formed to conduct biotechnology research and development to develop new diagnostic methods or technologies. It is led by Rohit Dasgupta (School of Continuing Studies ’14).

Local High Clothing Company showcases any location or city with stylish apparel. It is led by Joseph Koech (College ’14), Michael Stroup (Business ’15), and Sage Sarason.

Lulu’s Ice Cream uses simple recipes, local ingredients, and liquid nitrogen magic to produce the freshest possible ice cream. It is led by Luisa Santos (Business ’14) and Paula Santos.

OurStand Education is a mobile technology that cultivates and promotes student well-being. It is led by Sohayle Sizar (College  ’14) and Kevin Barrow.

PitchPoints is a soccer specific, daily fantasy sports website and mobile app that allows soccer fans and fantasy sports participants to partake in pay-to-play daily fantasy soccer. It is led by Richard Burchfield (School of Continuing Studies ’13) and Tyler Gray (School of Continuing Studies ’14).

Vet Prestige is an organization designed to connect highly skilled veterans transitioning out of active duty with civilian employers seeking to hire these individuals. It is led by Scott Thompson (School of Continuing Studies ’15).

Visiosafe offers smart sensors that help cameras become powerful analytical tools, through which venue operators can better understand the behavioral pattern of their visitors. It is led by Yashi Rahmatollahi (MBA ’14) and Adam Fischman (MBA ’14).