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Georgetown Entrepreneurship Announces 8 Finalists for the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize

The eight finalist teams in the running for the $100,000 Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business have been selected by Georgetown Entrepreneurship to pitch their business ideas at the upcoming “Bark Tank” event. 

For the next three weeks, finalists will work with their assigned mentors and advisors, developing their presentations and considering the opportunities the prize may present their ventures. A judging panel of experienced entrepreneurs will select the total number of recipient(s) as well as the size of each prize within an annual limit of $100,000. All eight teams invited to present at Bark Tank will receive a cash prize of some amount with the top prize of $30,000 going to the first place team. 

The eight finalists for the 2021 Bark Tank Competition are:

Bibti offers a mobile-based application called Bibti, which enables women to coordinate and connect with other nearby women as travel buddies in order to minimize the risk of sexual harassment. It is led by Emily Owen (SFS’21), Max Zhang (B’23), and Shirley Hu (B’23).

Bellavent is a platform where couples post their wedding needs and qualified vendors submit proposals. It is led by Bek Akhmedov (MBA’23), Kenny Gabel (MBA’23), and Chike Nwankwo (MBA’23).

Compost’d LLC offers an in-home compost receptacle that connects its customers with proper disposal opportunities to make composting accessible, equitable, and easy for everyone. It is led by Gracey Owen (B’22).

Chow Corp. uses food trucks to help train veterans and military spouses in the culinary arts as they pursue a pathway to business ownership. It is led by Jordan Foley (L’21), Abi Quackenboss-Karpf (SCS’21), and Charles Magovern.

DAIGON helps League of Legends players tired of the game’s toxicity through a discord server — platform to-be — that tracks its member’s in-game positivity to foster healthier competitiveness throughout weekly training games and fixed-team cash prize tournaments that provide amateurs a pro-like experience. It is led by Elliot Mack (SFS’22).

Joylet is a baby gear rental company that gives families access to the best baby gear at a fraction of the retail price, offers flexible rental terms, and eliminates the hassle of long-term storage or disposal. It is led by Alli Cavasino (MBA’22) and Natalie Poston (MBA’22).

Map-Collective Inc. is a carbon tracking and supply chain transparency platform. It is led by Tara Gupta (MBA’23).

STAFM Technologies is developing a novel electric motor to revolutionize the automotive, aviation, and industrial verticals. It is led by Rory Brogan (MBA’22).

The Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize is supported by longtime entrepreneur Ted Leonsis (C’77, P’14, P’15); his wife, Lynn; his son, Zach (MBA‘15); and his daughter, Elle (C’14).

Aligning with the Jesuit values of Georgetown University, the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize honors and supports Georgetown students who have launched or are preparing to launch new business ventures that will address problems in the world around them. Ultimately, the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize builds awareness around the innovation and accomplishments of Georgetown’s entrepreneurs and strengthens the university’s reputation as a place where ambitious students can turn their passions into entrepreneurial ventures. For more information about the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize, visit this website or watch last year’s competition.

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