Georgetown Entrepreneurship Announces Finalists of the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize

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Georgetown Entrepreneurship, serving all of Georgetown University from the McDonough School of Business, announces the finalists for the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize.

Student and alumni entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures at the annual Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize “Bark Tank” virtual pitch competition Tuesday, October 27, 2020, starting at 5 p.m. EST. Finalists will try to win over a panel of judges and the audience to win a share of the $100,000 Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize. 

The eight finalists are:

  • [The Bar] – Betel Teka (C’20): [The Bar] is an innovative plant-based supplemental health snack that promises to meet daily recommended nutritional needs with superfood and star ingredient Teff.
  • Button Helper – Robert Bolen (B’20): Button Helper allows people of all abilities to dress themselves with ease.
  • COVID Can I Do It? – Gayatri Sanku (G’22): COVID Can I Do It?  aims to ensure anyone, anywhere, can assess their risks for COVID-19 during their daily life and be empowered to make informed choices to prevent further transmission.
  • Flolango – Izuo-Ere Digifa (Pivot’20): Flolango is a combination of great quality makeup with poetry enclosed for the purpose of empowerment. The poems serve as positive words of affirmation to increase the beauty and self love customers feel on the inside, as richly saturated colors heighten each wearer’s outer beauty.
  • Kits to Heart – Sonia Su (G’20): Founded by a three-time cancer survivor alumna, Kits to Heart is a nonprofit that distributes thoughtfully designed, curated cancer care kits to patients and their caregivers.
  • KnoNap – Danya Sherman (MBA’21): KnoNap, the napkin that knows, is a cocktail napkin that is capable upon saturation of detecting specific date-rape drug presence.
  • Parrotfish LLC – Katie Pearson Fucci (SCS’20): Parrotfish offers subscriptions of refillable plastic-free, palm-free, personal-care products.
  • Project Olas – Rebecca Cox (F’23): Project Olas offers conversational Spanish language tutoring taught online by moms in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump community.

Current Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Georgetown alumni within six months of graduation, are eligible to win the prize and may be nominated as individuals or as teams. Georgetown’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence provide valuable coaching and mentorship to the Leonsis Prize finalists. Recipients of the prize are selected through a rigorous nomination, application, and review process culminating in the October 27 Bark Tank event.

The Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize is supported by Ted Leonsis (C’77), a longtime entrepreneur, investor, and founder, majority owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; his wife, Lynn; his son, Zach (MBA’15), senior vice president of strategic initiatives of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network; and his daughter, Elle (C’14), digital marketing director of SnagFilms, Inc.

To register for the Bark Tank pitch competition event, visit  eship.georgetown.edu/Bark-Tank and view the live stream at facebook.com/georgetownentrepreneurship/live.