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SEED SPOT’s newest cohort of entrepreneurs pitched their innovative ventures at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center on Saturday, October 5
Washington DC: On Saturday, October 5, 26 impact-driven entrepreneurs pitched their innovative ventures at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center in downtown Washington, DC. Nearly 70 members of the DMV’s startup community came to support the big dreams of founders.
Four of the 26 entrepreneurs were awarded prizes for their dedication, focus, and engagement:
- Impact Award: Divorce Diagnostic, a venture founded by Aleksandar Stefanovski that helps families navigate the difficult legal process of divorce so they can invest more resources in their children’s wellbeing
- Social Innovation Award: Foster Care Connect, a venture founded by Raeann Vuona that drives efficiencies in the foster care system by matching children with families using a matching algorithm
- Viable Business Award: Baby Friendly America LLC, a venture founded by Joshua Singer that promotes restaurants with changing tables, high chairs, and other baby-friendly equipment to parents of young children
- Growth Award: IncarciCare, a venture founded by Yasmine Arrington that helps family members provide care packages and basic needs to their incarcerated loved ones
The Pitch Night was the culminating event for SEED SPOT’s 2-Day Launch Camp that ran October 4-5 to provide social entrepreneurs with a starting point to safely explore their ideas for change. The 2-Day Launch Camp was sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, NEXT Powered by Shulman Rogers, Aronson LLC, Cooley, TriNet, Meaningful Gigs, and FounderTrac.
“Every entrepreneur with an idea to spark change in the world should have a launch pad to explore their idea and learn how to start up,” said C’pher Gresham, CEO of SEED SPOT. “With our latest 2-Day Launch Camp in DC, we are ensuring equitable access to all individuals in the greater Washington area that have a dream. Together with our partners and supporters, we are making DC the home of social innovation and entrepreneurship.”
From January 27-April 14, 2020 SEED SPOT will be running an Impact Accelerator to provide impact-driven entrepreneurs with in-depth support for the due diligence process. The program helps with building high-growth business models, creating a winning team, crafting strong go-to-market strategies, modeling robust financial models, and nurturing investor relationships. SEED SPOT takes zero percent equity in partner companies.
Applications will be accepted until the final deadline of Friday, November 1. Learn more by visiting: https://seedspot.org/communities/impact-accelerator-washington-dc-2020/.
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SEED SPOT is nationally ranked by Gust as one of the Top 20 Accelerators in 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 supports local ecosystems empowering entrepreneurs through three programs: the Impact Entrepreneur Meet-up, the 2-Day Launch Camp and the Impact Accelerator.
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 supports entrepreneurs building products, services, and technologies that improve lives or communities. For more information, visit: www.seedspot.org.