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GW New Venture Competition Alumni Panel

January 27 @ 17:00 - 18:30 CST

Interested in competing in the 2021 NVC? Hear from past NVC winners and competitors about their experiences in the competition!

The GW New Venture Competition (NVC) is the 3rd largest collegiate entrepreneurship competition in the US and provides GW students, faculty, and alumni with real-world experiences in entrepreneurship that can’t be replicated anywhere else.

In 2021, the GW New Venture Competition (NVC) is giving away $500,000 in cash and prizes to participating GW students in three tracks, Tech Ventures, Social Ventures, and New Ventures.

Thinking of entering the competition yourself or curious about what it’s like to participate? Find out from our past NVC student alumni panel. Plus learn about their tips on how to make it to the NVC finals and what they wish they knew before applying. Join us for a great panel discussion with our NVC alumni panelists.

About the Panelists:

Lucas Vining

Lucas Vining is a scientist, student, and entrepreneur working in the biotechnology and sustainable development industries. His first company, Ichosia Biotechnology, at which he is the founder and CEO, is leveraging novel genetic engineering and stem cell technologies to create a proprietary red blood cell product, called Erythrosyn. In the year the company has existed, Lucas has raised over $150,000 in non-dilutive funding, including a combination of both national and international business competitions, academic grants from leading research universities, and research grants from the federal government.

Using the entrepreneurial skills learned at Ichosia, Lucas more recently founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Sa’akom Farms, which is dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and promotion of education in the Southeast Asian country Cambodia, where Lucas was born. Lucas has also been featured on the Washington Business Journal’s 2020 DC Inno 25 Under 25 list as well as multiple other awards recognizing pitching, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Carleigh Berryman

Carleigh Berryman (GWSB ’19) is the founder and CEO of Viva Vita, a startup that delivers virtual reality to retirement communities for enriched quality of life for seniors. A life-long entrepreneur, Carleigh had several businesses and pop-up shops throughout her undergrad career and competed in the NVC twice. With winnings from the NVC and support from the GW I&E department, Carleigh jumped into the unknown post-graduation and with the launch of her company. To date, Viva Vita has delivered the power of virtual reality to hundreds of seniors and is on its way to becoming a nationally recognized provider.

About the Moderator:

Simone Vaillancourt

Simone is a sophomore in the GW School of Business and is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about environmentalism and currently serves as the founder and CEO of a sustainable beauty packaging company. As a semifinalist in the 2020 GW New Venture Competition, Simone gained valuable feedback and skills that she plans to carry into this year’s competition, as well as her role at the OI&E. While serving as an Entrepreneurial Fellow, Simone will assist the OI&E with event planning, marketing, and workshop development. In addition, she hopes to help craft events that focus on startup marketing and sustainability in entrepreneurship.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.