CVP Helps Pick Winners in GWU Entrepreneurial Contest

Apr 20, 2016 | News Release

Fairfax, VA – April 20, 2016 – Customer Value Partners (CVP) congratulates HomeGrown Farms, the winner of its Prize for Best Technology-based venture, which it funds as part of the George Washington University New Venture Competition. The startup was also the overall top winner of the competition, getting four other awards, including First Prize, and supplemental in-kind prizes. HomeGrown Farms is a New Jersey-based micro-hydroculture indoor farming venture that plans to hook up with grassroots organizations to grow and retail fresh, organic vegetables to urban communities.

CVP CEO Anirudh Kulkarni, sponsor of the Kulkarni Prize for Best Technology-based Venture, sat on the panel of judges that evaluated oral presentations and determined the winners from among the 10 finalists. The final round took place April 19, 2016, at the GWU Foggy Bottom campus.

“The high quality of the presentations, the cross-disciplinary nature of the teams that pulled talent from different schools, and an evidence-based understanding of their target markets, set these teams apart.” said Mr. Kulkarni. “It was inspiring to hear these young men and women put forth their ideas on how to change the world.”

CVP CEO Anirudh Kulkarni (on the right) hands over the $7500 prize for Best Technology-based Venture to the HomeGrown Farms team—CEO Parth Chauhan, Pranav Kaul, Raghav Garg, and Zeel Patel—at the GWU New Venture Competition on April 22.

CVP CEO Anirudh Kulkarni (on the right) hands over the $7500 prize for Best Technology-based Venture to the HomeGrown Farms team — CEO Parth Chauhan, Pranav Kaul, Raghav Garg, and Zeel Patel — at the GWU New Venture Competition on April 22.

This year there was $130,000 in cash awards and over $140,000 in in-kind prizes. The process had started in early January when 106 venture teams delivered their initial applications. Eligible teams presented written business plans on March 1 and the field was pared down to the finalists. GWU provided participants with business skills training and support for early stage entrepreneurs and social startups.

Categories include social ventures that engage communities and address socially embedded problems, international ventures, technology-based ventures, sustainable energy and infrastructure, and older adult-focused innovation, veterans and audience choice.

Mr. Kulkarni is a GWU School of Engineering and Applied Science alumnus both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A full account of finalists and winners is available on the New Venture Competition site.

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