Venture Forward is a series of conversations with Georgetown entrepreneurs that explores the roads they’ve travelled to launch their companies, and the peaks, valleys, and unexpected turns that mark their paths.
Jacki Abbey (MBA ’97) is the host of Venture Forward, a new podcast from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The first season features award winning student entrepreneurs at Georgetown.
Episode 1: The OxiWear Story
Shavini Fernando (G ’18) founded OxiWear, a company developing a fashionable medical device that measures an at-risk person’s vital signs and immediately signals when those signs become dangerously low.
Episode 2: The Elenas Story
Zach Oschin (SFS’20) co-founded Elenas, a digital-direct sales platform, based in Bogotá, that allows Latin American women to earn an income selling beauty products in a modern and efficient manner.
Episode 3: The CAVALL Story
Juliette Silvain (B’20) is the founder of CAVALL, a mobile app that connects interested buyers and
sellers of sport horses at competitions.
Episode 4: The M’Panadas Story
Margarita Womack (EMBA’19) is the CEO of M’panadas, a wholesome food company that makes empanadas and sauces to fuel people looking for healthy snacks and meals on the go.
Episode 5: The Farley Craig Capital Story
Denis Craig (L’19) co-founded Farley Craig Capital, a venture fund that backs underrepresented founders and empowers new investors to participate in the venture-capital ecosystem.
Episode 6: The Truckr Story
Hannah Williams (B’19) developed Truckr, a mobile app that connects people to food trucks nearby to
provide a more convenient and efficient food truck experience.
Episode 7: The Happy Price Story
Sahaj Sharda (SFS’20) launched Happy Price, a company that sells access to a dynamic pricing algorithm that helps businesses price their products optimally.
Season Two Ep 1: The GOODProjects Story
Darius Baxter (C’15), Troye Bullock (C’16), and Danny Wright (C’16) were football players at Georgetown when they founded GOODProjects, an organization that is now impacting thousands of kids and their families in DC’s underserved neighborhoods.
Season Two Ep 2: Causal Design
Keith Ives is the Co-founder and CEO of Causal Design, an international economic consulting firm that helps organizations around the world use data and evidence to implement impactful programs and respond to crises.
Season Two Ep 3: Dafero
Lina Zdruli (G’17) founded Dafero, a company that creates delicious sugar-free sweets while providing employment and support to some of society’s most vulnerable women.
Season Two Ep 4: One Tent
Mackenzie Copley (C’15) founded One Tent Health, a DC non-profit that offers free HIV screenings to DC residents in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. His work has caught the attention of national and international health experts, including those at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Season Two Ep 5: Wild Willett
Catherine Nguyen (C’01) is a former lawyer who founded Wild Willett, a healthy snack food company that is changing the way people eat.
Season Two Ep 6: Patrick’s Pet Care
Patrick Flynn (C’09) is an animal lover and CEO of Patrick’s Pet Care, an award-winning pet care service with three locations in Washington, DC.
Season Three Ep 1: MGC & Events
Mary Giuliani (C’97), founder of MGC & Events, is a NYC event planner and caterer to the stars. When she’s not on TV sharing party tips with Rachael Ray, she is often designing sets for fashion shows or movie and TV premiers, and creating tasty dishes that complement the theme.
Season Three Ep 2: Latch
Luke Schoenfelder co-founded Latch in his mid-twenties and has grown it to a value of approximately $500M. The company has partnered with UPS and Walmart, among others, and successfully delivered three high tech lock devices, and the software behind them, to market.
Season Three Ep 3: GetWellNetwork (GWN)
Michael O’Neil, a JD-MBA, launched GetWellNetwork (GWN) while still a student at Georgetown. Over the past twenty years, he has grown it into a multimillion dollar company that has partnered with the largest hospitals in the US, and vastly improved the hospital experience for their patients. GWN is now expanding into the Middle East, Europe and Australia, and Canada.
Season Three Ep 4: Halo Top
Doug Bouton co-founded Halo Top and built it into $300 ice cream company that became a household name.
Season Three Ep 5: GOODTour
As racial tensions in the US bubbled over this summer, the co-founders of GOODProjects assembled a production team and traveled across the US to capture the voices of local leaders on the front lines.
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