2021 GW Summer Startup Accelerator Showcase

Join us for an exciting look at 8 early-stage ventures in the 2021 GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA) Showcase!

2021 GW Summer Startup Accelerator Showcase

About the Showcase

The 2021 GWSSA Showcase highlights GW’s best student and recent alumni business, startups, and social enterprises and their products and services.

The 3rd GWSSA showcase is the cohort's culminating event, marking the end of the 9 week program. Join us for an exciting look at 8 early-stage businesses and social enterprises, presenting opportunities for our GW alumni and community of connectors and inventors in our entrepreneurial ecosystem to find ways to add value for these world-changing ventures.

Each venture will present a 6-minute pitch about their venture, progress though the GWSSA, and clearly articulate asks for the audience.

The final Showcase is traditionally a private invite-only event for investors and mentors. This year's final showcase will be hosted online and we are opening it up to include any supporters, friends, advocates, fans, customers, and potential partners of these amazing eight ventures.

The 2021 GWSSA Cohort

AI for All

AI for All LLC helps businesses bring customer trust to AI systems and products.

Team: Farhana Faruqe (GSEHD Doctoral Candidate), Larry Medsker (GW Professor)


Bèlsou is a beauty-tech platform that inspires smarter skincare purchases by providing consumers tailored access to products, services, and professionals based on their skincare needs.

Team: Shanice Black (GWSB MBA '20)


HappyPlate is a marketplace where people with health problems find fresh ready-to-eat meals to meet their dietary demands.

Team: Michael Tadesse (GWSB MBA '22)

Inspire to Excel, LLC

Inspire to Excel, LLC is a training and coaching company that empowers women to achieve their dreams. We offer training courses, resources/tools that aid goal achievement, coaching programs, and speaking/facilitation services. As a for-profit social enterprise, Inspire to Excel measures success in 3 ways: women empowered, revenue generated, and people positively impacted.

Team: Erica Walls (GW Professor)


OTGBaby provides worry-free diaper changing for on-the-go families. Its patented diaper changing backpack called "The Go Bag" combines the best features of a diaper bag with the necessary function of a changing pad creating the perfect combination of luxury, function, and style. "The Go Bag" eliminates the unnecessary stress for parents when attempting to find a clean, convenient and comfortable place to change a baby's diaper away from home.

Team: Brett Guterman (GWSB BS '22)

Sa'akom Farms

Sa'akom Farms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the alleviation of poverty in Cambodia through the implementation of innovative, vertical hydroponic farming technologies.

Team: Calista Amrell (CCAS BA '21), Lucas Vining (CCAS BS '22)

Terrae Packaging

Terrae Packaging is a full-service, sustainable beauty packaging design and consultation firm. We provide design and brokering services to beauty companies who are looking to adopt eco-friendly, plastic-free packaging.

Team: Simone Vaillancourt (GWSB BBA '23)

Tesfa Medical Center, LLC

Tesfa Medical Center, LLC (TMC) improves cancer outcomes for its patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. TMC, the first outpatient cancer center in Ethiopia, combines mobile diagnostics, outpatient treatment and innovative telehealth to support patients through their cancer journey.

Team: Leelie Selassie (GWSB MBA '21), Jaime Sarmiento-Monroy (GWSB MBA '21), Brendan Jones (GWSB MBA '21)

About the GWSSA

The GWSSA is a capstone entrepreneurship experience for GW's most ambitious student and recent graduate startups. This intensive, 9-week, summer program supports a select group of student entrepreneurs who are ready to go “All In” to launch and scale their ventures. The program provides these students with the knowledge, funding, mentorship, peer support, and resources necessary to become “fundable” business ventures.

The accelerator’s greatest benefit is to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to spend nine weeks working with a cohort of other entrepreneurs.

The GWSSA’s curriculum is an intensive set of workshops and activities that help startup ventures fill in any holes in their business model, financial projections, product development plan, and go-to-market strategy. The end product is a rock-solid pitch document backed up by vetted details that enable startups to make credible pitches to prospective investors.


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.