Leonsis Prize Winners

Congratulations to our Winners

2016 Winners

Misfit Juicery, founded by Ann Yang (SFS ’16) and Phil Wong (SFS ’15), received $30,000. Misfit Juicery combats food waste by turning cosmetically defective fruits and vegetables into cold-pressed juice. With More than 50 stores in D.C. and New York City currently carry Misfit products. After winning the prize they were featured in Fast Company, Vogue, and Inc. Magazine. They also have formed partnerships with The Economist, the Chobani Food Incubator, and Dig Inn. Their clients include Philz Coffee, Eataly, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Hemeos, led by Doug Grant, John Fernandez, Onik Quddus, and Craig Poland – all 2016 graduates of the Georgetown McDonough MBA program – received $20,000. Hemeos is an independent blood stem cell registry that uses a compensation model and focuses on recruiting minority donors. They are developing the necessary software to operate the registry, meeting with hospitals across the country, and have recruited about 2,000 donors. After winning the prize they have had three Hopsitals use Hemoes on behalf of their patients and been selected as finalists for the VOLT technology fund which offers up to $250K in convertible debt to early stage companies.

2016 Finalists

Fat Cat, founded by James McNamara (L ‘16), received $1000. After winning the prize they developed plans to launch in a federal agency, state agency, and a local school.

MicroCoaching, founded by Emre Ruhi (MBA ’17), Dwight Stalls (MBA ’17), and Dan Tasch (MBA ’17) received $1000. After winning the prize they have gained over 200 users, and 250 hours of coaching sessions. They have also won the SoFi Entreprenurship Compeition and are finalists for DC Inno’s Tech Madness competition.

Sunniva Caffe, founded by Jake DeCicco (B ’16) received $1000. After winning the prize they are now available in over 200 locations from Richmond Virginia to New York City. They have had their biggest production run of 225,000 bottles of Super Coffee and supply Facebook’s offices in Austin, Texas. They have also won the BeyNet’s New Beverage Showdown for the national new beverage of the year 2016.