ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 2023 Accelerate Investor Conference, one of the most prominent gatherings of innovators and investors in the startup world, has concluded with the announcement of its winners and prize recipients. The conference, which took place November 1-2, showcased innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing together a diverse group of investors, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs, providing a platform for startups to pitch their groundbreaking ideas and technologies.
The top presenting startup, Mobius Scientific, a nanodisc company treating eye diseases was selected by a panel of expert judges, including Sally Allain, Head of JLABS @ Washington DC, Manesh Gupta, Founder and Managing Director, MAAN Ventures, Caren Merrick, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia, Tom Plofchan, Chief Investment Officer, Pangiam, and Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University. Mobius Scientific received a cash prize of $10,000 to support their business development and growth.
“The 2023 Accelerate Investor Conference showcased the incredible depth of gifted companies in our startup ecosystem. Among them, the pitches from finalist companies Mobius Scientific, Nanochon, Safire, and NanoBioFAB, impressed the panel of venture capital investors and VIP judges,” said Manesh Gupta, Managing Director of Maan Ventures. “As another stellar Accelerate program wraps up, we look to expanding further in 2024 as our region continues to grow and attract Mid-Atlantic and national venture investors.”
Prize recipients included:
- Life sciences company Nanochon, won a one year of engagement with JLABS @ Washington, DC, with access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS ecosystem and mentorship from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.
- NanoBioFAB, received the Shrivastava Family RISE Program prize on behalf of donor Sumeet Shrivastava (MBA '94) and his family, which was created to support an aspiring entrepreneur that is from the refugee and immigrant community.
- Answer This, a team from the University of Richmond was the recipient of the Student Competition receiving $5,000 cash prize based.
To stay up to date on next year’s conference, visit https://acceleratedeals.org/.
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