After the competition, I won a Chunhui Cup trip (Chinese Oversea Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition) back to China and got a chance to investigate local government programs and funding options. Then I joined the University of Maryland Startup Shell (incubator). I just successfully finished the DC I-Corps program last week and I’m still developing the website. The Startright! competition definitely led me to a bunch of new opportunities and connected me with more people! I talked with some of the judges afterwards and they gave me very good advice. Winning the competition definitely brought my startup to a new level and accelerated the progress!
– Haiwen Ding, ICOW
We’ve had a big year! We’re happy to share that in 2014 we tripled our business and are continuing to grow. Our social media and online community is more and more vibrant every day, and we’re even producing a podcast now called Wellness Unlocked! We are moving into our expanded space in Downtown Silver Spring this month and plan to be in the full swing of things by April/May, offering a full set of wellness services, signature the workshops we’ve designed as well as guest-hosted workshops, and retail. Our lifestyle medicine boutique is now a reality.
The experience really marked an opportunity for us to take our hard work and bring it to the forefront of the business world, introducing ourselves to the community and economy as the passionate entrepreneurs that we are and saying, “We are here and we are ready!”
Please keep us looped in on the progress of this year’s competition. We are ready to vote online for the next great elevator pitch!
– Rachel, Joy and Sam, Third Space Wellness
Winning StartRight was one of the best days of my life. I felt such a connection with the other winners. For anyone looking into starting a business, it’s a wise decision to enter the contest. That alone will help with getting a sound business plan that, in turn, will propel getting the business off the ground. Being a StartRight winner helped us get recognition and also helped when looking for funds. Sometimes people even recognize me at different networking events. I would also like to thank MWBC for all the referrals.
– Brenda Stephens, Sunflower Health & Wellness Consultants