DC Inno’s 50 on Fire identifies the hottest companies, organizations and people across a variety of categories, all operating within and around the city’s innovation economy. You can check out all of our previous 50 winners, starting in 2013, here.
In years passed, we announced a list of 150 finalists and, later, shared the 50 on Fire list at a big party. It was great, but following that big reveal, we immediately transitioned to end-of-year stories and topics.
So, in order to spend a little more time with the final 50 and truly spotlight the people and businesses that are heating up D.C.’s ecosystem, we’re doing things a little differently.
Today, we’re announcing the 50 on Fire nominees. This is a list of all the companies and individuals that were nominated over the past few months in 10 categories – Community, Design, Education, Government & Advocacy, Healthcare & Medicine, Investment, Lifestyle, Marketing & Advertising, Technology and Inno Picks. Congratulations to the 200+ nominees as someone thinks you’re special and on fire.
On Monday, we will post the 50 on Fire winners, chosen by DC Inno from this nominee list and our own internal nominations. Then over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see profiles, stories and more about a handful of these fast-moving companies. Once we announce the 50 on Fire winners we will invite each winner to an exclusive photoshoot on September 21 at WeWork White House.
By unveiling the 50 next week and gathering everyone at the event, we allow for the community as a whole to celebrate those that are driving D.C. forward. We invite you and your team, friends, family, finalists and nominees – and anyone that’s interested or invested in D.C. startups – to join us at a big party stocked with tasty bites, cocktails, craft beer in November.
At the event, we’ll toast the 50 and, because we love a big reveal, announce the 10 people and companies, one from each category, that a panel of esteemed judges have selected as the Inno Blazers (AKA category winners). Like with our previous 50 of Fires, the 10 Blazers will be unveiled via a video live at the event. Get tickets here.
Now, here are all the 2017 50 on Fire nominees! See you back on Monday to announce the 50 on Fire winners.
Bethany Kazaba, Neighborhood Retail Group
Black Girl Vision
Brian Park, Startup Grind DC & Fishbowl Labs
Svetlana Legetic, BrightestYoungThings
Catalogue for Philanthropy
Esra Ozturk, Arzo
Jeff Edelstein, Roadside Development, LLC
Leslie Tita, I/O SPACES
Rebecca Yarbrough, Offline Society
Steven A. Rodriguez, SUEGO
The Mentor Method
College to Congress
David J. Miller, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (School of Business)
Julia Alexander, ExecOnline
Katie Blot, Blackboard Inc.
Real Time Cases
Seth Andrew, Democrarcy Builders
Shanaz Chowdhery, General Assembly
Tonio DeSorrento, Vemo Education
Vadim Polikov, Legends of Learning
Government & Advocacy
Archana Vemulapalli, District’s Chief Technology Officer
Audrey Henson, College to Congress
Bryan Fratkin, SparkInfluence
Chris Ahn, Echelon Economic Development
Rachel DeCoste & Melissa Medina, Congressional App Challenge
G. Nagesh Rao, US Small Business Administration
Joshua Habursky, Grassroots Professional Network
Michael D. Gallagher, Entertainment Software Association
Sara Adland, Planned Parenthood
Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun Economic Development
Healthcare & Medicine
Hua Wang, SmartBridge Health
King John Pascual, 2016-2017 Health for America at MedStar Health Fellow
Meghan Gaffney Buck, VEDA Data Solutions
Geoff Willard, Cooley
Gordon J. Bernhardt, Bernhardt Wealth Management
Jen O’Daniel, CIT GAP Funds
Julia Taxin, Grotech Ventures
Katherine, Kiewel, 1776Ventures
Strategic Cyber Ventures
Aslin Beer Co.
Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
Reghe Ojaide, Reserve King
Shop The City
True Made Foods
Marketing & Advertising
AJ Meyer, GoKart Labs
Erik Requidan, Intermarkets
Gabriel Marketing Group
LaRhonda Burley, Washington Redskins
Liz Sara, Best Marketing LLC
AJ Jaghori, Solebrity
Alfresco Software, Inc.
Angel Rich, Wealthy Life
Bill Cronin, Xometry
Brazen Technologies, Inc.
Brian Ballard, Upskill
Bryson Bort, Grimm
Chip Moldenhauer, LawIQ
Desiree Dickerson, Atlas Research
Emily Dresner, Upside Travel
Justin Fishkin, Local Motors
Kelly O’Malley, ShoporNot
Lisa Cuesta, NextGen Venture Partners
Matt McNabb, Native
Michael Avon, ICX Media
Mike Donovan, Aquicore
Park My Cloud
Paul Murskov, HireKeep
Priyanka Komala, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Ryan Owens, WeddingWire
Sergei Dubograev, Pinxter Inc.
Shahar Abuhazira, Roboteam Inc.
Stephen McCarney, OPAQ Networks
Virgil Security, Inc.
You Mon, Tsang, ChurnZero
Alireza Khaligh, University of Maryland, College Park
Alyssa Thomas, The Data Incubator
Ashley Stafford, Elevated Events Group
Elizabeth Lindsey, Byte Back
Febin Bellamy, Unsung Heroes
Fors Marsh Group, LLC
FS Card Inc.
Jason Fudin, WhyHotel
Jessica Bell, The Washington Post
Jodie W. McLean, EDENS
Marla Blow, FS Card Inc.
Perianne Boring, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Rachel Adler, Fairfax County Economic Development
Rachel Kramer, Wildlife Conservation & TRAFFIC, World Wildlife Fund
Rina Shah, Run with Rina
Shawn Dolley, Cloudera
Squash On Fire
Steve Kaplan, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Up Top Acres