Who likes to party? Apparently D.C. startups do — because they threw down in style at last night’s 50 on Fire party. The National Union Building was packed with 400 Washingtonians to celebrate the District’s best and brightest companies and people setting the D.C. scene on fire. We celebrated with the 50 winners and announced our 10 Inno Blazers!

For those of you who may not know, 50 on Fire is our annual awards ceremony that begins with hundreds of nominations from the community. DC Inno selects the 50 most compelling companies and individuals we deem to be the “hottest” in the city. This is gauged by moves they made in expanding and cementing their work in the community in 2017. Then, a panel of judges evaluates the 50 on Fire list and ranks companies in each category. After tallying votes, we have our Inno Blazers, a special designation given to the hottest company or person in each category.

Before we get to our awesome winners, we would like to say a huge thank you to this year’s judges: Tim Hwang from FiscalNote, Andy Medici from The Washington Business Journal and Dominique Taylor from 1776.

Alright…here’s the list of winners and the 50 on Fire video for those who were not able to make it last night!

50 on Fire Winners:


Rebecca Yarbourgh – Vinetta Project, The Offline Society

Penny Lee – 1776

Jessica Bell – The Washington Post


The Mentor Method

Melissa Bradley – Project 500

Brian Park – Startup Grind DC & Fishbowl Labs

Leslie Tita – I/O SPACES


David Shove-Brown – //3877

A Creative DC

No Kings Collective

Gavin Daniels – Wingate Hughes



Elizabeth Lindsey – ByteBack


Monica Kang – InnovatorsBox

Shanaz Chowdhery – General Assembly

Vadim Polikov – Legends of Learning

Real Time Cases

Government & Advocacy

Quorum Analytics

Ximena Hartsock – Phone2Action

G. Nagesh Rao


Archana Vemulapalli​ – Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia

Healthcare & Medicine 

Binary Fountain


Shawn Dolley – Cloudera

Qore Performance


humble ventures

Todd Klein – Revolution

Strategic Cyber Ventures

Lisa Cuesta – NextGen Venture Partners

Julia Taxin – Grotech Ventures


Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner, Republic Restoratives

Ariel Pasternak – pineapple DC

Alisha Ramos – Girl’s Night In

Cava Grill

Jason Fudin – WhyHotel

Febin Bellamy – Unsung Heroes

Marketing & Advertising

SpeakerBox Communications

Allen Gannett – TrackMaven

Gabriel Marketing Group

Erik Requidan – Intermarkets



Emily Dresner – Upside Travel

Ryan Croft – TransitScreen


Bill Cronin – Xometry

Amelia Friedman and Param Jaggi – Hatch Apps

Marla Blow – FS Card

The Inno Blazers

Community: Rebecca Yarbourgh, Vinetta Project

Design: David Shove-Brown, //3877

Education: EverFi

Government & Advocacy: Quorum Analytics

Healthcare & Medicine: Avizia

Investment: humble ventures

Lifestyle: Ariel Pasternak, Pineapple DC

Marketing: Speakerbox Communications

Technology: Appian

Check out the winners’ video:

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