GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Nov. 9, 2017 -- The Michigan Women's Foundation awarded GO Scavenger Hunts $5,000 as the second place winner in the growth category of its annual West Michigan Dolphin Tank pitch competition for women-owned startups.
Over 100 companies applied to be part of the competition, and nine startup companies delivered live pitch presentations to a panel of leading investors, academics and entrepreneurial innovators during a day-long event focused on entrepreneurship and supporting women-owned startups.
GO Scavenger Hunts (GOSH), a women and veteran-owned company, is a people-centered, business-to-business strategy and corporate culture development firm based in Grand Rapids. It offers an attractive alternative to typical team building, fundraising and family celebrations, using the powerful combination of a smartphone app with real-world interaction to help companies like Pfizer, John Deere, Mercedes Benz and BDO build trust and reward employees. GOSH has expanded nationally beyond Michigan in the past three months to run hunts across the country, in places like Philadelphia, Times Square, St. Louis, MO and Richmond, VA.
"The caliber of companies we were up against was truly phenomenal, and I imagine the women we met through the competition will remain close allies," said Jill Hinton Wolfe, co-founder of GO Scavenger Hunts. "With this prize money, we'll be able to fund a booking software upgrade that will help fuel our growth for the next five years."
"This is a great honor, and we want to thank the Michigan Women's Foundation and Consumers Energy for hosting such a successful event and recognizing the impact that GO Scavenger Hunts will have on the Michigan economy,” said Carol Distel, co-founder at GO Scavenger Hunts. “Our innovative approach helps people connect in real-time over shared experiences that boost trust, creativity and problem solving. Thank you again to MWF for all their support."
We couldn't be more thrilled! Due to a ton of growth and the amazing support of our community and clients, Distel Wolfe and GR Scavenger Hunt have officially merged and become GO Scavenger Hunts! So whether you're looking to host an awesome family celebration (i.e. birthday, bachelorette. etc.) or hold a team building event that leaves trust falls and team dinners in the dust, we can help — anywhere in North America (and several places globally)!
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Fall means back-to-school, and for GO Scavenger Hunts, it also means a new intern! We're thrilled to have GVSU junior Elliot Rieth aboard helping us with everything from running hunts to managing our social media. Welcome aboard, Elliot!
What were you like in high school?
In high school I was a member of my school’s rowing team, participated in several variety shows, and occupied my free time with a close knit group of friends. I was involved in sports, academics, and choir; so my time was often busy.
What new thing could you teach me in 5 minutes?
I pride myself in my many pursuits; such as singing, guitar, rowing, and many other hobbies I’ve picked up along the way. I love to teach people how to row, as I think it’s an important life skill to have. I’ve learned to teach people the basic relatively quickly, but it is a complicated sport that takes years to master, so I could never truly teach anyone everything there is to know.
What inspires you?
I am constantly finding inspiration from the people around me. From my father and grandfather, to friends of mine pursuing their passions, I am always finding new ways to view life and motivate myself. I believe that my biggest inspiration is my father. He shows me to constantly stick with what I love to do while valuing hard work. He is one of the most dedicated and kind people I know, and I aspire to be like him.
What Do you want to do when you grow up?
For my career, I want to eventually work a job that allows me to provide entertainment and joy to people. Potentially entertainment PR or event planning and promotion. Either that or I would like to open my own PR firm, so I can work with as many different fields as possible.
Why did you apply for this internship, and what do you hope to get out of it?
I found interest in this internship because I really like the service that Go Scavenger Hunts provides for people. I like that the scavenger hunts provide a new way to get to know people while also having fun. I am most excited to work directly with the hunts and to see how different people experience each hunt.
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about the outdoors and designing surprising and unique challenges for all sorts of clients, all over the world.