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."
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.