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Investment in LXMI

We are proud to announce that CompanyFirst has made an investment in LXMI​. So excited to be working with Leila Janah​ and her team to help build this awesome brand with such amazing products and a social mission to give work and help lift people out of poverty! Back to News

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Chicago Booth 2017 New Venture Challenge Winners

The finals were held for the 2017 Chicago Booth New Venture Challenge and the results are in. Congrats to ALL the participants and winners of this year’s competition…each year the field just gets more and more impressive! Special shout out to my friends at Ezza (presenting in picture above) who won third place and took home $75,000! Very proud to …

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Mary Scarpulla Joins CompanyFirst Team

Mary Scarpulla

We would like to welcome Mary Scarpulla to the CompanyFirst Team. Mary will be spending the summer with CompanyFirst in between her first and second year at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mary’s experience spans strategy consulting, general management, and finance including roles at Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, and Merrill Lynch. Mary graduated from Northwestern University with a …

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2017 Chicago Booth Social New Venture Challenge

Congrats to the participants and winners in the 2017 Chicago Booth Social New Venture Challenge! The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has announced the winners of the 2017 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), the social impact track of the university’s nationally ranked New Venture Challenge. Winners received a total of $100,000 in venture funding. For the full story …

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Back to the Roots on NYC School Menus

Back to the Roots

Last summer, Kellogg discontinued two Kashi cereals, Berry Blossoms and Honey Sunshine, that were on the breakfast menu of the New York City public schools. But instead of replacing them with other Kellogg cereals, the schools opted to buy Back to the Roots cereals because of their better nutritional profile and organic ingredients. That’s a pretty big win for a …

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Social New Venture Challenge Teams Announced

SNVC

Congrats to the 14 teams accepted into phase II of the 2017 John Edwardson Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC). The SNVC is the social impact track of the University of Chicago’s business launch program, the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC). Read More | Back to News

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Phase II Chicago Booth NVC Teams Announced

Chicago Booth NVC

Congrats to the 30 startups that have been selected to move to Phase II of the Chicago Booth New Venture Challenge (NVC). They will develop their business plans and pitches in the NVC class at the end of which 10 will be chosen to move forward to a final competition. Read More | Back to News

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Introducing CompanyFirst

I am very excited to announce today the launch of CompanyFirst. I am extremely proud of the many great people that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years, and CompanyFirst embodies the culmination of the lessons that I have learned as an entrepreneur, an investor, a mentor, and a mentee. Thank you for visiting…check back here to see …

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