McCloskey New Venture Competition Announces 2021 Semifinalists

Author: Emily Tyson

The 2021 McCloskey New Venture Competition was held April 29-30.The 2021 McCloskey New Venture Competition was held April 29-30.

The McCloskey New Venture Competition is pleased to announce the teams advancing to the semi-final round in the 2020-2021 Competition. These teams have been working diligently all year under challenging circumstances, and have risen to the top as some of the Competition's most promising ventures!

154 teams submitted ideas initially. Teams were evaluated by nearly 300 judges and guided by individual mentors. The 30 semifinalists will submit a virtual pitch to a panel of judges and attend a virtual Q&A session. Teams chosen to continue to the Finals will compete virtually on April 30, pitching to a panel of carefully selected judges.

Two of the semi-finalist teams are led by current ESTEEM students and two teams are led by ESTEEM alumni. Overall, there are five current ESTEEM students on semi-finalist teams and four ESTEEM alumni.

Members of the public will be able to stream the final round pitches. The awards ceremony will be held immediately following the Finals, highlighting all the award winners, including the Grand Prize Winner!

The Finals will also be recorded and posted on the McCloskey New Venture Competition website.

Here are the teams who are advancing to the semifinals: 

  • Adaptive Arts
  • MOGL
  • Aleca
  • Mound Power
  • BLDzoom
  • OberCloud
  • Brain Drive
  • OnlineBar
  • Bust A Move
  • Privy-C
  • CANU
  • REM Materials
  • Capsule
  • Scriptulate
  • Digital Leader Academy
  • Sky Hammer
  • Frankly
  • Sleep Easy
  • FriendOver
  • Tessellated
  • GittaSitta
  • The Coda Group, Inc.
  • INDX
  • The EyeDriving System
  • Intrvene
  • Uni App
  • Juke
  • Wren Steamer
  • KUMBO Enterprise
  • Zokos


Public summaries of these semi-finalist teams are here.

Originally published by Emily Tyson at on March 11, 2021.