OweYaa - Startup of the Year

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Company: OweYaa, Brooklyn, NY
Company Description: OweYaa is a New York based social enterprise. OweYaa's web platform matches companies with highly-vetted veteran and military spouse candidates to work on remote internships. Our vision is to end veteran unemployment.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Startup of the Year - Business Services Industries

Nomination Title: OweYaa, a social enterprise startup aiming to end veteran unemployment.

Tell the story about what this nominated organization has achieved since January 1, 2016 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Begin this section with the date since January 1 2014 on which this organization began operations.

OweYaa is a NY-based for- profit social enterprise that matches companies with high-caliber military talent. OweYaa is a web app that matches employers with an ongoing pipeline of highly-vetted and skilled military interns that complete remote internship projects. OweYaa equips service members and spouses with the competitive tools and work experience needed to successfully transition into the civilian job market.

OweYaa was founded in 2014 by Luke Jenkins and Barika Edwards. The Founders are committed to creating systemic change for veterans returning home and spent a year researching the significant issues that prohibit meaningful employment for many of the military service members in the country. From this yearlong study, OweYaa launched in 2016 with great success! Within a few short months, OweYaa gave veterans and their spouses greater access to connect with employers from around the country. OweYaa candidates and employers collaborate together remotely on internship projects. These internship projects immediately started converting to remote employment for our candidates.

"We are proud that OweYaa give tremendous access to veterans and spouses that are limited by locale and still gives them the chance to work with some of the most innovative and growing companies in the country. Our vision is to end veteran and military spouse unemployment." - Barika Edwards, Founder & CEO

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this organization since the beginning of 2016 (up to 150 words).

-OweYaa has raised awareness about adding veterans and military spouses into the diversity and inclusion discussions within the tech community.
-While bootstrapping, OweYaa launched it's Alpha-phase of service in 2016 with a 40% military growth rate over 2015.
-OweYaa matched employers in the NYC-area to candidates from around the country with 100% internship project completion.
-OweYaa candidates have gained employment using OweYaa's career tools and internship projects have converted to employment for its military veteran and military spouse candidates.
-OweYaa expanded its partnerships to include educational partners that provide free tech-focused immersive education to OweYaa candidates. These coding bootcamps and career development tools are not covered under the GI Bill program.

Of the following measures of success, which ONE do you want the judges to most appreciate about your organization's story of achievement since the beginning of 2016?

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