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20/20 Productions from Washington, DC is Honored to be Included in Prestigious Empact Showcase and Recognized at United Nations

Founder Otessa Ghadar among the United States’ “Showcase of Top Companies Started by Young Entrepreneurs.”

Washington, DC, October 09, 2014 --( 20/20 Productions today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Empact Showcase by Empact, an organization that celebrates the impact and diversity of young entrepreneurs.

Now in its fourth year, the Empact Showcase recognized Founder and President Otessa Ghadar as being among the United States’ “Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized alongside such innovative and bold leaders,” Ghadar said. “I started 20/20 Productions after identifying the need for support and encouragement of digital artists like myself. It’s been exciting to see 20/20 Productions grow as a production house and distribution channel, but also a platform for storytelling in the digital age.”

Empact Showcase companies were started and are run by entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under. In 2013, the companies comprising the Empact Showcase contributed more than 10,000 jobs to the economy, and controlled over $1 billion in revenue.

Founders in the Empact Showcase will be recognized for their achievements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in October. Past celebrations have taken place at the White House and United Nations.

“Young entrepreneurs are having a big impact on our economy, and it’s so powerful to have so many of these leaders in a room together,” said Sheena Lindahl, Co-Founder of the Empact Showcase. “Many of the companies are social enterprises that are also making a huge difference in people’s lives. It is never an easy road to build a successful organization, and we believe it’s important to celebrate all the spirit and grit these entrepreneurs have put into making the world a better place.”

About the Empact Showcase

In early 2014, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited to apply for the Empact Showcase.

Applications were then reviewed by Empact and Empact’s Academy of leading entrepreneurs, and include:

· Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member,
· Clifton Taulbert, Author and Speaker
· Richard Caruso, Founder and Chairman, Integra Life Sciences
· Elizabeth Gore, first Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation and Chair of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council
· Chip Paucek, Co-founder & CEO, 2U & Former CEO, Hooked on Phonics
· Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network & Syfy Channel & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises

The Academy selected honorees in several categories including the Empact100 (the top 100 companies in the Showcase), Most Disruptive, Largest Potential, Biggest Social Impact, and Best Female Founder.

Honorees were selected with factors including revenue, employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness coming into play.

For more information on the Empact Showcase, visit, or connect with Empact via Facebook at or Twitter at Please direct any questions to Empact Showcase co-founder, Sheena Lindahl, at

20/20 Productions is a full service distribution and production company, specializing in non-geoblocked, globally available programming. Based in DC, it provides video content to multicultural millennials with an edgy, educational bent that sparks cultural understanding and bolsters U.S. soft power. With over 25 hours of content watched in more than 145 countries, 20/20 has been recognized by The Huffington Post, the Human Rights Campaign and The Advocate, among others, for shaping our future digital landscape in a positive way. 20/20 is also the force behind the annual DC Web and Digital Media Festival. This year, DC Web Fest showcased all forms of digital media, from gaming to robotics to web series and more. A summit engaging 250+ world experts and innovators was also held. 20/20’s mission is to remain a thought leader at the vanguard of the industry, shaping the future of online communication and storytelling.

About Empact
Empact aims to facilitate a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world by exposing young people to entrepreneurship, convening entrepreneurs in peer support networks, and celebrating the vital role young entrepreneurs play in our economy. Empact has worked with over 500 colleges & universities, workforce development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers in the US and abroad to help promote entrepreneurship among aspiring entrepreneurs.

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