This year the 2016 Georgetown Alumni Entrepreneur Award is being presented to three outstanding Entrepreneur Georgetown Alums. The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance present the award each year to outstanding alumni who have made significant contributions in the areas of business and entrepreneurship and Georgetown's ideals of giving back and being part of their local communities.
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance would like to congratulate the 2016 Alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year. The field of nominees was very competitive with a record-breaking number of nominations being received.
These distinguished Hoyapreneurs will be honored on campus at Entrepalooza, a celebration of Georgetown entrepreneurship that will take place on campus April 26 from 5pm -7:30pm. This event will be open to the public.
Introducing the 2016 GEA Alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year
Amy Wright (MBA '92) is the co-founder and CEO of Macro Solutions, an Information Technology Consulting Company focused on Enterprise Application and Agile Solutions. She founded Macro Solutions in 2000 and has grown the company from a small consulting practice to a leading provider of technology services. Macro Solutions was recently recognized by both Washington CEO Magazine and Bisnow for being one of the fastest growing companies in the Washington DC region.
David Fogel (F'93, L'97, MBA’97) has been a serial entrepreneur in the financial services sector. In his most recent venture, he serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of IndexIQ, a leading alternative asset ETF manager with nearly $2 billion in assets under management. David co-founded IndexIQ in 2006 with two partners, including another Georgetown graduate. In April 2015, New York Life, a Fortune 100 company with assets under management over $500 billion, completed its acquisition of IndexIQ.
Tom Raffa (B’76) founded Raffa, P.C. over a quarter century ago to service the needs of the nonprofit community. As an owner-partner, Tom turned his vision into reality by building a company designed to improve the business of nonprofits and to focus on its corporate and civic responsibility. Tom was named Business CEO of the Year for Social Value Leadership by Greater DC Cares in 2009 and one of the Top 50 CEOs in DC by CEO Magazine. He has earned the Volunteer Achievement Award from the Accountants for the Public Interest and has twice won SmartCEO Magazine's SmartCPA award.
Past recipients of the Georgetown Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award include Ted Leonsis (COL 77), founder of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Dan Berger (MBA’10), founder of Social Tables; David McCourt (C’79), founder of Granahan McCourt Capital; Craig Walker (MBA’91), founder of Uber Conference; Catherine Cook (B’11), cofounder of myYearbook.com; and Nicolas Jammet (B’07), Jonathan Neman (B’07), and Nathaniel Ru (B’07), the founders of Sweetgreen.
Ted Leonsis a '76 graduate of the Georgetown Business School, is a businessman, investor, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and former politician. He is a former executive of AOL and the founder and chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment making him the majority owner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics. His latest projects include the serving as a founding member of the Revolution Growth Fund and chairman of SnagFilms, which produced the documentary film Nanking. The film was honored with the 2009 News & Documentary Emmy Award. In 2010, he wrote the book, The Business of Happiness.
David McCourt a '79 graduate of Georgetown College, is a serial entrepreneur within the telecom and cable television industries. In 1982 he founded McCourt Cable Systems, his first company. Over his illustrious career, David has founded or acquired 14 companies in 7 countries around the world. He has received many prestigious awards including an Emmy for the children's series Reading Rainbow. Most recently, David launched ALTV.com, a digital TV platform designed to meet the needs of the four billion technologically underserved people around the world. David has also been recognized widely for his humanitarian efforts.
Dan Berger a 2010 graduate of the McDonough School, is the founder of the hospitality software company Social Tables. Dan has been recognized 40 Under 40 in the meetings industry by Collaborate Magazine, Event Innovator by BizBash, and named to Successful Meetings Magazine's "Most Influential" list.
Craig Walker a '91 graduate of the business school, is an social-entrepreneur in the Bay Area who is currently the founder and CEO at Dialpad, a next-gen communications start-up focused on making enterprise communications easy, delightful and powerful. Before Dialpad, Craig was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. His previous startup had was acquired by Google to become Google Voice in 2007.
Catherine Cook, a 2011 graduate of McDonough Business School, Catherine is the youngest recipient in the history of the GEA annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The co-founder of MeetMe, the public market leader for social discovery, Catherine was previously the co-founder of myYearbook that she started with her brother in 2005 at the age of 14. Catherine has been reported on extensively on CNBC, MTV, ABC News, Fox News, CosmoGIRL, BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CBS.
Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Newman and Nathaniel Ru, are all Georgetown graduates and co-founders of SweetGreen, a leading fast-casual chain for simple, seasonal, sustainable salad. Thought up as a senior class project, Sweet Green has grown to over 80 stores in 8 states with over 1,500 employees.