Calling all Founders: Georgetown's Summer Launch Program Now Accepting Applications

Interested in starting a business but don't know where to begin? Have an idea but need help developing it? Then the StartupHoyas Summer Launch Program is a perfect place to get started. The StartupHoyas Summer Launch Program is Georgetown's very own GU startup incubator program, right on campus. The program is specifically designed for students and graduates who have developed an idea for a new venture and want to see how far they can go. Startups accepted to the program will receive dedicated workspace on campus, active support from Georgetown faculty and mentors, introductions to local investors and entrepreneurs, and access to the broader DC startup community. 

The Summer Launch Program is open to GU students and alumni from all graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

  • Runs June and July 
  • 2-day orientation on May 31 and June 1
  • Weekly meetings on Tuesday afternoons from 2 - 5pm
  • Open House June 14 
  • Showcase event at 1776 on July 26

The program is designed for founders/teams who are working full-time on their startup idea over the summer months, and teams will be accepted on a rolling basis until spaces run out. The application consists of a simple google form and a copy of your executive summary. Once your application has been received, you will be invited to campus for an interview with the Summer Launch Program directors.
 
The Summer Program has helped many Hoya-founded companies gain early momentum, including:

  • Misfit Juicery
  • Sunniva Super Coffee
  • Riide electric bikes
  • Lulu's Ice Cream

For more information on applying email startuphoyas@georgetown.edu or visitstartuphoyas.com/summer

Announced: 2016 Georgetown Outstanding Alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance is thrilled to announce that Amy Wright (MBA '92), David Fogel (L '97, MSB '97) and Tom Raffa (C '76) will be awarded the 2016 Georgetown Entrepreneurs of the Year. 

Led by the Georgetown Alliance and nominated by the Georgetown alumni community, Amy, David and Ted was chosen by the GEA board for demonstrating a high level of innovation and excellence within the entrepreneurial community. All three are of diverse backgrounds and talents but are linked by a commitment to the Georgetown ideals of leadership, service and philanthropy. 

To learn more about their distinguished careers please click the links below to read their GEA interviews:

About the Georgetown Outstanding Alumni Entrepreneur Award:
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance began in 2012 as a way to further cultivate, engage and advance the alumni entrepreneurial community. This is the third annual presentation of the award and the highest honor bestowed by Georgetown to alumni entrepreneurs.

Previous winners include: 

2013
Catherine Cook (B’11), founder of My Yearbook
Nicolas Jammet (B’07), Jonathan Neman (B’07), Nathaniel Ru (B’07), Founders of Sweetgreen.

2014
Dan Berger (MBA ‘10), CEO, Social Tables, Washington DC
Craig Walker (MBA ‘91), CEO, Uberconference, San Francisco
David McCourt (C ’79), CEO, Granahan McCourt Capital, Boston

2015
Ted Leonsis (C '77)

The award will be given as part of Entreprelooza on April 26 on Georgetown's campus. You can RSVP to join the GEA in honoring the deserving awardees here: http://bit.ly/1WseBC1

 

 

 

 

April 26th Event: Entrepalooza a Celebration of Hoya Entrepreneurs

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Georgetown is no longer just a school for Presidents, Congressman and Supreme Court Justices. In the past decade Georgetown has taken dramatic steps to increase it's support and cultivation of a new generation of Hoya Entrepreneurs. We've certainly seen the fruits of these labors as successful companies and startups such as Sweet Green, Living Social, Luke's Lobsters, Modavanti, Lowercase Capital, Atlantic Media and others have taken the startup world by storm. Celebrate another successful year of promoting entrepreneurship with the GEA at our annual Entrepalooza event. Join us for end of year pitches by up-and-coming Georgetown student entrepreneurs followed by the Entrepreneur of the year awards. 

What:  Entrepalooza:  A celebration of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown

When: Tuesday April 26th 

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Great Room, Healy Family Student Center

Format: Pitches (until 6.15pm), followed by Entrepreneur of the year awards

February 18th Event: "Entrepreneurship is a force for good"

Entrepreneurship is the greatest force for good in changing the world. Join the GEA for a night that explores how startups are fusing social good with growing their bottom line and how companies are using entrepreneurship to change the world for the better. Hear from a few successful companies that are fighting for a larger purpose and listen to the pitches of the next generation of social entrepreneurs who plan to do good for good. 

What: Social Innovation Competition "Entrepreneurship is a Force for Good"

When: February 18th

Time: 7-8.30

Location: Fisher Colloquium, MSB

Format: Pitches and networking to follow

February 5th Event: Georgetown University Startup Career Fair

Are you a company or startup looking to recruit or hire top undergraduate or MBA level talent? Are you a student looking for a summer internship or job at exciting startups? Join the GEA at the annual startup career fair to find a match made in Hoya heaven.

Date:  February 5th

Format: Panel followed by networking session 

Location: MSB (classroom TBD)

Time: 5pm-7pm (exact time TBD)

Startup Hoyas Rocket Pitch Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following Hoya Entrepreneurs for their excellent pitches. 

Winner: Eric Wu (College 17) Team: AudioFork
Second: Scott Goldstein (SFS 16) Team: Smart Toilet
People's Choice: Kamar Mack ( College 19) and Dara Ladjevardian (College 19)  Team: OneTouch

Rocket Pitch is an open competition for undergraduates looking to launch an idea.  Contestants are asked to send a 30-second video introducing themselves and their ideas. The top twenty will be invited to give a 2-minute pitch at the event at McDonough Business School on November 17th and will compete for a top prize of $1000.

All the contestants pitches can be watched below in the following video: 

 








Annual StartupHoyas Rocket Pitch on November 17th

Join StartupHoyas for their annual Startup Hoyas Rocket Pitch (on November 17th)!

Rocket Pitch is an open competition for undergraduates looking to launch an idea.  Contestants are asked to send a 30-second video introducing themselves and their ideas. The top twenty will be invited to give a 2-minute pitch at the event at McDonough Business School on November 17th and will compete for a top prize of $1000.

Come out and support fellow and emerging entrepreneurs, mingle with fantastic seasoned entrepreneurs and listen to the final pitches on Tuesday November 17th from 7-8:30pm. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Interested in participating in the event?

Apply to pitch here... no business experience necessary!

Participating ventures must:
1) Submit a 30 second video submission on this Facebook Page
2) Submit one google form (http://goo.gl/forms/q1s1zvm9xL) per venture between 28th October - 9th November at 11:59pm

Tune in to our website for additional rules (http://startuphoyas.com/pitch-competitions/rocketpitch/)
 

Entrepreneurs in Residence will select the finalists by Wednesday, November 11th @ 9am. Finalists will be emailed by Wednesday, November 11th and are invited to attend the Founders Round Table on Friday, November 13th in preparation for the Rocket Pitch. 

Finalists must attend a mandatory dress rehearsal on Tuesday 17th. Everyone is welcome to attend!

The Final Rocket Pitch will take place in the Fisher Colloquium of the MSB on November 17th.

The 2015 Rocket Pitch winners will receive:
First Place: $1000 and a design workshop from our sponsor EchoUser
Second Place: $500
People's Choice: $250