Are you a Georgetown alum pursuing a new business or social-impact venture?
Join us in Austin, Texas for the Inaugural Alumni Pitch Competition, hosted by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, on April 22, 2017 during John Carroll Weekend. A number of talented entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience to compete for a cash prize, pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges made up of successful entrepreneurs and alumni investors. While judges confer, you will be invited to a networking reception for an opportunity to connect with fellow Georgetown alumni, Hoyapreneurs and business leaders.
Over 1,000 Hoyas will come together in Austin during John Carroll Weekend, a trademark celebration of social, cultural, and intellectual engagement. Since 1952, John Carroll Weekend has assembled the global Georgetown community - alumni, parents, and friends - to celebrate the best of Georgetown in a different city each year. What better place to launch the GEA Inaugural Pitch Competition than Austin, a center of technology, entrepreneurship, and business.
To begin your application process, please complete the form below and tell us in a few words why your company and/or idea should have the spotlight in Austin. You will receive a confirmation email detailing next steps for submitting a 10-slide pitch deck that will complete your application. For more details on eligibility, evaluation process and judging criteria, please scroll to the bottom of the form.
Looking forward to hearing from you and best of luck!
Alumni Pitch Competition Guidelines & Protocol
*All submissions are due by January 20, 2017 at 5pm ET and must include a 10-page slide deck.
- A minimum of one Georgetown alumnu co-founder involved full-time in the day-to-day operations.
- The Georgetown alumnus founder must be represented at all pre-event conversations and serve as the pitch lead.
- Entrants must have a maximum of $1MM annual recurring revenue (ARR) or no more than $1MM in total funds raised.
- The pitched idea/concept/business must be the original work of the individual or team pitching.
Three finalists will be selected to pitch in Austin by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including: viability, growth potential and impact of the business, in addition to business acumen and background of the applicant. Judges will be announced in the coming weeks.
Entrants must apply and submit all background materials (maximum of 10 slide PowerPoint deck) via the GEA website by January 20, 2017 at 5pm ET. Each entry will be evaluated by a panel of judges and applicants maybe be asked to participate in virtual or in-person interviews if deemed necessary by the judges.
The selected finalists invited to pitch in Austin will be notified by February 1, 2017.
Finalists will be paired with an alumni mentor to help practice and hone their pitch presentation. Judges will be provided the PowerPoint deck provided in the application prior to the event.
Please note: All finalists will be responsible for securing and funding their own travel and room accomodations.
The Pitch Process
The Alumni Pitch Competition will take place in Austin, TX on Saturday, April 22nd during John Carroll Weekend. Details on location and specific timeframe will be announced in January.
Each team will be alloted a maximum of 8 minutes to pitch with an additional 7 minutes for Q&A. During this time, the judges may ask questions to help them better understand the product/service and/or business plan.
Teams will be able to use PowerPoint, visual aids or other items during their pitch. However, the presentation must stand on its own without a written business plan and it must be approved in advance by the GEA.
Host and Sponsors
The Alumni Pitch Competition is hosted by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance in partnership with the Georgetown University Alumni Association. This competition is taking place as part of the Georgeotwn Alumni Association's annual event, John Carroll Weekend. For more information about sponsoring this event, please email Maxim Wheatley, GEA Treasurer, at email@example.com.
Key Dates & Deadlines
- January 20, 2017 - All teams must apply using the entry form on the GEA website (above) and submit background materials as directed, by 5pm ET.
- February 1, 2017 - Selected finalists will be notified and invited to pitch at the live event in Austin.
- February 5, 2017 - Deadline to let GEA know if you are unable/unwilling to attend the live event in Austin.
- Week of February 13, 2017 - GEA mentors to connect one-on-one with finalists.
- April 1, 2017 - Finalists submit final presentation materials and a/v requirements.
- Weeks of March 27 and April 3, 2017 - Finalists must conduct a pre-event run through with GEA coaches no later than two weeks before the event.
- April 22, 2017 - Live event in Austin!
Confidnetiality is not guaranteed. Do not include any confidential material in your submissions.
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, GUAA nor its partners, may take take photographs and/or video of any materials used or made available by pitching individuals or teams during the competition for public relations purposes.
The GEA is not responsible for any costs associated with applying or attending the event in Austin. Travel accommodations and financing are the responsibility of the finalists.
Applicants and/or finalists may not contact judges from any round and judges are not to contact any participants during the course of the competition.
THE GEA AND ITS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRY IN ITS' JUDGEMENT THAT VIOLATES THE RULES OF THE COMPETITION OR IS NOT ALIGNED WITH THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPETITION.