Women entrepreneurs face significant challenges gaining access to capital, unconscious bias in pitch presentations, and access to resources to grow their business. In 2017 only 2% of the $85 billion raised in VC backing went to female-founded startups based in the U.S., according to data from research firm Pitch Book.
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance's first ever alumnae pitch competition, provides a platform where alumnae-led startups pitch their businesses, “Shark Tank-style”, to a live audience and a panel of alumnae judges. Q&A and feedback from alumnae judges in the entrepreneurial and venture capital spaces will follow each pitch. We are specifically looking for alumnae founded companies in early/pre-seed stages so that our panel of judges can help provide input help the presenting entrepreneurs continue to develop and grow their growing business.
Pitch Perfect will take place during the 2019 Georgetown University Women's Forum, March 28-29 in Washington, D.C. The Georgetown University Women's Forum celebrates Georgetown women from each of the nine schools and includes phenomenal keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. From law to business, policy to science and government, and technology to the public sector, the Forum features discussions on timely and intersectional issues while uniting and strengthening the Georgetown community.
Deadline for Applicants: March 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Finalist Announced: March 14, 2019
Finalist / Pitch Contest: March 28, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Pre-seed/early stage alumnae owned companies are encourage to apply
Your “pitch” should verbally outline an entrepreneurial concept or idea in a short period of time. Each contestant is given an allotted amount of time on stage to pitch their product or service (5-8 minutes).
Pitch Perfect: GEA Alumnae Pitch Competition is exclusive to Georgetown University alumnae.
The team must include a minimum of one alumnae of Georgetown (undergraduate or graduate degrees).
The alumnae founder must be represented at any pre-event conversations and must serve as the pitch lead during the competition on Thursday, March 28 from 4 - 5:15 p.m.
The winning company will be awarded a small cash prize and receive one on one guidance from the judges.
The GEA is not responsible for any costs associated with applying or attending the event in Washington, DC. Travel accommodations and financing are the responsibility of the finalists.
CONFIDENTIALITY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Confidentiality is not guaranteed in any way. If a team wishes to keep elements of their concept or idea confidential, the team should not include that information in their pitch. There is no way for the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, its affiliates, event sponsors or organizers to enforce a prohibition of other competitors, audience members or judges who see or hear a pitch from sharing the concept, idea, and/or materials with others.
By participating in Pitch Perfect: GEA Alumnae Pitch Competition entrants agree that the GEA, GUAA, and all related parties assume no liability, and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever for disclosures of information provided by a competitor as part of a submission or otherwise during the course of the competition.
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) between a competitor and the judges and/or audience members will not be required or allowed.
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, GUAA and 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.
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.