StartupHoyas Incubator

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The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, in partnership with the McDonough School of Business, launched its inaugural StartupHoyas Incubator for summer 2012.

The eleven-week program is a University-sponsored incubator that housed 15 student-run businesses in the Rafik BHariri Building.  The program is designed to support the successful development and launch of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services.  The companies worked out of dedicated breakout rooms in the Hariri Building and participated in various mentoring/advising/pitching/networking activities throughout the summer.

The program culminates in a Demo Day Pitch Event on August 2nd, from 5:00-7:30pm in Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu

For more information about the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, visit http://eship.georgetown.edu.

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2011 - Entrepreneurs In Residence Program Announced at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

Seasoned Entrepreneurs to Provide Mentorship to Georgetown Students

Date: 10/4/11

Washington, D.C. – A new Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will enhance the school’s growing Entrepreneurship Initiative across undergraduate and graduate programs university-wide.

“By providing our students access to these experienced professionals, the Entrepreneurship Initiative continues to grow meaningful connections between the vibrant entrepreneurship community in the Washington region and a new generation of budding self-starters,” said Jeff Reid, director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative.

The inaugural Entrepreneurs-in-Residence include Timothy P. Keenan, president and chairman of the board, High Performance Technologies Inc.; Alyssa Lovegrove, CEO and founder, New Venture Mentors; David Ross, health care innovation consultant, Janssen Johnson & Johnson; T. Richard Stroupe Jr., founder and managing principal, Crimson Holdings LLC; and Susan Wilson, founder and CEO of FundHer.

They are tasked with acting as mentors and advisors to students interested in entrepreneurial careers; participating on an expert panel in the new Entrepreneurship “Pitch Jack” Program held every other Friday afternoon; serving as guest speakers, competition judges, and curriculum advisors in the program; and participating in other Entrepreneurship Initiative projects.  

Timothy Keenan is president and chairman of the board of directors of High Performance Technologies Inc. (HPTi), where he has overall strategic and operational responsibility for  initiatives in developing systems technologies. As an original founder, he has helped to develop and grow the HPTi into a dynamic firm known for its combination of creative design and disciplined execution. The recipient of numerous awards, Keenan has received Ernst & Young’s Best Boss Award, GovCon’s Executive of the Year, the American Business Award for Best Executive, and the International Business Awards Executive of the Year in North America. He holds a B.S. from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University ad Edwardsville.  tpk36@georgetown.edu 

Alyssa Lovegrove is an experienced business professional with a career spanning the banking, management consulting, consumer retailing, and non-profit sectors in the United States and United Kingdom. She currently serves as CEO and founder of New Venture Mentors, a non-profit incubator and seed funding source for young adult entrepreneurs from underserved communities in the Washington, D.C., region. She began her career on Wall Street, but left to become co-founder of the Great Little Trading Company, a UK-based online and mail-order children’s household products retailer. She also has served as a consultant to both commercial and social sector start-ups and as a member of the London Business Angels network. She holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.   al948@georgetown.edu

David Ross is a healthcare innovation consultant working with Johnson & Johnson as part of the Janssen Healthcare Innovation group, where he uses his background as an entrepreneur, innovator, and implementer to help healthcare companies craft and deploy new business models and strategies to foster discontinuous innovation. He previously built technology-based businesses, leveraging his business understanding, engineering, software development, and technology skills to deliver innovative solutions and positive P/L results. He holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is a 2011 graduate of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. dr332@georgetown.edu

T. Richard Stroupe Jr. is a Washington, D.C.-based entrepreneur, investor, and advisor with experience in supporting mission-critical application development for the U.S. Federal Government. He currently is the founder and managing principal of Crimson Holdings LLC and an investing member of Blu Venture Investors LLC. Previously, Stroupe was the founder and CEO of TRS Consulting Inc, which was acquired by NCI Information Systems Inc. in 2009. Prior to TRS/NCI, Richard delivered software development and database administration support at Oracle Corporation, BAE Systems, and SAIC. Stroupe holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Appalachian State University and an M.S. in engineering management from The George Washington University. He also is a graduate of the Owner/President Management program from Harvard Business School. trs48@georgetown.edu

Fortune Top-10 Female Entrepreneur, Susan Wilson is the founder and CEO of FundHer, a social entrepreneurial venture that leverages crowd funding to directly fund female entrepreneurs, as well as founder of The Judgment Group, the industry leader in enforcing court-ordered money judgments. Wilson also was a founding member and served as second-in-command of liveprint.com, which eventually was sold to Kinko’s for $100 million. As a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor, Wilson was an internal auditor and financial analyst for Marriott International. Recently named among Baltimore’s SmartCEOs and one of Maryland’s People to Watch, Wilson also has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Collection Professionals. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and is in her final year at Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management program.  saw29@georgetown.edu

Pitch Jack

What is Pitch Jack?

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Pitch Jack is a venue for Georgetown University students from all schools and majors to discuss their entrepreneurial business ideas with accomplished entrepreneurs and get the feedback necessary to take their business to the next level. The format is casual and discussion oriented – it is not a competition – and is designed for students to engage in collaborative discussion with the experts in a comfortable environment.  Selected presenters will be given a 15- to 20-minute slot in which to maximize their feedback from a panel of 4-8 entrepreneurs, investors, and professors.

Who are the Experts?
The expert panel will consist of a mix of faculty members, local business people and Georgetown’s own “Entrepreneurs in Residence.” A roster of the panelists for their session will be provided to presenters before their Pitch.  Notable accomplishments of previous panelists include:

  • Starting, building and selling a $100 million defense contracting business
  • Successfully launching a multi-million dollar online merchant company
  • Starting and exiting multiple software companies
  • Investing in dozens of early-stage companies