We Believe

Innovation and entrepreneurship are mindsets, with creative problem-solving at the core.

We partner with GW faculty and staff to augment their curricula with

high-value, experiential learning opportunities available only at GW.


Since its founding in 2010 under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship has provided critical support for innovators and entrepreneurs at GW and the broader Mid-Atlantic Start-up community. GW students and faculty who have participated in OIE programming have launched over 350 startups and raised over $1 billion in follow-on financing. 



Ventures started through OIE programming with over $1 Billion in follow-on funding.


Students, Faculty, and staff participated in the NVC since 2009.

$3.2 M 

Funding received from the National Science Foundation I-Corps Program since 2013




GW OIE Mentors working with students


Our Mentors-In-Residence guide teams through the customer discovery journey — meeting innovators before they even have a finalized idea, and continuing with them throughout commercialization, as part of a long-term relationship. Mentors provide consistent oversight and direction, evaluating progress milestones and assisting in interpreting market signals.

They help teams develop strong, validated business models, minimum viable products and go-to-market strategies, preparing them for acceleration and investment. Meet with an experienced entrepreneur about your startup. 

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Western Market Workplaces

I + E Lab at Western Market Workspaces 

The GW Innovation+Entrepreneurship Lab (I+E Lab) in Western Market provides all the physical and intellectual resources current GW students and faculty need to develop and grow, including one-to-one advising, office hours with industry experts, workshops, and events. 

The I+E Lab is open by appointment only. Appointments can only be made for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 10 am - 4 pm. Max appointment time is 3 hours to work in the space. 

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GW Innovation Exchange

Looking for a Collaborator or Teammate? Try GW Innovation Exchange!

The GW Innovation Exchange is an online community for those interested in entrepreneurship, new ventures, startups, and social and civic enterprise creation. This community offers students, alumni, and professionals the ability to find potential collaborators, teammates, and connect with the GW community as an alum or expert.

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Introduction to Lean Innovation

Where to Start? Register for an Introduction to Lean Innovation Session!

The OIE invites our entire community to attend a short introductory workshop, offered monthly, to learn how savvy innovators take this first step - they talk to humans! This workshop is for anyone who hopes to solve a global problem, start a new business, or even develop a new product. This is also the starting point for anyone interested in I + E or our GW Global network of entrepreneurs.

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