2020 GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA)

GW Summer Startup Accelerator

What It Is

The GW Summer Startup Accelerator (GWSSA) is a capstone entrepreneurship experience for GW's most ambitious student startups. This intensive, 9-week, residential summer program supports a select group of student entrepreneurs to go “All In” to launch their companies. The program provides these students with the knowledge, funding, mentorship, peer support, and resources necessary to become “fundable” business ventures.

The accelerator’s greatest benefit is to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to spend nine weeks working full time with a cohort of other young entrepreneurs. Participating students receive free housing on campus and a living allowance for the duration of the program.  


The GWSSA’s curriculum is an intensive set of workshops and activities that help startup ventures fill in any holes in their business model, financial projections, product development plan, and go-to-market strategy. The end product is a rock-solid pitch document backed up by vetted details that enable startups to make credible pitches to prospective investors. 

In the accelerator, the student entrepreneurs get connected to the right advisors, partners, coaches, and funders through networking events and a database of hundreds of supporters in the GW entrepreneurial ecosystem.  At the end of the GWSSA, the teams will pitch their ventures to scores of angel investors and early-stage venture capitalists (VCs) in the Showcase and Demo Day

The GWSSA accelerates highly promising ventures, transforming them from GW student teams to startup ventures that are fundable and can make credible pitches to angel investors or VCs. Other goals for the program are to launch companies, launch products, get companies to revenue and prepare companies to get to scale.

List of teams accepted into the 2019 GWSSA Cohort:

District Connect Our solution is a mobile grocery store that provides healthy, and affordable food. Serving right where people need it most. Team: Gabby Levet (SPH '21), Winona Francis (GWSB Alum)
Dulceology An online bakery that engages clients through social media and connects with customers through seasonal pop-up shop experiences. Team: Edith Leiva (Corcoran '20), Andrea Nicole Leiva
Envirobe Envirobe is an engineered consortium of plastic eating microbes intended to increase landfill lifespans and revenue by up to 5%. Team: Manyung Emma Hon (SEAS '20)
Last Call An online marketplace that enables businesses to discount their surplus food and provide more affordable meals. Team: Erin McGeoy (GWSB Alum), Sri Varre (ESIA '22)
Perpetua Perpetua presents Meerkat, a climate-controlled glovebox that makes it possible to use modern point-of-care medical labs in the developing worlds. Team: Randall Ray (SMHS '22), Parker Johnson (SEAS '19)
Pocket Palette The Pocket Palette is the first and only single-use full face, travel makeup kit. Team: Lynda T. C. Peralta (GWSB Alum), Tiare Fuentes
Vaulted Vinyl We are the Premium POP! Vinyl Protection Company. Top-tier protection for Funko Pops all over the world. Team: Shane Kemp (CCAS '19)
Viva Vita Viva Vita makes aging engaging with empowering virtual-reality technology. Our hassle-free services bring new life to seniors and their caregivers. Team: Carleigh Berryman (GWSB '19), Ashwath Narayanan (CCAS '22)
Voxion Voxion provides a user-friendly and cost-effective solution for consumer facing businesses to build custom voice applications. Team: Sam Bunger (SEAS '21), Saramarie Puzzanghera (SEAS '22), Nathaniel Bury (SEAS '22), Ryan Fornara
WATTerWagon The WATTerWagon increases water carrying capacity and eliminates strenuous labor for hundreds of millions living in rural water-scarce regions. Team: Jagan Doodala (CCAS '19), Christian Trummer (SEAS '21)



If you have any questions, contact:
Lex McCusker
Director, Student Entrepreneurship Programs
George Washington University