About Us

The George Washington University (GW) Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIE) is housed under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The Office provides programming around innovation, education, venture creation, and making connections to support GW entrepreneurs and the Mid-Atlantic startup community.

Founded in 2010, OIE has worked with thousands of students, faculty, and alumni, and serves as a focal point for entrepreneurship at GW. It leverages the unique strengths of our university's schools in the nation's capital to serve society at large through the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship. 


James (Jim) Chung

Associate Vice President for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Kate Heath

Director, Student Entrepreneurship

Bob Smith

Director, I-Corps at GW

Sean Connelly

Administrative Supervisor

Mohammad Dembele

Office Operations Associate

Wince Glory

Web Developer

Sarah Leary

Program Manager

Kerry Slattery

Program Manager, International Entrepreneurship



Student Team

Elizaveta Volkova

Sophomore Class of 2025



2023 Mentors

Irfan Ali

President and CEO, Recurrent Computing, Inc.

Commercialization / Marketing / Team Building

Nazlin Bhimji

Director of Programs at Global Good Fund

Social Venture / International Business / Startup Finance

Jeff Cummings

Mentor for various entrepreneurship programs

Sales & Marketing / Accounting / B2G (Business to Government)

Lokesh Dani

Founder and CEO, Xopolis

Strategy / Research

Karl Ginter

Serial entrepreneur & mentor to early stage companies.

Product Development / Startup Finance / Management

Gary Grenter

Principal Consultant at Alpha-Flow Management Consulting

MedTech / Product Development / Management

Kate Heath

Director, Student Entrepreneurship

Marketing / Innovation

Bob Smith

Director, I-Corps at GW

Entrepreneur and Instructor