Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

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"I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others...I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent."

Thomas Edison


Run and managed by the GW School of Business, the Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) strives to empower entrepreneurs by integrating academic objectives within GW’s business community. CFEE engages in research and other scholarly activities that make significant contributions to the fields of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, and New Venture Development. CFEE works with the GW School of Business and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), among other partners, to advance the School’s nationally-recognized achievements in the field of entrepreneurship education and to further promote entrepreneurship among students and throughout communities.

Subject areas of research include:

  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Leadership
  • Family Businesses
  • Managerial Issues Affecting Emerging Business Viability
  • Knowledge Management for Entrepreneurial Firms
  • Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Education for Women

CFEE aims to advance GWSB’s commitment to develop mutually beneficial programs that integrate academic objectives with the real needs of the University’s external business community.

Primary Initiatives include:

Pitch George Competition

The annual Pitch George Competition, held in Fall, is one of the George Washington University’s premier entrepreneurial initiatives organized by the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE).

The “elevator pitch” competition takes place each fall semester and allows young entrepreneurs (GW undergraduates and graduates) to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback on the viability of their business concepts and win startup capital.

The competition offers networking opportunities with entrepreneurs from the greater DC area as well as hands-on preparation for GW’s New Venture Competition – the top undergraduate and the top graduate winners automatically advance to the semi-finals.

Howard Hoffman Lecture Series

In the spirit of interfaculty collaboration and private sector participation, CFEE, through the Howard Hoffman Distinguished Lecture Series, brings together faculty, students, business leaders and members of the wider GW community for discussion on a variety of entrepreneurship issues. The series encourages philosophical reflection and practical experiences on problems and opportunities regarding entrepreneurship. Frequently, lectures are co-sponsored with other schools and departments. The series has served as a model for several of the successful University-wide forums for intellectual interchange that are now flourishing.

Howard Hoffman donated a generous grant to foster an entrepreneurial spirit and discussion at GW. It is our pleasure to honor him by continuing to host successful businessmen and -women, entrepreneurs, and local leaders as role models to GW students.

Past distinguished speakers include, among many others, Jim Kinsey, founder of AOL; Robert Johnson, CEO and founder of Black Entertainment; Louis Kane, founder of Au Bon Pain; and Linda Rabbit, founder of Rand Construction.

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