Entrepreneurial Research

The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship encourages and supports entrepreneurial academic research through collaborating with various university departments and outside groups.

Department of Management // Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Established in 2005, the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) strives to empower entrepreneurs by integrating academic objectives with the university'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 entrepreneurial leadership, family enterprise, and emerging business development (small and medium enterprise development). The team at CFEE works closely with the GW School of Business and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

International Council for Small Business

Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization, which currently has 12 country-based or regional affiliates, brings together educators, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. ICSB is a registered 501(c)-3 tax-exempt organization in the State of California’s Franchise Tax Board.

This year, from October 11 to October 13, the ICSB will host its 3rd Annual Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference in Washington DC. This annual event offers a unique perspective for delegates connecting leading research on small and medium sized enterprises to public policy implications for the entrepreneurs and job creators so critical in today’s global economies. For more details on the conference and how you can get involved or can simply attend, please review the ICSB-GW official website.

The first day of the conference, Thursday (October 11th), is Database Day and will provide an overview of current developments in data bases designed for assessment of new firms. Friday (October 12th) is Public Policy Day and includes keynote presentations and all public policy focused events. Research and workshop presentations, as well as special training sessions, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (October 12th and 13th). Opportunities for networking and engagement with partners are available. Among the ICSB partners for this conference are the World Bank and IFC, VISA Inc. and VISA Small Business, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED), and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).

Hot Mommas® Project

The Hot Mommas® Project is an award-winning social venture that pairs the world’s largest digital case study library of female role models with cutting-edge teaching tools. The result? Confidence and key success factor increases of up to 200 percent among women in Gen Y, Gen X, and beyond. The team is Coleman Foundation Case Award winner, and its leader, Kathy Korman Frey, is a NAWBO Woman of Distinction Award recipient. Mrs. Frey is also GWSB's Entrepreneur is Residence, who was recently named one of the top 100 most desirable mentors by GenJuice, an online resource for young adults. Mrs. Frey is also a professor at in the GWSB Department of Management, where she teaches her award-winning Women Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative course.