GWomen - Women's Entrepreneurship at GW

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GWomen, and its inaugural Entrepreneurship Pathway, empowers and accelerates GW students committed to women's entreprenurship.

We’re building a community of GW students who are equipped with the resources, knowledge, network, and skills to transform an idea into a successful business. Join us and the most innovative students on campus!

GWomen Entrepreneurship Pathway programming focuses on:

  • Creating on-ramps for students committed to women's entrepreneurship
  • Developing networks and resources
  • Increasing funding of and capital raising
  • Building a robust GW community that supports women's entrepreneurship

GWOMEN X SPRINGBOARD

GWomen and Springboard Enterprises partner to bring the first-ever adaptation of Springboard’s flagship programming for entrepreneurs to university students.

Springboard Enterprises (which has raised $9.5B in capital for women entrepreneurs) has pledged to adapt their signature boot camp for up to 10 GW students. The 2-day boot camp includes intense training, pitching, mentorship, and networking. Springboard builds a long-term team of advisors around each entrepreneur.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS:

  • 2-Day Bootcamp - We recruit, qualify, & select student entreprenuers for this program which includes pitching, mentoring, and networking.
  • Tailored Advisory Period - We assess critical short-term needs and match each entrepreneur with a relevant strategic advisor.
  • Lifelong Network - Long-term focus and development of networks and resources, building a robust community of GW student entrepreneurs in the region

APPLICANT CRITERIA:

  • A passionate change-maker who has an idea to solve a problem or issue that has personally affected them in their lifetime. This can be a for-profit or not-for-profit idea.
  • A strong commitment to GW’s values – integrity, collaboration, and courage.
  • Strong professional rapport and attitude, ability to be a strong representative of GW.
  • Strong committment to advancing women's entrepreneurship

A women-led NVC team stands proudly next to each other


In tandem with GWomen, our office and university are dedicated to helping student entrepreneurs succeed in their business endeavors. Several programs offer education, support, and mentorship on campus.

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.

Springboard Enterprises

Springboard’s mission is to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of experts. It is the leading network of influencers, investors, and innovators dedicated to building high-growth companies led by women transforming industries. The measure of our success is in the results. Since 2000, over 750 Springboard portfolio companies seeking investment of financial and human capital for product development and expansion have raised $9.5 Billion, created tens of thousands new jobs and generated billions in annual revenues. With 190 exits to strategic acquirers and 19 IPOs, Springboard entrepreneurs are transforming industries.  

Springboard also partners with our office to host regular Dolphin Tank sessions. These events offer a friendly platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in an exchange of friendly feedback from a group of industry experts, investors, and active entrepreneurs. The Dolphin Tanks will be coming back to campus this academic year.

Elizabeth J. Somer's Women's Leadership Program

The Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program (WLP) is a selective, year-long, living and learning program for freshmen of any school at the George Washington University. Offered exclusively at the Mount Vernon Campus, WLP commemorates and preserves the vision of the founder of Mount Vernon College and Seminary, Elizabeth J. Somers. WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the program.

The dynamic curriculum emphasizes exploration and development of women's leadership through academic courses and weekly symposia. WLP symposia offer special lectures, workshops, and experiences that draw on the unique resources of Washington, DC and brings students together with women of achievement and leadership from many professional fields.