Meet our Team

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship team collaborates with many initiatives and entrepreneurship-focused programs at the George Washington University, as well as in the community at-large. 

Jim Square

Jim Chung

Associate Vice President for Research 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Washington University, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF Innovation Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). He was previously the Director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator and the Founding Director of the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund at the University of Maryland. Prior to Mtech, he served as a Director for New Business Development at the Corporate Executive Board. He was also Vice President at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm in the oilfield equipment and services industry. 

Jim started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director. Some previous and current investments include Agamatrix, Nexaweb, Ulterra, Zymetis (now Aemetis), FlexEl, FiscalNote, and TravelBank. Before becoming an investor, Jim was an academic researcher studying how business, government, and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He has been a researcher at MIT, Harvard, University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), ETRI (NSF EAPSI Fellow), STEPI (Korea), and KAIST. He was named in 2015 and 2017 by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Top 100 Tech Titans in DC and by Hot Topics as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Professors worldwide.

Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Director, I-Corps at GW
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Bob is the Director of I-Corps at GW, where he manages the strategic direction of GW’s I-Corps and Global Lean Startup programs. Prior to joining GW, he was director of Virginia’s Innovation Commercialization program (ICAP). There he worked with universities, accelerators and local startup ecosystems throughout the commonwealth, assisting in their new venture development initiatives by providing instruction and counseling programs based on the Lean Startup method of business model development. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s I-Corp program’s DC node. He’s also a Mentor-in-Residence at George Washington University. 
Bob has 30+ years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is currently the Chairman of, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in business development, marketing and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. He also launched one of the nation’s first accelerators. As an executive, angel investor and advisor he has helped companies in e-
commerce, e-government, identity management, publishing, geospatial analytics, data science and media move from ideas to favorable exits.
He received a BA from USC and an MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

Kate Square

Kate Heath

Director, Student Entrepreneurship
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Kate is the Director of Student Entrepreneurship at GW, where she sets strategy and directs initiatives to engage and support undergraduate and graduate students in entrepreneurial activities at all GW schools. She and her team partner with students, faculty, staff, and alumni throughout the year to bring high value educational and experiential opportunities to the GW community, including the New Venture Competition, Summer Startup Accelerator, GW Innovation Exchange, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I+E) Lab.

A proud GWSB alum, Kate brings over 15 years of experience with global enterprises back to GW. Her career has taken her from Capitol Hill to NATO to Silicon Valley, as well as to five continents. She's held progressive leadership roles in strategy, marketing, and operations at Fortune 100 companies including Facebook, Walmart, and Boeing. In her last corporate role, she served as the Head of Marketing Strategy and Operations for Instagram, based in San Francisco.

In 2020, Kate chose to turn her attention to small and early-stage companies, bringing her corporate experience to bear in the startup ecosystem. In addition to consulting independently, she joined Tampa Bay's Embarc Collective as the in-house Executive Marketing and Branding Advisor. Embarc is Tampa's largest and fastest growing hub for startup talent, helping its members build bold, scalable, thriving companies through a staff of function-specific experts who deliver individualized support. Kate deeply resonates with Embarc's founder-first approach, where the coaching philosophy is centered on helping members become stronger, sharper, and more resilient leaders - a commitment that now guides her work at GW!

Kate earned a Global MBA from GW, where she was a Potomac Fellow, President of the International Business Society, and a F. David Fowler Career Center Peer Career Coach. She also holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University.

Dave Square

Dave McCarthy

Associate Director, I-Corps at GW
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After successful startups at (online multimedia training) and WindRose Media (webcasting technology and original content development), Dave founded Potential Energy DC - the only DC-area incubator fully devoted to developing energy, efficiency, and sustainability companies. Dave is also a recognized expert in angel investing in the DC region.

As the Associate Director I-Corps at GW, Dave is focused on helping community-based research teams successfully bring their work from the labs to the marketplace. The goal of the new Phase 0 / I-Corps Go program, that Dave is leading, is to improve funding and commercialization success rates for community-based research teams. In this role, Dave will be leveraging the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship's I-Corps experience commercializing university intellectual property over the past five years.

Dave went to UVA where he studied Systems Engineering with a computer science minor. Dave lives in McLean with his wife and two growing sons.

Qyana Stewart

Qyana M. Stewart

Program Manager for the DC Entrepreneurial Development Network
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Qyana is a Tech and EdTech entrepreneur, social justice advocate, educator, speaker, and award-winning philanthropist with over 20 years of combined experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. By training, she is a certified Software Product and Project Manager and is passionate about developing technologies that solve complex social problems. As an entrepreneur, Qyana serves as the CEO & Principal Consultant of GlobalForce Tech Consulting, LLC, a technology and software development company and President of GlobalForce for Girls, Inc., an education technology nonprofit founded this year (2020).
Passionate about higher education and the advancement of women and people of color in STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship, she plays an active role as a member of the George Washington University ecosystem while serving as a Mentor-In-Residence (MIR), New Venture Competition pitch coach, Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) mentor and adjunct instructor, Korean Innovation Center (KIC) Tech Frontier program mentor and the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program mentor.
In continued support of entrepreneurs and small business growth and development throughout DC, she also serves as the Program Manager for the DC Entrepreneurial Development Network. DCEDN, established in partnership between George Washington University and Howard University, is a free training program built on the Lean Startup methodology that supports diverse, DC-based entrepreneurs and small business owners as they seek to redefine success for their ventures, post-COVID-19.
Qyana has a Master of Science degree in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University.

Liliana Zigo

Liliana Zigo

Program Manager
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Liliana Zigo is the Program Manager for GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She supports the I-Corps and International Lean Startup programs serving as a teaching assistant (TA) for programs domestically and internationally. She also assists with marketing, finances, grant management, data and evaluation, and mentorship.
Liliana has a background in nonprofit education and outreach. Liliana received her B.S. in Public Health and her B.A. in Psychology from American University. In fall 2019, she started course work towards her Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology at The George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. 

Giulio Busulini

Giulio Busulini

Senior Advisor for International Programs
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Giulio Busulini is a former Diplomat. He was the Science and Technology Counselor at the Embassy of Italy, in Washington, DC from 2010 to 2018. As such, he worked with US Federal Agencies like DoD, NSF, DOE, DHS, USGS, NASA, NOAA.
Prior to moving to the United States, Giulio coordinated the Business incubator at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Giulio started his career running a family business (a startup and business center).
He holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Security and Defense Studies.

Soroush Parsa

Soroush Parsa

Senior Advisor for International Programs

Soroush Parsa is the Lead Innovation Scientist at CIP, a Research for Development Center belonging to the CGIAR, the largest agricultural innovation network in the world. He focuses on catalyzing innovations addressing global grand challenges in food security and environmental sustainability. He previously served as the Senior Strategy & Innovation Advisor of the USDA Agricultre Research Service, where he led the creation of ARSX, the agency's first program for high-risk high-reward innovation.
Soroush brings 20 years of international experience in agriculture research, development, innovation, and policy. His work has been recognized with prestigious awards and over 20 peer-reviewed publications in top international journals. He ranks among the pioneers demonstrating the applications of big data and microbiome research in agriculture, the latter as the Principal Investigator of a Grand Challenge Explorations award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2018, Soroush was recognized as an XPRIZE Visioneer, based on a ground-breaking design of a prize competition to life millions of smallholder farmers out of poverty. Top distinctions also include a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a highly-prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

Marty K

Martin J. "Marty" Kaszubowski

Senior Advisor for International Programs

Marty Kaszubowski has nearly 37 years of experience with a broad spectrum of public- and private-sector organizations promoting new venture formation, early-stage investment, technology commercialization, and innovation-led economic development. Marty currently serves as Executive Director for Innovation Initiatives within Old Dominion University's Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which offers a collection of integrated services for existing and new businesses, with an emphasis on the formation of new, high-growth ventures. In late 1998, Marty established one of the first technology-based startup incubators in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and later served as President of General Ideas, a technolgy venture consultancy working with US and European startups and early-stage companies seeking to establish viable business models and prepare for initial investment. He is an active angel investor, a member of several startup company advisory boards and is currently Chairman of the Launch Place Board of Directors and a board member of StartWheel, The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and the Norfolk State University Research and Innovation Foundation.
Marty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from the George Washington University.


Sean connelly


Sean Connelly

Program Coordinator
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Sean Connelly is the Program Coordinator in GWU’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Sean supports the office in a functional role by supporting the financial management, data management, and operational logistics.

Sean previously worked at American University in the Office of the University Registrar and at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in the State Grants and Special Programs department. At PHEAA, he was working under a federal contract as the Supervisor of Customer Relations, overseeing the team responsible for administering customer service for the national TEACH Grant Program.

Sean received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Education and Public Policy at the Pennsylvania State University and minors in Political Science, Labor Employment Relations, and Sociology. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.