New Venture Competition

2018 GW New Venture Competition from GWInnovate on Vimeo.

The GW New Venture Competition was launched in 2009 by John Rollins and the former dean of the GW School of Business, Susan Phillips. John Rollins directed the Competition until his retirement in 2014. Lex McCusker is the current director.

The GW New Venture Competition was created to give GW students, faculty, staff and alumni a real-world, experiential learning opportunity in entrepreneurship. It is also designed to foster an entrepreneurial climate at GW and allow Competition winners to actually launch and operate their ventures while maintaining complete control of their ventures through the issuance of non-dilutive cash grants as prize money.

The competition retains its two overarching goals:

  • To deliver an excellent, broad-based learning experience in innovation and creative problem solving for all GW students.
  • To nurture sustainable, scalable and profitable ventures that create wealth and have social impact.

For more information please visit the GW New Venture Competition at

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