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News & Events

Interested in Innovation & Entrepreneurship? Register to attend our events!

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosts many events throughout the school year as part of our many wonderful programs. If you are interested in learning more entrepreneurial skills, wanting to meet your next mentor or business partner, or just interested in networking with some of GW's most innovative community -- then attend one of our events! Events are free and open to the GW community. Evening workshops typically will provide food & beverages. 

2020 Fall Semester Events

GW Entrepreneurship Resources and Programs Info Session
Date: August 25, 2020
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

Learn more about the resources and programs available for incoming entrepreneurs and innovators at the George Washington University!

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Creating New Solutions Through Design Thinking Workshop
Date: September 16, 2020
Time: 5:15 PM - 6 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

This interactive virtual workshop develops ideation and creative problem solving skills for GW students and recent alumni.


What is Social Innovation?
Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 1 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

This virtual event will cover the history of social innovation and new techniques used by nonprofits and NGOs to solve global challenges.


Student Entrepreneur Meetup
Date: September 29, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

Looking for another founder? Or a startup to collaborate with? Join this meetup to connect with other GW student entrepreneurs!

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Fireside Chat with DemocracyWorks
Date: October 2, 2020
Time: 1 PM - 2 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

This Fireside Chat will be an intimate talk about politics, the upcoming elections, and how innovation and entrepreneurship come into play.


Fast Feedback with the GW Mentors-In-Residence
Date: October 7, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

This virtual event will allow you to get guidance and feedback on your idea from former and current entrepreneurs, founders, and GW alumni.


GWomen Networking Fall Event
Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

Join the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for a dedicated women's entrepreneurship networking night!


Creating New Solutions Through Design Thinking Workshop
Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 2 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

This interactive virtual workshop develops ideation and creative problem solving skills for GW students and recent alumni.


Student Entrepreneur Meetup
Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

Looking for another founder? Or a startup to collaborate with? Join this meetup to connect with other GW student entrepreneurs!

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Jumpstart Bootcamp: Global Challenge Innovation
Date: November 7, 8, 14, 15, 2020 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

Students will discover and breakdown complex global problems, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a startup.

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Marketing for Startups and Businesses
Date: December 3, 2020
Time: 2 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to event date.
Register to Attend Here

This interactive virtual workshop will cover the basics behind understanding your customer, value proposition, and advertising channels.

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2020 Spring Semester Events

2020 GW New Venture Competition 101: Insider Tips on How to Compete and Win
Dates: January 21, January 23, January 27, January 29, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

This 101 session will detail how YOU can compete for thousands of dollars in funding for your startup. Learn all the tips straight from the team that organizes the competition!


NSF Innovation Corps Info Session
Dates: January 22, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: 1922 F Street NW, Room 208, Washington, DC 20052
Register to Attend Here

This info session will share program and funding opportunities at GW for anyone with an idea, innovative research, or side hustle! DC I-Corps is a Lean Startup bootcamp for university and federal lab inventors and students, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and designed to foster an innovation ecosystem in the nation's capital.


Food Innovation Panel & Networking Event
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

DC has become one of the most innovative food hubs in the country. From Sweetgreen to &pizza, many chefs and food innovators call DC home. In collaboration with Union Kitchen and TwentyTables, we are bringing some of the top executives in the DC startup food industy to talk, meet, and connect with up-and-comming GW food innovators.


2020 GW New Venture Competition 101 Webinar: Insider Tips on How to Compete and Win
Date: January 29, January 30, 2020
Time: Varies
Location: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista
Register to Attend Here

This 101 webinar session will detail how YOU can compete for thousands of dollars in funding for your startup. Learn all the tips straight from the team that organizes the competition!


Human Centered Design Workshop: Does the Workplace Need Innovation?
Date: January 31, 2020
Time: 1 PM - 3PM
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

In partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, this HCD workshop will focus on looking for solutions that will help make work better for everyone. This experiential and interactive workshop will help expose students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators to create new products and services that will help with improving work life, the work place, or the workforce.

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2020 GW New Venture Competition 101 Webinar: Insider Tips on How to Compete and Win
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista
Register to Attend Here

This 101 webinar session will detail how YOU can compete for thousands of dollars in funding for your startup. Learn all the tips straight from the team that organizes the competition!


Jumpstart 1-Day Bootcamp: Health and Wellness Innovation
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Gelman Library, Rooms 301-302
Register to Attend Here

In partnership with Ycenter, this bootcamp is an experiential and interactive event focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages across the globe as aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3 (UN SDG #3): Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. No previous knowledge about UN SDG's is necessary to attend.


2020 GW NVC Round 2 Workshop: Developing a feasibility analysis that will get you through to the next round of the NVC!
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

GW New Venture Competition teams who are looking to get help with their round 2 application should attend this workshop! Learn more about the best method to outline your business for a potential investor and funder. The Feasibility Analysis is a critical part of the round 2 submission to the competition. If you are still intersted in attending this workshop but not part of the competiion -- you are still welcome to attend!


Pitch'n in the Kitchen: Pitch | Listen | Connect
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM 
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

Do you have an idea? Want to talk through your idea or technology with the community of entrepreneurs at GW? Pitch'n in the Kitch is right for you! A casual, intimate pitch event where you can pitch your idea (no matter the stage) to your fellow peers and professional entrepreneurs from around campus in an actual open kitchen. Why a kitchen? That's the place where things get made and new ideas are discovered.


2020 GW NVC Mentor Mingle
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 6PM - 8PM 
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

Are you in search of guidance on how to get your startup business up and running? Want to connect with former and current investors that can mentor you on your pitch? Join us for an evening of networking and matching with mentors that can help guide you in your business journey.


2019 GW Startup Career & Internship Fair
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00PM - 2:30PM 
Location: GW Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom (Address: 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
GW Registration | Non-GW Registration | Employer Registration

Some of DC's hottest startups will be on campus recruiting entrepreneurial students. This event is free and open to the DC community! 


Easy Financial for Startups Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

You're working on a great business plan for your business startup, to take to a bank or other lender. A key part of that plan is the financial statements. These statements will be looked at carefully by the lender, so join us for a workshop to go over some tips for making these documents SELL your business plan.


Creating a Business Model Canvas for Startups Workshop
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Location:  GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

This hands-on workshop will include a brief overview of the business model canvas, the current state-of-the-art form specifying the nine key elements of a startup venture. Instructors will then hold individual advising sessions to help students create a canvas or improve the canvas for their particular startup idea.

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How to Craft an Engaging Startup Pitch and Slide Deck Workshop
Date: March 5 & March 25, 2020
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

Pitching your business idea can be tough. Creating the "perfect" pitch deck can be even more tough. Don't fret! Our experts at the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Gelman Library will be helping you on how to craft a sound presentation and pitch deck for you to impress your colleagues and peers. Learn more about the do's and don'ts for a concise pitch as well as best practices for how you can nail your presentation!


Pitch'n in the Kitchen
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Location: GW I+E Lab
Register to Attend Here

Do you have an idea? Want to talk through your idea or technology with the community of entrepreneurs at GW? Pitch'n in the Kitchen is right for you! A causal, intimate pitch event where you can pitch your idea (no matter the stage) to your fellow peers and professional entrepreneurs from around campus, in an actual kitchen. Why a kitchen? That's the place where things get made and new ideas are discovered.

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2020 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2019
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM 
Location: Finals - Jack Morton Auditorium (Address: 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052) | Reception - Marvin Center Great Hall (Address: 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register to Attend Here 

12 teams take the stage to vie for over $500K in funding and support at the 12th Annual 2020 GW New Venture Competition. The finals round wil take place from 6-8pm at the Jack Morton Auditorium. Join us for an evening of hearing the best startup ideas that GW students have to offer. There will be a reception (open to everyone) immiediately after!

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2019 Fall Semester Events

Human Centered Design Workshop: Designing Innovative Solutions for Social Challenges
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 5:45PM - 7:45PM
Location: GW Gelman Library, Room 219 (Address: 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register to Attend Here

This experiential and interactive workshop exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to empathize with populations they seek to serve, define problem sets, and come up with innovative solutions. 


GW I+E Lab Kickoff and Open House at MakeOffices
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: MakeOffices at Penn Ave (Address: 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006)
Register to Attend Here

Join us for the official open and celebration of the new hub for GW student and faculty entrepreneurs! This brand new space (sponsored by MakeOffices) will be a great place for local entrepreneurs to connect and mingle. 


PITCH-A-PALOOZA
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Funger 108
Register to Attend Here

Do you have an idea? A problem that needs solving? Follow your innovative itch to the GW PITCH-A-PALOOZA! Join us and your peers to hear and vote for your favorite ideas. Did we mention that we're giving out $100 gift cards to the top pitches? Did we also mention that we have pizza? There's that too.


SEED SPOT 1-Day Bootcamp
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (time will vary depending on agenda)
Location: GW Gelman Library Room 301 - 302 (Address: 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register to Attend Here

This 1-day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals that are exploring starting a venture a safe place to explore and launch their idea. Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT's curriculum, and a network of supporters.

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Where Do I Start? Webinar
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
WebEx Room: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista
Register to Attend Here

Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join us for an interactive discussion on how you can get your startup idea going!


Where Do I Start? Webinar
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
WebEx Room: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista
Register to Attend Here

Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join us for an interactive discussion on how you can get your startup idea going!


Immigration Legal Clinic for GW Student Entrepreneurs
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: GW Marvin Center Room 301 (Address: 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register Here to Attend

International students who wish to start a business here in the US are welcome to join us for a lecture on all the processes to move your business forward. Students will also be able to schedule a 1-on-1 with a lawyer onsite during this event to discuss options catered to your situation.


Human Centered Design Workshop
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 5:45PM -7:45PM
Location: GW Gelman Library, Room 219 (Address: 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register Here to Attend

This experiential and interactive workshop exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to empathize with populations they seek to serve, define problem sets, and come up with innovative solutions.

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Jumpstart 1-Day Bootcamp
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (time will vary depending on agenda)
Location: GW Gelman Library Room 301 - 302 (Address: 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register to Attend Here

Jumpstart your ideas and passions with this experiential and interactive 1-day bootcamp that exposes you to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators and entrepreneurs to create new startups, businesses and social enterprises.


Jumpstart 1-Day Bootcamp
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (time will vary depending on agenda)
Location: GW Gelman Library Room 301 - 302 (Address: 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register to Attend Here

Jumpstart your ideas and passions with this experiential and interactive 1-day bootcamp that exposes you to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators and entrepreneurs to create new startups, businesses and social enterprises.


How to Pitch to an Investor Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Location: GW Gelman Library Room 219 (Address: 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Register to Attend Here

This workshop will present methods for conveying facts about a startup venture efficiently. This workshop explores approaches for generating enthusiasm for your venture and addressing the fears and concerns that investors and funders have about any new venture.

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