Entrepreneurship Day 2012 Features Keynote, Panels and Rocket Pitch

January 24, 2012

Entrepreneurship Day to Feature Larry Robertson on Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap

January 27

Entrepreneurship Day is a highlight of the various entrepreneurial programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
1:30 pm - Keynote: “How to Take the Entrepreneurial Leap”
Larry Robertson, six-time award-winning author of A Deliberate Pause and founder and principal of Lighthouse Consulting. Robertson has 19 years of experience as a startup consultant in addition to pre-entrepreneurial work at J.P. Morgan and the Walt Disney Company.

2:15 pm - Panel: The Excitement of Entrepreneurship
  • Michael Goldstein: serial entrepreneur and founder of Endeavor DC, a DC-based startup incubator;
  • Brandon Partridge: CEO Skyland Foods, DC-based consumer-products entrepreneur;
  • Fahad Hassan: CEO Always Prepped, DC-based entrepreneur in education and technology who started and sold multiple companies before the age of 25;
  • Dan Berger: CEO Social Tables, social networking and event planning; left a consulting position to launch his own company;
  • Heather Gilchrist: education technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
3:30 pm - Panel: Beyond the Founder: The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Jeff Reid, director of Georgetown’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, will serve as moderator.
  • Melissa Bradley: CEO of Tides Foundation, an incubator program for non-profits; social entrepreneur and chair of Georgetown Alumni Entrepreneurship Alliance;
  • Tony Surak: 5-year technology entrepreneur, co-founder of StartupHire.com;
  • Meghan Roman: marketer and public relations specialist for venture capital firms and startup companies;
  • James Patterson: entrepreneur in residence at Capital One Bank;
  •  Matt Myers: vice president of partner development at Personal.com; and
  •  Catherine Cook: co-founder of myYearbook.com (sold for $100 million in 2011); Georgetown McDonough BSBA 2011.
4:30 pm – Hoya Challenge Rocket Pitch Competition
Seventeen aspiring entrepreneurs will have two minutes each to pitch their business ideas in a high-energy format. A panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors will provide feedback and award $2,500 in prize money.
5:30 - Closing Reception
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Lohrfink Auditorium
Washington, D.C.
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Chris Kormis at (202) 687-5321 or cmk68@georgetown.edu.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.
About the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative is designed to inspire Georgetown University students to be entrepreneurial, teach them the entrepreneurial lessons learned by others, connect them to useful resources, and help them pursue their own unique entrepreneurial interests. The initiative manages an array of courses and extracurricular programs to serve the Georgetown University entrepreneurial community, both within and without the McDonough School of Business, and fosters strong connections to the vibrant Washington DC entrepreneurial community. Signature programs include the Hoya Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the MSB Entrepreneurial Fellowship, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Faculty Exchange, and events such as Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day, the Venture Capital Investment Competition, and DC Entrepreneurship Week. For more information about the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, visit http://eship.georgetown.edu.