Regional Global Entrepreneurship Week Kick-Off Event

November 14, 2011

Unleashing Ideas to Feature Remarks from Carl Schramm and Mayor Vincent Gray, Nov. 14

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host Unleashing Ideas, the Washington, D.C., kick-off event for Global Entrepreneurship Week, which involves more than 10 million people in over 120 countries coming together to inspire and challenge both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.

Highlights include remarks from Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation and co-chair of the Startup America Partnership, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on promoting entrepreneurship in Washington. The program also will feature a panel discussion by three of Georgetown McDonough’s entrepreneurs in residence: Timothy Keenan, president and chairman of High Performance Technologies; Alyssa Lovegrove, CEO and founder of New Venture Mentors; and Susan Wilson, CEO and founder of FundHer. It will be moderated by Jeff Reid, director of entrepreneurship initiatives at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week and D.C. Entrepreneurship Week.

View the webcast:

Monday, November 14, 2011, 5 p.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC

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Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or

5 p.m.              Welcome
5:10 p.m.         Panel Discussion
5:45 p.m.         Remarks from David Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray
6 p.m.              Official Kickoff Ceremony for Global Entrepreneurship Week Keynote Speech by Carl Schramm

About Georgetown’s Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to develop the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders through inspiration (encouraging entrepreneurial thinking and activity, building an entrepreneurial culture and a community of support, and attracting top students interested in entrepreneurship); teaching (offering a comprehensive curriculum on entrepreneurial topics and providing robust extracurricular and experiential programs to help students learn beyond the classroom); connecting (fostering  meaningful connections among students, alumni, experts, and private sector business leaders; and building bridges across Georgetown's campus in all disciplines); and creating (launching real, successful businesses; supporting groundbreaking research; and building enduring campus programs). Learn more at

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 1,200 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