Startup Hoyas

September 25, 2012

Entrepreneurs emerge from Georgetown University each year, but this summer the McDonough School of Business established itself as a home for their businesses by serving as an incubator for 15 groups of entrepreneurs from across campus.

The 11-week StartUpHoyas program, sponsored by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, provided workspace in the Rafik B. Hariri Building; mentoring and advising­ from entrepreneurs-in-residence­, faculty, and business ­professionals; and networking events with the growing entrepreneurship community in Washington, D.C.

Several of the startups took up residence in the building after successfully pitching their ideas at Hoya Challenge competitions throughout the year. The four Hoya Challenge finalists received automatic entry into the program. Other participants included past Hoya Challenge champions, such as Kita McCord (MBA’12) of Give Social, who won the 2011 challenge with her online giving platform that includes a social enterprise component allowing users to “give social, build local.” The platform helps to match educational nonprofits with small businesses, which serve as sponsors. Since then, she has teamed up with four classmates to launch the site and complete two successful “asks,” raising $3,500 for the McDonough Social Impact Internship Fund and $1,500 for the Rock Creek Conservancy.

Learn more about the StartupHoyas Incubator at eship.georgetown.edu.