On April 24, over 200 students, faculty, and members of the community filed into the Healey Family Student Center to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship at Georgetown University at Entrepalooza 2018.
The evening began with a book launch of 23 Georgetown student authors. As part of adjunct professor Eric Koester’s Launching the Venture course, students wrote and published books on a range of topics from Gianna Pisano’s (B’18) How We Met: Stories of Love in the Modern Age to Jena Kanji’s (B’19) Think Like An Immigrant to Will Lowery’s (B‘19) Initial Coin Offerings. These authors have seen incredible results from their books, including job offers, interviews with prominent leaders, and #1 bestseller titles on Amazon.
The night continued with the final round of the StartupHoyas Challenge pitch competition. Ten student teams were selected from a pool of almost 90 teams who pitched in the preliminary rounds earlier in the academic year. In all, students won more than $20,000 in prize money.
The first place prize of $10,000 went to Catherine Colwell (MBA’18), for Graham Kitchenware, an Instagram-worthy, microwave-safe, leak-proof ceramic container for meals on the go.
Social venture Credit/Ability, led by Jake Glass (MSFS’18) and Rushika Shekhar (MSFS’18), took second place totaling $5,000. Their credibility scoring application, which earned first place at “Hack the Vatican” this past March, is tailored to the unique contexts of refugees.
Jennifer Simons (C’18) took home the third place prize of $2,500 with Dressmate, a peer-to-peer clothing rental marketplace.
Julian Davis (B’21), Carson Schutter (B’21) Will Pramono (B’21), Kevin Hautigan (C’21) of Sleepsurf, an air mattress rental service tailored to college students, won the People’s Choice award of $1,000.
The evening concluded with the Georgetown Entrepreneurial Excellence awards ceremony where several members of the community were recognized for their contributions to entrepreneurial excellence at Georgetown, including:
- Lifetime Achievement: Everett Bellamy
- Entrepreneurship Faculty Excellence: Dale Murphy
- Outstanding Volunteers: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Peter Mellen (C'89, MBA' 98) and Pat Henriques
- Student Entrepreneur of the Year, Undergraduate: Theo Montgomery (F’18) and Anthony Marshi (C’18)
- Student Entrepreneur of the Year, Graduate: Kelsey Lents (MBA’18) and JP Coakley (MBA’18)
- Outstanding Entrepreneurial Leadership: Megan Burke (B’18), Ted Cho (MBA/MD’21), Juliana Pyo (B’18) and Lauren Apicella