Georgetown Entrepreneurship Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Adds Two Key Hires

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Georgetown Entrepreneurship, an initiative that instills entrepreneurial theory and practice among students at Georgetown University from the McDonough School of Business, has achieved a major milestone: 10 years of successful operation. 

Once known as StartupHoyas, Georgetown Entrepreneurship provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to experience what it means to be an entrepreneur and how to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to numerous business contexts. Also, Georgetown Entrepreneurship’s focuses on its three strategic pillars — students, alumni, and impact — while standing out among other leading universities and within the ever-growing business and entrepreneurship ecosystem of Washington, D.C. 

“We are proud to be ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving industry of entrepreneurship education,” said Jeff Reid, founding director, Georgetown Entrepreneurship. “Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Georgetown Entrepreneurship illustrates just how far our initiative has come, and I’m excited to see what the next 10 years will bring.” 

Over the last decade, the initiative has marked many milestones, including:

  • Distributed over $500,000 in pitch competition prize money.
  • Helped hundreds of Georgetown students and alumni start and grow businesses either directly through programming and mentorship or indirectly through classes. Some businesses, such as Latch, Kitu Super Coffee, Social Tables, and more have gone to have six to eight-digit valuations.
  • Impacted thousands of undergraduate and graduate students in the McDonough School of Business and across campus through a combination of classes, events and programming, student organizations, internships, mentorship opportunities, and more.
  • Logged thousands of hours of entrepreneur-in-residence interactions with students and alumni, with 1,327 hours in the last academic year alone.
  • Placed dozens of students with startups and venture capital firms throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region through its various internship programs, such as the Venture Fellows program and the new Georgetown Entrepreneurship Internship Experience Program.


To support its rapid growth, Georgetown Entrepreneurship has added two key hires:

David Lange is the program manager for Georgetown Entrepreneurship’s student programs. He draws on his experiences in the humanitarian and development spaces to promote entrepreneurship as both an educational and empowering activity. Lange has served as a search and rescue volunteer in a refugee camp in Greece, manages the Glover Park – Burleith Farmers Market on Saturdays, and is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Kelly O’Malley is the manager of the Georgetown Venture Lab Manager.  Previously, O’Malley served as the Mid-Atlantic regional director for the Vinetta Project, where she ran operations and focused on supporting female founders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Prior to joining Vinetta, O’Malley was co-founder and chief operating officer of Shop Or Not, an SMS e-commerce platform; ran strategy at Fit Girls Guide, a fitness startup; and spent the majority of her career working as a film and television development executive in New York and Los Angeles.

Visit https://eship.georgetown.edu to explore the new website and learn more about the programs offered.