The StartupHoyas Summer Launch Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is hosting 13 entrepreneurial ventures this summer in its startup incubator program.
Now in its seventh year, the eight-week program is designed specifically for current Georgetown students and recent graduates who want to launch a new venture. The nearly two dozen students and alumni receive dedicated support from Georgetown faculty, mentors, and other experienced entrepreneurs; work space in the business school’s Rafik B. Hariri Building on the Georgetown campus; a stipend to support their efforts; introductions to local investors and entrepreneurs; invitations to exclusive networking events; and the opportunity to present their ideas to the D.C. entrepreneurial community.
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative held an open house with participants Tuesday, June 13, and the teams will present their work at a showcase event held at 1776 on Monday, July 24.
This year’s companies include:
Batches Baking Co: Home baking kits, individually packaged with pre-measured, quality ingredients and idiot-proof instructions making even the most inexperienced baker look like a regular Martha Stewart. It is led by Eileen Rogan (MBA’17).
Crane Vision: A vision aid for tower crane operators, allowing the crane to operate remotely and improving the efficiency and the safety of the construction process. It is led by Dalton Dwyer (L’17)
Dapos: An auction platform that helps sporting venues earn revenues from unused capacity by enabling attendees to bid for an upgraded seat. It is led by Juan Pablo D'Alessandro (MBA’18).
Defy Desserts: Delicious, organic, all-natural desserts that are low on sugar and high on protein and fiber. Designed for any busy person seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is led by Anthony DeThomas (MED’17).
Dressmate: Allows college students to rent out their business and party clothing to other students within their campus. Items can be searched by color, brand, occasion, availability, and price. It is led by Christine Yang (F’18).
Edgies®: An economical alternative to framing, and superior to traditional hanging methods such as thumbtacks, mounting putty, and adhesive strips. It is led by Armando Soto III (F’18).
Fiber Filter: An easy-to-use garment pouch for synthetic fiber clothing (such as fleece) that prevents the release of microfibers into our water sources during the laundry cycle -- a growing threat to aquatic life and human health. It is led by Lola Bushnell (C‘18) and Jamie Farrell (C’19).
LeadUp: Provides collegiate student-athletes, coaches, and teams the specialized tools to develop their leadership skills and achieve success on and off the playing field. It is led by Phillip Hamrock (MBA’17) and Sarah Gustin (SCS’17).
Spyglass: A tool that recognizes objects on pictures or video posted on social media to other streaming sources. Based on a prototype created for the Department of Defense, now looking for potential commercial sector applications. It is led by Jose Gabriel Andrade (MBA’18) and Max Weintraub (MBA’18).
Thrive Health: A video chat telemedicine service that connects college students facing mental health difficulties with therapists, easing the capacity constraints of college health service providers. It is led by Rainier Go (B’17) and Shivum Bharill (C’17).
U Apparel: A new brand of fashionable, functional, and affordable athletic/leisure clothing for men. They currently sell to college students and athletes and offer custom orders for fraternities and sports teams. It is led by Ethan Rosen (B’19).
Uniscrum: A social media app and sharing platform that allows creators and clubs to collaborate and share work in progress. It is led by Stephanie Huang (NHS’18).
Unsung Heroes: A non-profit organization that promotes awareness and appreciation for the workers on college campuses that keep the university running behind-the-scenes. It is led by Febin Bellamy (B’17).