Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Earns Leadership Award

November 06, 2012

Georgetown McDonough School of Business Program Selected For Developing A Model For Entrepreneurial Universities To Emulate

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business recently received the 2012 Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), recognizing the program’s impact on the field of entrepreneurship education.

“Jeff Reid and his team at the Entrepreneurship Initiative are a shining example of an entrepreneurship program that is able to share its talents with centers from around the world in order to advance the field,” said Donald Kuratko, GCEC executive director. “Georgetown is fortunate to have developed an entrepreneurship initiative that stands as a leadership model for the GCEC membership to emulate.”

Founded in 2009, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative quickly has emerged as a leader in collegiate entrepreneurship education and opportunities. Through a combination of academic and extracurricular offerings for both undergraduates and graduate students across Georgetown University, the Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs through courses, events, competitions, and networking opportunities.

“It was an honor to receive the GCEC Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and to be selected to host the 2012 GCEC conference,” said Jeff Reid, director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative. “In just a few years, we've built a program that is recognized for excellence by our peers around the world. The next few years should be an exciting time for Georgetown as we build on this early success and continue to grow the Georgetown entrepreneurial community.”

Georgetown's McDonough School of Business was selected through a competitive bid process to host the 2012 GCEC International Conference, an event which brought entrepreneurship education leaders from more than 200 universities and colleges around the world to the Georgetown campus October 4-6 for an intensive weekend of sharing best practices and recognizing excellence.

About the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative inspires Georgetown University students to be entrepreneurial, teaches them the entrepreneurial lessons learned by others before them, connects them to useful resources, and helps them pursue their own unique entrepreneurial interests.  The initiative manages an array of courses and extracurricular programs to serve the Georgetown University entrepreneurial community, both within and outside of the McDonough School of Business, and fosters strong connections to the vibrant Washington, D.C., entrepreneurial community and the Georgetown Alumni Association. Signature programs include the Hoya Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the StartupHoyas Incubator, the McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurial Fellowship, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Faculty Exchange, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and events such as Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day, the Venture Capital Investment Competition, and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Learn more at Connect @hoyaprenuer #StartupHoyas.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.