Georgetown Students Participate in Summer StartUp Program

June 27, 2013

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Summer StartUp program will help 15 student-run companies launch this summer. Now in its second year, the two-month program helps students or recent alumni develop a business plan and initiate their own business.

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and the McDonough School of Business work in conjunction to provide the students the best opportunities in terms of networking, working space, and potential business investors. “This program gives students a safe place to work together, to fail, and to learn all at the same time,” says Eric Koester, professor of entrepreneurship and advisor to the launch program.

All Georgetown students, regardless of their major, may apply to the program, and 15 are selected to participate. This year’s roster includes students from the McDonough School of Business and the School of Consulting Studies.

The companies comprising this year’s StartUp Program range from mobile application companies to companies selling custom products such as pet shampoo and electric bicycles.“The best companies are built with a lot of collaboration, and this program helps foster that community,” says Koester.

StartupHoyas Incubator Summer 2013 Roster

  • At Times Like These, Ema Kamara, MBA ’13
  • Convert, Michael Turner, MBA ’14
  • Cuchina LLC,  Darian “DJ” Amirsaleh, COL’13
  • Euforie Pet,  Tara de Nicolas, EMBA ’14
  • Gray Street Solutions, Tyler Gray, SCS ’14
  • Himalayan Spirit 8848, Joshua Leslie, COL ’13
  • J&C Suiting, John Hancock, SFS’13
  • LaunchPosse, Richard Amrbose, MBA ’06
  • OLS, John Courtney, MBA ’14
  • Riide, Jeff Stefanis, MSB ’13
  • SeQR Pay (“secure pay”), Rob Ness, SCS ’14
  • Social Impact Partners, Ted Nelson, MBA ’14
  • Websites with Benefits, Sarah Weise, MBA ’13
  • WeSparkt, Sherief Khalil, MBA ’14