The 2017 George Washington University New Venture Competition Finals
From Idea to Venture Creation, GW Fast Tracks Innovation on April 20 With $300K in Funding and Support
Twelve final teams will take the stage to pitch their business model in three tracks: social, tech, and new venture entrepreneurship
George Washington University’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GW) host its ninth annual New Venture Competition Finals on Thursday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8:30PM at the Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st Street, NW).
Beginning with 116 team applications with ideas ranging in social entrepreneurship, innovation in technology, and new venture creation, GW mentors and leadership have spent the past three months selecting 36 semi-finalists based on marketplace viability of each idea. Twelve finalists will be selected to pitch during the final rounds.
Last year’s winner, Homegrown Farms, innovated indoor farming with the use of shipping containers. Washington, DC-based companies that got their start at the GW New Venture Competition include Social Driver, Capital Kombucha, The Rival, and Quorum.
Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) will deliver the keynote address. Additional speakers include Parth Chauhan, CEO, Homegrown Farms, and recipients of the GW 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Vicki and Karl Gumtow, founders, CyberPoint.
RSVP: To register for the event, please RSVP here.
This event is free and open to the public.
Hosted By: George Washington University, GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
What: GW 9th Annual New Venture Competition
Who: 12 Finalists in the social, tech, and new venture entrepreneurship compete to be selected as the next big idea to start at GW. Finalists will be announced on Thursday, April 7.
Prizes: $300,000 in total prizes [$140,000 in cash prizes and $160,000 in in-kind prizes]
Where: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC
When: Thursday, April 20
5:30PM Keynote Speaker, Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA)
6PM 2016 Winner: HomeGrown Farms CEO
6:30–8PM Finalist Teams Pitch Presentations
8:00PM Awards Ceremony, Audience Choice Award Winner
8:30–9PM Closing Reception