Entrepalooza: A Celebration of
Entrepreneurship at Georgetown

The StartupHoyas Challenge is our flagship event and one of the principal ways we connect our camps to the local startup community. It is open to all students in all graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Participants pitch their venture ideas to a panel of judges and vie for a spot in the final round, which takes place at Entrepalooza. The winners of the Challenge are chosen by a panel of more than a dozen experienced entrepreneurs and investors, and receive a $10,000 cash award to help take their idea to the next level.

Congratulations to our 2016 StartupHoyas Challenge winners!

Thanks again to all our StartupHoyas Challenge participants – our eight top finalists put on a great show at the Entrepalooza celebration on April 26th.
Here are the winners:

First place ($10,000): Hemeos
Doug Grant MBA ’16, Jon Fernandez MBA ’16, Craig Poland MBA ’16
Independent blood stem cell registry focused on minority patients.

Second place ($5,000): Freeda
Megan Mizar MBA ’16
Dolls for young girls designed to foster diversity and encourage greater career exploration.

Third place ($2,500): Pop Hotel
Alexandria Caine MBA ’16, Clyde McGraw MBA ’16, Keyvan Pajouhan MBA ’16, Michael Kelly MBA ’16
Transforms obsolete, Class B office space into short-term lodging for budget travelers.

Both Hemeos and Freeda were also awarded additional prizes of $1,000 based on audience votes. Hemeos was the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” and Freeda was the recipient of the Social Impact Award. Well done!