The Social Pitch Challenge explores several themes –

* What is social entrepreneurship?
* Can businesses truly “do good”?
* Can I really make a difference?

GU’s Social Impact Competition unites groups on campus to showcase the value of social entrepreneurship and of being “men and women for others”. APPLY to present your social impact idea/venture to a panel of judges for a cash prize, or ATTEND to support your favorite pitches and help them win the People’s Choice Award. See you there!

APPLY: (it’s easy!)


Judges for 2017

  • Danny Boice, Founder & CEO of Trustify
  • John Jabara, Founder of Savenia Labs
  • Jennifer Mellon, Founder & President of Trustify
  • Johann Moonesinghe, CEO of EquityEats
  • Michael Colonnese, Founder & CEO of WorkAmerica
  • Stephen Rodriguez, Founder of One Defense
  • Laura Rodriguez, Director at BTC Revolutions
  • Mark Abbott, CEO of Farm Raiser
  • Kate Glantz, Founder & CEO of
  • Meghan Ogilvie, CEO of Dog Tag Inc.
  • Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, Founder & CEO of GoodWorld
  • Judi Kennedy, Principal at 13 th Street Consulting
  • Daniel Wright, Co-Founder & CEO of GOODPartners
  • Troye Bullock, Co-Founder & COO of GOODPartners
  • Shelly Porges, Managing Director at Reservoir Q Global LLC
  • Ron Marglit, Managing Director at Lonomics

Criteria for Pitching

Consider the following when putting together your pitch:

  • POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT – Did the team describe how this venture have a positive social impact, and/or enhance the quality of life for its customers/employees/community?
  • FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE – A feasible idea? Is it financially sustainable?
  • WELL EXPLAINED CONCEPT – Was the concept well-explained (touched on all the key components: what’s the product/who’s it for/why they care, how it makes money)?
  • CLEAR PITCH – Was the pitch clear and compelling?

Participant Rules

  • Participants have two minutes to pitch and no questions after.
  • Individual students or teams may enter the competition.
  • At least half of the members of the team must be either undergraduate, graduate, or certificate-seeking students currently enrolled at Georgetown University. Only Georgetown students are allowed to pitch.
  • Students must be either part or full-time students in the semester of the competition.
  • Participants may not pitch a business that has already received funding greater than $50,000.
  • Students are encouraged to pitch their concept throughout the year, and to incorporate feedback received along the way. However, students who are awarded a first or second place prize in the StartupHoyas final round competition may not pitch the same concept in the following years’ competitions. Ideas that did not take the first or second prize in the final round can be pitched again; and students who won but have a new concept can also participate again.
  • The venture cannot be a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing company or non-profit organization.
  • Both for-profit and non-profit models are eligible, but the idea must incorporate an income-generating model that will lead to financial sustainability.
    Individual participants cannot be a member of more than one team competing in the event.
  • The StartupHoyas Challenge Planning Committee reserves the right to address any circumstances in which the above rules do not apply. All decisions will be final. The Committee also reserves the right to clarify, amend, or change these rules when deemed necessary for fairness.
Check out the 2016 video below!
2016 Highlights