Overview of the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize:

Since 2009, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative has equipped students with the knowledge, skills, and resources to launch viable new businesses that create wealth and add value to society. As the initiative works to build a culture of entrepreneurship across the Georgetown community, the McDonough School of Business recognizes an opportunity to mentor and support our students and young alumni who have turned their passions into viable entrepreneurial ventures.

Aligning with the Jesuit values of Georgetown University, the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize honors and supports Georgetown students who have launched or are preparing to launch new business ventures that will address problems in the world around them. Each year, teams or individuals compete to win an amount determined from the annual limit of $100,000. Ultimately, the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize builds awareness around the innovation and accomplishments of Georgetown’s entrepreneurs and strengthens the university’s reputation as a place where ambitious students can turn their passions into entrepreneurial ventures.

Current Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Georgetown alumni within six months of graduation, are eligible for the prize and may be nominated as individuals or as teams. Georgetown’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence provide valuable mentorship to the Leonsis prize recipients as they develop and pursue their ventures. Recipients of the prize are selected through a rigorous nomination, application, and review process.

With Much Appreciation:

On behalf of the many young Georgetown entrepreneurs whose ambitions will be advanced by your support, we thank the entire Leonsis family for their $1 million donation to create the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize, which provides financial support to Georgetown students and recent alumni who have launched or are preparing to launch new business ventures that address problems in the world.

The Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize is supported by Ted Leonsis (C’77), a longtime entrepreneur, investor, and founder, majority owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; his wife, Lynn; his son, Zach (MBA’15), senior vice president of strategic initiatives of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network; and his daughter, Elle (C’14), digital marketing director of SnagFilms, Inc.


The 2018 prize finalists will share their ventures with the community at the inaugural “Bark Tank” pitch competition event on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at 5pm.

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This year’s finalists are:

Campus Sherpa

David Patou (COL‘18), Daniel Testa (COL‘19), and Jackie Sideris (COL‘18). Campus Sherpa provides personalized college tours for high school students by matching them with current students who share their interests.

Class Pulse

Claudia Recchi (B‘17). Class Pulse is a professional development tool that allows professors to collect actionable feedback from their students throughout the semester.

CUSP 365

Jaclyn DiGregorio (B‘17). Cusp 365 is a college girl’s guide to healthy living. The Cusp It App helps college women be healthy, confident and real.

Edible Finance

Sunny Gupta (MBA‘19) and Chris Johnson (MBA‘19). Edible Finance is an Instagram-like stories platform for investments. It provides bite-sized investment tidbits via stories and videos that drive revenue generating investment actions.


Melissa Antal (MBA‘19). Foublie is an on-demand service that connects parents with questions about nutrition, food and feeding to specialists and catered resources.

Galapagos Strategies

Ramya Possett (MBA‘17). Galapagos Strategies disrupts the IP model with upfront market analyses, innovative consulting workshops, and the creation of strategic IP that generates value.


JP Coakley (MBA’18) and Kelsey Lents (MBA‘18). Hatch is a flexible coworking and licensed child care solution for parents in the gig economy that aligns professional and parental needs.

Qoral Health

Shivum Bharill (COL‘17) and Rainier Go (B‘17). Qoral Health expands mental health care access in colleges through teletherapy. Students are matched with a therapist and participate in video chat sessions.