Interested in taking your business venture to the next level? Are you the next Sweetgreen? Or Lulu’s Ice Cream? Pitch your idea at the StartupHoyas Challenge!

What is the StartupHoyas Challenge?

The StartupHoyas Challenge allows you to pitch your new venture idea to an expert panel of experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Gain valuable feedback on your idea as well as the opportunity to meet with prospective mentors and investors. The top eight teams will advance to the final round, where they will compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes and other services-in-kind.

Who can participate?
All students from any Georgetown graduate or undergraduate degree program may apply.  All teams who enter the competition will have the opportunity to pitch.

StartupHoyas Challenge Information

When is it?

The dates of the 2017 StartupHoyas Challenge are coming soon!

Please note: in order to advance to the final round, competitors must be available to pitch in the evening at Entrepalooza 2017.

How do the Preliminary Rounds Work?

Teams will pitch for 6 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q & A and feedback from the judging panel.  Slides are allowed; we recommend a limit of 10 – 12. Each team will pitch twice, before two different panels of judges, and the scores from both panels will be averaged to determine which teams advance to the final round.

Teams will be judged on:

  • Quality and attractiveness of the business concept
  • The strength of the team
  • The quality of the presentation.

(See guidelines for more information on the judging criteria.)

How do I enter? 

Please check back in Spring of 2017 for information on how to compete for the 2017 StartupHoyas Challenge!