MAY 31 – JULY 31

The StartupHoyas Summer Launch Program is a startup incubator program designed specifically for Georgetown students and current year graduates who want to launch a new venture. Many of our most successful student-led ventures have participated in the StartupHoyas Summer Launch Program. Several have gone on to gain admission to other regional and national accelerators, or receive other offers of investment and support.

What you get

Participants in the Summer Launch program receive:

  • Dedicated support from Georgetown faculty, mentors, experienced entrepreneurs, and peers
  • Workspace on Georgetown University’s main campus as well as access to the new Georgetown Venture Lab at WeWork White House  in downtown DC
  • A stipend of up to $4000 per team (up to 10 teams)
  • Introductions to local investors and entrepreneurs
  • Invitations to exclusive networking events, and opportunities to present their ideas to the DC entrepreneurship community.

Over an 8-week period, aspiring entrepreneurs work full-time to accelerate the development of their ideas, gain traction with customers, and build a case for investment with seed funders. Using “lean startup” principles, participants work on the components of their business model and collect the data to validate whether their idea has growth potential.

How it works

The program begins with a 2 day “bootcamp” on Thursday May 31 and Friday June 1 from 10am – 4pm. From Monday June 4, the full cohort meets every Monday for training and co-working, and every Thursday afternoon for check-ins with assigned mentors.   Participants must be available to attend all sessions, and as well as the final showcase event on the evening of Wednesday July 25 (TBC)

How to apply

Students currently enrolled in any Georgetown degree programs are eligible to participate, as well as students graduating in the current calendar year. To apply, complete the form (see top of this page for application link) and forward a copy of your executive summary. You will then be contacted to schedule an interview. Please note, your application is not complete until you have submitted your application (including executive summary) and completed your interview.

The application period opens March 1, 2018. Teams whose submissions are received on or before March 26, will be notified of a decision no later than April 10.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the program is full, and teams will be notified of a decision on a rolling basis.

The incubator program is designed for very early stage ventures; companies do not have to be revenue-generating in order to apply, but should have a well-defined concept, including a revenue model.  Similarly, non-profits are permitted, but will be expected to have a proposed model for achieving financial sustainability.

Have questions about the Summer Launch program? Please contact StartupHoyas at startuphoyas@georgetown.edu.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to the Summer Launch Showcase! Our entrepreneurs loved presenting to the sold-out crowd. 73 startup teams have now participated in the Summer Launch Program since it was established in 2011, including representatives from all of the Georgetown graduate and undergraduate programs.

Click here to see the Showcase highlights!

2016 Summer Launch Program


Fadi Muhsen (SCS ’16)

Anythingeek.com is a free online social classifieds for technology products and services. Unlike other classified websites, anythingeek allows users to inquire directly to an ad through its secure messaging system. Anythingeek’s open discussion forum features live Q&A, tips, and trends on all things technology.

Clique Style

Josh Phillips (MBA ’14)

CliqueStyle is an uber-style app through which shoppers can connect with a freelance fashion advisor nearby who can provide advice on purchases (in lieu of a personal shopper). Advisors can use the platform to promote their own profiles and reputations as consultants


Doug Grant (MBA ’16), Craig Poland (MBA ’16), Jon Fernandez (MBA ’16)

Hemeos is a blood stem cell donor bank that uses a commercial model to incentivize donors from backgrounds most needed by hospitals for transplant to participate. Hemeos has hospitals who have signed on to use the registry to locate candidates, and so they are aggressively seeking to expand the size of their sample database.


Good Partners

Troye Bullock (COL ’16), Daniel Wright (COL ’16), Darius Baxter (COL ’15), Staysi Rosario (COL ’16)

GoodPartners provides custom-designed, high impact service programs on behalf of philanthropists, non-profits and corporate sponsors based on their social impact goals. It is                                                                                                            launching a partnership this summer withDCGov to provide a summer sports and coaching                                                                                                          program for at risk youth.


Yuxi Pan (MBA ’17) Sagana Otgondorj

Friends not interested? Boyfriend not available? No problem. Just select what you want to do and where you will be, InstaBestie connects you with girls that would like to have fun together with you

Maracas Ice Pops

Julia Padierna-Peralta (SFS ’87)

Maracas Ice Pops are gourmet, handcrafted, all natural fruit ice pops which are sold via mobile trikes at outdoor venues and special events, primarily in the Georgetown vicinity.

Dwight Stalls (MBA ’17), Dan Tasch (MBA ’17), Emre Ruhi (MBA ’17)

Microcoaching provides video-gamers with on-demand, personalized coaching from experts. Players can request real-time, critically useful insights from highly-ranked coaches that participate in professional leagues, and has already attracted interest from some of these individuals.


Brandon Anderson (COL ’15)

SWAT is a tool through which law enforcement agencies can get direct feedback from citizens on the quality of their interaction with law enforcement personnel. Data collected through the app can be viewed by the general public as well; the aim is to create a better relationship between agents and the public through greater transparency.

The Ultimate Doctor

Joshua DeGastyne (MED ’20)

The Ultimate Doctor produces podcasts for entrepreneurs, investors and medical students on investing in healthcare and innovation i n medicine. It is currently live on iTunes andseeking to define a possible business model for the content being created.


Juan Felipe Cardona (SFS ’14)

¡Vamos Ya! is an experiential learning organization that provides custom-tailored short-term study abroad opportunities in Latin America. Our pilot program will be to Cartagena, Colombia, where we will explore how the growth of the tourism industry in the recent years has impacted the economy and the local community.

Shye Gilad

Role: Founder and CEO, ProJet Aviation; Principal, CreatingLift.com

Expertise: commercial aviation, leadership development and coaching, startups, strategy

John Jabara

Role: Founder, Savenia Labs

Expertise: clean-tech/sustainability, enterprise, healthcare, pharma/biotech, residential real estate, retail

Mike Malloy

Role: CEO at Waveborn Sunglasses

Expertise: business development, pitching and raising capital, social entrepreneurship

Peter Mellen

Role: Founder of Netcito

Expertise: commercial real estate, e-learning, new product development, new venture creation and financing, online media, publishing

Jill Monk

Role: Executive Entrepreneur and Advisor, Innovation Board

Expertise: business development, new ventures, strategy/operations

Meghan Roman

Role: Founder and Principal, Stonerose

Expertise: branding, messaging, press relations, PR strategy, venture capital

Paul Schauer

Role: Vice President of Contracts, National & Cyber Solutions, CACI International Inc.; Founder, Contacting Officer Podcast

Expertise: aerospace, contract management, podcasting, program management

Dave Terzian

Role: Managing Partner at Brand Strategy Partners

Expertise: franchise and foodservice consulting, raising capital, structuring deals

Xavier Warren

Role: Partner at HOF Player Reps & One Agency

Expertise: business development, contract negotiation, motivational speaking, sports management

SUMMER LAUNCH SPOTLIGHTS – Click the images to visit each startup’s website!

Check out highlights from our 2015 Summer Launch here and here!