By Elizabeth Schieffelin and Kat Song
Kat is the acting director of media relations, McDonough School of Business_
This year, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative has rolled out a brand new program for aspiring entrepreneurial students: the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) program. Currently made up of a team of eight entrepreneurs with a variety of backgrounds, the program’s main goals are to connect entrepreneurs, students, and alumni, and to encourage mentorship and advising. The entrepreneurs hold weekly office hours (better known as “Chalk Talks”), and also take part in a variety of projects on campus such as guest speaking and judging competitions. Last semester, the EiR program served more than 300 students across the university and has been growing since.
“My company has gained significant traction in recent months following the advice of an Entrepreneur in Residence to persevere through a co-founder issue, establish a partnership pipeline, and focus like a laser on product development,” Dan Berger (MBA ’10), founder, Social Tables, a web-based event planning platform.
“Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business is focused on supporting a consistent exchange of ideas and activities between our students and faculty on campus, and entrepreneurs in the greater business community,” said Jeff Reid, director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Georgetown McDonough.
New Entrepreneurs-in-Residence this semester include Jeff Fine, chairman of CIBT; Donna Harris, managing director of Startup Regions; Shaun Johnson, associate at TechStars; and Veeral Majmudar, president and CEO of SavanGroup. Returning from last semester are Alyssa Lovegrove, CEO and founder, New Venture Mentors; David Ross, health care innovation consultant, Johnson & Johnson; T. Richard Stroupe Jr., founder and managing principal, Crimson Holdings LLC; and Susan Wilson, founder and CEO of FundHer.