Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge Guidelines & Eligibility

GUIDELINES: The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge encourages students and aspiring entrepreneurs from across Georgetown University to share their entrepreneurial ventures, business ideas, or social enterprises with our community. Register on our GEC page to compete in the challenge event for your school.

  • Students will get 5 minutes to pitch their ideas to our panels of judge followed by 3 minutes of Q&A with the judges. 
  • Pitches will be judged based on feasibility, confidence in the team, incorporation of Georgetown values, and overall presentation. 
  • All current Georgetown students are eligible to participate, in accordance to the eligibility standards listed below.
  • Student ventures must be pitched by a founder or co-founder of the company, and not be just be an employee or intern of someone else’s business. Only Georgetown students are allowed to pitch.
  • The winning teams will advance, March Madness-style, to the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge Final on April 4, 2023, to compete for over $30,000 in cash and in-kind prizes!

ELIGIBILITY: All current Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students are invited to pitch at the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge. GEC is designed to be for early/idea-stage ventures. 

  • Student ventures cannot have raised $50,000 or more in financing or earned $50,000 or more in revenue. 
  • Student ventures must not have been incorporated more than a year earlier than their intended preliminary competition.
  • Individual participants cannot be a member of more than one team competing in the event.
  • Student ventures pitched at a GEC in the past can be pitched again, provided those ventures did not win prize money in the past for that business idea and fulfill all eligibility requirements. However, that same student may pitch a fundamentally different business venture idea in a subsequent GEC.
  • Student ventures pitched at Bark Tank event in the past cannot be pitched at GEC. 
  • Student ventures pitched at Rocket Pitch, Ventures & Values, or other pitch competitions where prize monies were awarded to them are still welcome and encouraged to pitch at GEC.
  • Student ventures must also give Georgetown Entrepreneurship permission to video record any pitch competition in which they participate and consent to the proliferation of that recording on social media, YouTube, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship website, and other digital media. 
  • Moreover, ventures will allow the McDonough School of Business and Georgetown Entrepreneurship to use your company name, logo, and likeness as part of our marketing materials (announcing the program, etc.).
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