The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge is Georgetown’s largest annual pitch competition series. Pitch your new venture idea to an expert panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders, gain valuable feedback, win thousands of dollars in startup funds, and meet prospective mentors and investors! 

The top team from each preliminary competition will advance to the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge Finals. Any student who is enrolled in a Georgetown graduate or undergraduate program may apply to pitch. Check out the information below for guidelines, pitch tips, judging criteria, and details regarding the 2023 Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge.

There are Preliminary Rounds for Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge

Competitions begin in early March and run until early April

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Finals are Tuesday, April 4th in Lohrfink Auditorium

2023 Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge Preliminary Competition Schedule

SCS Competition

for all graduate students enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies

March 7th, 5PM (EST - Virtual)

Medical Competition


for students enrolled at the School of Medicine or graduate students enrolled at the School of Nursing & Health Studies

March 9th, 5PM (EST - Virtual)

Undergraduate Competitions


for undergraduate students enrolled in any Georgetown University school or campus, including the School of Continuing Studies and Georgetown University in Qatar.

March 14 and 15th, 5PM (EST - Virtual)

MSB Grad Competition

for all graduate students, executive students, and Pivot Fellows enrolled in the McDonough School of Business

March 27th, 5PM (EST - Virtual)

SFS, McCourt, Law, and Graduate School Competitions


for graduate students enrolled in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McCourt School of Public Policy, Law, or the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

March 29th, 5PM (EST - Virtual)

Wildcard

March 30th, 5PM (EST - Virtual)

Virtual Pitch Best Practices

  • Be Presentable: Just because you’re not pitching in-person doesn’t mean your pitch should look sloppy! Dress nicely and practice good grooming and hygiene to look your best for the judges
  • Have Visuals: A video of just you talking to a camera is boring! Be sure to share your screen to show off your pitchdeck to the judges. You may also choose to get creative and come up with other visual aides such as a whiteboard, props, etc.
  • Speak Clearly: Make sure that you are enunciating and pronouncing words clearly so that judges can understand what you’re saying through the computer.
  • Keep it Short: Your pitch should only be five minutes long! Any longer and we will just cut it off before it is finished.

2021 Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge Replay

The 2022 GEC recording can be found here.

2022 Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

  • Serenity ($2,000): Pelton Family Environmental Prize and Undergraduate Finalist
  • Well Eating, Dreame, and Check-It ($1,000 each): Undergraduate Finalists
  • Chestr ($2,500): Undergraduate Second Place
  • Mercor ($10,000): Undergraduate First Place
  • Rave Me Away, Telebox Health, Skin ID and LUCIO ($1,000 each): Graduate Finalists
  • CrowdRound ($4,500): Graduate Second Place and People’s Choice Award
  • CoSignMe ($10,000): Graduate First Place

Students will deliver a five-minute pitch followed by a three-minute Q&A session to a panel of judges either in their respective graduate preliminaries or during the undergraduate nights. Students are eligible to enter individually or in teams of up to four people. Ventures at any stage from ideation to a currently operating startups are welcome to pitch.

Learn about all of the tips and techniques you need to give a successful pitch. 

Learn how the judges will score your pitch!

Past Challenges