The Georgetown Startup Accelerator
About the Georgetown Startup Accelerator
The Georgetown Startup Accelerator (GSA) will bring together Georgetown alumni entrepreneurs in early stage startup companies with experienced mentors, peers, and top subject matter experts to help accelerate their business progress. Participating companies will have the opportunity to:
- Work 1:1 with experienced mentors
- Set short and long-term company growth metrics
- Attend weekly workshops with exciting guest speakers
- Learn alongside a community of peer entrepreneurs
- Showcase your company to the Georgetown community
Our program is entirely remote, so companies can apply no matter where they are based!
Please note that we do not take equity nor provide cash funding for participating companies.
Each weekly workshop will be led by a different expert in GU’s network of mentors, established alumni, and faculty. Our programming focuses on the key areas to building a successful business, such as:
Baselining and Goal Setting
Product Market Fit and Customer Feedback
Leading and Building Successful Teams
Sales and Generating Demand
The Business of Running A Business
Fundraising and Investing
Founders: Kamar Mack (C’19) and Adrian Abrams C’18
Appdrop empowers teams to get their app to market quickly by providing a no code app solution designed with 3 core elements: Ease, Speed, and Quality.
Founder: Chris Cacace (C’17)
Globally Unified Air Quality (GUAQ)
Founders: Anna Giaquinto (B’21) and Neal Singal (B’22)
Founders: Russell Bar (MBA’20) and Kaye Macabuag
Hi-Rx is a mobile healthcare company; we send a trained medical professional to the patient’s preferred location to perform a variety of services, including sample collection and delivery, immunizations and concierge patient education services.
Home Base Spirits
Founders: Samantha Blatteis (SFS’08) and Alexandra Blatteis
Founders: Julian Davis (B’20 and, Rostam Reifschneider
The production of hydrogen gas is responsible for 2% of all global CO2 emissions. Hydrova is fighting climate change by producing low-cost, zero-emissions hydrogen from aluminum and water.
Founders: Rich Halverson (MBA’17), Mel Levey (MBA’17)
Joint Homes offers a modern housing solution for military service members that delivers the benefits of ownership with the flexibility of renting. Through our collective impact model, Joint unlocks trapped value in the housing market.
Little Red Box Grocery
Founder: Samuel Newman (MBA’08)
We are democratizing access to good food. We are a tech-enabled & community-driven platform that brings the benefits of healthy food & pantry solutions, located conveniently & priced affordably, to the base of the pyramid.
Founder: Josh Ellars (MBA’15)
Patri is a software and consulting firm dedicated to helping companies win more business through data-powered solutions. Patri’s Bid Score™ is an innovative SaaS solution powering opportunity analytics, data-backed qualification, intelligent resource investments, & improved win rates.
Founders: Gaetano Razzieri (MBA’11)
VFC creates delivery-native, on-demand, food delivery brands whose menu items are prepared in ghost kitchens in LatAm’s largest cities.
Founder: Victoria Pratt (SFS’11)
Pratt Standard Cocktail Company enables and equips consumers to share the joy of home cocktailing. Their DC-based company makes craft cocktail ingredients inspired by pre-prohibition recipes designed to help the home bartender up their game.
Founder: Aaron Filous (G’15)
Promotable is a professional development platform that teaches the data analytics skills required to do their best work now and become more promotable in the future through industry created, expert led, and mentor driven hands on training.
My business will absolutely grow directly as a result of the connections the GSA made for me. I have gained advisors I would never have had access to otherwise, we likely will land a big chain retailer, and I likely secured investment for my business.
Tory PrattFounder of Pratt Standard
Not only did my co-founder and I gain valuable and actionable insights from the workshops and programming, but the GSA also did an excellent job of pairing us with our mentor, an industry expert who opened doors and made an immediate impact on our strategy.
Russell BarCEO of Hi-RX
We enrolled in the accelerator with clear goals, and we were able to meet them. We made invaluable connections, honed a growth strategy for our business with the help of our mentor, and were able to position ourselves for a fundraise through the sessions and Demo Day.
Sam BlatteisCo-Founder of Home Base Spirits
I thought the most valuable aspect was preparing for a Demo Day because it required us to prepare financials, develop an exit strategy, and also improve my pitch skills.
Neal Singal and Anna GiaquintoCo-Founders of Globally Unified Air Quality
GSA allowed my co-founder and I to stress-test our business model, refine our thesis, and grow from an idea to a company with clients during the span of the program. Meeting other founders and working with the GSA team proved invaluable to our growth.
Mel LeveyCo-founder of Joint Homes
Going forward, the biggest impact will probably be from the connections we made with both investors, mentors, and the cohort.
Rostam ReifscheiderCo-Founder of Hydrova
Spring Accelerator Guest Speakers
Catherine Colwell (MBA’19)
Devon George (B’01)
Doug Bouton (C’07)
Jonathan Neman (B’07)
Leon Keshishian (C’92)
Nitya Rajendran (C’14)
Peter Mellen (MBA’98)
Ted Leonsis (C’77)
August 1, 2021: Accelerator applications close.
August 1 – September 1, 2021: Select founders are invited to move forward to interview.
September 3, 2020: Cohort is selected and notified of acceptance.
September 21, 2021: Accelerator kicks off.
November 16, 2021: Final Showcase.
November 18, 2021: Accelerator programming concludes.
Applying teams should meet the following eligibility criteria:
• At least one founder must be an alumni of Georgetown University.
• If your startup is not your full-time job, applicants should be prepared to dedicate at least 20 hours a week to growing their business over the course of the program.
• Ventures can be of any industry but must be for-profit companies.
• Companies can be located anywhere in the country or across the globe.
Companies that are accepted into the program will pay a one time fee of $500 to participate.