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.

Programming Overview

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

Fall Cohort

AMO

Founder: Ayokunle Amoo (SCS'20)
AMO, Inc. is a sports nutrition brand that uses natural superfoods to formulate functional CPG products for athletes.

Chili Maven

Founder: Alexa Fernandez (MBA/MPP'05)
We make bland food more exciting using the exciting flavor sensations of chilis and other authentic Mexican flavors.

Civic

Founders: Thomas Connelly (SFS '21) and Matias Burdman (C'21)
Civic aims to revolutionize community organizing by becoming the first social platform dedicated to civic engagement.

Enna Health

Founders: Nirmal Maitra (NHS'17, M'22), Abdullah Abdukareem, Nikhil Maitra
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.

Favordrop

Founders: Conor McCarrick (NHS '17) and Jack Sardinia (NHS '17)
Favordrop is a mobile application for restaurants to drive in customers on slow days, and for customers to send restaurant gift cards via mobile.

IntimacyMoons

Founders: Michael Nelson (G'05 and C'04) and Marissa Nelson
IntimacyMoons is the premier luxury couples retreat experience, partnering with high-end hotel partners to provide guests with psycho-emotional coaching and guidance needed from a licensed therapist to deepen emotional intimacy and take their renewed intimacy home.

KnoNap

Founder: Danya Sherman (MBA'21)
Through our empowerment tools which enable discreet, rapid drug detection in beverages, and educational content, KnoNap works to empower, educate, and advocate against drug facilitated sexual assault and crime.

manakii

Founder: Sowmya Pelluru
A social impact and sustainability-driven underwear company for women of all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, orientations.

Postbys Inc.

Founders: Erik Victorin (C'18), Anvar Brooks (C'18), and Param Jaggi
Reverse-Marketplace software as a service solution for the world's tradeshow, convention & conference industry.

Share Scoops, Inc.

Founder: Augustus Christensen (C'14)
Share Scoops helps young people build the confidence to invest by engaging them with gamified news focused on corporations' social and environmental impacts.

Skye Coaching

Founders: Jessica Wolf, Tony Lin (C'14), Gabe Chen
A coaching platform that connects individuals with vetted coaches and supports coaches in accelerating their business.

Sunroot Gifting Company

Founder: Maryn Cannon (B'18)
Sunroot Gifting Company is a mission-based eCommerce startup that curates gift boxes focused on celebrating human moments, sourced exclusively from independent makers and female-owned businesses.

Wellness Without Borders

Founder: Alejandro Correa (C'19)
A web platform connecting Latin American Therapists with Spanish Speakers in U.S. based on shared interests, values, nationality, and mental health needs for no more than $40/hour.

Testimonials

Accelerator Guest Speakers

Program Information

Important Dates

August 11, 2021: Accelerator applications close.
August 11 - 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.

Eligibility

Applying teams should meet the following eligibility criteria:
• At least one founder must be an alumni of Georgetown University.
• Companies should have at least an MVP.
• 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.

Cost

Companies that are accepted into the program will pay a one time fee of $500 to participate.

Georgetown Startup Accelerator Partners

If you have any questions along the way, please
contact Callie Jacobs (callie.jacobs@georgetown.edu).