Promising Startups Get Boost From Georgetown Entrepreneur Programs

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August 9, 2018 – Students and alumni worked on projects that would provide housing to refugees and immigrants, on-the-go food options, a music app and more during the university’s eight-week StartupHoyas Summer Launch Program.
The program, designed for current Georgetown students and recent graduates who want to launch new business ventures, offers support from Georgetown faculty, mentors and other experienced entrepreneurs.
“We are proud of the successes of our alumni entrepreneurs and of the support we are able to provide them,” says Jeff Reid, founding director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, which sponsors the program.
The program also offered workspace at the McDonough School of Business, membership in the new Georgetown Venture Lab sponsored by the Leonsis Family at the WeWork White House location, a stipend and invitations to exclusive networking events.
A total of 14 participants in the program presented their ventures to the D.C. entrepreneurial community in July, including:
Al Sur Latin Kitchen and Catering LLC, which makes “m’panadas” (empanadas) ready from freezer to table in minutes, is led by Maria Margarita Womack (EMBA’19).
A Squared, led by Ashlee Berghoff (G’18), partners with entrepreneurs to implement the infrastructure their businesses need to run efficiently and effectively.
Bluprint, a mobile app platform providing a fast way to discover music from both emerging and established artists, is led by John Rader (B’18).
Credit/Ability, led by Jake Glass (SFS’20) and Yanchen (Frank) Wang (G’19), helps support refugees and immigrants in accessing housing.
Dynos, a mobile food-ordering platform, is led by Aaron Rutter (C’20) and Sahaj Sharda (SFS’20).
foublie, led by Melissa Antal (G’19), connects families and expectant parents to nutrition experts and other information on demand.
GiftLove, an online marketplace led by Hadeel Shadid (B’19), allows consumers to explore multiple products from local small businesses with same-day local pickup.
Graham Kitchenware, led by Catherine Colwell (G’19), provides kitchenware for millennials using “ …

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