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A: You must be a GW Student (Undergraduate/graduate) or Alumni from ANY of the GW Schools to participate.

A: There is a maximum of three (3) students per team. Every student must be involved in giving the pitch in some way, shape, or form.

A: Each team has a time slot of 10 minutes. The pitch itself can be a maximum of 3 minutes. The judges panel will have 5 minutes to host a Q&A session/provide verbal feedback and 2 minutes to make a collective judging decision for sending the team to the next round.  

Note: This is a fast-paced competition and all timers have been instructed to be very strict with time. You will be given a “2 minutes left” and “1 minute left” warning throughout your pitch, however you will be cut off at exactly 3 minutes. At that point when the Timer calls time, you are required to stop unless the judges state that you can finish your sentence, thought, etc.

A: Unfortunately, no slides are permitted. However, teams can provide the judges panel with a printed one-page sheet of material to support their pitch (one-sided, 8.5 x 11 in. paper size).

A: Yes, however, we highly encourage students to practice their pitch ahead of time in order to avoid using note cards. Participants who practice their pitches ahead of time and are not heavily dependent on note cards have a better chance of moving through to the final round.

To make the competition as fair as possible, your team cannot watch another team’s pitch until your team pitches first. However, family, friends, and non-participants are welcome to watch the entire event!

A: The judges will make decisions based on the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness in conveying there is a market need for business idea.
  • Effectiveness in explaining the unique value proposition of business idea.
  • Effectiveness in conveying passion and excitement.
  • Effectiveness in conveying the team has the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in the venture.

The GW October Entrepreneurship Team is raising awareness for the UN SDGs. 

Learn more about the UN SDG’s here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

You may have noticed while registering that there is a UN SDG theme option. Our judges will notice teams who are able to identify and address a problem related to one or more of the seventeen (17) UN SDGs. 

DO NOT WORRY if your idea/product/company/venture does not fall under this theme. It will NOT count against you or your team.

Additional Resources


Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Funger Hall Room 108

Register at: go.gwu.edu/pitchapalooza

Description: Do you have an idea? A problem that needs solving? Follow your innovative itch to the GW PITCH-A-PALOOZA. Join the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and your classmates to hear and vote for your favorite ideas. Did we mention we have pizza? There’s that too.

The Dolphin Tank 

Wednesday, September 23, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Lehman Auditorium Science & Engineering Hall 800 22nd St, NW Washington, DC

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dolphin-tank-george-washington-university-seas-registration-70839885003

Description: The Dolphin Tank, hosted by Springboard Enterprises and George Washington University | SEAS, is a “friendly-feedback” pitch session for women entrepreneurs. Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® programs are “helpful feedback-driven” pitch sessions for entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. Dolphin Tanks aren’t about sharks, piranhas, dragons, or competing for the best idea – they’re about channeling the expertise of the people in the room. The Dolphin Tank is an interactive discussion led by an expert panel that focuses on one thing: “How can we help?” The objective is to provide connections and advice to enable entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities. Join the George Washington University community for an evening of pitches and networking.

SEED SPOT Bootcamp

Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Gelman Library Rooms 301 – 302

Register at: go.gwu.edu/seedspot

Description: This one-day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals that are considering starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT’s curriculum, and a network of supporters.

Where Do I Start? Webinar

Thursday, October 3, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

Webinar Room: webex.gwu.edu/join/jbautista

Register at: go.gwu.edu/wdis

Description: Do you have a business or social enterprise idea, but don’t know where to start? Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and getting guidance on how to move your idea forward? Join the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for a webinar on how you can take your business, idea, or startup to the next level. Plus, find and learn about all the great resources GW has to offer for innovators, entrepreneurs, and impact leaders.

Pitch’n In the Kitchen 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

MakeOffices at Penn Ave, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW #7000, Washington, DC 20006

Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitchn-in-the-kitchen-tickets-68270608227

Description: Do you have an idea? Want to talk through your idea with the community of entrepreneurs at GW? You can! The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship presents “Pitch’n in the Kitchen”. A casual, intimate pitch event where you can pitch your idea (no matter the stage) to your fellow peers and professional entrepreneurs from around campus. We provide a safe space for all students to bring their ideas and discuss it with other like-minded innovators.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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