Compete with an idea or join the audience to watch budding GW startups!
Each year, graduate, undergraduate, and (this year) female-founded teams compete in "Pitch George," the official elevator pitch competition of the GW School of Business. Students often use the Pitch George Competition to launch their business idea or redefine an existing business model using the feedback given to them by an experienced panel of entrepreneurial judges. Student teams are formed from each of the ten GW schools on campus. 1st place winners from each of the three competitive tracks: graduate, undergraduate, and women (or female-founded) ventures are then automatically selected to advance to the semifinal round of the 2019 GW New Venture Competition.
This year, teams will compete for their share of over $12,500 in total cash prizes for their venture. Winners from each track will receive $2,000, $1,250 and $750 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Teams are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Applications are due no later than 11:59PM EST on November 10, 2018. Ideas for startups, early-stage startups, and existing businesses are all welcome to be submitted! Student teams should expect to prepare a 3-minute elevator pitch for the competition after submitting an application. Pitch decks are NOT allowed however teams can bring any prototypes or samples of their products if applicable.
After the application has been closed, teams will be notified if they are moving forward to formal pitch presentations. Formal pitch presentations will be held on Saturday, November 17. This all-day event and will take place on the 6th floor of Duques Hall. Please note that due to the fast nature of the event, all teams are required to be physically present for the pitch presentations.
Everyone in the GW community are welcome to attend and watch all of these teams compete for the top prizes! The event is FREE to attend!
- 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Registration, Check-In, & Networking
- 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Semifinal Pitch Presentations
- 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch
- 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Finalists Announcement
- 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Finalist Pitches
- 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Judges Deliberation
- 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Awards Ceremony
Any questions or concerns regarding the Pitch George Competition? Please reach out directly to any of the following individuals: