Jumpstart Bootcamp 2-Day Bootcamp: Discover | Innovate | Design

Discover and break down a complex problem, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a new startup or social enterprise!

Jumpstart Bootcamp 2-Day Bootcamp: Discover | Innovate | Design

About this event

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ycenter presents "Jumpstart 2-Day Bootcamp: Discover | Innovate | Design" an experiential and interactive learning and skill building experience. Over the course of one week students will discover and break down a complex problem, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a new company, startup, nonprofit, or social and civic enterprise.


This experiential and interactive bootcamp exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators and entrepreneurs to create new startups, businesses, and social enterprises. The bootcamp will dive into design thinking as a way to help students frame problems and create solutions. to problems like social and environmental issues and provide impactful solutions in the US and internationally.

Through the course of one week, Students will learn, ideate, build and explore new ways to solve real problems using the power of business methods. The modules include principles of Complex Problem Solving, Human-Centered Design, Creativity and Innovation exercises, Empathy Building for Customers and Business Model Canvas for very early-stage ideas and startups. You do not need to have a team to participate in this event or have an idea, just a problem you would like to solve. Individuals and teams are both welcome to attend.


This bootcamp will take place on two Saturdays. Please see the exact schedule below.

  • Saturday, October 9: 10am - 12pm
  • Saturday, October 16: 10am - 12pm

Why participate

This bootcamp is for those who have an idea for a start-up, social enterprise, or business and are in the early stages of exploring their own innovations, ideas, and social enterprises. No prior experience is necessary to attend.

If you’re interested in getting constructive feedback on your ideas, gain practical problem solving skills, and an opportunity to learn from the best innovators and entrepreneurs working in the US and internationally, this is for you. International students are encouraged to attend.

Plus, learn human centered design thinking to launch your new enterprise. Human Centered design takes you through the journey of understanding problems, Empathy building for your customers, Analogous Thinking for Creativity and finally Business Model for your best idea.

Three learning outcomes

  1. Learning how to use human-centered design methodology for complex problem solving
  2. Generating empathy for your user/potential customer
  3. Building a business model for your solution or startup

About Ycenter

Ycenter is a Global Experiential Education enterprise. They have created and delivered hands-on workshops for entrepreneurs in seven countries across four continents. From working on social ventures in Africa to developing technology driven apps in USA and India.

About the Facilitator

Dhairya Pujara is the Founder, CEO at Ycenter, he is responsible for building a global ecosystem bringing in corporates, universities, NGOs for creating experiential educational programs. Dhairya is the curator for "Global Shaper Hub Philadelphia" by World Economic Forum. He has been a global TEDx organizer and a sought-after public speaker on entrepreneurship and international development. He delivers keynote and guest lectures in some of the top business schools and conferences around the globe. Dhairya sits on the advisory board for European Commission program LASIN - Latin American Social Innovation network. In 2015, American Immigration granted him an approval for a special category work visa reserved for "an individual of extraordinary abilities”. He received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University.

Limited Availability

This workshop is limited to 30 GW student participants only. We will create a wait list after 30 people RSVP.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.