The Entrepreneurship Institute is offered on the following dates:
June 25 - July 1, 2017
Explore the advantages and challenges of managing your own enterprise in a program focused on ethical entrepreneurship and the business operations of both private and non-profit sectors. Lectures given by guest speakers including faculty members from Georgetown’s prestigious McDonough School of Business as well as local entrepreneurs discussing social responsibility, personal development and risk management. Students will build and improve their public speaking and communications skills through practical experiences that include developing business plans, networking and team-building exercises. Visits to area corporations and start-ups provide opportunities to see firsthand what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
Core Topics Covered*
Listen to guest speakers, including Georgetown faculty and entrepreneurs
Develop a business plan and presentation
Participate in interactive discussions on business-related topics
Engage in exercises to improve your team-building and project management skills
Visit area corporations and startups
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: Georgetown Professor of Business The Essence of Entrepreneurship
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Finance and Funding Workshop
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Guest Speaker: Director of Innovation Mars Corporation
2:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Visit Marriott Corporate Headquarters
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Capstone Project: Innovative models for global solutions
9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Optional Residential Living Supervision and Activities
Students are typically engaged in academic programming from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with free time and optional residential living activities until curfew. Students arrive and check-in on Sunday and depart on Saturday.
*Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change.
George A. Sifakis, M.S.P.S., Academic Director
Since founding and leading Axela LLC over a decade ago and founding Idea-gen.com, George has crafted countless cross-sector, collective impact partnerships among corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Prior to entering the private sector, Georgeserved in all branches of the federal government including as a Presidential appointee and U.S. Senate committee staffer. George is a frequent speaker on issues relating to collective impact and cross-sector innovation and collaboration. He is also co-founder of the Live Inspire Empower brand. George is an avid runner and is an alumnus of Suffolk University Graduate School, Rhode Island College, Northeastern University and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education.
Eric Koester, Capstone Director
Eric Koester is a serial entrepreneur. He has spent much of his career building companies, working with entrepreneurs and writing and teaching around topics of customer discovery, lean, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Eric is currently the Managing Director of NextGen Venture Partners, the world's first network driven venture capital fund investing in early stage technology companies in regions including New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin, DC, Atlanta and more. Additionally, Eric is a partner at FastRope Labs, an early stage innovation and startup studio. Previously Eric was the founder of Main Street Genome, a technology startup developing tools for the small business economy acquired in 2015 and was a co-founder of Zaarly, a marketplace to locate local small businesses and service providers, named by Fast Company as one of the Fifty Most Innovative Companies in the World. He was also an executive at Appature Inc., a cloud-based relationship marketing software company acquired by IMS in 2013; a founder of Learn that Name, acquired by Blackberry in 2010; and a founder/manager of other companies in the environmental consultancy and web development sectors.
Eric was recently named one of Washington DC’s “40 under 40” and has written several books on startups and technology, including The Green Entrepreneur Handbook (CRC Press 2011) and Starting a High Tech Business Venture (Taylor & Francis 2010). Eric also devotes considerable time to building the startup community. Eric is married to Allison, a professor of Accounting at Georgetown, and they have a daughter Quinn.
Eric began his entrepreneurial career at Ventana Medical Systems, a leading diagnostics company and as a corporate securities attorney at Cooley LLP, focusing on high-growth startups, venture funds, private equity and technology companies.
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