Summer Programs for High School Students

Entrepreneurship Institute

XSPP-106 Entrepreneurship Institute

Course Details

The Entrepreneurship Institute is offered on the following dates:

June 19 - June 25, 2016

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*

  • Personal development
  • Teamwork
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Communication skills
  • Risk management
  • Research
  • Public speaking skills
  • Start ups

Hands-on Experience*

  • 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 start ups
Sample Day*  
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: Georgetown Professor of Business
  The Essence of Entrepreneurship
10:30 – 10:45 a.m Break
10:45 – 12:15 p.m Finance and Funding Workshop
12:15 – 1:30 p.m Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 p.m Guest Speaker: Director of Innovation
  Mars Corporation
2:15 – 5:30 p.m Visit Marriott Corporate Headquarters
5:30 – 7:00 p.m Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 p.m Capstone Project: Innovative models for global solutions

* Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change.

2016 Instructional Staff

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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