Partner Groups

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship works closely with departments and organizations within the university, dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship education and practice. We encourage interested parties to reach out to our contacts directly.

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Research and innovation are driving forces advancing GW as an academic institution and society as a whole, and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) works diligently to strengthen existing initiatives and expand into new multidisciplinary fields. GW has more than 85 centers and institutes and research in cutting edge projects in science and technology, health, public policy, global security, and the arts and humanities.

Led by Vice President Leo Chalupa, the office works in tandem with faculty to facilitate all phases of the external and internal funding processes, and provides support for faculty and student research initiatives.

Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE)

CFEE strives to empower entrepreneurs by integrating academic objectives within GW's business community, including women's entrepreneurial leadership and new venture development. Key contacts:

  • George Solomon
  • Kathy Korman Frey, (CEO, Hot Momma's Project)
  • John Rollins
  • Kevin May
  • Nawaf Alabduljader
  • Ellen Zavin
  • William Dennis

Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program

The Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program (WLP) is a selective, year-long, living and learning program for freshmen women of any school at the George Washington University. WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the program.

  • Shelly Heller

Equita Accelerator, Inc. 

Equita Accelerator is a comprehensive ecosystem enabling female leadership and gender-balanced entrepreneurial teams to thrive. GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship partners with Equita Accelerator to promote diversity and encourage women and minorities to pursuit entrepreneurial goals. 

  • Annamaria Konya-Tannon

Global Entrepreneurship and Finance Research Institute (GEFRI)

GEFRI supports the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of globalization of markets, finance and technology and their impact on the financing of new or emerging business opportunities. This support is provided through targeted research grants, research excellence awards, conferences, a working paper series, and educational programs. Key contacts:

GW Research Days

This annual event is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research and discovery on issues of major disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and global significance being done at GW through poster sessions, presentations, guest speakers.

  • Megan Dieleman

GW Upstart

GWupstart is GW's central hub for social entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and funding. Based in the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, it builds on GW’s strength as an institution that fosters the next generation of citizen leaders. It provides the know-how and support to students to turn their ideas into practical action that makes a measurable, sustained difference.

  • Melanie Fedri

GW Veterans

GW Veterans, the Student Veterans of America chapter at the George Washington University, launched an initiative on Veterans Day 2015 to establish a centralized military resource center on the GW Foggy Bottom campus. The goal of the center is to enrich the support for military affiliated students by creating a space that is comprised of the different on-campus military organizations such as student groups, ROTC, and formal Department of Veteran's Affairs benefit processing offices.

  • Yannick Baptiste

Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service aims to integrate civic engagement into George Washington University’s educational work. We focus GW’s resources to meet community needs beyond the campus, promote active citizenship in a diverse democracy, and enhance teaching, learning and scholarship at GW.

  • Amy Cohen

International Center for Small Business (ICSB)

ICSB was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. Key contacts:

Office of Industry & Corporate Research

The Office of Industry & Corporate Research is the first point of contact for industry and corporate entities to form mutually beneficial relationships with GW. Key contacts:

  • Thomas Prescott Russo

Operation GW VALOR

Operation GW VALOR is a comprehensive, collaborative, and unified effort amongst key stakeholders whereby GW student Military members, their Families, and Veterans Accelerate Learning Opportunities & Rewards (VALOR).

  • Victoria Pridemore

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

SEAS' programs and degrees prepare professionals to be confident in their understanding of science and technology, capable of exercising constructive leadership, creative in the face of new environmental and societal challenges, and agile in the application of critical analytical skills during a life long learning that will open new career horizons.

  • Suresh Subramaniam

Springboard Enterprises

Springboard Enterprises is a resident organization on the GW Mount Vernon campus and a premier platform for helping women-led businesses. Springboard Enterprises also facilitates the Dolphin TankTM pitch-practice event at GW each year. Key contact:

Technology Commercialization Office

Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) promotes and facilitates the transfer of GW innovations for the benefit of the university community and the public while leveraging GW resources by partnering with industry experts and entrepreneurs. Key Contact:

  • Dr. Steve Kubisen

Virginia Science and Technology Campus

Investing in the Commonwealth's fastest-growing county and eager to meet community and corporate needs, the Campus has expanded its core research institutes and added to its graduate and specialized undergraduate education programs. The Campus has grown from one building to seven.

  • Dr. Ali Eskandarian