Women Entrepreneurship

Anna Wu presenting at the 2016 NVC Finals
Anna Wu presenting at the 2016 NVC Finals

Our office and university are dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs succeed in their business endeavors. Several programs offer education, support, and mentorship on campus.

Hot Mommas® Project

The Hot Mommas® Project is an award-winning social venture that pairs the world’s largest digital case study library of female role models with cutting-edge teaching tools. The result? Confidence and key success factor increases of up to 200 percent among women in Gen Y, Gen X, and beyond. The team is Coleman Foundation Case Award winner, and its leader, Kathy Korman Frey, is a NAWBO Woman of Distinction Award recipient. Mrs. Frey is also GWSB's Entrepreneur is Residence, who was recently named one of the top 100 most desirable mentors by GenJuice, an online resource for young adults. Mrs. Frey is also a professor at in the GWSB Department of Management, where she teaches her award-winning Women Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative course.

Springboard Enterprises

Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses. Springboard educates, sources, coaches, showcases and supports high growth companies seeking equity capital for expansion. Springboard's record is unmatched. Since January, 2000, the team has helped 503 women-led companies raise more than $5.5 billion in equity financing, including 10 IPOs, and legions of high value M&As. 82% of Springboard companies are still in business, generating $4 billion in revenues and creating tens of thousands of new jobs.

Springboard also partners with our office and the $101,000 GW Business Plan Competition to host regular Dolphin Tank sessions. These events offer a friendly platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in an exchange of friendly feedback from a group of industry experts, investors, and active entrepreneurs. The Dolphin Tanks will be coming back to campus this academic year.

Elizabeth J. Somer's 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. Offered exclusively at the Mount Vernon Campus, WLP commemorates and preserves the vision of the founder of Mount Vernon College and Seminary, Elizabeth J. Somers. WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the program.

The dynamic curriculum emphasizes exploration and development of women's leadership through academic courses and weekly symposia. WLP symposia offer special lectures, workshops, and experiences that draw on the unique resources of Washington, DC and brings students together with women of achievement and leadership from many professional fields.

Students live together in Somers Hall with a graduate teaching assistant who serves as a mentor and academic resource.

Equita Accelerator, Inc. 

Equita Accelerator is a comprehensive ecosystem enabling female leadership and gender-balanced entrepreneurial teams to thrive. It offers:

  • Tailor-made educational program and a network of target buyers for testing business model assumptions. 
  • Pre-screened mentors, access to investors and to first customers. Equita entrepreneurs around the world will support each other on an online platform.
  • A collaborative and creative workspace utilizing methodology from Stanford University’s Institute of Design. Specialized concierge services like childcare to create a family-friendly work environment that supports work-life balance.
  • Seed capital investments in qualified accelerator graduates.

GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship partners with Equita Accelerator to promote diversity and encourage women and minorities to pursuit entrepreneurial goals.