George Washington University Summit on Entrepreneurship


The GW Business Plan Competition and the George Washington Entrepreneurs Roundtable (GWERT) awards ceremony, two previously independent events, have teamed up to produce a two-day symposium designed to highlight and promote the creative, innovative, and pioneering efforts of entrepreneurs in the GW community.

Detailed Agenda:

Thursday, April 15

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Today's Digital Society
Matt Jacobson, partner, LaunchBox Digital
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.Concurrent Panel Discussions

GWSB Panel on Entrepreneurship

  • Kathy Korman Frey, Entrepreneur in Residence, GWSB CFEE; founder, Vision Forward (moderator)
  • Edward Barrientos, GWSB MBA '90, CEO, Brazen Careerist
  • Peter Corbett, CEO, iStrategyLabs
  • Renee Lewis, SEAS MS '90, founder, the Pensare Group

Product vs Service Entrepreneurship

  • Randy Graves, SEAS DSc '78, president, Graves Technology, Inc. (moderator)
  • Terry Collins, SEAS DSc '76, chairman and CEO, Argon ST
  • Jonathan Gordon, SEAS BA ’05, founder and CEO/Lead Designer, GordonRides LLC
  • Allyn Kilsheimer, SEAS BS '63, founder and CEO, KCE Structural Engineers
11:45 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Annual George Washington Entrepreneurs Roundtable (GWERT) Luncheon
by invitation only

GW President Steven Knapp presents the Award for Distinguished Entrepreneurial Achievement to Linda Rabbitt, GSEHD MA '72, founder and CEO, Rand Construction Company

1:15 – 6 p.m.GW Business Plan Competition
Student Poster Displays and Semifinal Presentations
  • John Rollins, director, GW Business Plan Competition (moderator)
  • GW Business Plan Competition judges announce final four teams at 5:45 p.m.
6 – 7:30 p.m.Entrepreneurs Networking Reception



9 – 11:15 a.m.GW Business Plan Competition
Final Presentations
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.GW Business Plan Competition
Award presentations by Annette and Richard Scott, sponsors of the GW Business Plan Competition
1 – 2 p.m.

MBA Program GLOBE lecture
Joe Cohen, GWSB MBA '84
School of Media and Public Affairs B07