2018 GW New Venture Competition!

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Great news for your students doing community-engaged scholarship! This award has a social venture track for interested students engaged with work in communities. Please encourage any ambitious students to apply ASAP, as the deadline is January 31st. More information is available below in the original email, including the new Faculty Mentorship Award.

2018 GW New Venture Competition

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018; 12:00 p.m. ET

Final Event Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Eligibility | Key Dates | Round 1 Submission Requirements | Prizes | Get Help at Office Hours

This is the 10th anniversary of the GW New Venture Competition, one of the LARGEST collegiate entrepreneurship competitions in the nation. Compete for over $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to help you further your startup idea!

The GW New Venture Competition provides a unique opportunity for GW students, faculty, staff and alumni to put entrepreneurship principles into practice with an experiential learning experience and competition. The competition offers three tracks—New Ventures, Technology Ventures, and Social Ventures—where innovators and entrepreneurs can test ideas for new businesses, technologies and social innovations.

Whether you win a cash or in-kind prize to implement your new idea or simply take advantage of the learning and mentorship to apply later in your career, the GW New Venture Competition is an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience!

The New Venture Competition is hosted by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Office of the Vice President for Research.


First round submissions for the 2018 GW New Venture Competition are due by 12:00 noon ET on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

To submit your application, first review the eligibility rules, key dates, and submission requirement links listed above. If you are eligible to compete, register using the link above. For Round 1 applications, three items are required:

  1. Form fill description of the venture
  2. A concise (50-words or less) description of the venture
  3. A 2-minute video presentation 


This year, you can nominate a GW faculty member who has provided guidance and inspiration to you on your entrepreneurial journey! As part of the Round 1 submission, you can name your “Most Influential Faculty Member” to win an award that will be presented at the Finals on April 19, 2018. 


Contact Jasmine Bautista at jbautista@gwu.edu or 202-994-2780 with questions or for more information.