Join us for the 2021 GW Entrepreneurship Week


While new ideas and ventures can present in all shapes and sizes, creativity and innovation are key to success. After examining the difference in creativity and innovation, this seminar will examine how to improve your skills.

Master Teacher: Ayman El Tarabishy

One of the ways to help your brain forge new paths is to experience new obstacles. Come participate in a short challenge at the GW Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab.

Everyone has a painting in them ready to be born. In this session, open your mind and get your hands dirty. Afraid it won’t won’t look “good”? It doesn’t have to. In fact fear of failure is a major reason people with great business ideas never get started. Skills learned in the seminar will help you go from “NO” to “Next Opportunity”


1:00 - 1:45 AM | Visioning

What does “a better you” look like? Do you know where you want to be when you retire? How about in 5 years? What will/should change? What should stay the same? This seminar explores these questions and will teach you processes for finding the answers.

2:00 - 2:45 AM | Personal Branding

Building a solid brand is one part of being a successful entrepreneur. Through this session, you will learn the importance of branding as a skill, and how to craft a brand that reflects your individual goals.

Master Teacher: Ruth Dwyer

3:00 - 3:45 AM | Home-Life Balance

People are often expected to do it all: be successful bosses, partners, parents and community members. It’s no easy feat to juggle everything. This session explores some of the secrets for how to balance all of life’s demands.



9:00 - 9:45 AM | SDGS for a Better World

The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development relies on the cooperation of governments, businesses and citizens as it works toward a better future for us all. Despite setbacks, SDGs have made great strides. Come learn how women and their businesses have been instrumental in making progress toward these ambitious goals.

10:00 - 10:45 AM | Tech for the Future

As technology increases, it is critical to understand both the positive potential and the negative impact it can have. This seminar looks at broad technological trends and their impact on the future.

11:00 - 11:45 AM | Humane Entrepreneurship

As we approach the next era of human development, humane business practices offer a solution for economic and social growth. Come learn about how equitable not only can be profitable but is also our best chance to promote sustainable change for a better world.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | Lunch & Networking


1:00 - 1:45 PM | Financing to Grow

This session is dedicated to understanding how providing financial backing to entrepreneurs helps to expand cultural and social values, and grow better businesses.

2:00 - 2:45 PM | Strategies for Maximizing Employee Productivity

It has been said that happy employees equals happy customers. Gain a greater understanding of the ingredients that improve employee joy on the job.

3:00 - 3:45 PM | The Secrets to Customer Loyalty

With ever increasing customer choice, why should they purchase from you? Discover the secrets behind customer satisfaction, retention and loyalty.



Student start-ups and small businesses from GWU and the Greater D.C. area are invited to join the ICSB Idea Marketplace.

Entrepreneurs are welcome to present their businesses and attend essential business training sessions that will help take your business to the next level. All training sessions will be held in the morning, followed by the pitch competition in the afternoon.

1:00 - 3:00 PM | Pitch Competition

All GW teams who participate will be considered for the New Business Plan competition.

3:00 - 4:00 PM | Investor Mentorship

Meet in small groups with world-renowned investors as they discuss ways in which your company can best position itself for funding.

4:00 - 5:00 PM | Award Announcements

Did your business win? 1st place winners will receive 300 USD with another 3 teams receiving 200 USD each.


POLICY | In-Person (tbc)

Gain hands-on experience in the business of policy making during the DC Policy Center site visit. Meet genuine lawmakers and brainstorm new, more effective policies together.



Discuss data about entrepreneurship presented by researchers from all over the globe, and then join the evening Gala dedicated to honoring exemplary members of the GW community.