Organized by the GW Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE), the annual Pitch George Competition is one of the George Washington University's premier entrepreneurial initiatives. The "elevator pitch" competition takes place each fall semester and allows young entrepreneurs from any GW School (ranging from undergraduates to alumni) to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback on the viability of their business concepts, and win startup capital. The competition offers networking opportunities with entrepreneurs from the greater Washington, D.C. area as well as hands-on preparation for the GW New Venture Competition.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Pitch George competition was a virtual event spread over three successive weeks from November 5–21. More than forty teams and 35 judges participated in the 14th annual event. The top fifteen teams were awarded over $8,000. Many of the teams will enter the New Venture Competition hoping to win more funds for their businesses. Contributing sponsors included the Lewis Levy Foundation, Springboard Enterprises, and NFP insurance company.
The 2020 Winners
- Terrae Packaging
- Charity Donation
First Tier teams are awarded $1000, a certificate of accomplishment, and an automatic bye from Round 1 of the 2021 GW New Venture Competition
- Justice Reform for America
- Sa'akom Farms
- Hygge Home
- Slip On
Second Tier teams are awarded $500 and a certificate of accomplishment
Third Tier teams are awarded $150 and a certificate of accomplishment