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"GIEI and Village Capital Launch" party to be held December 6, 2017

The Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI) is excited to announce that, through the generous support of the Sorenson Impact Foundation, we have partnered with Village Capital to create a one of a kind program bringing a Venture Investment Readiness Awareness Level (VIRAL) program during the 2018 Spring semester. This opportunity will offer our entrepreneurial students the full support and training to take their business ideas to the next level.

Working in collaboration with GIEI, Village Capital will provide facilitator-led sessions where students will learn about how to grow their businesses through setting milestones related to customer discovery, team structure, and the basics of venture capital fundraising. During mentor-lead sessions, participants will receive one-on-one feedback from a current Deaf or signing entrepreneur on the progress they are making with real-time, actionable next steps.

Participating entrepreneurs may be eligible for start-up equity up to $5,000 per team upon successful completion of this program!

Selection Criteria

Only current Gallaudet students as well as alumni are eligible, with preference given to current students. 

Your established early-stage business or business ideas should:

1) Already have launched, either in beta (test) or with current customers (seed or early stage);

2) Must also be utilizing technology already, or be willing to (i.e., website, mobile app, etc.)

3) Have at least one founder interested in pursuing the business post-graduation; and 

4) Be interested in potentially expanding beyond D.C.

Note: If interested students do not have an established early-stage business nor idea yet, they are more than welcome to participate in the program to learn more about what it takes to be an entrepreneur!

Program Dates

Entrepreneurs selected to participate will be given bi-monthly, on-campus trainings that alternate between four facilitator-led workshops (approximately two hours in the early evening during a week day) and three mentoring sessions. Participating entrepreneurs must attend every facilitator-led workshop and may only be absent from no more than two mentor workshops total.

For more details including proposed dates and application information, be sure to come to our December 6 GIEI / Village Capital Launch Event held at the Peikoff Alumni House (“Ole Jim”) at 4 p.m. GIEI will also be hosting a fun business pitch (non-equity) event in support of their Entrepreneurship GSR course final grade which is optional for all to enjoy after the official program announcement. Light refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Posted by Keith Doane | Posted December 1, 2017 at 4:03 PM


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Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002