Global Online Social Innovation Competition

Applications Due

Monday June 26

Program Begins

Thursday July 6

Short Term Program

 28 students


 High School Level Program

 12 Meetings


Meet online with a group of U.S. and Chinese students and a mentor from a top-ranked university. Over the course of 12 meetings, create a business plan and mock ups for an online business to address a problem you observe in your communities.


  • Each participant will receive a certificate from Startup Hoyas, part of Georgetown University Business School's Entrepreneurship Initiative.
  • The group or groups with the most viable business ideas will be selected to attend an additional two week program where they will receive $1000 seed money and intensive mentoring from an industry leading startup founder to create and deploy a "minimum viable product" based on their initial idea.
  • Mentors will be from the US - China Social Innovation Fellowship program.

1. Business Plan

Do market research, test your assumptions, and iterate to respond to feedback

2. Mockups

Use the top startup tools to design a digital solution to address a social problem

3. Certificate

Earn a certificate from Startup Hoyas, part of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Competition

Selected by a committee of business school professors, entrepreneurs, and NGO leaders, the group(s) with the most viable business plans will receive $1000 seed funding plus an additional two weeks of intensive mentoring from a high-level industry mentor.


  • Matt McKenna, Executive-in-Residence, Global Social Enterprise Initiative
  • Katherine Liu, Founder & Managing Partner, CanAsia Consulting
  • Eoin Brown, Student Outreach & Partnerships Director, Minerva Project
  • Kevin Iraheta, Business Development, Pique Scholarships

The Curriculum

Meetings are led by each group's mentor and consist of lectures, discussions, case studies, and activities based on innovation and entrepreneurship concepts including:

  • Lean Startup Methodology
  • Rapid Iteration
  • IDEO Design Thinking & UX Design
  • Business Model Generation's Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas


Marie Pocha

- Studied International and Development Economics at Yale University
- Dual degree in Business & Economics from the #1 EU B-School, University of St. Gallen (Bloomberg)
- Led a US$500k crowdfunding campaign for a Zurich-based startup
- Oversaw US market expansion for a Taiwan edtech startup

Carl Hooks

- Founder of education NGO & consultant for urban food access NGO in St. Louis area
- Research intern at Wilson Center for Public Policy in Washington, DC
- Yancheng Scholar at Peking University

Past Participants

"It was an unforgettable teamwork experience."
Aaron W. (Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School)

"In the program I learned how to work and cooperate with people from different countries and backgrounds and come up with a business plan that could solve a common problem in our communities. At first it was difficult but once we kept working at it the plan came together."
Cameron B. (D.C. Public High School)

"Over the course of the program, I’ve gotten to know my American teammates a lot more, and it’s been a pleasure working with them. Even though there were some challenges, we were able to push out a final product that we could all be proud of. This was definitely an interesting and unique experience that I am honored to have had."
Kevin L. (Tsinghua Int'l School, Beijing)

Application Process

  1. Submit online application form
  2. Interview with the organizers online
  3. Return the program fee of RMB6,980

Scholarships are available.


  • Startup Hoyas
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • My Brother's Keeper DC
  • DC Youth Corps


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