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Entrepreneur Office Hour - Wednesday

GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Weekly Event - Every Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Entrepreneur Office Hour - Wednesday

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The GW Office of Entrepreneurship and GW Business Plan Competition hosts office hours for current or aspiring entrepreneurs in the GW community (GW students, faculty, staff and alumni).

Receive personalized advice from Executive Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Jim Chung and/or Director of the GW Business Plan Competition, Lex McCusker. We will also have guest entrepreneurs pop in, so stay tuned!

Receive free and impartial advice on how to:

- Build a successful lean startup company
- Brainstorm startup strategies
- Find startup funding opportunities
- Learn about the entrepreneurship resources available at GW
- Navigate the technology transfer and patent process
- Learn about the GW Business Plan Competition

Skype Meeting:

We have included this new option if you cannot attend in person. You can select this option when you register.

* Please register to secure a spot for your visit - one time slot only.

* Please note the specific time for which you have registered. If you cannot attend, please contact to release your appointment.


Lex McCusker, Director, GW Business Plan Competition

Leo X. (Lex) McCusker, PhD, recently retired from the School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, where he served as Dean from 2006 through 2009. At Stevens Institute he taught and did research in entrepreneurship, especially technolgy-based entrepreneurship spawned from university research.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute, Dr. McCusker worked for 23 years at AT&T and Bell Laboratories in the areas of software development, professional technology services, technology licensing and intrapreneurship. He was CEO of the AT&T text-to-speech startup, Natural VoicesTM.

He is currently the President of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC. He is also an angel investor and member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Keiretsu Forum.

Jim Chung, Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the founding Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Washington University, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation I-Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). He was previously the director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator at the University of Maryland, where he worked with faculty and students to launch startup companies based on university technology.

Prior to Maryland, he served as the Director for New Business Development at the Corporate Executive Board and helped establish the company’s mergers and acquisitions capabilities. He also served as Vice President at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm in the oilfield equipment and services industry. He started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director.

Before becoming an investor, Jim was an academic researcher studying how business, government, and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He was a research fellow at MIT (Security Studies Program), Harvard (Center for Science and International Affairs), the University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), the Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (NSF EAPSI-Korea Fellow), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI). He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Stanford University and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

Have questions about Entrepreneur Office Hour - Wednesday? Contact GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Office of Entrepreneurship
2033 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20052

Weekly Event - Every Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is committed to promoting excellence in multidisciplinary entrepreneurship, innovation, and regional engagement in new venture creation at the George Washington University. Founded in 2010, the office has worked closely with thousands of aspiring student, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs, and now serves as a focal point to foster, promote, and perpetuate quality academic research, education, and outreach programs. It leverages the unique strengths of the George Washington University's schools in the nation’s capital to serve society at large through the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship.

In 2013, with the help of our office's operations, the George Washington University was placed among the Princeton Review's top 25 universities with the best graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation. 

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