Five D.C.-area startups pitched their business ideas in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 600 at Technoir 2.0, held at 1776 on December 5. Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business was a sponsor of the event, a pitch competition and networking event for African American and minority innovators and entrepreneurs.
“Organizations like Technoir 2.0 are helping to showcase the wonderful talent that comes from every corner of our community,” said Jeff Reid, founding director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative. “It’s important for Georgetown University and the McDonough School of Business to engage with the local community. We’re proud to support efforts that promote economic inclusion.”
Reid introduced Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the event, who gave remarks and has committed to growing the District’s burgeoning tech sector.
D.C. digital marketing firm Ghost Note Agency held the inaugural Technoir event in August, garnering attention from The Washington Post and the local startup scene.
“Technoir 2.0 just reinforces the strong and growing interest in showcasing and funding diverse ideas and companies,” said Steve Jumper, partner and president of strategy at Ghost Note Agency. “We look forward to continuing to host larger Technoir programming that makes tech and startup culture more accessible to those not historically identified with this community.”
Barry Goldsmith, a sophomore studying international business and finance at the McDonough School of Business and a Georgetown Entrepreneurship Fellow, has attended numerous pitch competitions. For him, Technoir 2.0’s presenters stood out for their enthusiasm, energy, and willingness to interact with the audience.
“The environment was positive and action-oriented around helping and growing the community of minority entrepreneurs,” Goldsmith said. “It was refreshing to be a part of a group of people looking to tomorrow to create a better future around entrepreneurship.”
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative is a university-wide initiative that aims to build a culture of entrepreneurship at Georgetown through academic and extracurricular education and to connect students with alumni and leaders in the entrepreneurship community. The initiative also provides stipends to students to help grow their businesses after graduation. Georgetown University began a formal partnership with 1776 earlier this year.
This is an updated version of a story that originally appeared on the McDonough School of Business website.