U.S. Market Discovery Short Course with GW Mentorship, and possible H-1B Visa

The George Washington University Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

United States

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Service description

GW’s three-week U.S. Market Discovery Short Course provides training and long-term mentorship for startups looking to solidify their business model and go-to-market strategy in the United States. GW’s Short Course helps international startups explore the commercial viability of their ideas in the U.S. market through direct interaction with intended stakeholders - learning relevant stakeholders’ needs and examining how those needs could best be fulfilled. The cohort begins with 3 days of initial lecture followed by 2.5 weeks of U.S. customer discovery work. Before, during and after a U.S. Market Discovery Short Course, teams are supported by a GW Mentor who provides guidance and feedback for up to six months. A dedicated GW Mentor understands the startup team, their level of experience, and the stage of their business in order to provide appropriate direction. Additionally, an optional GW x Penn West Global Build Fellowship can provide H1-B visas to eligible foreign founders who soft-land their startups in Washington, DC. 

Sector agnostic
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
Disclaimer related to service

Attendance is mandatory for each session. Teams consist of 1-3 people.

Financial requirements

€3000 one time fee, with up to six months of follow-on mentorship included.