4th U.S.-China Social Innovation Hackathon

Applications Due

Monday July 23

Program Begins

Monday June 25

Short Term Program

 36 students


 High School Level Program

 6 Meetings


Meet online with a group of U.S. and Chinese students and a mentor from a top-ranked university. Pick your session and your section, and over the course of 6 meetings, create a business plan and mock ups for a social enterprise to address a problem related to your section's topic.


  • Each participant will receive a certificate from Startup Hoyas, part of Georgetown University Business School's Entrepreneurship Initiative.
  • 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

Groups will pitch their ideas to a committee of business school professors, entrepreneurs, and NGO leaders.

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

Past Participants

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

"Very creative and academic; I loved it."
Evan S., Jiangsu Tianyi High 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 RMB8,600

Scholarships are available.


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


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