The high-impact entrepreneurship program ‘TrepCamp comes back for the 3rd time to Washington D.C!

A group of 40 international aspiring entrepreneurs is ready to tackle key global challenges from July 23rd to August 11th at Georgetown University.

‘TrepCamp started in 2013 as a bi-national entrepreneurship training program under the framework of the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), and is now one of the leading entrepreneurship training programs in America with participants of 20+ countries.

Each year, young aspiring entrepreneurs, called Treps, travel to top innovation ecosystems for a 3-week program to tackle key global challenges guided by an entrepreneur in residence and the help of mentors. In parallel, they connect to the host ecosystem through seminars with experts and by visiting incubators/accelerators, innovation centers, and leading companies.

The Treps select the challenges that most interest them among an initial list of 36 challenges based on the global megatrends and build teams of 5 people to solve them. The challenges are divided into 3 categories:

The “IMPACT challenges” to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges and impact the lives of millions.

The “EMTECH challenges” to disrupt key industries and challenge existing dominant players by using emerging technologies.

The “NEXTGEN challenges” to imagine the next generation solution for key industries and create new business opportunities.


Shye Gilad is the Co-founder and CEO of ProJet Aviation, an award-winning aviation hospitality company, that helps people accomplish extraordinary things through the wonder of private flight. He is the founder of Creating Lift Leadership, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to elevating the performance of executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they lead and is co-host of the Business Owners Radio, the show that helps your business grow, with new podcasts available on iTunes every Monday.

Shye has trained and coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, and airline pilots to successful outcomes, and has led multiple startups in the entertainment, air transportation, and leadership development industries. He is passionate about leadership, innovation, and random acts of hospitality.

He guides the Treps through workshops and mentoring sessions about the first steps of a business creation from the understanding of the problem to solve, to the development of an innovative and viable solution and its prototype.


A group of 10 highly talented mentors also advises the teams and helps them to develop their projects during the whole program. All the TrepCamp mentors have a strong entrepreneurial experience and knowledge of the Washington D.C. ecosystem in order to connect the teams to the appropriate people:

Michael Schneider, Consultant, and President – Bounce Back Consulting

David E. Pickeral, JD, Entrepreneur, and Advisor: 29+ years of TranspoTech industry leadership from Global 500 companies.

Shahab Kaviani, Director – Social Wellness Innovations / AARP

Dipto Chakravarty, SVP & General Manager, Core Security – CA Technologies

Tengiz Sydykov, Program Coordinator, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship – George Washington University

Peter Mellen, Entrepreneur in Residence – Georgetown University

Bob Smith, Director, Mason Small Business Development Center at George Mason University

Tanveer Kathawalla, CFO at Analytical Space/ World Economic Forum Global Shaper

Francisco Gonzalez-Cos, Senior Immigrants and Remittances Product Consultant

In addition, the Treps have to opportunity to get inspired by successful entrepreneurs who come to the university to meet them and share with them their own entrepreneurial experience and knowledge on their areas of expertise.

The speakers who join the adventure this year are the following:

Tiffany Norwood, Founder of Tribetan, a global communication Platform and Cofounder of E-mortal Sports Inc. a revolutionary virtual and augmented reality eSports game development company and a Global public Speaker

Will Jones, Designer, Creative Technologist/Virtual Reality / Pantheon VR Co-Founder

Bob Smith, Director, Mason Small Business Development Center at George Mason University

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Technology reporter at FedScoop, Contributing writer at Eater as well as freelance Journalist At The Atlantic


In order to immerse themselves in the ecosystem, the Treps visit leading and innovative companies in Washington D.C:

  • iStrategy Labs, with the exceptional participation of DJ Saul, CMO & Managing Director.
  • Nuclear Energy Institute, with the exceptional participation of Kam Gafarian, CEO/Founder of X-Energy who started up his own advanced Reactor Company.
  • NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
  • WeWork, one of the leading coworking spaces worldwide.
  • Union Kitchen, a Kitchen incubator.


At the end of the 3 weeks, the teams pitch their solutions and present their prototypes to a panel of investors who offer feedback to the teams and elect a winner team. The 2017 Washington D.C. panelists are:

  • Abtin Buergari: Entrepreneur, Investor, Growth Accelerator & Co-Founder of Model B
  • Martin Bueno: Investor at SmartCultiva
  • Shane Yeager: CEO, Digital Marketer, Early Stage Venture Growth Catalyst
  • Roy Morris: Independent Angel Capital/Venture Capital & Private Equity Professional
  • Todd Taskey: Investment Banker: CEO & Entrepreneur Advisor

If you want to know more about the program please visit our webpage:

Don’t hesitate to contact the PR manager Justine Guenver at

We’ll be happy to chat with you and answer the questions you may have.



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