Connect with GW's Community of Technology Entrepreneurs and Inventors!
Join a free network for George Washington University startup leaders, entrepreneurs, founders, investors, inventors, and affiliates of the GW Technology Commercialization Office.
Connect with peers and other leaders on topics that matter to you.
Ask questions, get advice, help others. Then pay it forward to someone else…
Givitas is Kinder, Gentler Social Networking
We’re thrilled to introduce a new community for people associated with the GW Technology Commercialization Office. It’s a place to exchange help, advice, connections, resources, and ideas.
It’s called the GW Commercialization Advising Network (GW CAN) in Givitas.
You may have heard of Givitas’ co-founders. One is Adam Grant, who has studied the personal and professional benefits of generosity for most of his life. He wrote the bestseller Give and Take, gave one of the most watched TED talks, and hosts the popular Work Life podcast. The other is Professor Wayne Baker, author of the groundbreaking research on asking for help, All You Have to Do is Ask.
Membership is free. Members use the community to exchange information on topics like:
- Equity Fundraising
- Grant Fundraising
- HR, Team Building & Management
- Regulatory & Reimbursement
- Intellectual Property
- Licensing & Technology Sourcing
- Legal & Accounting
- Customer Discovery & Market Research
- Product Development
- Real-Estate, Facilities & Equipment
It’s completely free to join and takes less than 5 minutes a week to participate.
If you need help logging in or have any questions about Givitas, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Givitas Works
“No question is a bad question.”
- Log in to Givitas and ask for help, provide help, search a repository of institutional knowledge, collaborate, and connect in less than 5 minutes a day
- Asking for help is incredibly easy, reducing stigmas and barriers, and you don’t have to know who to ask
- Providing help is quick and efficient, with robust notifications and engagement tools to notify you when someone needs help
- Givitas provides guidance on making requests and responses, with educational prompts that assist you in crafting a productive request
- Givitas creates and records organizational memory developing a valuable asset for future searches
Givitas is Easy to Use on Web or Mobile
“I like that people in our [Givitas] community come from different diverse fields and backgrounds. I use Givitas when a challenge is new to me, and there's a feeling of satisfaction whenever I provide real help to someone else.”
"Givitas gives me an opportunity to have some unusual requests granted that I wouldn't elsewhere. It feels productive and satisfying. I feel smarter and more resourceful."
"A few minutes in Givitas saved me 5-10 hours of research, and it was awesome connecting with new people who have shared interests."
"The information I got in one request saved me at least a week and $1500, maybe more. The successful referral also advanced our startup process, gaining me credibility with my board. Worth a lot as a new founder!"
"The time I saved was in not having to come up with ideas that I may not necessarily have come up with anyway.”
“Givitas helps build bridges across an organization and makes it easier for both newcomers and senior leaders to ask for and offer help!”
"The hallmark of any great work culture is that people care as much about each other’s success as their own. Many organizations never reach that level of 'productive generosity’, and it’s not because people aren’t willing to give. It’s because they’re afraid to ask for help. Givitas reduces the stigma of asking for help and enables people to give in five minutes a day.“
"Collaboration is the key, and Givitas makes it easy. It allowed me to reach out and connect with colleagues around the world. I received support for my questions and I was also happy to help others providing my knowledge or providing proper contact within our organization."
“Collaboration is the key, and Givitas makes it easy. It allowed me to reach out and connect with colleagues around the world.”
“I regularly received offers for all of my requests; the notifications and daily digest were also really helpful.”
“[Givitas] has been very helpful and I can really say we have a gold mine of ideas; what's better is everyone is really willing to help each other.”
"[Givitas] is a tool that helps build bridges across an organization and makes it easier for both newcomers and senior leaders to ask for--and offer--help."
“In a world where poor knowledge-sharing costs Fortune 500 companies $31.5 billion annually, Givitas’ potential positive impact on employers is clear.”
“Givitas created a better sense of our community. ”
"Givitas is a wonderful and unique way to help people."
"Givitas is powerful within teams, but it really shines as a cross-organization tool that connects subject matter experts across the company to get the right answers to simple questions in minutes instead of chasing the answers for days. It’s not often that a business tool comes along that can both improve productivity and make the office a better place to work at the same time, but Givitas is such a tool!"
"Asking for help at work is absolutely essential to a productive, successful, and fulfilling life. Givitas makes asking for help easy.
"We use Givitas with our students as a follow-up to the Reciprocity Ring. We have seen students access valuable resources through the platform, build community, and in the process learn about the power of giving for networking.”
"I felt very confident in using Givitas as a forum for my question. Spending 5 minutes in the platform saved me easily two hours and more than $700."
"Givitas by Give and Take is the web platform that takes the Reciprocity Ring concept to the next level."