Alex Heintze
Alex Heintze
Georgetown Student and Gen Z Advocate

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Five Inspiring Young Authors

Thrive Global

September 12, 2018

“Writing a book is a unique feat for a number of reasons; not only does it require months of laborious work and strategy but it also must reflect a true area of passion and interest from the author. After all, the sheer amount of research required to create a 200-300 page creation is undeniable. This is especially challenging when the author is young; paired with college classes, extracurriculars, and while still coming into one’s own, writing a book can be one of the most defining yet intensive projects a young person can take on. I’ve now written two books, both of which during college classes, and know firsthand how challenging the project can be – but ultimately, how rewarding it becomes.”

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The Making of a Successful Young Entrepreneur

Inc. Magazine

August 8, 2018

"As a father of two young boys, ages 7 and 12, I continually reflect on whether the education they receive is relevant to the challenges they will face in real life. I'm also hoping that they will eventually choose the path towards entrepreneurship, so I try and provide them with tools that allow them to understand and explore that path. 

I recently met a young entrepreneur and Georgetown student who just published his first book and has already started a company and two student organizations -- pretty impressive for a 21-year-old. We spoke about a variety of topics, and it got me thinking about what kinds of values and mentality shape many young entrepreneurs. Growing up, this man's parents instilled in him three key values: curiosity, commitment and confidence. He strongly believes that these traits helped make him the entrepreneur he is today."

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Spotlight on Alex Heintze

Next Gen Summit

April 27, 2018

"Meet Alex Heintze - bestselling author of new release, The Generation Z Entrepreneur, which features stories of entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Alex's own experience working in VC.

You're the author of The Generation Z Entrepreneur. Tell us about the book. 

Over the past few months, I've written the book The Generation Z Entrepreneur, and it has been one of my most challenging and rewarding experiences to date. The Generation Z Entrepreneur outlines seven key principles for young people to follow to fast-forward their careers by adopting an entrepreneurial mindset and positioning themselves to one day start a company. Now, it isn't some crazy “drop out of high school or college” or “quit your day job” advice you may read elsewhere. On the contrary, The Generation Z Entrepreneur brings in the advice and stories of successful entrepreneurs who share insights despite the age difference, such as Henry Ford, Reid Hoffman, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson. Moreover, it looks into the lives of people just like us — young people hungry to follow their dreams."

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Georgetown McDonough Hosts Union Kitchen

Georgetown University

February 20, 2018

“Last fall, the fourth installment of the Food Entrepreneurship Series hosted food business accelerator Union Kitchen and its successful ventures — including JRINKEat Pizza, and Snacklins — to discuss how to launch and grow food ventures. The series is a collaboration of StartupHoyas, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown University Eating SocietyThe Corp, and Spoon University Georgetown.

By inviting Washington, D.C., area food entrepreneurs, the Food Entrepreneurship Series gives students the opportunity to learn about the food industry and meet food entrepreneurs. At the conclusion of the panel, audience members sampled the food startups’ products and networked with the panelists.”

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A Conversation with Stapleton Award Recipient Alex Heintze

Georgetown University

February 8, 2018

"Awarded annually in honor of anthropology student Scott M. Stapleton, the Stapleton Award provides majors and minors opportunities to conduct independent research, participate in internships, and develop anthropological experience outside the classroom. We recently sat down with 2017-18 recipient Alex Heintze to discuss his research, his interest in anthropology, and his application of the award.

This interview was conducted on November 1, 2017 by Katie Morgan. Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

KM: First, tell me a little bit about yourself.

AH: I’m Alex Heintze. I’m a junior here at Georgetown University in the business school. I’m studying management leadership and innovation and minoring in anthropology and doing the entrepreneurship fellows program as well. I’m originally from Charlotte, North Carolina."

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Food Entrepreneurship Series Hosts CAVA CEO

Georgetown Voice

November 8, 2017

"Brett Schulman, CEO of Cava, and Todd Klein, a partner at Revolution Growth, spoke to students in the Fisher Colloquium Monday night as part of the Food Entrepreneurship Series. Cava, a fast-casual restaurant chain which began in Washington, serves healthy Mediterranean food at its numerous restaurants around the country and sells its products at Whole Foods. Revolution Growth is a venture capital firm which invests in Cava.   

During the discussion Schulman emphasized the influence of technology in the food world, and Cava’s capitalization on the shift towards accommodating health-conscious eaters. 

“One of the things we work on in our restaurants specifically is we’ve launched a couple pieces of software infrastructure, whether it’s labor scheduling or food ordering,[or]ingredient ordering with our data team, starting to really hone our forecasting tools so we can automate that more and more,” he said. “Our leadership in the restaurants and our team members spend less time in the back of the house, and more of the time working on hospitality and food.”

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Georgetown University Celebrates Entrepreneurship

Georgetown University

October 20, 2017 

“On Sept. 29, the Georgetown University Entrepreneurship Initiative, also known as Startup Hoyas, hosted a day-long celebration of entrepreneurship involving students, faculty, and entrepreneurs from the Washington, D.C., area.

Entrepreneurship Day featured two keynote speakers: Patrick McGinnis (F’98), author of The 10% Entrepreneur, and Tom Adams, former chief executive officer of Rosetta Stone.

“I don't think it ever gets any easier to start a company,” said Adams. “Life just gets more difficult. You are at that perfect point right now. If you are uncomfortable not knowing what you are doing, then think of me. I have never known what I am doing, and if you are aware of that and collaborate with people who know about some things, then it will be great.”

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Undergraduate VCIC Team Advances to Global Finals

Georgetown University

March 2, 2017

"On Saturday, Feb. 25, Georgetown McDonough’s undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition team won the Mid-Atlantic VCIC. The team, which comprises Peter Mahoney (B’18), William McDonald (B’18), Claire Berding (B’19), Alex Heintze (B’19), and David Van Slyke (B’19), will participate in the Global Finals on March 25 at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At the regional competition, the McDonough students competed against teams from the University of Maryland, Emory University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“Although I'm not a finance major, my time in the McDonough School of Business has definitely prepared me for this event,” said Heintze. “Since my business school classes force me to think critically about real-life challenges, I felt prepared to act as a venture capitalist in the competition to evaluate the different entrepreneurs and startups.”

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Corp Hosts Local Entrepreneurs

The Hoya

March 14, 2017

"To introduce Georgetown students to the intersection between food and entrepreneurship, Students of Georgetown, Inc. hosted Greg Menna and Jesse Konig, respective founders of local businesses District Donut and Swizzler, for the second installment of the Food Entrepreneurship Series on Feb. 28.

The event was co-sponsored by Startup Hoyas, Spoon University Georgetown, the Georgetown University Farmers’ Market and the Georgetown University Eating Society, whose co-founder, Alex Heintze (MSB ’19), also served as moderator.

Heintze said the aim of the series was to present attendees with a side of local entrepreneurship they may have not considered before."

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Georgetown McDonough Sophomores Start Flynance

Georgetown University

October 31, 2016


"In entrepreneurship, it's not always the idea that's difficult to manage, but rather executing on building it into a business. This was not the case for Alexander Heintze (B ‘19), Lisa Liu (B ‘19), Michael Marsh (B ‘19), Sophia Wible (B ‘19), Rachel Booth (B ‘19), Micah Griffin (B ‘19), Margaret McGraw (B ‘19) and Annie Mattimore (B ‘19), the finalists of the StartupHoyas Challenge and founders of Flynance.

Flynance is a weekly email service that condenses the week’s most important financial news into readable, understandable material. The startup provides a condensed overview and analysis of the financial news written by college students for college students and has consistently delivered since it’s inception.

After finishing as finalists at the Georgetown StartupHoyas Challenge and the StartupHoyas Rocket Challenge, Flynance began rolling out their financial news services and has grown since beginning operations this year."

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The Creators of the Food Instagram Account "Eat Up USA" Talk Free Food and Social Media Success

Spoon University

October 18, 2016


"Instagram foodies have been popping up left and right, constantly blessing us with daily #foodporn. Each account caters to different palates, whether it focuses on creative vegan food or someone making art out of their food, there is something for everyone.

As I scroll and double-tap every picture of a smoothie bowl or grilled cheese, I’ve always wondered who was behind these glorious pictures, and what it takes to actually run a food account. Luckily, one of my good friends from high school jumped on the trend early, hosting the bomb food Instagram account @eat_up_usa. I eagerly sat down with the two co-founders to learn the ins and outs of foodgramming.

Eat Up USA was born two years ago from the minds of two food lovers, Alex Heintze and Courtney Zhu, after meeting at a summer camp at Yale. Besides being two super intellectuals, they realized that they shared a love for food and spontaneously created the account."

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Providence Day eCybermission team top in southeast

South Charlotte Weekly

May 3, 2012


"Providence Day School’s Team Charger 9 eCybermission team recently won the eCybermission Southeast Regional Competition.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army, the Web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition is for students, sixth through ninth grades, that confers regional and global awards. Teams design and implement a project using a scientific procedure to solve problems in their community.

Team Charger 9, made up of all ninth-graders – Alex Heintze, Matthew Howard and Christian Ortiz – engineered a device, called Fresh Fruit Longer, that would remove moisture from a standard household refrigerator in order to increase the shelf life of fresh, non-organically grown produce.

Each student from the team received a $2,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., where they will compete against three other teams. The national competition will be held the week of June 18."

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