Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator

When GMU’s Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator program kicks off on Monday, June 5, the goal is to foster a collaborative atmosphere where George Mason students and recent graduates gain valuable, real-world business experience.

Twenty-five students are participating in the inaugural eight-week program at the new MIX@Fenwick space, which was conceived and designed as a collaboration space that supports entrepreneurship, innovation, experimentation, and making.
Students will explore the commercialization potential for a product or service idea.

Working in teams of two to five members, participants will conduct intensive customer discovery around their particular business idea while assisted by experienced instructors and mentors, said Sean Mallon, Mason’s associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation, who is overseeing the program.

Sean Mallon

AVP for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Office of the Provost, George Mason University

The scope of Mallon’s position at Mason includes identifying, assisting, and encouraging entrepreneurial activity within the Mason community.

New businesses that gain market acceptance also could attract federal funding and outside capital investment, Mallon says. He wants "Mason entrepreneurs to be able to compete on a national and international level,”

Mallon plans to serve as a connection between Mason and the business community.When there is a startup that’s far enough along,  Mallon can reach out to angel investors.

Bob Smith

Director, Mason Small Business Development Center, George Mason University

Over 30 years’ experience creating, managing and funding start-up businesses in print and digital media. Spending most of my time helping new startups avoid making any of my old mistakes. Always looking for the next opportunity.

Specialties: Business strategy, online content/community, start-up development and financing, hand puppets

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