MIX (Mason Innovation Exchange)

Maker & Collaboration space, run by George Mason University students

We are a multidisciplinary community of makers, innovators, artists, and engineers.

Our Mission
To empower students, graduate and undergraduate, by exposing them to real-world challenges and problem-solving opportunities. To provide a central place on campus for students and faculty from all schools and disciplines to meet, socialize, learn, and build.

What We Do
Programs encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration across all of Mason’s schools and degree programs (e.g. engineering, science, business, liberal arts). It’s the place at Mason where groups can come together to develop ideas, research problems, craft solutions, and start companies.

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.

Kathy McCabe

Director, MIX (Mason Innovation Exchange)
Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics

Kathy first joined the MIX when it was opened in 2016, since then, I have been teaching sewing, 3D printing, and 3D modeling using TinkerCad. Recently, I developed an interest in wearable electronics and is looking forward to combining sewing, 3D printing, soldering, and programming together in my future project.

Interests: Sewing; 3D modeling; TinkerCAD;  3D printing

Spencer Graves

Student, George Mason University
Business Development, Iron Goat

The MIX is the perfect environment for the creation and growth of ideas, and I am overjoyed to get to share my skills and talents with the George Mason community. I have always loved making things and the MIX helps me both growing my own ideas as well as helping others ideas to grow.

Interests:
3D printing & Modeling; Carpentry/Contruction & Fabrication; Electronics & Microcontrollers

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