Sean Mallon

Summary

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.

Information

Web:   LinkedIn     Twitter: @Sean_Mallon

Email: smallon@gmu.edu
Phone: (703) 993-5903
Address: Fenwick Library
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Biosketch

He has founded two companies and has worked with several others in senior roles ranging from sales and marketing to product management, supply chain and finance. From 1999 to 2003, he was a principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, a $200 million early-stage venture capital firm focused on the telecommunications and IT industries.

Experience

Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
George Mason University
Apr 2016 – Present
Fairfax, Virginia
As a world-class research institution, Mason has an important role to play in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. My team at Mason works closely with students and faculty to foster the commercialization of new technologies and products, and to assist with access to capital for the most promising initiatives.

Senior Investment Director
CIT GAP Funds
Jun 2011 – Mar 2016
Herndon, Virginia
CIT GAP Funds is a family of seed- and early-stage investment funds placing near-equity and equity investments in Virginia-based technology, life science, and cleantech companies. CIT GAP Funds invests in companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return for entrepreneurs, co-investors and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

President & CEO
Good Clean Fun Ventures, LLC
Feb 2010 – Jun 2011
Sterling, Virginia
Good Clean Fun Ventures is a technology-focused product design and strategy consulting company.

VP of Product Marketing
Simplexity (acquired by Walmart)
Nov 2007 – Feb 2010
Until 2014 its acquisition by Walmart, Simplexity was the US wireless industry’s premier ecommerce and MVNO solutions provider.

VP of Operations
1010 Interactive, an InPhonic company
Jan 2007 – Nov 2007

VP of Marketing & Business Development
Sentori
May 2003 – Mar 2005

President & COO
Qmobile, Inc.
2005 – 2005

Principal
Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds
Jun 1999 – May 2003

VP of Marketing & Sales
Orbit/FR
Nov 1996 – May 1999

President/CEO & Co-Founder
RDI International, Inc.
Jun 1993 – Nov 1996

Auditor
Price Waterhouse S.A. (Geneva, Switz.)
Jul 1989 – Apr 1991

Education

The Wharton School
Univ. of Pennsylvania
MBA
Field Of StudyEntrepreneurship & Finance
1991 – 1993

Princeton University
AB
History
1985 – 1989

Mason Articles

Entrepreneurship and innovation work together for new Mason hire
Michele McDonald | March 14, 2016

Sean Mallon is joining George Mason University as the associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The new position is part of George Mason’s strategic vision of being an economic and innovation engine for the National Capital region, said S. David Wu, Mason provost and executive vice president.

“We look forward to sharing news about innovative partnerships, groundbreaking entrepreneurial endeavors and re-invigorated partnerships,” Wu said.

Mallon will work with the vice president for research, the deans and other university leaders, as well as direct strategic development of the Mason Enterprise Center, the Office of Technology Transfer and the George Mason Research Foundation.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Mason in this important new role,” Mallon said. “Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly vital to our economy and our communities. As a world-class research institution, Mason has an important role to play in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. I look forward to working closely with students and faculty to foster the commercialization of new technologies and products, and to assist with access to capital for the most promising initiatives.”

Successful Entrepreneurship Takes More Than a Good Idea
Michele McDonald | March 14, 2016

Sean Mallon’s goal is to turn good ideas into great companies.

Many great ideas started at colleges: Dropbox, Reddit, Snapchat. Colleges are natural incubators for startups—there’s ample access to ideas, time, and resources. What’s often missing is the funding, and a way to bring the ideas to fruition.

That’s where Mallon comes in.

“Sean is a great addition to our innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities, bringing years of experience helping high-potential startups grow,” saysDavid J. Miller, executive director of George Mason’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and director of Campus Entrepreneurship Initiatives. “Moreover, Sean’s extensive networks will help Mason innovators make a deeper and more meaningful impact in the region.”

The scope of Mallon’s new position 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.

“We want Mason entrepreneurs to be able to compete on a national and international level,” he says.

Mallon plans to serve as a connection between Mason and the business community.

“When we have a startup that’s far enough along, I could reach out to angel investors,” he says.

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