Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University Supporting and educating entrepreneurs in and around GMU and the DC Metro.
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Join The Depot at Craftsman Auto Care Cars & Coffee once again this year! We will be selling our classic freshly roasted...
06/08/2023

Join The Depot at Craftsman Auto Care Cars & Coffee once again this year! We will be selling our classic freshly roasted coffee Foundation Coffee Roasters as well as True Honey Teas.

Come and enjoy free coffee, pastries, and most importantly an amazing free admission car showcase with music, prizes, and exciting challenges for everyone.

📆 Date: Saturday, June 10th

🕗 Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

📍Craftsman Auto Care Ashburn | 43320 Junction Plaza, Ashburn, VA

The CIE is grateful for Craftsman Auto Care co-owners, Matt and Judy Curry’s ongoing support. They have been key partners for CIE’s experiential learning program, The Depot.

Learn more about Matt and Judy’s support at https://tinyurl.com/ykr96mf9

See you there!

Going out of town for the holidays? Come to the FINAL Depot of the year to grab some unique, locally-produced gifts!Join...
12/06/2022

Going out of town for the holidays? Come to the FINAL Depot of the year to grab some unique, locally-produced gifts!

Join us at to buy a sweet host or hostess gift for your loved ones just in time for the holidays. This is your last chance of the year to stock up on farm fresh staples and locally produced pantry items.

💚DEC 8 -9
💛12 - 3 PM
💚 (10824 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax)

George Mason students look forward to serving you at The Depot!

This program is made possible through a partnership with , , and

Looking for unique handmade gifts? Find them at the Holiday Maker Market on Saturday, December 3rd! CIE is proud to part...
12/01/2022

Looking for unique handmade gifts? Find them at the Holiday Maker Market on Saturday, December 3rd! CIE is proud to partner with Nova Labs to bring the City of Fairfax a festive holiday market, Mason-style!

The market will be a place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts, order custom designs, and be inspired by talented local artisans. Located in Nova Labs’ new makerspace, attendees will get an inside view of how many of the items were crafted, in many cases, in the space they were made.

The event will also feature student entrepreneurs from George Mason University selling their handmade items. Give a gift with a story!

This program is made possible through a partnership with the

Hey everyone! The Student Leadership Team would like to welcome you back to The Depot as we will be setting up shop at D...
11/01/2022

Hey everyone! The Student Leadership Team would like to welcome you back to The Depot as we will be setting up shop at Dolce Vita in Fairfax once again in November!

Head over to stock up on farm fresh staples, locally produced pantry items, and greens from the GMU on-campus greenhouse.

📍 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (10824 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax)

🗓Thursday, November 10 & Friday, November 11

⏲ 12 - 4 PM

You'll have the opportunity to buy local food & beverage products:

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability microgreens & live herb plants
Whiffletree Farm pasture-raised eggs
Foundation Coffee Roasters freshly roasted coffee
True Honey Teas teas
Rocky Branch homemade jams
Shenandoah Valley Family Farms & Swiss Villa local raw cow's milk cheese
Wadel's Farm Wagon fresh pasta, sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce and freshly baked goods

This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and .

George Mason students look forward to serving you at The Depot!

Friendly reminder that The Depot pop-up retail farm store will be open for business at Dolce Vita in the City of Fairfax...
10/13/2022

Friendly reminder that The Depot pop-up retail farm store will be open for business at Dolce Vita in the City of Fairfax:

TODAY and tomorrow from 12-4pm!

Meet our , support local food and beverage producers. Every purchase drives revenue towards combating food insecurity on campus.

Directions to Dolce Vita:

Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

The Depot Student Leadership Team will be setting up shop at Dolce Vita in Fairfax again this autumn! Head over to stock...
10/07/2022

The Depot Student Leadership Team will be setting up shop at Dolce Vita in Fairfax again this autumn!

Head over to stock up on farm fresh staples, locally produced pantry items, and greens from the GMU on-campus Greenhouse.

💚Thursday, OCT 13 – Friday, OCT 14

💛12 - 4pm

💚Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (10824 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax).

You’ll have the opportunity to buy local food & beverage products:

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability microgreens & live herb plants
Whiffletree Farm pasture-raised eggs
Foundation Coffee Roasters freshly roasted coffee & True Honey Teas teas
Nordic Knot gourmet pretzels
Rocky Branch homemade jams
Shenandoah Valley Family Farms & Swiss Villa local raw cow’s milk cheeses
Wadel's Farm Wagon fresh pasta, sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce and freshly baked goods

This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and .

George Mason students look forward to serving you at The Depot!

Hey   &   ❕Get to know your fellow student entrepreneurs at American University, Georgetown University,  The George Wash...
09/01/2022

Hey & ❕

Get to know your fellow student entrepreneurs at American University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University , and University of Maryland during the DMV Student Entrepreneurship FREE

Wed, September 14th, 5:30-7:30pm

🧉 🍹 🥙 Refreshments and light bites will be provided. Register now!

https://go.gmu.edu/Networking
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08/08/2022
Smart People Still Read Books   was created to connect the   with entrepreneurial works. Join our free book club by 08/0...
07/28/2022

Smart People Still Read Books was created to connect the with entrepreneurial works. Join our free book club by 08/03 and we’ll send you a copy of this semester’s selection, pictured! You'll also have the opportunity to discuss the book in person on August 10th , get your book signed, and enjoy lunch with fellow readers. Open to all!

Register now at http://go.gmu.edu/BookClub

“The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account” – Chris Gardner, the inspiration ...
07/20/2022

“The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account” – Chris Gardner, the inspiration behind The Pursuit of Happyness film

Find some balance in your hectic, everyday being-a-boss-in-your-realm life by joining this fun networking event!

Join us for an in-person Craft Brew Crawl brought to you by Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University

🍺 Sunday, August 7th: Save the date!
🍻 12-3 PM
📍 Ornery Beer Company (3950 University Dr. #209 Fairfax, VA 22030)
📲 Tickets are $40 each: go.gmu.edu/BrewCrawl
🍺 Ticket price includes: Beer flights/tastings at three Fairfax craft brewery/bar locations, a selection of expertly-paired appetizers, in-person fireside chats from local brew masters, a commemorative steel pint glass, and other fun giveaways!

• Participants will explore the on-site brewing facility, smell the hops, and sample two fresh beverages at Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company.
• Guests will visit Ornery Beer Company, where the head brew master will explain the brewing process, sample a pint, and enjoy a small bite to eat
• The owner at High Side and representatives from Jasper Yeast will discuss the vital role of yeast while producing a tasty beverage.
Participants will enjoy four beer samples during this session.

In partnership with GMU Patriot Pantry, 15 % of each ticket will be driven towards combating food insecurity on campus.

This event is for , , , mavericks, and bosses. and George Mason University Alumni Association members encouraged to attend!

Passion and perseverance have brought you to this point. The next person you meet at this fun and relaxed networking event could be just the person you needed to catapult you to the next stage in your journey. Not an entrepreneur? Craft brew enthusiasts are welcome too!

Spaces are limited - reserve your spot at the bar today!
This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority and support from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

07/20/2022
“The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account” – Chris Gardner, the inspiration ...
07/20/2022

“The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account” – Chris Gardner, the inspiration behind The Pursuit of Happyness film

Find some balance in your hectic, everyday being-a-boss-in-your-realm life by joining this fun networking event!

Join us for an in-person Craft Brew Crawl brought to you by Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University

🍺 Sunday, August 7th: Save the date!
🍻 12-3 PM
📍 Ornery Beer Company (3950 University Dr. #209 Fairfax, VA 22030)
📲 Tickets are $40 each: go.gmu.edu/BrewCrawl
🍺 Ticket price includes:

• Beer flights/tastings at three Fairfax craft brewery/bar locations, a selection of expertly-paired appetizers, in-person fireside chats from local brew masters, a commemorative steel pint glass, and other fun giveaways!
• Participants will explore the on-site brewing facility, smell the hops, and sample two fresh beverages at Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company.
• Guests will visit Ornery Beer Company, where the head brew master will explain the brewing process, sample a pint, and enjoy a small bite to eat
• The owner at High Side and representatives from Jasper Yeast will discuss the vital role of yeast while producing a tasty beverage. Participants will enjoy four beer samples during this session
In partnership with the Patriot Pantry, 15 % of each ticket will be driven towards combating food insecurity on campus.

This event is for entrepreneurs, innovators, future founders, mavericks, and bosses.

Passion and perseverance have brought you to this point. The next person you meet at this fun and relaxed networking event could be just the person you needed to catapult you to the next stage in your journey. Not an entrepreneur? Craft brew enthusiasts are welcome too!

Spaces are limited - reserve your spot at the bar today!

This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority and support from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Spring is here! Celebrate with some fresh off the farm produce!  🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store brought t...
04/13/2022

Spring is here! Celebrate with some fresh off the farm produce! 🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩
The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store brought to you by is bringing the goods to Fairfax!

💚NEXT Wednesday, April 20

💛11am to 3pm

💚 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (10824 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax).

You’ll have the opportunity to buy local food & beverage products:

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability microgreens & live herb plants
Whiffletree Farm pasture-raised: chicken, eggs, sausage & 100% grass-fed beef
Campus Food & Beverage Networkbeverage tea & freshly roasted coffee in collaboration with True Honey Teas and Foundation Coffee Roasters
Maison Noir Chocolatier assorted artisanal chocolates
Nordic Knot gourmet pretzels
Green Body Brand t-shirts
Rocky Branch homemade jams
Shenandoah Valley Family Farms & Swiss Villa local raw cow’s milk cheeses
Wadel's Farm Wagon fresh pasta, sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce and freshly baked goods

This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and . George Mason University students look forward to serving you at The Depot!

04/13/2022
You're invited to a live  !🍷 Thursday, April 21🧀 6-8 PM 🍫 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar  (10824 Fairfax Blvd,...
04/08/2022

You're invited to a live !
🍷 Thursday, April 21
🧀 6-8 PM
🍫 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (10824 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax)
🥨 Ticket price includes:
* A wine tasting flight;
* A selection of expertly-paired cheese, chocolate, & pretzels from local sources;
* Fireside chats from wine connoisseurs & Nordic Knot gourmet pretzel maker;
* A live acoustic performance by a Mason School of Music student

📲 Tickets are $50 each at https://advancement.gmu.edu/CIEsipandsmile

In partnership with the , $5 of each ticket will be driven towards the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund.

This program is made possible through a partnership with , , and . See you there!

Join us for "ProfessionalQuest: Entrepreneurship"Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.From the The School...
03/31/2022

Join us for "ProfessionalQuest: Entrepreneurship"

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

From the The School of Business Career Services and hosted by Rebecca Howick, Interim Director at the Center.

Join the Zoom here: https://go.gmu.edu/ProfessionalQuest

This is a great opportunity to learn from local entrepreneurs.

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Come see us at The Depot!TODAY, 3/2411am - 3pmat Dolce Vita Italian Bar🧀🥚🥨🥖🥩🥗🍡🍫🍪☕️🍗🌱
03/24/2022

Come see us at The Depot!
TODAY, 3/24
11am - 3pm
at Dolce Vita Italian Bar
🧀🥚🥨🥖🥩🥗🍡🍫🍪☕️🍗🌱

Miss the local summer farmer’s market?
🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩
Then don’t miss The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store this spring!

💚Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24
💛11am to 3pm
💚 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar 10824 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax

You’ll have the opportunity to buy local food & beverage products:
George Mason University's Office of Sustainability microgreens, herbs & live plants
Whiffletree Farm pasture-raised: chicken, eggs, sausage & 100% grass-fed beef
Campus Food & Beverage Network beverage network tea & freshly roasted coffee in collaboration with True Honey Teas and Foundation Coffee Roasters
Cameron's Coffee & Chocolates assorted artisanal chocolates and treats
Nordic Knot gourmet pretzels
Green Body Brand t-shirts
Rocky Branch homemade jams
Shenandoah Valley Family Farms organic raw milk cow cheeses
Wadel's Farm Wagon chèvre cheese, fresh pasta, sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce and freshly baked goods

This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority and support from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia .

George Mason students look forward to serving you at The Depot!


Miss the local summer farmer’s market?🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩 Then don’t miss The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store this spring!💚Wednes...
03/18/2022

Miss the local summer farmer’s market?
🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩
Then don’t miss The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store this spring!

💚Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24
💛11am to 3pm
💚 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar 10824 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax

You’ll have the opportunity to buy local food & beverage products:
George Mason University's Office of Sustainability microgreens, herbs & live plants
Whiffletree Farm pasture-raised: chicken, eggs, sausage & 100% grass-fed beef
Campus Food & Beverage Network beverage network tea & freshly roasted coffee in collaboration with True Honey Teas and Foundation Coffee Roasters
Cameron's Coffee & Chocolates assorted artisanal chocolates and treats
Nordic Knot gourmet pretzels
Green Body Brand t-shirts
Rocky Branch homemade jams
Shenandoah Valley Family Farms organic raw milk cow cheeses
Wadel's Farm Wagon chèvre cheese, fresh pasta, sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce and freshly baked goods

This program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax City Economic Development Authority and support from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia .

George Mason students look forward to serving you at The Depot!


No plans for TONIGHT? We still have a few tickets remaining for the Center's Cooking Demo at Mama Chang!
03/17/2022

No plans for TONIGHT? We still have a few tickets remaining for the Center's Cooking Demo at Mama Chang!

You're invited to a live brought to you by the Center & Mama Chang!

💚 Thursday, March 17
💛 6-8 PM
💚Mama Chang at 3251 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax

📲 Tickets are $45 each: https://go.gmu.edu/cookingdemo

Tickets include: a live cooking demonstration, hands-on experience to make your own dumplings, and a selection of authentic Chinese hors d'oeuvres from Mama Chang.
( options available)

In partnership with Mason's Patriot Pantry, $5 of each ticket will be driven towards the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund.

This program is made possible through a partnership with , -foundation-for-northern-virginia, and . See you there!




The Center's Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge's deadline has been extended. Join today!From The George: https://ww...
03/17/2022

The Center's Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge's deadline has been extended. Join today!

From The George: https://www.gmu.edu/news/2022-03/entrepreneurship-center-hosts-sustainable-container-design-challenge-inspire-mason

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Mason’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting the 2022 Spring Container Design Challenge as part of an ongoing partnership with the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority.

03/15/2022

You're invited to a live brought to you by the Center & Mama Chang !

💚 Thursday, March 17
💛 6-8 PM
💚 3251 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax

Tickets include: a live cooking demonstration, hands-on experience to make your own dumplings, and a selection of authentic Chinese hors d'oeuvres from Mama Chang

( options available)

📲 Tickets are $45 each: https://go.gmu.edu/cookingdemo

In partnership with the , $5 of each ticket will be driven towards the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund.

This program is made possible through a partnership with , , and . See you there!

Miss the local summer farmer’s market??  🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩 Then don’t miss the Center's The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store thi...
03/14/2022

Miss the local summer farmer’s market?? 🌿 🥬 🥚 🧀 🍗 🥩
Then don’t miss the Center's The Depot Pop-up Retail Farm Store this spring!

💚Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24
💛11am to 3pm
💚.Fairfax (10824 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax)

You’ll have the opportunity to buy local food & beverage products:

microgreens & produce
pasture-raised: chicken, eggs, sausage & 100% grass-fed beef

tea & freshly roasted coffee in collaboration with and
assorted artisanal chocolatesknot gourmet pretzels
t-shirts
Rocky Branch homemade jams
Shenandoah Valley Family Farms organic raw milk cow cheeses

This program is made possible through a partnership with , , and . George Mason students look forward to serving you at The Depot!


You're invited to a live   brought to you by the Center & Mama Chang!💚 Thursday, March 17💛 6-8 PM💚Mama Chang at 3251 Old...
03/10/2022

You're invited to a live brought to you by the Center & Mama Chang!

💚 Thursday, March 17
💛 6-8 PM
💚Mama Chang at 3251 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax

📲 Tickets are $45 each: https://go.gmu.edu/cookingdemo

Tickets include: a live cooking demonstration, hands-on experience to make your own dumplings, and a selection of authentic Chinese hors d'oeuvres from Mama Chang.
( options available)

In partnership with Mason's Patriot Pantry, $5 of each ticket will be driven towards the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund.

This program is made possible through a partnership with , -foundation-for-northern-virginia, and . See you there!




There's still time to join our Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge! Find out about the challenge and awesome prizes h...
03/07/2022

There's still time to join our Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge!

Find out about the challenge and awesome prizes here: http://go.gmu.edu/containerdesign2022!

Open to ALL Mason students!

Hey , and , have you seen our QR codes on flyers and empty cardboard boxes 📦 around campus??

They’re inviting you to join our Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge!
👉 http://go.GMU.edu/containersdesign2022

🙋 Join our “Ask the Expert” session THIS WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022 at 12PM at (located on the lower level of Horizon Hall) to learn more.

🧠 We’ll host a brainstorming dialog and share details on upcoming workshop opportunities. All students welcome!

Brought to you by and part of The Depot Program, we challenge you to create and explore , , and food containers for producers, transporters, retailers, and customers.

Bring your friends, innovate & fabricate, stand to win challenge and make a positive impact on !

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Hey    ,   and  , have you seen our QR codes on flyers and empty cardboard boxes 📦 around campus??They’re inviting you t...
03/04/2022

Hey , and , have you seen our QR codes on flyers and empty cardboard boxes 📦 around campus??

They’re inviting you to join our Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge!
👉 http://go.GMU.edu/containersdesign2022

🙋 Join our “Ask the Expert” session THIS WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022 at 12PM at (located on the lower level of Horizon Hall) to learn more.

🧠 We’ll host a brainstorming dialog and share details on upcoming workshop opportunities. All students welcome!

Brought to you by and part of The Depot Program, we challenge you to create and explore , , and food containers for producers, transporters, retailers, and customers.

Bring your friends, innovate & fabricate, stand to win challenge and make a positive impact on !

George Mason University George Mason University School of Business Mason Innovation Exchange George Mason University's Office of Sustainability George Mason University School of Art College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University Mason Student Government

You’re Invited to The Depot! Today from 11am to 3pm.          and more!At Dolce Vita Restaurant (10824 Fairfax Blvd, Fai...
02/24/2022

You’re Invited to The Depot! Today from 11am to 3pm.

and more!

At Dolce Vita Restaurant (10824 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax VA)

02/21/2022

Have questions about Entrepreneurship?

Join us TODAY in at 5PM for CIE's Entrepreneurship Open Hour with Professor Wolfe on Zoom!

http://go.gmu.edu/entrepreneurhour

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Did you miss our exciting announcements last week? You can read all about them in our newsletter here: https://go.gmu.ed...
02/21/2022

Did you miss our exciting announcements last week? You can read all about them in our newsletter here: https://go.gmu.edu/CIEnews20220217

🥚🧀The Depot: A Pop-up Farm Store🥨🥩
📦The Spring 2022 Container Design Challenge
📚Book Club
And More!

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See you tonight at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome Richard Bynum, chief corporate responsibility officer for PNC Financial Servi...
02/16/2022

See you tonight at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome Richard Bynum, chief corporate responsibility officer for PNC Financial Services Group. Celebrate Black History Month with the chat on diversity, equity, and inclusion. go.gmu.edu/8od5
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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is an interdisciplinary hub in the School of Business that supports innovators and entrepreneurs from all Mason schools and programs. From innovative courses and clubs to startup trips and competitions, CIE offers participants opportunities to explore and learn about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, experiment with concepts and tools, and startup a venture or initiative.

There are three core elements in our Center's mission:


  • develop experiential learning opportunities to complement and expand traditional academic offerings;

  • engage students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members building and growing new ventures and organizations;


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