Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University Providing Mason students, alumni & community members opportunities to explore & experience entrepreneurship & innovation regardless of experience or field.

The center is dedicated to providing experiential learning through academic programs, research and extensive extra-curricular programming for Mason students and alumni interested in innovation, entrepreneurship, and value creation. Learn & explore, experiment... startup!

Monday 2.3.20 at 2 pm! Come discuss the business of well-being with a focus on fitness.
02/02/2020

Monday 2.3.20 at 2 pm! Come discuss the business of well-being with a focus on fitness.

Do you have an idea for a product or service that addresses Well-Being? Why not apply for the 2020 Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition? Early stage entries encouraged.

Want to find out more?
Come to the Center and check out our "The Business of Well-Being Workshops"--the first one this coming Monday (2/3/20) focuses in on Fitness and Well-Being.

GeorgeMasonUniversity, apply for the Competition here: http://bit.ly/WellBeingPitchApp

1 in 4 Americans are eating less meat, but no real uptick in vegans or vegetarians. Sounds like many are plant-curious. ...
01/28/2020

1 in 4 Americans are eating less meat, but no real uptick in vegans or vegetarians. Sounds like many are plant-curious. Which is good news. Also, by far the number 1 reason is health, then later is environment and animal welfare. Thanks @gallup for this interesting survey
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There are variations in the number of ‘meat cutters’ in different ‘segments’, but the trend is clear: people are exploring more plant based foods and meat alternatives.
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#vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #beyondmeat #impossiblefoods #soy #peaprotein #impossiblewhopper #wellbeing #wellness #fitnessindustry #pescatarian #meatcutters #trends #foodsystem #consumerbehavior @burgerking @fiveguys @sweetgreen @beyondmeat @memphismeats #gamechangers #america #galluppoll #gamechangersmovie @ Bethesda, Maryland

01/23/2020

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01/22/2020

2020 Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition Eligibility Requirements

We are looking for students and recent graduates from all Mason schools and programs—early stage concepts encouraged—to ...
01/22/2020

We are looking for students and recent graduates from all Mason schools and programs—early stage concepts encouraged—to apply to compete on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Check out our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University Page for full details and rules.

Application deadline is Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:59pm; Here's the link to apply: http://bit.ly/WellBeingPitchApp

Questions?! Email us: [email protected]

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01/22/2020

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Having #alumni speakers such #SumeetShrivastava of @arraytechinc talk with the 15 members of our student venture program...
11/14/2019

Having #alumni speakers such #SumeetShrivastava of @arraytechinc talk with the 15 members of our student venture program, deepens the experience for our participants.
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The Student Venture Program at @georgemasonbiz is open to all @georgemasonu students and has the participants operating a revenue generating organization on campus. The team develops products and services continually and sells many, sending 20% of revenues to campus and regional social and environmental #changemakers.
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Sumeet spoke on the topic of working with friends and family and provided some amazing insights and lessons for all in attendance.
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This program teaches a range of entrepreneurship skills (product development, HR, sales, marketing and more), professional skills and most importantly highlights the value of developing ventures that make an impact to many stakeholders as a normal course of operations while solving customer problems. Our participants see the benefits of cooperating and designing models for broader impact.
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#socialimpact #socialentrepreneur #mutualbenefit #flourishing #wellbeingeconomy #pedagogy #experientiallearning #experientialeducation #entrepreneurship #businessschool #allmajorswelcome @patriotpollinators @ciemason @cie_program_manager @soulinreyes #latergram #highered #masonnation #masonidea @ George Mason University

Calling All Alumni at George Mason University !🐔🐥🐷Please join us NEXT FRIDAY (NOV 1) from 1-3pm for a #beyondorganic far...
10/25/2019

Calling All Alumni at George Mason University !

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Please join us NEXT FRIDAY (NOV 1) from 1-3pm for a #beyondorganic farm tour of Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton, VA.

https://masonalumnifarmtour.eventbrite.com

· 1-2pm, Beyond Organic Farm Tour
· 2-3pm, Light Fare with the Farmer’s products

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Meet the farmer Jesse Straight and hear about his decision to build a beyond organic farm in Northern VA. Tour the farm and learn about why this method of food production is humane, healthy for animals, land, and community and provides insights into how we can build a better, more #sustainable food system.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Council will be joining us for the farm tour and #food. We highly recommend that you wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm!

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JOIN US, NEXT FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH for a #startuptrip !Learn about #innovation in the #wellbeingindustry 🏋🏽‍♀️and get a c...
10/14/2019
BYNDfit GMU Startup Tour

JOIN US, NEXT FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH for a #startuptrip !

Learn about #innovation in the #wellbeingindustry 🏋🏽‍♀️and get a chance to learn from the owner (who is a #masonalumni ).

🚐Transportation option provided. 🔍Check out #eventbrite for details: http://startuptripbyndfit.eventbrite.com 📝

🎟Must register to attend- all welcome.

🐎Don't need a ride? Meet us there!

Behind the Scenes Gym Tour: 11AM-1PM
Total trip, if taking the Reston limo : 10AM-2PM

#wellbeing #fitnessindustry #venturesforwellbeing #entrepreneurship

Join us on our Startup Mason Trip to BYNDfit!

So many innovators working on their dreams. Another Fall semester day with @patriotpollinators @ciemason @georgemasonbiz...
10/03/2019

So many innovators working on their dreams. Another Fall semester day with @patriotpollinators @ciemason @georgemasonbiz @georgemasonu
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#socialimpact #fintech #masoninnovationlab #businessofwellness #experientiallearning #extendtheclassroom #flourish #foodbiz #farmstartup #beyondorganic #honey #savetheplanet #gmu #mason #highered #businesseducation #entrepreneurship #innovation #students #extracurricular

09/24/2019

@beyondmeat v @impossible_foods taste test is one of my favorite days of the semester... Mason Food Innovators programs hosts this and people enjoy learning about the changes taking place in our food system. When we started this, Burger King was not an option... now many fast food restaurants offer impossible foods options. And Beyond Meat has had an insane run on the stock market.
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Two dates to join @ciemason @georgemasonbiz as we explore and connect. All welcome.
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@georgemasonu #food #vegan #vegatarian @burgerking #tastetest #mason #gmu #plantbased #plantbasediet

Each semester I ask undergraduate entrepreneurship students which is their favorite innovative firm, product or entrepre...
09/01/2019

Each semester I ask undergraduate entrepreneurship students which is their favorite innovative firm, product or entrepreneurs. Apple and #stevejobs have been leaders for years though no one names Jobs anymore (think about how insane that is)
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Top 5 for Fall 2019
1. @apple
2. @spotify
3. @airbnb
4. @tesla / #elonmusk
5. @adidas (barely beat out @Nike)
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5 fun insights - First, Apple has reigned supreme for years though Jobs hardly gets mentioned. Second, clear trends in terms of growing markets are represented by these firms (the next graphic will explore those. Third, many long lived firms (eg Nike, Disney, John Deere) are seen as innovative by students. Fourth, local firms received many votes, just not enough in aggregate to make the top 5. Lastly, few entrepreneurs were named - Elon, Richard Branson - while companies and brands dominated.
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#businessprofessor #entrepreneurship #entrepreneur #ranking #innovation #bschool #top5 #top5ventures #mostinnovative #fallsemester #backtoschool

@cava opens innovation kitchen. More great food and beverage news for the DC metro. #yum..@wholefoods @zoeskitchen #craz...
08/21/2019

@cava opens innovation kitchen. More great food and beverage news for the DC metro. #yum
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@wholefoods @zoeskitchen #crazyfeta #likechipotle #rockvillemd #dmv #chickpeas #vegan #vegetarian #foodindustry #fastcasual #highgrowthstartups #foodinnovation
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@georgemasonbiz @patriotpollinators @ciemason

Today! The Power & Direction of Social Media presented by The Stevie Awards, this Mason Collective Impact summer speaker...
07/26/2019

Today! The Power & Direction of Social Media presented by The Stevie Awards, this Mason Collective Impact summer speaker series aims to provide a forum to explore diverse areas of public interest, discuss current trends, and introduce students, alumni, and community members to those Mason alumni and faculty behind the ideas.
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On Friday, July 26, we'll explore The Power & Direction of Social Media as co-hosted by the School of Business and the College of Science.

Topics include:

Social Media Marketing and Product Sales
Social Media and Sustainable Resilience
Publishers, Ad Fraud, and the Unplanned Internet
From #ClimateGrief to #ClimateHope
Social Media and Live Brand Storytelling
And more to be announced!
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#socialmedia #gmu #arlingtonva @georgemasonu @ George Mason University Founders Hall

I’ve got an awesome summer reading list. Already into The Everything Store (about Bezos and the rise of @amazon) and Lan...
06/17/2019

I’ve got an awesome summer reading list. Already into The Everything Store (about Bezos and the rise of @amazon) and Land of Desire by William Leach (covers the rise of consumer culture and retail in the US after 1880). Lots of similarities in the storylines. Both periods saw dramatic changes in how goods were merchandised and sold and how customers and retail were segmented. Wall Street, finance and corporate strategy seem to play a bigger role in our current economy, but the $AMZN book is written by a business reporter and Land of Desire penned by a historian
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I am very excited to read Reader, Come Home: the Reading Brain in the Digital World by #maryannewolfe and The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by #maxwellking / both of these works cover topics that are crucial in today’s society (long form reading, deep thinking, compassion, understanding and civility)
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Also on the list: The Pioneers by David McCullough and Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense (@dan_abrams & #davidfisher) - always gotta get some history in there. TR rocks and I used a great deal of frontier theory in my dissertation on universities, startups and high growth founders (think Google, Dell, Nike, Under Armour, Grubhub and more)
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What are your reading this summer?
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#readingmatters #authorsofinstagram #summerreading #nonfiction #smartpeoplestillreadbooks #businessbooks #mrrogers #readbooks #beachreads
@ Bethesda, Maryland

Join us tomorrow at our half day conference for another great opportunity to hear inspiring and motivating speakers as w...
06/11/2019

Join us tomorrow at our half day conference for another great opportunity to hear inspiring and motivating speakers as well as a chance to network with experts and fellow entrepreneurs. Learn and ask questions about how to take the steps necessary to fulfill your dream business and how to navigate any obstacles that arise.

The four sponsors – Freedom Start Foundation, 30 Second Pitch, Joe ProBono, and George Mason University School of Business want to build upon the success of the first conference and provide an environment to nurture, enhance and support women entrepreneurs of any age at any stage. We strongly believe that it is never too late to start and are devoted to supporting entrepreneurs regardless of age, education or demographic. As WEC18 was so well received last November, this conference will continue to carry out our mission.

Looking forward to greeting you at #WEC19!

@georgemasonbiz @30secondpitch @w.e.c.19 #freedomstartfoundation #arlingtonva #founders #femalefounders #freetickets #nevertoolatetostart @anjvarma

#makerfairenova is June 2 @georgemasonu . Come explore, learn, and create. meet new and innovative people. This is an op...
05/22/2019

#makerfairenova is June 2 @georgemasonu . Come
explore, learn, and create. meet new and innovative people. This is an opportunity to peak into the future and explore tradition at the same time, to let your mind and heart imagine what if.... #whatif... working on programs such as this and working with teams like @nova_labs is why I work in #highereducation
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Grab some friends and family and take a walk into a fantastic experience together on Sunday June 2 2019
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It is not common for a center for #innovation and #entrepreneurship at a #businessschool to have a 6,000 person #makerfaire as one of its major programs, but who in their right minds wants a common entrepreneurship center? (I’ll stop typing at this point)
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#3dprinting #robots #art #arduino #sewing #paint #drones #soldering
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#trysomethingnew #bringafriend #onlyatmason @cie_program_manager @georgemasonbiz @ciemason
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#eventssmartpeopleattend #buildyourbrain #STEM #makermovement #makersgonnamake #foodtrucks #masonidea

@ George Mason University

04/30/2019

The Smart People Still Read Books Book Club will hold its inaugural session 5.1.19 at 12 pm in Enterprise Hall 278. We will discuss #BadBlood by @johncarreyrou
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So many lessons about entrepreneurship, brand, hubris, #fomo, management, #truth, loyalty, family, #venturecapital #siliconvalley @stanford and more
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@georgemasonbiz @ciemason @cie_program_manager @georgemasonu #businessbooks #nonfiction #bestseller #wsj @wsj

#billiondollarwoman ! #marymeeker, the top #Internet analayst since the whole industry was spawned, has raised $1.25 bil...
04/29/2019

#billiondollarwoman ! #marymeeker, the top #Internet analayst since the whole industry was spawned, has raised $1.25 billion dollars for an internet fund; she has launched #bondcapital after leaving @kleiner_perkins
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#finance #privateinvesting #venturecapital #privateequity are industries that still lag others when it comes to diversity and accessibility; this is a topic we discuss in our entrepreneurship classes - we refer to it as the #truth about #entrepreneurship
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I’ve been reading Mary’s #internettrends report since #meeker started writing it at #morganstanley ; this latest milestone for her is well deserved and shows the ability of #talent to create its own path in today’s economy #hardworkworks #vcfund @ Bethesda, Maryland

@gmuicehockey is moving up to D1 in #achahockey. Congrats to all current and former players and coaches and fans. Years ...
04/23/2019

@gmuicehockey is moving up to D1 in #achahockey. Congrats to all current and former players and coaches and fans. Years of hard work are paying off. The future looks bright @gmu_ice_hockey_alum @georgemasonu #collegehockey #patriots #gmu #mason #pucklife #hockey #studentathletes @ Fairfax, Virginia

#walkingmeeting w @zoltanjacs ; discussing #research #agenda around the #businessofwellbeing #wellbeingeconomy #wellbein...
04/16/2019

#walkingmeeting w @zoltanjacs ; discussing #research #agenda around the #businessofwellbeing #wellbeingeconomy #wellbeing #businessofwellness #fitnessindustry #health #thriving
@georgemasonbiz @scharschool @georgemasonu
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#rockcreekpark #peircemill #tilden #nationalpark #urbanpark #outdoortime
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Definition of well-being: building a life of vitality, purpose, resilience and engagement @masonwellbeing @ Rock Creek Park

We had our inaugural Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition at the end of March. Congratulations to our teams that ma...
04/10/2019

We had our inaugural Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition at the end of March. Congratulations to our teams that made it to the finals- led by the following Mason students and recent alum:

Chase Francis (Borg Electronic Longboards)
Aja Clark (Period Parties)
Ariel Navarrete (Delta Aquaponics)
Raheel Tauyyab (Neumi)
Evy Maurojorge (ROLL-ON)

Congrats to the ROLL-ON team for winning 1st prize!

These teams all had impressive early stage ventures in the well-being industry. Well-being is defined as building a life of vitality, purpose, resiliency and engagement. We hope you thrive!

Thank you to our incredible alumni judges of the pitch competition:

Ibi Pashaei (Northern Virginia Landscaping)
Judy Curry (Craftsman Auto Care)
Stephanie Zimmermann (Lend A Box)
Gerard Daché (Government Blockchain Association)

We also had amazing leaders of the well-being pop up sessions which covered six areas of well-being: emotional/spiritual, environmental, financial, occupational, physical and social. Check out the pictures for more details on the pop-up sessions!

A special thanks to John Boal Photography and Eric Neitzke for capturing this day of innovation, entrepreneurship and celebration of well-being.

What a fun day! Congrats @rollon_wellbeing - winner of the Inaugural Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition @georgema...
03/29/2019

What a fun day! Congrats @rollon_wellbeing - winner of the Inaugural Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition @georgemasonu. 5 amazing presenters - all first timers for biz competitions. #wellbeing as a marketplace is amazingly diverse and inspiring. Innovators are welcomed. Our students and alumni are so inspiring. They are why we do what we do!
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We learned so much and can’t wait to grow from here. Thank you to all that are taking this ride with us @ciemason @georgemasonbiz #wellness #students #experientiallearning #mason #gmu #onlyatMason @cie_program_manager #moretocome #juststarting @ Fairfax, Virginia

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@rollon_wellbeing and #Neumi have been working hard on their #pitches for the #wellbeing competition @georgemasonu..The ...
03/27/2019

@rollon_wellbeing and #Neumi have been working hard on their #pitches for the #wellbeing competition @georgemasonu
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The #well-being #economy may be worth up to $4.1 trillion dollars - from #athleisure and the #standingdesk to #corporatewellness and #organicfood ; more and more people want to thrive and #livewell
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5 emerging innovators in the #wellbeingeconomy will present at 2 pm in the #jcbistro
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#experientiallearning @georgemasonbiz #socialimpact #blockchain #fitness #electricvehicles #aquaponics @ Fairfax, Virginia

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