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Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator

The Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator program (MSEA) helps students and recent graduates discover the commercial potential of a product or service idea.​

During the MSEA sessions, taking place at the MIX@Fenwick on the Fairfax Campus, participants conduct intense customer discovery around their business models, and are assisted by experienced entrepreneurial instructors and mentors.

The eight-week summer session boosts your problem-solving and collaborative skills with the aim of helping you form a successful Mason-affiliated startup.

Participants are paid a $4,000 stipend, made in five payments of $800. The program is free, but ineligible for college credit.

Two Girls at the Mix

Participants at the Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator program work in teams of two to five people to determine if their ideas or services have a good chance in the marketplace.

MSEA participants have access to:

  • Workshops, competitions, and accelerator programs that foster entrepreneurial thinking as teams seek innovative solutions to difficult problems.
  • 3-D printers.
  • Virtual reality room with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
  • CNC laser cutter and engraver.
  • Sewing and CNC embroidery machines.
  • Soldering station.
  • CNC vinyl cutter.
  • Screen printing.
  • Heat press.
  • Electronics prototyping tools, including breadboards, jumpers, multi-meters and oscilloscopes.
  • Hand and power tools.

To be considered for the program, candidates must apply as a team of two to five members. If you don't have a partner, we might be able to match you with one. In your application email, include the following:

  • Team/company name.
  • Team point of contact (name, phone number, email).
  • Request for partner match, if needed.
  • Team members: For each team member, list name, G number, school and department, expected degree and graduation date, home address, and relevant skills, experiences, and interests.
  • Name of faculty mentor (optional)
  • Executive summary of your venture in 150 words or less. Briefly describe the general nature of the proposed product or service that your team will work to commercialize during your MSEA experience.   

For more information, contact Sean Mallon, associate vice president for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.​