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Virginia Serious Game Institute

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The Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI), located on Mason’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, is a business incubator that can get your early-stage game- and simulation-based business up and running.​

VSGI, the only facility of its kind in the United States, supports early-entry entrepreneurship into the simulation and game-design industry. We do more than consult and help new businesses get their starts; VSGI generated 11 new companies and more than 63 jobs in 2017.

Game design is expanding to include training services, and VSGI is at the forefront of this market. Technology from VSGI includes medical training in virtual and augmented reality, company productivity and finance simulation, and education platforms.

VSGI primarily serves those with a connection to Mason — students, faculty, staff, and alumni. When space permits, we also welcome members of the community, if they can provide opportunities such as internships and jobs for Mason students.

VSGI solicits applications twice a year, with deadlines on or around March 15 and August 15 (check the VSGI site for specific dates). Those selected get a variety of support services, with the goal of launching their business within 12 months. Participants receive:

  • Updates on cutting-edge game design research and development.
  • Simulation and game-training certification.
  • Help with visualization- and simulation-software development.
  • Access to rapid prototyping services.
  • Advice from research faculty.
  • Development help from Mason students.
  • Office space
  • Computer equipment for testing and development.

You'll not only get help in bringing your idea to fruition, but you'll also learn to keep your new company viable, through services from Mason and Prince William County's Department of Economic Development, including:​

  • Guidance in building a business plan.
  • Access to marketing channels.
  • Advice from mentors, IT consultants, and industry experts.
  • Lessons on building, running, and maintaining a business.
  • Financial counseling.
  • Introductions to seed investors.

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VSGI is on Mason's Science and Technology Campus in Manassas.

10900 University Blvd., Bull Run Hall
Suite 147, Manassas, VA 20110

For more information, call 703-993-7033.