Programs & Events

Our co-curricular programs and events provide students, alumni, faculty, and staff from across the university exposure to the world of entrepreneurship.

From Idea to Implementation

Our Programs:

  • Offer a way for students, faculty, and staff to learn from, and interact with, seasoned entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Encourage multidisciplinary collaboration across all of Mason's schools and colleges
  • Foster experimentation as teams seen innovative solutions to difficult problems
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, networking, and guest speakers

Mason student Arti Shala pitches at DMV Top 150 Pitch Competition hosted by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Catherine Swanwick holding set of cards.

Catherine Swanwick, CEO of Catlilli Games, shows off cards for Cycles, one of her company's tabletop games. “My company is a member of the Virginia Serious Game Institute," she says. "We joined in July 2015, and it has been a phenomenal experience.” Catlilli creates educational STEM games for children of all ages. The company employs several Mason grads as interns.​

Members of Professions Quest

Members of Professions Quest collaborate on a presentation. Professions Quest, a partner of Mason's Virginia Serious Game Institute, develops and publishes virtual, inter-professional and interactive multiplayer learning solutions for health professionals and educational institutions. The company, started in 2014 by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, created online game, Mimycx, which allows health care professional schools to foster the development of communication skills and core competencies, which are critical in the patient/population-centered health field.

Mason Enterprise Center Participants

A training session at one of our Mason Enterprise Centers focuses on the process of responding to a request for a proposal. Each regional center, based in Fairfax, Fauquier County, and Leesburg, offers a variety of educational programs on topics relevant to small business owners each year through classroom learning or online options.​

Susan Henson speaking to a co-worker

Susan Henson, regional director of the Mason Enterprise Center and Small Business Development Center in Loudoun County, works with small business owner Scott Faircloth. Faircloth is the founder and president of Allegiance Direct, based in Leesburg, Va. The company provides direct marketing solutions for political, charitable, and commercial clients.​