What we do
The MIX@Fenwick and MIX@Innovation are open to the entire Mason community, including students, faculty and staff. We host workshops, competitions, and accelerator programs that foster entrepreneurial thinking as teams seek innovative solutions to difficult problems. Business coaching and mentorship is available free of charge through collaboration with the Mason Small Business Development Center and the Mason Innovation Lab.
We believe in reducing barriers to learning and access to technology, and offer all of our equipment to everyone in the Mason community to discover, prototype, and innovate. Students from many disciplines and courses have used our space and tools for school or personal projects, and teams like the Mason chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers frequented the MIX in preparation for the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (pictured left).
With the goal of encouraging and celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation across the whole of the university, George Mason University has begun to build out a network of on-campus entrepreneurship-focused collaboration and maker spaces. We call this network the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX). Programs encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration across all of Mason’s schools and degree programs (e.g. engineering, science, business, liberal arts). It is the place at Mason where groups can come together to develop ideas, research problems, craft solutions, and start companies. We currently operate at two locations at the Fairfax campus, the MIX@Innovation and the MIX@Fenwick.