Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator
Mason's intensive 8-week "Lean Startup" business acceleration program for teams of Mason students.
The Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator (MSEA) is a program for Mason students that will allow them to explore the commercialization potential for their product or service ideas. Working in teams of 2-5 members over 8 weeks during the summer of 2018, participants will conduct intense customer discovery around their business idea, assisted in their efforts by experienced entrepreneurial instructors and mentors. To be considered for the program, candidates must apply as a team and each team member must commit to making a full-time effort during the 8-week program. MSEA is a not-for-credit program, and is offered to participants at no cost. Participants will each receive a $3,000 stipend (maximum of $9,000 per team) and a certificate of completion.
The goals of the MSEA are (1) to give Mason undergraduate and graduate students a structured opportunity to determine the commercial potential of their team’s product or service idea, (2) to help participants improve their entrepreneurial, problem-solving and collaboration skills, and (3) to encourage and facilitate the formation and success of Mason-affiliated startup companies and social entrepreneurship ventures.
MSEA will take place on Mason’s Fairfax campus starting on Monday, June 4th, 2018 and concluding with the Summer Celebration on Friday, August 3rd, 2018. Participants are expected to work intensively with their teammates Monday-Friday, and will commit to being on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays for specific programming events such as guest speakers, team update presentations and mentoring/coaching sessions.
To apply, submit an application via email to MSEA@gmu.edu as soon as possible but no later than April 3rd, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Teams should be prepared to defend their application in an in-person meeting with the MSEA application review panel. Accepted teams will be notified as quickly as possible following application submission, but no later than March 30.