Information for Patriot Innovators

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship engages with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members to build new ventures and organizations.

The Center is here to support you as you develop your vision of the future by taking your entrepreneurial ideas to the next stage of development. 

Learn how to get involved:

 Entrepreneurship Minor 

The Entrepreneurship Minor, in combination with the college's expanding co-curricular entrepreneurship programs, will provide an experiential platform to grow your skills, network, and professional portfolio. 

Patriot Pitch Competition

Launch your new business with the Patriot Pitch Competition! Held annually, the competition supports idea and early-stage business ventures and is open to current Mason students and recent alumni from all majors/fields of study.

Entrepreneurship Open Hours 

Get answers to your entrepreneurship questions from Mason's Costello College of Business entrepreneur in residence, Associate Professor James Wolfe. For more information, email All Mason students, alumni, staff, faculty, and the community-at-large are welcome. 

Entrepreneurship Open Office Hours

National Science Foundation: I-Corps 

NSF I-Corps is a program aimed at teaching university researchers the process of moving from discovery to commercialization. Program participants will use the Lean Launchpad curriculum to assess the commercial viability of opportunities that arise from academic research in the STEM fields by conducting customer interviews and working closely with mentors who have commercialization expertise. View full details here.

Who is Eligible?

Mason students, faculty, staff and alumni that are: 

  • interested in learning about the innovation management & entrepreneurship process; 
  • have a desire to explore viability of technology, innovation or idea; 
  • have the ability to complete I-Corps curriculum; apply; execute in 1-3 intense months ($1,000-$3,000) 

Learn more about the program here